Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Road Trip

On Tuesday, two quilter-friends - Karen and Sheddy - joined me on a road trip to Lakeland. Travel time is much nicer when spent getting better acquainted and talking quilting. Our destination was Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing, to hear a lecture and see a trunk show by Carolyn Friedlander. Also planned was an on-the-way stop at Fabric Warehouse in north Lakeland. The shop's modern fabric selection was wonderful.

I managed to leave with 17 pieces to replenish some low-in-inventory designs and colors - Anna Maria Horner Field Study; V&Co. Simply Colors; Nicey Jane; Bella solids; and a few basics.

Later, at Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Carolyn's quilts, and meeting her afterward. I was happy to note we have mutual acquaintances with several celebrity quilters! Jill and Marny, Tammy and Doris.

Carolyn does all her own FMQing on a Janome. 

It's great to see the efforts of a young quilter who creates a quilt, from start to finish, all on her own.

Her workmanship is beautiful, so it wasn't surprising to know she won two ribbons at QuiltCon.

Now if we can just get Carolyn to come and visit us at our Central Florida MQG, couldn't we have fun?

Sheddy, checking out Carolyn's quilting.
Carolyn's first fabric line, Architextures by Robert Kaufman, were just too yummy to pass up. Though I didn't buy all 21 prints, I can already picture these as negative space and contrast prints in future quilts. In fact, I have a project in mind and I'm itching to get started! 

A good time was had by all! Linda


  1. I love the fabs you bought, especially the blue with the white veined leaves. I had a little shopping fun on line recently thanks to a dear friend. Glad you had a good time. Also love the young woman's work, particularly the tree quilt.

  2. Great fun! Once you mentioned Architextures, I knew who you were talking about! I have a little of that line myself and would like to find more.

  3. What a wonderful experience for you! All Carol's quilts are wonderful! And I can really see why you had to have some of that Architextures! I have been admiring it from afar for a long time...its time I sourced it properly!

  4. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Can't wait to see what you come up with for your fun fabric purchases!

  5. So cool to see you "blooming where you are planted". Looks like a fun day.

  6. What a great day you must have had. Yummy fabric purchases, can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. Great fabric picks!
    I really like Carol Friedlander, would love to have her as a speaker for out guild!

  8. Looks like fun I miss those days when my quilting buddie and I travelled all over to some of the big quilt shows etc. We had so much fun but she moved back to Nova Scotia about ten years ago and I still miss her. Keep having fun.

  9. Sounds like you had a great time. Let me know if you book Carolyn for the Central Florida MQG. I would love to come.

  10. Sounds like you had a great time. Let me know if you book Carolyn for the Central Florida MQG. I would love to come.

  11. Linda, I'm so glad for you that you had such a wonderful quilting day!

  12. Ah, those Grand Days Out just give a rev to the old quilting spirit, don't they? Glad you had some friends to go out with--love your fabrics!

    Elizabeth E.



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