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 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.
( 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?”
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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.