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Everglade Quilt Shams

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

I seem to have a thing with pillow shams, which was certainly noticeable after finishing up these 3 Everglade Quilt shams that I eagerly made and used in my booth at Spring Quilt Market. (For anyone counting, I had 5 pillow shams in the booth including my 2 hesperides shams. Clearly, I’m in to making shams.)

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s something about making pillow shams that I find to be especially satisfying. They’re a great way to make use of just 1 or a few quilt blocks (quilted or not quilted), they’re fairly fast/low commitment and they make excellent gifts. Plus, they just perk up a couch or chair.

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

This group started when I was prepping for some workshops in March. It’s always fun to pick out fabrics, and my selection process for class samples and demos is no different. Since Euclid had already been announced, I excitedly picked from my new stuff and decided that I’d be able to double up on function by using these as class demos and then booth props (and now my own home goods…).

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While photographing these guys, I realized how much I liked pairing them with my couch. The lines of my Everglade quilt pattern design work in an interesting way with my Circle Lattice design (from Savor Each Stitch).

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Everglade

Fabrics : Euclid, Carkai, Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim, Kona Highlight and Carolina Gingham in Fog

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

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Hesperides Quilt Pattern

Also new this spring is my Hesperides Quilt Pattern–a design that I’ve had a lot of fun with.

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While playing with my new collection Euclid, I kept thinking about opposites–both in terms of shape and weight, transparency and opacity.

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The meatiness of Euclid pairs so well with lighter fabrics like lawn and quilting cotton. It’s a visual and tactile feast for the senses!

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The opposing shapes of the design–well rounded and also to the point–are both comforting and challenging (in a good way).

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While this is a design I’ve been eager to pattern, it’s also a pattern that I’m eager to start teaching (and will be at QuiltCon 2017!). The curved shapes are a perfect intro to anyone new to applique, and the pointed shapes make for an excellent challenge to anyone already familiar with applique. As a seasoned appliquer myself, I love testing my skills with shapes like these. And what’s more, trying them with different types of fabric is even better and more exciting. (Yes, I’m a huge dork and find this stuff exciting. Don’t be surprised.)

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

The projects on the cover are for some shams–a perfectly-sized project to bite off relatively easily, but there are quilt sizes included as well. In fact, a wall-hanging-sized version was the last sample that I finished for my booth at Spring Quilt Market.

Hesperides Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Composing this piece was another good kind of challenge (also a teaching point I plan to cover in my future Hesperides classes). It pushed me to think about the fabrics and shapes in new ways individually and as a whole.

pattern : Hesperides Quilt Pattern (new to my pattern collection!)

fabric(s) : Euclid, Essex, Cambridge Lawn (all by Robert Kaufman)

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Crew Pincushion pattern.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ll admit it, I’m a pin hoarder. As a result, it makes perfect sense that I’ve also developed an affinity and appreciation for pincushions. Just like how you’d want different pins for different projects, the perfect pincushion is also a variable need depending on the function, the pin itself, the location (traveling requires a special set of needs!) and the cuteness. (duh.) My Crew pincushion pattern is a collection of 11 different pincushion options in all shapes and sizes–quilted, not quilted–pieced, not pieced–many of which originated with favorite sizes of my own.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

Making pincushions is such a satisfying sew. They are massively functional, super cute, speedy, totally giftable, and perfect for showing off your favorite fabrics. This is why when planning this pattern, I wanted to include tons of sizes, tons of info on the various components and fillings and different ideas for added detailing like embroidery and cross stitch (as seen in the super big guy below).

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve also recently become obsessed with wearing my scissors on a cord around my neck, and thought it would also be an appropriate bonus to be able to stick needles and pins in the same spot. Is anyone else tired of forgetting they stuck pins and needles in their shirt, couch or whatever is closest? Yeah…

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I think that these guys are fun and handy, and I hope you think so too. I’ve made tons, and I’ve given away tons…which makes me happy. I also plan to make many more. First up will be a set to use as pattern weights at my cutting table for when I’m cutting out garments. (Yes, they’ll work for that too!)

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern : Crew Pincushion pattern (new to my pattern collection!)

fabric(s) : Lots of stuff from my Euclid and Carkai collections, plus a little Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim in one of the wearable versions above.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

 

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