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Wildabon Quilt with Leah Duncan.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Want to know one of the most fun things I did in 2016? Easy. It’d have to be my new Wildabon quilt–a collaboration with Leah Duncan. Everything about it was such a delight. To start, I’m a massive Leah Duncan fan. She has a beautiful and distinct style that is all her own. I’ve loved sewing with her fabrics, collecting her goods and just following her work and business as she continues to put out really lovely things. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s a kind and thoughtful person too. (Win win win).

Willow Tanks . Carolyn Friedlander

It all started while sewing with some of Leah’s fabric one weekend. The Willow tank on the right is made with fabric from Leah’s Lore collection with Cloud9. (The fabric on the left is some Nani Iro in case you’re wondering.) While sewing along, I started to wonder what it would be like to appliqué some of those shapes, and I kind of became a little obsessed with the idea. Next, I reached out to Leah to see if she was interested in working together, and she was. Hoo-rah!

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

From working with Leah and her designs in the beginning, to making this project a reality, Wildabon was satisfying from all angles. In terms of the appliqué itself, the 7 different design motifs, all of which range in terms of skill level, shape and size, are really fun to tackle on any sized project. If you’ve appliquéd before (or not), there is enough variety of shape to keep you entertained and challenged.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In terms of fabric and composition, I’ll happily reuse the word satisfying here too, because it fits. While I’m not at all opposed to projects with limited uses of fabric and color–they can be a great challenge–I also love a project where you can use it all.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This is a project where you can build out as big of a fabric and color palette as you like–or it works with a small one too–and you can mix and match the shapes in as many ways as you can think of. Think of this project as one where you can play with fabric and shape all day…which I happily did. Or, if you’ve just got a few minutes at the end of each day, you can totally spend those minutes composing, cutting and playing with this on your design wall until you get it to where you want it. (I really like that idea…and might need to do that…)

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to use my new lawns–all of them–plus the coordinating lawn solids. This is a good project for using little bits of many things, and I wanted to be able to see all of my fabrics in one place and in a loose color order that would be as engaging to compose and it would be to see in finished form.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Lawn is one of my favorite things to appliqué with (see two of my Hesperides projects here and here), especially when there is a lot of shape variation and precision. The fineness of the lawn makes creating that edge distinction and combination of shape much easier, plus it’s just so darn soft to sew with.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

You’ll notice that the background fabric is not a lawn, instead it is a piece from Euclid. I love appliquéing with linen too, and here, it makes the perfect backing. The sturdiness of the linen/cotton blend makes it a very supportive backing, and the natural color allows both light and dark fabrics to pop.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

So yeah. That’s my Wildabon quilt. If you like color, fabric and shape, then there’s a good chance you can have some fun with this one too. Since I had such a good time making this one, it’s no surprise that I’ve made more Wildabon things, but you’ll have to stay tuned for those in future posts.

Wildabon Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Huge thanks to Leah for working with me on this project!

Friedlander Lawn coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m excited to see what you all do with it too.

Pattern : Wildabon

Fabrics : Friedlander Lawn and coordinating Cambridge solids (which are Lipstick, Peach, Gold, Smoke, Aqua, Charcoal, Blue, Lagoon) for the appliqué, Euclid for the backing, Friedlander for the binding

(BTW, I’m seeing some lovely kits popping up in lots of places like herehere, here, here, and here–for any Aussies)

Friedlander Lawn precuts . Carolyn Friedlander

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Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Remember the social tote? It’s a fun, travel-friendly project that Anna Graham of Noodlehead collaborated with me to create. Anna is so talented and did such a wonderful job with this project that I’m always happy to come back to it. Here’s a Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric that I made recently.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The lining is a great place to play with one of the larger prints in the collection, which I did here. I like playing with the prints and colors in a project like this that can really show them off.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The pincushion fits perfectly into one of the compartments, looking cute in there, or it can float away and be useful on its own too.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

On the flip side of the pincushion, I even added a little bit of Euclid with some decorative stitching. I always like special touches like that. They don’t take much time, but they can really personalize a project.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Happy social tote sewing!

Pattern: Social Tote

Fabrics : Friedlander and a bit of Euclid (Exterior Fabric, Lining, Trim, Pincushion accent)

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

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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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