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Creative Bug BOM Trudy.

It’s time to meet the newest and final member of my 2016 contribution to the Creative Bug BOM, Trudy.

BOM Trudy . Carolyn Friedlander

She’s fairly simple, but also adventurous and adaptable based on your fabric choices and how you decide to use them.

BOM Trudy . Carolyn Friedlander

If you’re in the mood to fussy cut or explore pairings of your favorite fabrics–small and/or large-scale, this is a great way to use the design. I used the same fabric for both circles in the navy and gold versions above, but then I employed 3 fabrics in the pale pink and khaki block.

I liked the idea of using a larger, focal fabric in the center and then a different print to frame it. After completing this pink one, I felt the urge to make a bunch more in similar shades and a mix of prints. I thought (and still think!) it would make a lovely wall hanging or baby quilt.

BOM Trudy . Carolyn Friedlander

The gentle outer and inner curves make this block is a perfect place to start if you’re new to needle-turn appliqué, and the various ways to explore fabric make it enticing to anyone familiar or unfamiliar with the technique.

Here’s a link to BOM Trudy on Creative Bug.

Happy sewing!

BOM Trudy . Carolyn Friedlander

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Howard Block on Creative Bug.

Have you been following the Block-Of-The-Month series on Creative Bug? Well, it’s time for another block from me. Meet my Howard block.

Howard Block on Creative Bug . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s a somewhat speedy, architecturally-inspired block that is fun to whip up. I mixed and matched some of my prints from architextures and doe, but I can see things changed up in many different ways. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to paper piece this guy, and I’ll bet you can get a few whipped out easily in an afternoon.

So what do you think?

Happy Howard making!

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Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

Euclid starts shipping this month–yay! And to celebrate that, I plan to step up my sharing game on my Euclid projects. I’ve made so much stuff and haven’t totally caught up on sharing it all. To start, here are a couple of Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes that I made right before Quilt Market. The pattern, Wrap Pocket Tote by Purl Soho–a free tutorial–is one that has always intrigued me.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

In the first one, I used some Euclid for the exterior, some Architextures for the trim and lining, some Robert Kaufman Denim (this and this) for the pocket and handle, and my Carkai for the pocket trim.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

I even made use of the special edge treatment in this Euclid print for one of the panels.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

I made these totes basically as instructed in the tutorial. I didn’t add any extra interfacing to the exterior or lining pieces, they are simply the fabrics themselves which make for a nice weight. However, since I made my own handles (which isn’t in the tutorial), I interfaced those to give them plenty of stability. I’ve found that handles take the most abuse and can benefit from added stability.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

For the other one, I used more Euclid for the exterior, some Carkai for the trim and handles and then some Doe for the lining.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

I can’t remember exactly, but I either cut something wrong, needed a little extra height or just felt like adding a piece of this Robert Kaufman denim to one of the exterior panels. Because of the way this bag is constructed, I wasn’t sure how it would affect the final product, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it all played out. In the end, I like how it adds something special to the bottom of the bag.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

Light-colored linings are typically my go-to. It just makes it all so much easier to see into when you’re rooting around to find what you need.

Euclid Wrap Pocket Totes . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Wrap Pocket Tote by Purl Soho

Fabrics : Euclid, Carkai, Doe, Architextures, Robert Kaufman denims (this one and this one)

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