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Nest Egg Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This Nest Egg Tote in my Friedlander Fabric was a fun one to plan and put together. The Nest Egg continues to be one of my favorite travel bags for toting around my handwork. I’m still using the original one that I made–which is still looking good–but I thought having a new one on hand would give me the option of a different look if I ever felt like it.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In this version, I did a little bit of embellishing on the front and back panels with some big stitch quilting with pearl cotton. I like the added bit of texture and color. (Tip: if you’d like to do this, add it after you’ve added your fusible fleece, but before cutting out your exterior panel. If you’re worried about the stitching getting cut off, you can always trace the panel shape onto your piece so that you know what will be trimmed off prior.)

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to my fabrics, there is also some Robert Kaufman denim (this one) on the hinge and strap. This denim is so sturdy that I didn’t even need to interface it–a plus!

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing that I like is that the design allows for another fabric to be used for the strap that wraps the bag and holds the d-rings. Here I used the plaid that is repeated on the inside, but I could totally have continued with the same denim that I used in the strap.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

The inside has plenty of space and pockets for your sewing stuff which keeps things organized. I usually tuck a writing tool, rulers, extra needles and scissors into the pockets.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

On the other side I stuff my thread, my project (not shown) and a thread catcher (also not shown). In this version I played around with a mixture of elastic bands and ribbons for tying the spools in place.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s my newest Nest Egg tote. I hope you like it!

Pattern : Nest Egg Tote (by me)

Fabrics : Friedlander, Railroad Denim Deluxe by Robert Kaufman

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Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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Best of 2016 + a giveaway

It’s really crazy that 2016 is almost over. It’s been a good year, and as always, I’m going to put together a little year-end digest to see what has happened. If you’re like me and always thinking ahead, you know that it’s too easy to forget things that have already happened. This is why it can be such a treat to take a look back, and also why it is so important. So do it! You’ll be glad you did.

Widescreen . Carolyn Friedlander Scrappy Collection Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander  carkai poolside tote . Carolyn Friedlander QuiltCon 2016 Tote . Carolyn Friedlander Applique Quilt Top . Carolyn Friedlander Local Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander Stash Club . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Fabric Totem Quilt in Euclid Fabrics . Carolyn Friedlander Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Inari Tee Dress . Carolyn FriedlanderEuclid fabric lookbook projects . Carolyn Friedlander Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Embroidery . Carolyn Friedlander Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander Native Coasters in Maddermade Making Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Carolyn Friedlander Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander Polk Blocks . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Scallop Hem Shorts Howard Block on Creative Bug . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Landgate . Carolyn Friedlander Paper Pieced Quilt Class On Creative Bug . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Tamarack Jacket . Carolyn Friedlander Euclid Ruffle Front Jacket . Carolyn Friedlander Minna Block . Carolyn Friedlander Aerial Grove in Liberty and Chambray . Carolyn Friedlander Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Morris Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Pine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Big Pine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander packingBOM Trudy . Carolyn Friedlander Rin Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander Carolyn Friedlander FabricSydney Opera House Mash UP . Carolyn Friedlander friedlander fabric and patterns . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s been a great year, and I am kind of surprised by how much stuff I made. The release of Euclid meant I could sew up all kinds of stuff from clothes to accessories to quilts, and Friedlander and Carkai got sewn into projects new and old throughout the year. I had a great time teaching at several places across the country, but especially during my first overseas teaching trip to Australia.

I’m so grateful for all of your support, and as a thank you I’m happy to give away some of the highlights from this year. Up to grabs, we have – Local 2016, Morris Lawn, Pine, a Friedlander FQ bundle, some Euclid FQs, Hesperides, Crew, Rin and Wildabon.

2016 Carolyn Friedlander patterns and fabric

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about something special from 2016 OR something you’re looking forward to in 2017. I’ll be picking 9 winners on Friday, January 6 at 11am EST. Giveaway is now closed, but thank you for all of your comments! I enjoyed reading through each and every one of them.

Thanks again for your continued support, and I wish you all the best in 2017!

 


Making Fauna and a giveaway.

Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander

I have another project in the latest issue of Making Magazine, by Madder. The theme for this issue is Fauna, which is pretty fun.

Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander

My project explores a fairly simple idea–embroidered fish. But there’s all kinds of fun detailing and fabric possibilities to make it an enticing project to really get into.

Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander

I mixed a bunch of blue fabrics from many of my collections–Euclid, Friedlander, Botanics and Doe, plus some metallic Essex to add a little bit of sparkle before embroidering some hand-drawn fish on top. I hand quilted it to add even more texture and color.

Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander

Scales Wall hanging . Carolyn Friedlander

Like the first issue, the second issue of Making is a beautiful book with loads of great projects and inspiration. Carrie from Madder was generous and sent me an extra copy to giveaway. To enter, leave a comment below about what you’re thankful for this week, and I’ll select a winner at random by November 27 December 4.

Making Fauna


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