Fabric Friday – Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics

I’m excited to start a new series with you this year – Fabric Friday! I will try to keep up a regular schedule of posting about a few of my new fabric finds every other week.

Here’s a little background before I get into the meat of this post. Although I’ve been selling fabrics online in some form or another for 10 Years (yes – 10!) I’ve always shied away from being too marketing-driven on my blog.


Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander

For years I’ve tried to keep a separation between quilting for business and quilting for pleasure. But after getting hit over the head with the “modern” stick, I’ve realized that often times, they are one and the same for me.

Since quilting is my business and business is my pleasure, I’ve decided it’s okay to talk fabric with you all. After all, without fabric, how would we ever make quilts?!


Botanics Fabric Swatches

So I’ll start off this series by gushing about Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics. This collection first caught my eye when everyone was blogging about their trips to last fall’s quilt market.

I love how Carolyn furnished her booth with a simple splattering of color and design. I think these fabrics are universally appealing because of their rich tone-on-tone color with a nod to elements of nature. Botanics is only her second line for Robert Kaufman, and I hope she sticks around with them for a long time!

Botanics at Market

Carolyn’s Wall of Color at Quilt Market, Fall 2013

Botanics precuts are available as 31 piece fat quater bundles, 42 square layer cakes, and 40 strip roll ups (Kaufman’s version of jelly rolls). Aren’t they lovely? And just itching for the right project, too! I love it when a collection includes both rich colorful focus prints and soft background (low-volume) colors.
Botanics FQ

Botanics Jelly Roll

Kaufman was also clever enough to put together a roll up of Kona solids that coordinate with the line.

Botanics Solid CoordinatesBotanics Solids

I have a healthy number of these precuts available in my store right now, but I recently checked the manufacturer’s website and not-surprisingly, they are no longer available for stores to re-stock once we sell out.

It’s always a guessing game for stores, trying to figure out how many of a certain item to purchase, and balancing that with your business budget while predicting what will be a smart purchase. But that’s also part of the fun of running a shop – keeping my eyes and ears tuned to what’s trending in blog-land. It’s all good! 🙂

11 thoughts on “Fabric Friday – Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics

  1. Christine says:

    All the colors in this Botanics line look so “together”, just like a choir harmonizing beautiful melodies! I love them.

  2. Ronda Trepagnier says:

    Hi Christa, I like this new series. It’s nice to see what new yummy fabrics are coming out… and dream… :). I love your blog and all the information you share. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Linda says:

    I do so enjoy checking in with your blog. Love the new posts. I would love scraps to put a scrappy quilt together. I haven’t done one yet and would love to. Great giveaway!

  4. Heidi says:

    Great idea to feature fabrics each week! I enjoy seeing pics with new lines of course, and the post did not feel too ‘marketing-ish’ – just good info !

  5. Sue Moore says:

    I look forward to seeing the fabrics, as that’s how I keep up with the absolute huge range available to us all (well try to keep up!!) thanks 🙂

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