Fabric Review · Pattern Review

Lightning Strikes Quilt

If you’ve followed Urban Spools for a while now,  you’ll notice that we’re huge fans of anything produced by designer Carolyn Friedlander. We’ve featured her fabrics and patterns in our store since she ventured into the world of quilting a couple years ago. This  month marks the release of her sixth fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander, and it’s everything we’ve grown to love about her designs.

Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn has an amazing sense of color and always pairs vibrant hues with unexpected contrasting colors, always pushing quilters to see color combinations in a new way. Her background in architecture is evident in this newest fabric line with her fantastic use of line and scale within the prints. Friedlander is a series of textile blueprints that can be used for anything from a series of quilts or garments to home decor.


During the sample spree at fall market, Michelle was able to snag a coveted fat quarter bundle of Friedlander. I was so excited when she sent it to me to whip up a fun new quilt that would highlight the amazing colors and textures in this collection.


Pattern: Lighting Strikes by Purple Pineapple Studios

Finished Size: 51 x 68 in

Fabric: 12 Fat Quarters from Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander and 1 yard of Kona Flame


For those familiar with the Villa Rosa pattern cards, Purple Pineapple Studios is a similar concept. Purple Pineapple Studios provides quilters with simple and easy to follow modern quilt patterns on a single card, all of which can be made in a matter of hours. The “Lighting Strikes” quilt was the first time I’ve used their patterns and it made for a relaxed and fun quilting experience. The pattern card was well written and provided everything from cutting instructions to a helpful layout guide.


This is a great pattern for large scale prints that are meant to be shown off, rather than cut up into small pieces. The consistent solid colored lightning bolts that run through the quilt act as a connector and create cohesion in what could be a hectic design. The lightning bolts are cleverly created by rotating the same block according to the pattern’s layout guide.


After creating several time consuming and complex quilts, it was nice to make one that came together so quickly and satisfied my desire to work with Carolyn Friedlander’s new fabric line.




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