Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander ( winner announced)

Clean lines, bright colors and a fresh feel can be felt from everything that Carolyn Friedlander creates.   This young architect turned away from the traditional to find a way to express her inner artist without boundries.

carolyn-friedlander-photo_largeCarolyn grew up in Lake Wales, Florida on a cattle and citrus ranch, where she spent much of her free time immersed in various creative activities such as drawing, painting, and sewing. She pursued a formal design education in college and graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. After a stint in the professional architecture world, Carolyn sought a different occupation, one that would allow her to be wildly creative, utilize her design background, and work with her hands. It so happened that later that year, 2009, she learned to quilt. Though she had long known how to sew, quilting was a revelation to her, as it entailed a whole new set of tools, materials, and, most importantly, creative possibilities. She quickly recognized quilting as a new passion and set out to learn everything she could about the craft. In 2010, she founded her business, Carolyn Friedlander LLC.

Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. As a young quilter with a design school background, she was drawn to bright and bold fabrics and saw a need for clean, modern patterns. Thus, she began to create her own patterns. In 2011, she diversified her line by developing a line of art quilt stamps that offer makers new creative opportunities for surface design, and her first fabric line with Robert Kaufman debuted in the fall of 2012. Carolyn’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including Stitch, Love Quilting and Patchwork, Generation Q, and American Patchwork and Quilting.

Carolyn’s newest fabric line for Robert Kaufman Fabrics Botanics is filled with a full spectrum of colours to tonals that can be incorporated into any quilting project.



Carolyn’s love of designing also has been used to create quilting patterns and fun, one of a kind paper piecing patterns like local.



Her booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston was filled with her unique designs that truly reflect her origins.

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( booth photo courtesy Katie Blakesley from Swim Bike Quilt)

To compliment her free spirit and her personal design style Carolyn’s Aurifil colors were chosen for a few reasons.

“First, many of them are colors that I go through spool after spool of–like the orangey-reds, blues, grays, yellows and creams. Second, I also incorporated colors that match the colors in my Botanics fabric line. When I first started quilting with this line, I already had the perfect reds, creams, blues, and grays, but what I lacked were the right greens and turquoises to match. Since getting my hands on those, sewing has been super easy, and I wanted to include them in the set.

To sort of wrap things up, it’s the perfect set to work with Botanics, as well as a grouping of my favorite Aurifil colors that I use all the time.”


This lovely collection will be offered in two sizes:

The large spool collection is 12, 50wt spools containing 1422 yards each of lushious color!

Colors included in this collection:




The small spool collection has 10 spools of 50wt containing 220yds each

This collection includes:



To celebrate this new addition to the Aurifil family, we will be giving a large spool collection away to one lucky winner! And to make this giveaway even more spectacular, Our friends at Robert Kaufman are adding in a full fat quarter bundle of Botanics!  Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics!



To enter for your chance to WIN the Aurifil and Robert Kaufman Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander bundle please answer the question ” What is you favorite color to use in quilts?”

For a second entry, like the Aurifil Facebook page, post here that you liked it.   If you already like our Facebook page, thank you so much and please post that in your comment.

For a third entry, follow our Aurifil Pinterest boards, comment here that you follow.  If you are already engaged in all the inspirational pinnings, thank you and please post here that you do follow.

Three possible entries to win this wonderful prize!  This giveaway will close March 31, 2014 at 11pmEST.  A random winner will be chosen and announced on this post on or about April 2.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email  in one of your comment posts so we will be able to contact you.



Thank you so much to everyone for entering the contest!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Timmions who said:

andpins on March 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm said:
I love using gray in my quilts! If I had to pick and actual color, lately it is blue.









    1. I Have changed my color palate over the past couple years and love to add teal or a funky green to add pop to my quilts now. Add I see a couple colors in the new collection that would be perfect for quilting just those colors! Love the new collection.

    2. I love pastels, especially blues with a dab of yellow. I LOVE aurifil thread which I follow on Facebook as well.

  1. My favorite color for almost anything is RED, especially the darker shades.. I think red goes with all colors, including those in the giveaway bundle! =)

  2. OMG, I think this is the best prize ever! Her fabrics have quickly become high on my favorites list. And, who wouldn’t love some Aurifil goodness 🙂 I love orange in quilts and blue follows in close 2nd.

  3. I tend to use lots of different colors in my quilts depending on who the quilt is being made for. If I’m making a quilt for myself to enjoy then my favorite go to color would be different shades of Purple. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful giveaway.

  4. I have to say I love white- does that count as a color? It always makes all the other colors look fresh and clean!

  5. My favorite color is most likely black. If you look at my quilts black is what you find most often. But if I didn’t look, I would have send red. Love red in my quilts which is probably why I use a lot of black. They always wow me together.

  6. I’d be hard-pressed to pick just one colour — I love colour! But lately it’s been turquoise and orange that have been sneaking their way into my heart and stash!

  7. I love orange and blue, so this Botanics range has become a firm favorite already, I hope it stays in production for a long time.

  8. My favorite quilt color is blue, but I use most all colors where needed. I’m already an Aurifil Facebook fan, too! Thanks for this opportunity to win

  9. My favorite colors are just about any blues or mixes of blues and green, and blues and violets.

  10. my favorite color is any shade of purple, but I really love the way “Turquoise” pops on a quilt!

  11. What a beautiful collection! I really like using blues (aqua is my favorite right now) in quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I love to add a bit of yellow in my quilts. I love red quilts for myself. I have followed you on FB for awhile. Thanks for such a great giveaway

  13. I like to use light sand and a light grey (2615). I do need to branch out and use more colors when I quilt.

  14. I like to use blue, its emotional, evokes a sense of calmness and being a colour I think its makes you feel cold and so youll want to snuggle up under a quilt! I follow on fb and pininterest too!

  15. It may be boring, but I love using grey in my quilts – it sets off other colours and isn’t as harsh a plain white!

  16. My favorite color to use in a quilt is gray – and I love the grays in the Botanics line. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway chance!!

  17. Blue is my favorite – from pale sky blue to deep denim blues. Love the vibrant colors in this thread collection, and beautiful tones in the fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity, I “liked” you on Facebook quite a while ago.

  18. I am most frustrated when asked about a favorite color…..I love all colors as long as they are bright or rich! No pale pastels for this gal! I do love to set off all colors with black! Very striking!

  19. My favorite color to use in quilts is purple – any shade from lavender to deep purple. Thanks for the awesome chance to win this wonderful thread and fabric!

  20. I’m a long-time Facebook follower. I appreciate all the eye candy and inspiration you provide! Thanks!

  21. For some reason, I am always drawn to any hue of blue. It is always my ‘go to’ colour. Hence, I have a LOT of quilts with my favourite colour in them 🙂 I have been following of Facebook and Pinterest for quite some time now 🙂

  22. Grey is my favorite color to use right now in quilts…followed closely by orange, then purple and lastly pink.

  23. What a beautiful, springtime bouquet! A summer quilt would be wonderful out of the fabric. Love me some Aurifil. I also follow Aurifil on Facebook. (I also love your Lana thread. It is like stitching with butter.)

  24. I do love blues but try not to stick to just blues. Adding other colors can make the blue pop out more and make the quilt/quilted project look stunning. I do have Aurifil liked on facebook and will be following you also on Pinterest. Thanks

  25. Would have to say reds… not sure why except it’s boldness and that I make a lot of school related items and most of them have red as one of their “colors”

  26. I like browns in quilts – neutral yet rich and warm. My house has a lot of wood trim so everything I make with brown in it fits in every room!

  27. I love using blues and grays! And I’m already liking you on Facebook (that’s how I found out about this contest)! Please please please pick me!

  28. Green seems to be in all my quilts, so I guess it would by a favorite. I do like the aurifil Facebook page

  29. My favorite colors are oranges and teals. Yes, I do follow on Facebook.
    Thanks for this opportunity to win.

  30. Thread and fabric in the same giveaway? Count me in!!!! I always have to include at least some RED in every quilt.

  31. I’m a fuddy duddy. I use natural on everything but the colors in your collection are gorgeous!

  32. I’m usually doing quilt tops for teens so black is probably my most used color. but I am really wanting to do a grey & teal colored quilt.. maybe soon.

  33. My favorite color to use in quilts is blue. I like on fb and follow on pinterest. Thanks! Gorgeous fabric!

  34. I always seem to end up with blues in my sewing. However, oranges and greens tend to show up a lot too.
    I would love to try the Aurifil threads offered in this collection. I have never used it before but hear so many great things about the thread.

  35. I adore a gorgeous aqua in quilts, but the reality is, I adore the fabrics I am working with at the time….The Instagram photo is amazing and the first thing I saw was a ton of flying geese in a quilt with these colors!!! Didn’t even know about the Pinterest board, but I will now go and follow….Instagram is Yardgrl60

  36. My favorite color to use in a quilt right now is an ocean green-blue. I like the Aurifil page on Facebook and I follow Aurifil on Pinterest

  37. I love using creams to quilt the quilt together, but to sandwich the quilt together I love many colors to quilt with depending on the quilt. Right now I am working with greens golds and pinks for a wall hanging cross for Grace Place which is a street front church for the very poor and homeless.

  38. I love a splash of lime green, it goes with every other color and a little goes a long way.

  39. Pink has been my favorite color lately. From baby quilts to lap quilts it is just so bright and happy. I already like Aufil on FB and love your threads. This would be a wonderful collection as I like to use bright colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  40. What a wonderful prize ! I love burgundy. I have “liked” and “followed”. Thank you!

  41. My favourite color to use in quilting is grey. There are so many shades, it will go with anything.

  42. I find that I use a lot of yellows in my quilts but I love using grays and purples! I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest.. Love Aurifil!

  43. I wish we didn’t have to pick one color, but right now my favorite color would be Oranges, light, dark, and any shade love it. I’m a follower on Aurfil’s Facebook book page and signing up for Pinterest right now!!! I love the fabric and the thread a lot….

  44. I love to use orange on my quilts. It’s very bright and cheery. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize! And I already follow Aurifil on Facebook 🙂

  45. My FAVORITE color to use in my quilts is white! Why white? Because the use of white can change the look of a block with negative space or help to emphasize your other colors! It adds freshness but doesn’t beg for attention. 🙂
    P.s. (I followed your Pinterest board! But sadly I do not have Facebook :/)

  46. I have never used Aurifil thread before. It is not sold in our only fabric place… Wal-Mart. I usually use a cream color in my quilts depending on the quilt. Would love to try the Aurifil.

  47. My favorite color to use in quilts is blue. It is so calming to me and is my second favorite color.(Pink is my first.)

  48. I tend to use lots of blues. All the variations: navy, light blue and even leaning towards teal :). Thanks for the giveaway!! I’m in love with these fabrics

  49. I am now following Aurifil’s Pinterest page. I hadn’t seen it before. Now I know what I’ll be doing with a good part of my evening tonight!

  50. I have been relying on a lot of greys lately with some pops of bright color. These would work wonderfully!