From Stars to Crosses (& Everything in Between!)

I’ve been teaching all over lately! I started at Studio Stitch for a sewing machine cover class. We used the Empty Bobbin Cover Up pattern.


Nancy used these pretty florals! Her sewing machine is in the family room so she wanted something that she’d like in there.


Gail used bright and fun fabrics! She had gotten these fabrics at a quilt show and was saving them for a special project; this was perfect!


Jane used Sweet Serenade for hers! It’s very pretty. I love that the chevron fabric makes that section look pieced.


Debbie used lots of Bonnie & Camille. Her accent stripe is horizontal…we are going to use the phrase “happy accident”. And I love that she ruffled the bottom!!


The Guru also took that class, but she’s still finishing. Her machine was in the shop for its annual physical, so she’s waiting to make the bottom border perfect. Will post a pic soon!

Then I headed down to Linderellas for the scrappy star class. We are using Sarah Fielke’s Stars in Your Eyes pattern from Quilting from Little Things.


You end up with lots of fun shaped scraps and Marge made baby stars. Love!


Michelle is using Simply Color and she mixed in lots of solids!! I love how the ombré looks on this.


Jessica is doing a patriotic version. She even mixed in some homespun. It is so pretty!


Julie embraced Kaffe and her love of color. I love how bright and fun it is.


Marge, Julie’s Mom, also used Kaffe. The background makes them look totally different. She had initially chosen a light celery color, but this dark blue is awesome!! It makes the stars pop!


Marge has completed her top! Check out the cool borders she made with her scraps!! Love! Love!! Love!!!


Lynn also finished her top! She used Scrumptious and it’s amazing!!


Then I headed back to Studio Stitch for granny blocks! This was the class that I wasn’t sure if it would happen; we rescheduled twice because of crappy weather. I had a very special guest in this class… Sweet Vic! I met her at Sew South last year and her daughter is one of my best sewing buddies. She’s been trying to take one of my classes and it finally worked! She did a great job and got her strips sewn before she had to leave.


Marquita finished her pretty grey and pink block! It’s gorgeous!!


Kelsie also finished hers. She’s using really pretty autumn colored batiks.


And Susan! She is using Sphere from Zen Chic. This is such a great line and I love the hint of yellow.


Then I headed to Sew Original for another Scrappy Star class. Gail is almost done with hers. I love that she did non-scrappy stars. It’s gorgeous!!


Shirley is also using Sphere by Zen Chic. She’s making a queen and has finished half her background and all her stars! Quite the labor of love!!


Denise made hers out of Denyse Schmidt. The background is little dark green dots. It’s gorgeous. I’m considering stealing it!!


Next up was the Modern Cross class, also at Sew Original! Gail, Shirley & Denise were repeat offenders and were joined by Trish, Cynthia & The Guru. There were some grumblings about the photos, so we did a group shot!! These quilts are going to be AMAZING! We are using Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal.


I enjoy teaching so much and I’m so proud of what everyone makes.
xo LC

A (Very) Special Honor

There are lots of groups out there dedicated to honoring Veterans and making special quilts for wounded soldiers. One that comes immediately to mind is Quilts of Valor. Every time I see a quilt made by someone in this group, I’m a little bit more proud to live in this country. And I think, “I should make a quilt…” And it goes on my list for someday…
Then I started teaching at Linderellas in the heart of a large military base. Time and again, I met people connected to active duty service, veterans and a handful of wounded warriors. I became good friends with one student in particular. Her story isn’t mine to tell, but we quickly bonded. So I had to (finally) make a quilt for her husband!


I used the Accuquilt and lots of red and blue! I wanted it to feel fresh and modern.


For the back, I used the half hexagon die. I love this quilt back!!


I put a label in the middle of a hexie!


And I quilted with straight random lines and triangles in Aurifil 50 wt.


I love the blue and navy binding. It’s patriotic colors, but with a young spirit.


Here’s a picture of him with the quilt!! Best. Photo. Ever! I got a minute by minute account of the opening of the package!


I feel like this quilt took me forever to make, but it really was a honor to make something special and be able to say thank you directly to him! While I was working away on this, I got an email from a friend of mine, Kari, who is involved with Quilts of Valor in Durham, NC. She asked me to donate some of my Designer Star patterns to her group. I also agreed to teach the Designer Star class to her group for FREE. So, if you’re in the area and are interested in making a quilt of valor…the class is next Saturday, April 5 in Durham from 9:30-2:30. If want to come, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with Lisa at Operation Sew Thankful! Sewlux Fabric also did kits for the class!

Is there anything better than using our passion to show our appreciation?
xo LC

Such a Sweet Surprise!

Today I received the nicest surprise! Mary Gale made me these AMAZING little portrait postcards of Mack the Chihuahua!


I’ve never met Mary Gale. She’s good buddies with one of my good buddies, Debbie. She had made one of these portraits for Debbie and I freaked out about it because it’s epically awesome. Look at the detail!! That’s insane!


They’re just amazing! I never in a million years thought I’d have one of my very own of my sweet Mack!


This was just the sweetest surprise and they’re already hanging in my sewing room!


Quite the happy day! Thank you, Mary Gale!! Your talents blow me away!!!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Pointing Pins

Today, I’m showing you how I use numbered pins to not only keep my rows in order, but also to show me which way to press. Do you have these pins? They’re great!!


I actually found out about them from my quilty friend Ginabean. They have them at Sew Original! I use them to keep both individual blocks and rows in order. When I put them in, I point the pin in the direction I need to press.


Then all my seams lock!


And no more guessing at the ironing board!

xo LC

Trunk Show

Papanana’s in King, NC is hosting a trunk show of my work! I’ll be there too hiding behind pretty quilts:) It’s this Thursday, March 27 at 6! I’ll bring lots of quilts and lots of backstory and try to be as entertaining as possible!


I hope to see you there!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Shelf Lining


Terrific Tip Tuesday time! I shared this tip on Instagram a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to make it part of this series. Does your machine ever bounce when you sew? It makes me crazy when mine does that. And I like to sew fast. (During my childhood sewing lessons, The Guru gave me a speeding ticket once!) So you just take a piece of foamy shelf liner and put it beneath your machine.

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Since bouncing tends to be a real problem on fold up tables, I like to take a piece to class and on retreats!
xo LC

From Taffys to Stars

I’ve been teaching lots this past week! Last Saturday was the Taffy Quilt class at Sewingly Yours. Taffy is a great pattern by Jaybird Quilts.


Color and value choices are really important for this quilt and everyone did a great job! Annette is using bright Amy Butler prints. I love her fussy cut centers!!


UPDATE: Annette finished!


Susan is making a lovely Christmas version!


And Belva was inspired by the colors of the pattern cover. It’s gorgeous!!


Sue is also doing a Christmas version. Her color choices are perfect!!


And The Guru! She is making this quilt for me!! Lucky me!!! I helped her shop in my stash for this one. Mom made the center square. Everyone else made the upper left square.


And Jane! She’s making a baby quilt with pretty teals and pinks.


Jane is a rockstar!! She’s already done with the top! Beautiful!!


And Sunday was the Scrappy Star class at Sew Original. We are making the Stars in Your Eyes Quilt from Sarah Fielke’s Quilting from Little Things. Shirley is making a quilt for her grandsons!


Denise is using Denyse Schmidt. It’s going to be gorgeous!!


I love the spotted background. And doesn’t her quilt block have adorable shoes?!


Gail is cruising through finishing up all those Y seams!


Shanna & Jo did a private pillow making class. They like this one that I had made for my friend Karen.


They made these beauties!!


And finally the Color Theory class at Studio Stitch! These was a really fun group!! We had a blast!!! We are using a free paper pieced pattern from Six White Horses.


Kathy is using batiks for the centers with solids around the edges. It’s going to be pretty!


Susan is using all solids! She did a great job with arranging her colors.


And Karen! She’s also using batiks for the middles.


And Marsha! She’s also doing solids all around. Pretty! Pretty!!


Kristine is also doing all solids. She arranged them and rearranged them. They’re perfect!!


Sarah is also going with all solids. She’s using a great tone on tone fabric for the background.


So many great students and so any fun classes. I’m scheduling for next quarter right now so there will be a new schedule out soon!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Sewing to the Edge


It’s time for another Terrific Tip Tuesday! I love Dresden plates!! Here’s a tip to get a clean edge. I like to machine piece the wedges and then hand appliqué the Dresden plate down. Start by cutting the wedges.


Sew a 1/4″ seam across the top with right sides together. Turn the tip inside out. Voila!


Put right sides together.


Using your 1/4″ foot, start sewing about 1/2″ from the edge using back stitch.


When you get to the edge, begin stitching forward to the bottom of the wedge.


Your thread tails will be 1/2″ from the edge.


And you’ll have a clean edge for appliqué!


This is a great technique any time you don’t want your thread tails peeking out. I do the same thing when I’m leaving an opening in the lining of a bag.
Happy Tuesday Sewing!!
xo LC

Shirts 2.0!

There are so many cute shirts from the ALL SHIRTS no shoes swap! I’m overwhelmed…seriously, I couldn’t fit them in one picture!!


I secretly want to keep them all! But instead I’m packaging them up and they’re spiriting around the world to their new homes! I received almost 200 shirts!!


Since round one was such a success, we are doing version 2.0!! Same rules. New deadline.


Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by June 15. If you’re international, try to ship sooner:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!


7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts! Although in the first round, most of the activity was on Instagram with the #allshirtsswap tag.

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!


2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!


3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!


4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.


5. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. Make sure the full 1/4″ is around the outside edge.


Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is the list that I will send my address to:)

And for those of you that need the pattern, just send an email to info at carolynfriedlander dot com to order it. She’ll happily ship internationally and is offering free shipping!

Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!


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Here are a few more highlights from round 1! Check out this AWESOME pic from Susan!! I love it!!!


I’m off to make shirts! This is going to be epic…again!

xo LC

Color Me Happy

My sweet friend Wendy asked me to donate a quilt for her Junior League fundraiser. I wanted to make something that would appeal to the masses. I decided on Color Me Happy by V&co. This is such a great line. There are quite a few prints that I’m going to need more of!!

I used my Lazy Sunday pattern. Mostly because it’s quick and easy!


I did machine bind this. I’ll be honest; I still don’t like it. But time was tight and I needed to get her done! The yardage for Color Me Happy wasn’t out yet, so I backed in pink Noteworthy. I really like it!!


I quilted with my favorite infinities. The thread was a huge debate because there are so many values and colors in this quilt. I opted for the variegated pink. Thanks to all my Instagram peeps that weighed in!


I hope your event was a huge success, Wendy!!
xo LC