Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I didn’t attend last Quilt Market, so I spent some time on Instagram following those who were there. I fell hard for Carolyn Friedlander’s new line, Carkai. I’m a huge fan of Carolyn’s designs. I think I’ve worked fabrics from all of her lines into various projects ~ Architextures, Botanics, Doe, and now Carkai. They are colors and designs that I just know will work when used together or combined with other designers ~ truly great stash builders!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

The one thing I’ve regretted most with the past collections is not buying enough of it. When buying a full line of fabric, I generally buy a fat quarter set. There are just so many pieces in single fabric lines these days! But with Carolyn’s fabrics, I find that I run out of that fat quarter, and then suddenly the “perfect green” is out of print. So this time, I splurged on a half yard set. I’m so happy I did!

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

This is a fun pull from Carkai, with a representative from most of the colors. The full collection has a lot of prints that would make excellent additions to your low volume stash.

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander

I can’t decide if I should make a full quilt featuring this line, combine it with other lines by Carolyn, or just continue to work pieces into my projects as I go. Maybe all three!

You can find Carkai at the following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Fabric Spark
Sew Modern
Lark Cottons
Fabric Please!
Fat Quarter Shop

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ June 2015

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the June edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! Two days of school left here – eek! I’m busy stitching and running around, preparing for 11 weeks of kid filled days.

For this month, my sponsors have 5 wonderful giveaways for you to win! I will pick one winner per shop on Friday morning.

Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Friday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.



1. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry.

2. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away the book Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls!

3. Gotham Quilts is offering one winner a $25 gift certificate to pick out anything you’d like from their shop! I am in love with the new Charley Harper fabric!

4. Connecting Threads is giving away a Sunwashed Stashbuilder that contains 22 fat quarters of various Connecting Threads fabrics.

5. Dragonfly Fabrics is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping!

And for everyone reading, enjoy 25% all purchases through Wednesday, June 3rd with coupon code FreshLemons!

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Friday, June 5th. Good luck everyone!

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Congratulations to the following winners! I will be in touch to connect you with your prizes. Thank you so much for commenting and supporting my sponsors!

Southern Fabric – 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry
#335 – katybee

Fat Quarter Shop – Winter Wonderland book by Sherri Falls
#491 – Gail

Gotham Quilts – $25 gift certificate
#249 – Karen

Connecting Threads – Sunwashed Stashbuilder
#174 – Chris C

Dragonfly Fabrics – $25 gift certificate
#15 – Sharon Peddie

Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!