Book Review: Savor each stitch

I am so excited about this book review as I have taken a couple of Carolyn Friedlander’s classes and loved every minute of them. Not only is she such a wonderful person, but she truely inspires me with her projects and fabrics. I had high hopes for her book and after several months of waiting for the book to finally ship, I was not disappointed.


SavorEachStitchTitle: “Savor Each Stitch” – 13 quilts to make with friends
Author: Carolyn Friedlander
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media
ISBN:  978-1-94065-501-7

I found this book a fascinating read which I read cover to cover. While it contains projects, the book is a study on various topics which are covered in the 7 main sections – Line, Contrast, Scale, Color, Emphasis, Volume and Texture.

Each section talks about the idea and concept and really helps you to think about what you are doing and provides guidance that can be applied to your own projects. Each section has a little workshop/exercise that you can try out to help assist in grasping the concept that is being described. One of my favorite things is the study/analysis of the topic continues in the projects. At least 3 examples of how the project could be applied are provided.

The projects are all fabulous. I will make, at some stage, the majority of these projects as either gifts for myself or for others.

You can check out many of the projects in Carolyn’s blog post on the Spring Quilt Market.

I loved this book. It is one of the few sewing/quilting books that I have read vs. flicked through just for the projects.  I would recommend it to anyone so it is a 5/5:
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Usually, I would attempt the project in the book, however, the project I will show is not from the book. My “Phased Circles” Quilt I had design and created thinking about the concepts in the book.  This quilt allowed me to explore multiple aspects: Emphasis (Design), Contrasts, Colors, and use of circles and lines.

Project: Phased Circles (Technique – Machine Piecing and Needle Turn Applique)
Phased Circles Outside
Continues to the back with the use of graduating colors.


One brand new copy of this book will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on “What is your favorite thing to do, to savor each stitch? Is there a project where you have stopped to think about the design or applied color theory or played with texture?”.

There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random this Sunday 31st August at 6pm EST.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

72 thoughts on “Book Review: Savor each stitch

  1. cdahlgren2013

    1. I made a small quilt, and I added embroidery and big stitch quilting, as well as a decorative edge treatment. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed every stitch, and deciding what to add or edit. It was extremely satisfying to do. CDahlgren at live dot com

  2. cdahlgren2013

    2. I’ve been following your blog by email and bloglovin for a while now, and enjoy the wide variety of projects you do. CDahlgren at live dot com

  3. quiltingjetgirl

    4. I like to think about the person I am making the quilt for while I am working on it. Sewing and quilting and especially the last step, whip-stitching down the binding can be great meditative times for me.

  4. Kelly Wilson

    6. I am making my first wall quilt. I’ve made several design based changes (color additions, block type & method – appliqué). Not quick but very satisfying. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

  5. Cheryl

    8. I love texture. So although I don’t love doing matchstick quilting, I do love the end result! SO far I have only done a small quilt this way.

  6. Delaine

    9. I love to quilt by hand, and after every inch or two of stitching, I stop to rub my hand over the quilting. I savour the softness and texture of the quilt. Thanks!

  7. Beth

    11. I’ve been wanting to get this book too. I guess for me, to savor each stitch, I try to enjoy and take my time with the process instead of rushing or focusing on the finish.

  8. Allison C

    13. I love the designing. My design wall is well used and I can’t believe I lived without one for several years. Silliness.

  9. Lydia

    15. A project I want to do is a crazy quilt…maybe a crazy quilt pillow…to have lots of texture and design.
    And…I choose fabrics by touch in addition to appearance.

  10. Lesley

    17. I spend more time rearranging colours and then blocks than I do on sewing. I think it’s because I have no training in colour theory or design and just have to keep “messing”until …until…

  11. Teresa

    20. One of my favourite projects was made for a Bee member, I had to design a small quilt using a mosaic of pictures as my source. It made me look at colour, design, line & took me way out of my comfort zone but I loved every stitch. It gave me pleasure to send it to its new home ……. But I wish I had made 2……..

  12. Sarah from mila+cuatro

    21. I love free piecing, because it lets me play around with fabric and reinforces colour theory while I’m at it. It takes quite a bit longer than following a pattern but for me is a classic example of not only savouring each stitch but of enjoying the process regardless of the outcome.

  13. KAY

    25. I like to do a lot by hand, especially using EPP. At the moment I am slowly working on an EPP quilt using Liberty fabrics which are just so soft to work with. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. x

  14. DeborahGun

    27. I usually don’t really think about the colour and design of my quilts before-hand – I just start making them and see where they go! So it would be really useful to think about how I can improve in this!

  15. diane

    29. Kind of a novice quilter here but texture truly inspires me to try different stitches w/my sewing machine. Recently I made a tote w/an Aztec print and quilted using the feather and zigzag stitches w/variegated thread…totally stunning.
    THank you MIchelle for your inspiration and sharing Carolyn’s book. I can’t wait to get a copy.

  16. Fran

    31. I have recently made a real effort to slow down & enjoy each part of the process of making quilts. I had become aware that I was losing part of the joy of quilting by racing through projects, keen to get the next bit done & the next & then onto the next project. I’m so my happier since discovering this & am back to enjoying all parts of quilting (apart from basting, I’ll never really enjoy that). I often think about design & colour theory, options & choices when planning or working on a quilt. Thanks for the great review & for the chance to win this lovely book.

  17. Michele

    35. I am so looking forward to taking Carolyn’s Aerial Grove class at QuiltCon. I am trying hard to be patient and so I have waited to get the book so I won’t be tempted to jump ahead. Instead, I have been working on auditioning fabrics for the class and thinking about what kind of tone I want to set with my fabric selection. The waiting is definitely encouraging me to savor each stich!

  18. Rachel

    37. I usually think about color, texture through out the project. Usually a lot more at the start of the project. I don’t decide how to quilt it until the quilt top is complete. As a result I take my time on a quilt instead of rushing through it. Not a big fan of deadlines.

  19. Mary Hewitt Ihla

    38. I usually spend equal or more time planning a project than what I actually spend making it. I play around with color schemes, tweek the pattern to personalize it, and ponder over my choices of fabric and materials. Unfortunately, sometimes when I finally start constructing the project, I’m bored with it.

  20. Vicki H

    40. The part of quilting I savor is hand stitching the binding and thinking about the person receiving the quilt.

  21. Emily

    42. My most recent project is one I’m certainly savoring, trying to play with my layout and leave it for a couple days and revisit to see if I still like what’s happening. It’s fun not to have to rush to finish something!

  22. Arianna

    43. I find that it’s easier to savour each stitch with handwork than with things I make with my machine, but focusing on who I’m making each project for definitely helps.

  23. Naomi

    44. I am working on a EPP quilt right now and I plan to do it all by hand (piecing, quilting…everything). Even though its slow going I enjoy every minute I spend working on it. Its just so relaxing to work on and to slowly sew together stitch by stitch.

  24. Alli

    46. In the past year or so, I’ve been reminding myself that it’s not a race, and I can take my time making things. That’s how I savor each stitch! 🙂

  25. janet moilanen

    49. I enjoy the entire process of sewing. I wasn’t always like this – I used to rush through everything to ‘get it done’. Now I don’t mind cleaning my sewing machine and organizing scraps! It’s great to love the doing as much or more than the result!

  26. LubbyGirl

    50. I don’t think stitching a project up and then taking it apart counts as savoring the stitching process,does it? 😆 But that’s what I seem to do a lot of, so I must enjoy it.


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