Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I didn’t attend last Quilt Market, so I spent some time on Instagram following those who were there. I fell hard for Carolyn Friedlander’s new line, Carkai. I’m a huge fan of Carolyn’s designs. I think I’ve worked fabrics from all of her lines into various projects ~ Architextures, Botanics, Doe, and now Carkai. They are colors and designs that I just know will work when used together or combined with other designers ~ truly great stash builders!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

The one thing I’ve regretted most with the past collections is not buying enough of it. When buying a full line of fabric, I generally buy a fat quarter set. There are just so many pieces in single fabric lines these days! But with Carolyn’s fabrics, I find that I run out of that fat quarter, and then suddenly the “perfect green” is out of print. So this time, I splurged on a half yard set. I’m so happy I did!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

This is a fun pull from Carkai, with a representative from most of the colors. The full collection has a lot of prints that would make excellent additions to your low volume stash.

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I can’t decide if I should make a full quilt featuring this line, combine it with other lines by Carolyn, or just continue to work pieces into my projects as I go. Maybe all three!

You can find Carkai at the following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Fabric Spark
Sew Modern
Lark Cottons
Fabric Please!
Fat Quarter Shop

Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.

“Saturday” Sales ~ Black Friday / Cyber Monday Edition

I thought we would celebrate my sponsors a day early this week – and share their awesome Black Friday sales with you! Check back on Cyber Monday as well, as a few shops will have updated specials just for that day dedicated to online shopping

If you have questions about any of the below sales, please contact the individual shops as I will not be checking my email that often this weekend.

Dinkydoo Fabrics ~ November 23 through November 29, a new set of deals each day! Check the shop each day to see the announced special!

Fabric Please! ~ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale! Fabric Please! is having a huge sale Friday, November 27th through to Monday, November 30th…

35% off
EVERYTHING in the store!
Use coupon code: BLACK15 at the checkout.

Fat Quarter Shop ~ 25% OFF all orders from Friday, November 27 until Saturday, November 28 at Midnight CST. Excludes purchases of gift cards. No code necessary.

Cyber Monday ~ 20% OFF All Precuts. From Monday, November 30 until Tuesday, December 1 at Midnight CST. No code necessary.

Fabric Spark ~ 20% off everything including new collections, sale fabrics, patterns, kits and bundles, until Midnight November 30 (Cyber Monday), using promo code – woohoo.

Gotham Quilts ~ For Black Friday, we have a lot of fabric deals for you: Voiles, Canvas & Organics 30% off, and all other fabrics in the shop an extra 15% (even if it’s on sale!). Sale is good on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Then for Cyber Monday, we have a whole new offer: free shipping on all US orders! No coupon code necessary for either offer.

The Loopy Ewe ~ 20% off all Loopy Short Stacks and Short Stack Essentials, Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Connecting Threads ~ Connecting Threads will be starting our Black Friday sales event on Wednesday with up to 60% off on select kits, samplers, bulk cuts, and tools. These sales will run through 11/30. Additionally, starting on Black Friday, we will be offering up one-day sales with our biggest discounts EVER, running through Monday.

Sew Modern ~ 20% off all regularly priced fabric yardage with Code BLACK20. Thru Monday 11/30.

Shabby Fabrics ~ Friday through Monday (11/30 – 11:59 PST):

$1 BOM/Club Sign Ups
20% OFF Patterns/Books, Remnants, Pre-Cuts, Thread
up to 30% OFF Select Fabrics and Kits
40% OFF Clearance Items

LoveQuilting.com ~ Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. As we round the corner from Thanksgiving to Christmas, our thoughts turn to baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping and hand made gift items. For all your fabric needs, we would like to offer you 20% off your entire cart contents with coupon code THANKYOU2015. Coupon code is valid from today through Cyber Monday, 11/30/15. Start Shopping Now!

Southern Fabric ~ Black Friday Sale!

35% off all Bundles (fat, half and fat eighth) including already on sale.
30% off all Jelly Rolls and Layer cakes including already on sale.
25% off all patterns and notions
25% off all charm packs
20% off all yardage

No coupon needed. Free U.S. Shipping for all orders over $100. Free Gift with each purchase.
*Discount given at checkout. Does not apply to pre-sale or out of stock.

Cyber Monday! ~ Set your alarms because our entire store is on sale, no coupon needed!*

35% off 9-10 am est
30% off 10-11 am est
25% off 11-12 pm est
20% off the rest of the day!

Free U.S. Shipping for all orders over $100. Free Gift with each purchase.
*Discount given at checkout. Does not apply to giftcards, shipping, clubs or out of stock items.

Lark Cottons ~ Holiday Sale: Save 25% storewide through December 2nd with coupon code turkey25 entered on the shopping cart page.

Therm O Web Adhesives ~ Therm O Web’s Black Friday Sale – FREE SHIPPING + 30% Off sale is valid on all orders over $30 Use coupon code: THANKS15 or thanks15 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/27 only 12am (EST) to 11:59pm (PST).

From Saturday, November 28th – Sunday, November 29th @11:59 CST we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30. Use coupon code: FREESHIP30 or freeship30 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/28 at 12am (EST) to 11/29 11:59 (PST).

Therm O Web’s Cyber Monday Sale – FREE SHIPPING + 30% OFF sale is valid on all orders over $30. Use coupon code: CYBER15 or cyber15 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/30 only 12am (EST) to 11:59pm (PST).

Sale valid at thermowebonline.com ONLY

Craftsy ~ **HUGE SALE** Black Friday – Cyber Monday —> ALL online classes & craft supplies!

Accuquilt ~ November 27th – 30th, lowest prices of the year!

CreativeBug ~ Buy a 12 Month Subscription Get a $10 Amazon Gift Card! Another promotion they are running through November, First Month Free with Code: COZYCRAFTS

Quilts for Baby…or Babies!

Rag Quilts Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sometimes I forget how fun it is to open up all the tubs of fabric and create a scrappy pull. A couple weeks ago I made two rag quilts for twins that will be born any minute now. When I create a stack of fabrics for a project, I typically start with a favorite and work my way from there, pulling scrappy coordinates or complimentary pieces. For the baby girl, I started with one of the new florals from Tiger Lily by Heather Ross. She is just the best when it comes to whimsical and beautiful fabric. I decided on a light and airy palette, and I think I achieved that by adding fabrics by Cotton + Steel, Lizzy House, Anna Graham, more Cotton + Steel, and more Lizzy House.

Rag Quilts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the boy’s rag quilt, I will admit I was staring at the fabric from my son’s Cargo Duffle. So I started with the dinosaurs and ocean animals from Natural History by Lizzy House.

Rag Quilts Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I added in coordinating green and blue prints by Cotton + Steel again, Amy Butler, Bonnie & Camille, and believe it or not…more Cotton + Steel. The stripe is an old Lizzy House print, I believe from her Hello Pilgrim line.

Rag Quilts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

They are backed in white minky and both turned out so very soft and cozy. If you have never made a rag quilt before, I do have a photo tutorial in my Pattern Shop. It gives basic directions for making a small lovey, and you can use the technique to make a rag quilt of any shape or size.

Rag Quilts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve pulled a third set of fabrics for a future quilt. Maybe something baby sized for my shop? I’m not sure, but I am loving the colors so much that I doubt it will sit lonely for long!

Rag Quilts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope all my USA readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week. Travel safely and check back in Friday…there just might be some Black Friday sale information here waiting for you.