totem quilt pattern

1115 totem front cover_carolyn friedlander

A textured racing stripe was what I had in mind when I designed this project, Totem. I was drawn to the idea of a vertical sampler, because of all of the directions you could take it.

For the cover project, I stuck with mostly a red/orange/flame vs white/cream/gray palette, but I can see many other versions that play with contrast work, color play, and/or print scale. This project is the perfect canvas for playing with new ideas to make it your own!


project size : 44 1/2″ x 30″ (+ 3 other size options)


fat quarter friendly : I used all kinds of fun stuff in my cover project:

+ Kona flame, tangerine, carrot, coral, snow

+ Essex Ivory

+ the gray, tangerine, and white crosshatches, ledger, and text prints from Architextures

+ the white stem print from Botanics


techniques : beginner paper / foundation piecing, basic piecing


pattern extras : how-to instructions with illustrations, suggested quilting diagrams, directions for making a hanging sleeve

1115 totem back cover_carolyn friedlander

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