Pickle Hawaiian.

I definitely have no problem starting new projects. The problem is always in finishing them. Anyone else with me on that? Luckily for anything work-related, there are deadlines, which means things do get finished. But for things not tied to work, they may sit in WIP limbo for…I don’t know…a long time…maybe even indefinitely in some situations. This is why finishing anything from the non-work pile can feel like a major victory. My recent Pickle Hawaiian finish is just one of those victories. Not to mention that it was finished and gifted to the recipient on time! (I know, crazy…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

For anyone familiar with Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, you may recognize this design from there. It’s the Hawaiian-Style Appliqué project, a quilt that I wanted to make the second I saw it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The design is totally enticing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s very much an homage to Hawaiian-style quilts, the very genre that got me interested in appliqué, but with a fresh twist to it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In my version, I used Kona Pickle for the appliqué and my own grey Ledger print from Architextures in the background. I easily could have debated on this decision, but I knew this combo would be just right.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Interestingly enough, I took a picture at the start of this project, which means I know exactly how long I worked on it. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It was back in March 2015 that I started this guy, which really isn’t that long ago when I think about it. It felt like longer–not in a bad way–but mostly because this design takes awhile to get around all of the parts. I often thought about how many inches/feet/yards/miles it is around all of these edges. But for this reason, it’s also such a good project. It was the one thing that I could always take with me and not have to worry about finishing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This project has been the one constant in my traveling Nest Egg Tote over the last year, and since finishing it, my tote has felt a little empty without it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I started getting close to the end, I realized that it would be a great gift for my new nephew. The design is super striking, which could make for some good kiddo portraits, plus the palette felt appropriate for a new little boy…but not too limiting either. Both good things in my mind.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I knew the recipient (and that the end was near), I decided on the backing and binding–both from Doe.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple…and soft. It’s a series of big-stitch hand quilted lines in all of the yellow thread in my stash. (The different shades aren’t super noticeable.)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

And then there’s even some Euclid in the label.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

As I finished this guy up, I started to wonder if I should keep it. I noticed a perfect spot on my wall while doing the hand quilting, but, no, he’ll like it. And there will be more quilts to make.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Two more Poolside Totes in Carkai and Euclid fabrics.

There are many things about the Poolside Tote by Noodlehead that make it addictive. There’s the style, the functionality, and the fact that it’s just fun to make and plan–all of which are excellent reasons why I keep coming back to it. Here are two more Poolside Totes, this time in Carkai and Euclid fabrics.

carkai poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

After giving my previous two Poolside Totes away, this first one would be for me.

fabric selecting . Carolyn Friedlander

As for fabrics, the flax-y, natural print from Carkai was my main muse, and I pulled the other pieces in support of it. Sometimes I’ll get things in my head, and that flax-y print had been screaming BAG at me for a long time. Most of the other pieces in my pull are also from Carkai, with a few bits from Doe, plus this Carolina Gingham from Robert Kaufman that I think goes with just about anything.

carkai poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

I also wanted a little pouch to go along with this Poolside tote. It’s a large bag that you can throw lots of stuff in to, and so a little pouch for the important, small stuff seemed like a grand idea. I decided on the Pouch from Noodlehead’s Caravan Tote pattern, a project that has been on my to-make list for a while. While pulling fabrics for the tote, I grabbed fabrics for the pouch as well.

Caravan Tote Pouch and Poolside Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

I added piping for decoration and a tab with a ring for function. One thing I love about the Poolside pattern is the suggested tab and swivel clip on the inside, which means you can clip any clip-able thing to it if needed…like this pouch. Perfect.

carkai poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

carkai poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

The second Poolside tote that I made was for the Euclid release, and you might remember seeing it in the Euclid Lookbook.

euclid poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This version makes use of plenty of pieces from my soon-to-hit-stores collection Euclid, plus this gingham denim that I can’t stay away from and some Doe Wide on the inside. It’s super blue, and full of print on print, which I like.

euclid poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

euclid poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve already given this Euclid Poolside Tote away, but I’m sure I’ll find an excuse again soon to make another. After making four, I can probably say that it’s a go-to pattern…

euclid poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Here’s a new Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Even though my new fabric collection Euclid is printed on Essex (and I’ve been making tons of garments and accessories with it), you can still use it (very easily) in quilts…and along with quilting cottons.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

I was very eager to sew up several quilts with the collection, including this version of Facing East in Euclid. This one mixes Euclid with Carkai, as well as some Kona Highlight.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The palette that I had in mind was black, grey and natural with just the right amount of pop from some gold and bright yellow. The vision made for a very fun and challenging (in the best way) quilt to compile.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The pattern is from my book, Savor Each Stitch, and it uses both paper piecing and applique techniques. I’ve made this project several times now, and they’ve all been quite different. In this one, it’s scrappy, with the central circles all being the same–a surprising decision to me since I’d been thinking I’d go scrappy with them too. It wasn’t until I was auditioning various circle options that I decided uniformity was the way to go. This happens with me all of the time. I’ll get something in my head about how I’ll finish it, and then when I’m there, I reassess the options and am excited by a new path to take.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple. I did some tying with yarn and then a very big, machine-stitched grid. I really like the added texture of the ties and the softness of the minimal quilting. Plus, the wool batting emphasizes all of it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

On the back is some Doe Wide in black and white. I like that the black connects with the top, while the bright whiteness of it provides a fresh contrast.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Aside from taking this guy to trunk shows with me, it’ll be nice to keep it at home for a bit. It’s adding a mixture of brightness and softness to wherever I decide to leave it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Facing East from Savor Each Stitch

Fabric : Euclid, Carkai, Kona Highlight and Doe Wide (for the back)

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