An Olympic Sized Hole in My Heart

I’ve taken a bit of a break from the blog for the summer and I’ve really missed it. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a break from working…so I have so much fun stuff to show you in the next few weeks! There were lots of good times this summer hanging out with my favorite co-pilot.

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I am an Olympic superfan and might have openly wept during closing ceremonies for three major reasons. A: What will I watch while stitching? Who knew that I could watch so many hours of a cycling road race. B: Why is the dance portion before synchronized swimming not required national vewing? Seriously. Google it. You’re welcome. It rivals some Broadway shows I’ve seen. C: Will college football fill the Olympic sized hole in my heart?

In honor of the Olympics (and because I was too slow for the Fourth of July), I made this cute flag mini. It’s a Thimble Blossoms pattern. These quilts were all the rage on Instagram.

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I hosted a little stitching soiree with some sewing buds. We had the ridiculous idea of making a swap item. I made this little cutie with some Liberty lawn. A dresden is always a good idea. Tessa of The Sewing Chick won it!

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I received this cute little pouch. It was made by the super talented Sarah of Stitching & Bacon using a Carolyn Friedlander pattern.

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The Triad MQG did a swap with the McKinney MQG. I made this colorful rainbow with the pattern from my Craftsy class.

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And I also made this Bonnie & Camille dresden! I had two partners:)

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The Guru made this awesome Designer Star!

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And this gorgeous Blue Ridge mini! I REALLY wanted to steal this before she sent it off. She also had two partners.

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I’ve been busy this summer designing two quilts for Quilt Carolina! There’s one version for the Triangle and one version for the Triad. The big reveal will be on October 6. You can learn more about the shop hop here and buy passports from any of the participating shops!

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I also started a little cross stitching project this summer. In honor of the National Park Service turning 100, I’m making the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery design. We’ve only gotten one clue, but I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue.

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More fun soon!

xx LC

Around the World Blog Hop

Have y’all seen all the Around the World blog hop posts popping up? It’s a cool idea because you can trace back and see who tagged who and discover a million new blogs and a million new things that you want to make! (Or at least that’s what I did!) I was invited to join the extravaganza by Jen Kingwell! If you’re not already following Jen’s blog, then you should! She’s an amazingly talented quilter, pattern writer and now fabric designer! And I must add, one of my favorite people in the quilting world! The point of the blog hop is a glimpse into my world and then I send you on your merry way to a few new blogs that you’ll love discovering. So, here goes…I’m a pattern writer and teacher. My style definitely skirts the line between traditional with a modern touch. I love color and scrappy!

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My background is in graphic design and that comes in handy with pattern development. I love color and some of my most popular classes are my color workshops. I love teaching and count many of my students among my closest friends. I have a huge passion for quilting and enjoy passing that along. At heart, I am a perfectionist, but I balance that with the reality that life is too short! One of the most popular series on my blog is Terrific Tip Tuesday where I share little tricks and tips for making sewing and quilting easier. Check them out here.

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Here are some things that I’m working on right now. I bought a pack of Denyse Schmidt charms from Marci on Instagram and I’m making a simple quilt. I love it!

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I’m hosting a swap called To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirt where we are swapping Carolyn Friedlander Shirts and Outhouses. All the details are here. This shirt was made by Cynthia Lees and outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander.

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Now I’m going to introduce you to three awesome sewists! First up is Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. She’s a fantastic quilter and an even more fantastic person. She’s loads of fun and makes beautiful things, including her very own book! I met her at Sew South and feel lucky to call her a friend. Check her out here.

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Next up is Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! She’s uber talented with lots of books, patterns and teaching gigs. Her Craftsy classes are quite popular; she has a new one about paper piecing that I’m hearing good things about. On a personal note, she’s helped me more than words can say on the Leadership Conference for the MQG. She’s the bomb! Check out her blog here.

4857_Stills_005_SQ-WEB2_zps9a8b596bLast, but certainly not least, is Miss Ginny Fisher of Fishcreek Studio! She makes all kinds of pretties and is a great person to follow on Instagram. Her blog chronicles her projects and you’ll find lots of inspiration. She’s also a really fun gal to hang out with and her lake house is the perfect sewing destination when I find myself in the Midwest! Love her!! Check out her blog here.

Ginny updated pic 32013I hope y’all are all lost in the quilty inspiration of the Around the World Blog Hop as I was.

xo LC

To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirts Swap

I’ve hosted a few rounds of the All Shirts No Shoes swap. It’s been great fun and I’ve been amazed by the talent and creativity of this community. Shirts 3.0 is coming to a close. The shirts are all heading off to their new homes! We exchanged around 200 shirts which is amazing considering it’s the holidays!

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So it’s time for the next round…with a twist! Carolyn has a fabulous new pattern, Outhouse. It’s meant for swapping! So instead of Shirts 4.0, we are doing the “To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirts”! That’s right, we are swapping both SHIRTS and OUTHOUSES!

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The patterns are awesomely detailed! Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts/outhouses that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:) You can send just shirts or just outhouses! If you send 7 shirts and 12 outhouses, you’ll get back 7 shirts and 12 outhouses.
2. Ship your shirts to me by April 1. If you’re international, try to ship by March 20:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address. Signing up is how you get my address; it’s not a commitment to participate. I’ll update and post reminders about the swap here on my blog.
3. All items 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/outhouses you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts/outhouses you’ll 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!!

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7. Use the hashtag #outhouseshirtsswap on Instagram! Find your fellow swappers:)

A few details about the sewing!

1. Background for the shirts 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!

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Background for the outhouses should be light neutral. Prints are great as long as they’re more tone on tone. Carolyn’s crosshatch prints are great! Solids are also fine!!

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

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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 so I highly recommend it.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!

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

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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:)

Do you need a pattern? They’re both available directly from Carolyn! Email info@carolynfriedlander.com. Include your name, paypal email, which pattern you want and mention this swap for free shipping during December. The patterns are $12 each.

Go forth and make outhouses and shirts!

xo LC