I indulged in some screen time tonight.

The Modern Quilt Guild invited Carolyn Friedlander to talk about how she incorporates handwork into her various projects. I enjoyed listening to Carolyn talk about how she got into handwork, and I did a little shopping in a side screen as she shared her favorite tools for the different styles of handwork (specifically needle turn appliqué and big stitch quilting – the items I want to try out are beeswax and a measuring gauge).

My favorite moments of the presentation were the beautiful photographs of both Carolyn’s work and glimpses of her sewing group. Sitting at a machine can feel isolating, and it’s invigorating to imagine sewing in an environment where there’s in-person support and encouragement and sharing of ideas and knowledge – especially under a pergola with brightly colored patio lights!

Favorite moments from Handwork is Fun with Carolyn Friedlander and the Modern Quilt Guild

I’m reluctant to promise to jump on a new-project bandwagon, but Carolyn’s Collections Quilt block of the month will be hard to resist.  I enjoy projects that have a progression intended for beginners to develop their skills (because I’m still new to most techniques), and Carolyn has created an inspiring set of blocks to take someone through the steps of needle turn appliqué.  Lately I spend so much time away from my machine watching my little one play outside – I’m making the most progress on portable projects.

If you’re interested in hearing Carolyn’s presentation, you haven’t missed out. Check out past webinars on the Modern Quilt Guild website, and check out upcoming webinars if you’re interested in hearing them live and asking questions.

Big thanks to the Modern Quilt Guild for some productive screen time tonight!


  1. erin

    I love a good portable project – I always have one with me to work on. I registered for the webinar, but never received instructions on joining. I was so bummed to miss, but am glad that I can watch later.

  2. Sandra

    I would forget about the bees wax and opt for Thread Magic. I find it much better and it doesn’t get hard. It’s is a tiny blue box and I would never go back to beeswax.

  3. Kitty Wilkin

    This sounds like it was a great webinar! I really need to work on figuring out how I can join in on stuff like webinars and podcasts, even though I can’t hear. I’m sure if I worked at it, I could find subtitles or something along those lines (maybe).  I also love the idea of handwork during the summer, since I am spending a lot of time outside with the kiddos, too!

  4. Sarah

    Your handwork is always so inspiring — makes me want to pick up my long abandoned hexie project every time I see something of yours. 😀 Glad you got to see the webinar!!!

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