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Everglade Pincushions and some Carkai Cards.

When it comes to pincushion making, I have a hard time making just one…

everglade pincushions . carolyn friedlander

Gift sewing is upon us. And even though I can’t always promise punctuality with my gifting, I am a big proponent of the handmade gift. Aside from the obvious, it also beats going to the mall or getting sucked in to the black hole of online shopping…

Having been slightly obsessed with the smallest blocks in my new Everglade pattern, I knew that I wanted to make some everglade pincushions for some friends. These guys are so much fun…and fast…and addictive when using them to explore new fabric pairings.

Directions to make them are included in my new Everglade pattern. As for fabric, I used mostly carkai, except for some of Anna Graham’s Rainwalk fabric in the one below. (Turns out it and carkai are big friends. No surprise.)

everglade pincushions . carolyn friedlander

My favorite pincushion tip comes from Amanda Jean Nyberg (in this post). She suggests quilting the top panel of your pincushion to enhance the fullness. It’s SUCH a good idea and couldn’t be easier. Just grab a scrap of batting (bonus if you have wool because the lanolin is great for your needles), quilt it to the top panel (I did some basic big stitch quilting for added color and texture) and assemble pincushion as you normally would.

everglade pincushions . carolyn friedlander

With any gift, it’s nice to have a card, and surely you’re aware of my go-to, but here’s another recent batch using many of my carkai scraps. True to form, everything was dug out of the trash can, which I talk about more in Savor Each Stitch.

carkai stationery_carolyn friedlander

carkai stationery_carolyn friedlander

carkai stationery_carolyn friedlander

Every time I make even the smallest batch of these I’m reminded of what a fun exercise it is in working with what you have and in learning to see things in new ways.

carkai stationery_carolyn friedlander

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New Quilt Pattern: Everglade.

everglade quilts . carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

Like my Botanics quilt pattern, new pattern Everglade is a design set where I let myself get carried away with possibilities.

everglade quilt in carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

It started off with the larger (throw-sized) one, initially inspired by a perforated wall I’d seen on travels earlier this year.

everglades gatorland_carolyn friedlander

(Such a stunning place.)

But after making it, I couldn’t stop thinking of other ways to alter the design with scale, fabric choices and symmetry of each block.

large block everglade quilt . carolyn friedlander

As a result, the pattern consists of two sets of templates in two different sizes, plus multiple ways to use each–making it a series to play with and explore across many projects in many ways. The above is made with a large single block, much like the Circle Lattice project (also featured above) in Savor Each Stitch.

everglade quilts . carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

There are also a couple of minis…which were too much fun to make.

everglade mini quilts in carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

everglade mini quilts in carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

I worked it out so that all of the options work with relatively easy fabric increments (fat quarters, single yards, 5″ squares, 10″ squares), because that just makes the mixing and matching more accessible. (All of the fabric in these projects are from my carkai collection.)

medium everglade detail . carolyn friedlander

And, you can also make some pincushions!

So fun. (I have been a little obsessed with pincushions…)

everglade pincushion . carolyn friedlander



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