I made this recently for a buddy.
Clams are fun. I hope to make more soon.
Thing have been a bit nuts lately, but here’s something I managed to slip in last week thanks to some late-night, extra-curricular sewing. There were a couple colliding factors at play that resulted in this mix.
Number 1, let’s just say that the cargo duffle (free pattern!) has been on my mind ever since I first saw images of it. Anna Graham is so talented, and she generously designed the pattern to go along with the Botanics release. (I’ve been in the Noodlehead fan club for some time, see clutch, supertote and social tote.)
Number 2, I just got an accu-cutter last week. Clamshells are great, but they are also something I’d probably never have gotten around to if I had to cut them out by hand, so I’m really glad to be able to roll them through the cutter. Now, I can get real about all the clams that Latifah (Clam Queen) has been inspiring me with. (Btw, for anyone else wanting to make clams, her video is a must-watch.)
But, I also don’t have a lot of time for off-topic sewing…
So I merged the two things, and my clammy cargo was born.
Plus, I was hitting the road last week to teach in North Carolina, and I knew my trunk show would not be complete without a new Botanics-filled bag. (Sewing justification is too easy sometimes.)
I tried out some 30-wt Aurifil with this bag. It’s a tad thicker than the 50-wt that I normally use, but this was a perfect application. The stitches show up quite nicely. I also threw some Railroad denim on the bottom and in the handles. I love that stuff.
The only unfortunate thing about this version was that I had to leave off the front pockets. While I love the way they work in the pattern, I hated to cover up my clams. Those will just have to make it onto the next one.
It was a no-brainer when the folks at Spoonflower asked if I wanted to make a social tote out of their fabrics. Well, almost a no-brainer. My one fear was getting totally lost in all the creatively unique designs in their marketplace–that part would be no easy decision! But I managed to whittle down a long list of favorites and am so pleased with how it turned out. My wonderful Mom ended up putting it together and did an awesome job! Thanks, Mom!
Here are links to the fabrics I ended up using.
Exterior (which I had printed on the cotton/linen–so nice!)
And Noodlehead is doing a giveaway over at her blog, so if you haven’t already I think there’s still time to enter.
I’ve put together a little tutorial (right here) for this tote I recently made.
Another newbie to my Slow Sewing Studio group.
The design is inspired by a cast-iron gate on Park Avenue in my town.
Could also be a quilt.
In fact, this has also been my practice piece for the big stitch that I’ve been doing. I need to re-photo to update.
And I’ve also made a tote, which I’ll be sharing in a tutorial soon.
Hope you had a wonderful 4th!
I thought I’d share my architextures version of the social tote.
If you haven’t already seen it, make sure to check out Anna’s recent post on developing the social. Again, she is so amazingly talented and was such a blast to work with.
Thanks so much for all the interest in the pattern! I’ve really enjoyed opening my inbox each time to your kind words. And I’m sorry that some of you are having trouble finding it, but thanks for your incredible patience! With it being a new pattern it sometimes takes a little bit of time to find its way into the shops. While shops are awaiting their stock, I’m happy to get the pattern to you. Just send me a note, and we’ll get you set up. ( info [at] carolynfriedlander [dot] com )
This might be a good time for me to ask–would you want the option to buy the pattern directly from my website? How do you feel about having a downloadable option?
Because I’m curious, and I value your thoughts.
It’ll hold your handwork.
And she was a collaborative effort between myself and the very talented Anna Graham of Noodlehead. If you don’t know Anna’s work already, you should definitely check it out. She’s great and was so much fun to work with. (I’ve made her stuff here and here–see Super Tote.)
We’ve got a pin cushion in there too. And she fits perfectly.
Bias tape tips here.
It’s been fun slipping in a few non-market related items over the last few weekends.
The first was a camera strap for my sister and her brand new camera.
made from the camera strap pattern in this booklet.
Then there was a Super Tote.
Except I added cording to the entire front. (Would have added to the back too but ran out…)
Pleated gusset is a sweet lil detail.
Loving the elast-i-fied inside pockets. They will hold a TON.
And finally some wiksten tanks that I’d been dying to make. These suckers go together nice and fast–I whipped out 2 in one day.
First with tsuru.
Then with some architextures.
I’m going to be living in these this summer.
Finally a new purse.
Using my gray ledger print on the bias has been really fun–especially for some thick cording.
Peach pockets on the inside.
My new go-to label system.
Hardware (from the buckle guy) that I just happened to have on hand. Love it when that happens.
Instead of using a magnet or velcro, I decided to go binder-style and use 2 vintage buttons from my stash with some braided embroidery floss.
Quilt Market has always been a fun adventure, and this last time was especially nice because my sister Laurie came along to help. To show her some gratitude and also make sure she was well-equipped and festive for the weekend, I made for her an architextures tote bag.
The design itself was fairly simple. To create the outside panels, I used blocks from my herringbone pattern, some Kona teal blue to frame the blocks, and big chunks of the blue trees. I sewed those together, adding box corners at the bottom and some straps at the top. For the inside I used the green topo and a selvage label with tree markings on the pocket.
It just so happens that my sister is a landscape architect, so this was not only a fitting gift for toting around Quilt Market, but it’s also apparently been a big hit in her office.