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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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Euclid Double Zip Wallet

This Euclid Double Zip Wallet is a project from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style book, a project that I’ve been super eager to make. It has always looked so clever and handy. Plus, my own wallet has been starting to show its age.

Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

In this version, I knew that I wanted to showcase my new Euclid fabric along with some of my Carkai fabric.Euclid and Carkai Double Zip WalletEuclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

The first part of  picking out fabrics was great, because there are several parts that will be seen, and I always love planning out what to put where and what to put next to what else. (I loved checking out this post on the Fancy Tiger Blog to see some of their interpretations, as well as Anna’s post here.)

Next, the clever construction made for an entertaining sew.Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

Plus, there are some really fun detailing opportunities when it comes to the zippers and closure tab. (I got my zippers at Zipit and the snap is Dritz.)

I used metal snaps instead of magnetic, because that’s kind of been my snap mood lately. (Anna has an awesome snap tutorial here, which I have bookmarked and use every time I need to install one.)Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

So yeah, there she is. The pattern is from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style book, and the fabrics are Euclid and Carkai.

But wait, there’s more…

Since making just one wasn’t enough, and since I knew that the first one would be more of a display item until Market, it was too easy to justify making a second one for myself to start using immediately and everyday.

euclid tangerine double zip wallet

On mine, I decided to add a little embroidery to the tab with my favorite color–Aurifil #1104–the neon orange in their 12-wt cotton. Such an amazing color…

euclid tangerine double zip wallet

I can’t say enough good things about this pattern and the final product. It’s such a smart pattern, and the end result is so incredibly useful. You can really stuff all of your essentials into it–cards, cash, lip gloss, phone–which is why on this version I also added a D-ring (see upper left in above photo) in case I ever want to clip on a strap and carry it around solo and hands free.euclid tangerine double zip wallet

Fabrics for my version include pieces from Euclid and Carkai, plus a little bit of Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotton + Steel.

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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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