Designer Tidbits: Carina Gardner - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Carina Gardner

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Carina Gardner to the Jolly Jabber. Carina’s latest fabric collection is Baby Safari from Northcott Fabrics.

What was the first seed that grew into the Baby Safari collection?

My little sister was adopting her first baby. I made a digital scrapbooking kit with little elephants and giraffes and donated all the proceeds to her adoption. I fell in love with the little animals and started drawing more. I decided that it would make a sweet baby line and before I knew it I was designing Baby Safari!

What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?

1. modern
2. simple
3. cheerful

What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?

I like the 4527-36 (chocolate master fabric) the best. I love the contrast of colors.

What is your dream project using this collection?

Making an entire bed set with baby quilt, bumper, and sheets! Oh and maybe some framed art. It screams “Put me in a baby’s room!” My sister-in-law just had twins and the set is perfect for boy (blue set) and girl (purple set) baby/toddler rooms.

Carina’s Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?

I wish I was listening to something cool, but for the last few months I’ve been forced to listen to Harp CDs since my daughter Siri has taken up the harp.

2. What is your guilty pleasure food?

Homemade carmel apples and mint oreos

3. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?

Hanging outside. That generally means visiting with friends or neighbors & gardening. I live in this super-friendly neighborhood. We do popsicle nights in the summer, and I’m trying to get a night-time game of capture the flag going. We have a fireplace in our backyard, which means a lot of smores and sitting and shooting the breeze.

4. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?

I grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee. I had a strong southern accent. My husband says it still comes out when I talk to one of my sisters or I get mad. I now call Salt Lake City home. We moved here three years ago from MInnesota.

5. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?

We have one kitty named Rosy. She’s a brown tabby. I spend a lot of time locking her out my studio since she likes to sit directly on the computer keyboard as I work.

6. What color are you thinking about today?

Tiffany blue. No idea why.

7. What is the most important part of a sandwich?

The MAYO (Did I mention I’m from the south?)

Dresses feature: Pinfeathers, Baby Safari, & Dress Up.


  1. I enjoyed the interview. I also love the fabric. I will have to show this to my daughter who is expecting a little one in February. It would make a great quilt.