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Summer Makes: Totem quilt.

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This is also something that I’ve gotten into this summer–another Totem (one of my new patterns this past spring). The fabrics that I am using are a soft and happy mixture of things–some architextures, botanics, gingham, dear stella, blueberry park, lotta, essex…and whatever else I have on hand.


totem quilt_soft and scrappy_1_carolyn friedlander


totem quilt_soft and scrappy_5_carolyn friedlander


totem quilt_soft and scrappy_4_carolyn friedlander


totem quilt_soft and scrappy_3_carolyn friedlander


I started this while I was up in Vermont earlier this summer and have a few more blocks to complete before I add the borders, which I haven’t decided on yet, but I might be leaning towards some Essex…



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Big Stitch Coasters Tutorial

13_big stitch coasters_baste and big stitch_carolyn friedlander

These big stitch coasters are one of my favorite quickie projects that get used often around my house. Not only are they a great way to show off some favorite fabrics and/or colors, but they are also a great way to practice your big stitch hand quilting! Of course, you could machine quilt these as well!

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Supplies + Materials (to make four coasters): (here’s a post of some of my favorite Big Stitch Quilting supplies.)


  • Roughly 70” of 1” bias tape for binding (Or cut 1 7/8” strips on the bias and use 25mm bias tape maker to create your own.)


Big Stitch Coasters Tutorial . Carolyn Friedlander


  • Four 5” x 5” fabric squares for front
  • Four 6” x 6” fabric squares for back
  • Four 6” x 6” squares of batting
  • Perle cotton thread in a variety of colors (I use sizes no. 12 and no. 8)
  • Big Stitch quilting needles
  • Thimble
  • Circle Template (below)
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1. Fold and press coaster fronts in half and in half again. Align circle template with folds, mark arc and cut along line.

2. Layer coaster front (RIGHT side UP), batting (in the middle), and coaster back (RIGHT side DOWN) and baste together. Using perle cotton thread and big stitch needle, stitch through all layers. (Note: I simply followed the fold lines, but you can get as creative or decorative as you want with it!)

3. Repeat for remaining coasters.

4. Trim excess batting and backing, and bind all edges.


This post originally appeared as part of the series on slow sewing over at Sew Mama Sew. You can find that post here.

Here are a couple other versions to check out.

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