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Nest Egg tote meets Alturas.

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I made this for a friend…

 

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…using my new nest egg tote pattern and a block from my alturas quilt.

The fabrics are a mix of things that I pulled on the fly. There’s some doe, botanics, and architextures, as well as Robert Kaufman Essex and Chambray, Kona Pickle, and a mysterious blue sewing print from my stash. The decorative elastic that I used was a perfect (and lucky) match. I stocked up on a few colors when I found them at The Common Thread in Austin this past summer, and I’m glad that I did. This color came in super handy. When I used it here, I folded it in half and topstitched it together for a more streamlined look.

 

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In keeping with all things round, I thought it’d be a fun touch to throw a doe roll-up in there along with some other sewing-related goodies.

 

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#nesteggtote

#alturasquilt

#savoreachstitch

 

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Sewing for baby: Totem quilt.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_10_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Almost any day now, my sister will be giving birth to her first kid. I’m excited to be an aunt again. My brother has two little boys, and they’ve been a great joy in my life as well as a blast to sew for. My sister however, is having a girl, which will change things up. I’ve gotten so used to needing to be creative with what I sew for my nephews. While there are some great boys-sewing projects and fabrics out there, the options pale in comparison to the overabundance of projects and fabrics for girls.

 

Today and tomorrow, I’m doing a couple of posts for two things that I’ve made for her and her new baby. First up, is a Totem quilt.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_Carolyn Friedlander

 

I started this project much earlier this summer, long before I knew the gender. Had I known what they were having then, it wouldn’t have changed much. I like the idea of creating something that can appeal to both baby–regardless of gender–and parents, and not necessarily cater to stereotypes. We don’t know what the baby’s tastes are going to be, so why not give her some variety? It was fun to make it more of a creative challenge to find a mix of things that would be pleasing to all parties involved.

 

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Eventually, we did find out the gender, and so I might have loosened up by adding more small florals, that still weren’t too in-your-face-feminine. I kept to a soft palette of pretty peaches and blues, with some chambrays, gingham and other wovens for added texture. Of course, I also made sure that all of my fabric lines so far were represented–architextures, botanics and doe.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_12_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Choosing the fabric for the borders was a bit of a tough decision. I wavered slightly between going for more of a peach, but the soft Dusty Blue Essex linen that I went with was what I had in mind all along. It just looked and felt right. When I sister brought it into the baby’s room for the first time, we realized that the border fabric matched her rocking chair perfectly.

 

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On the back, I went with a pretty Leah Duncan floral print. I didn’t have quite enough, so I was able to squeeze in a little bit of a Lotta Jansdotter print as well. I love how the combination of the two worked out in terms of both color and pattern. The binding fabric is from Lizzy House’s Catnap line.

 

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#totemquilt

 

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Bartow Quilt for Kona 30th Anniversary + giveaway.

I hope y’all had an excellent Thanksgiving! Mine was great. I ate, spent time with family, and just generally unplugged. I also managed to start in on some home improvements, which is what I’ll continue on with this weekend, but first, it’s my turn to share a new project.

 

 

Here’s a quilt that I did for the Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary.

 

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And it’s free.

The design is super simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Konas are amazing to work with, and my favorite part about them is the beautiful range of colors. (There are now 303 of them!) This design is a celebration of that. I picked some old faves as well many new ones that they introduced this summer.

 

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I love working on projects like this that add so much color to your workspace! Wondering which color was up next was part of the excitement of putting it together.

 

 

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It was also a great canvas for playing around with some big stitch quilting…

 

 

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Photo by Modern Handcraft

 

And now for the giveaway. Robert Kaufman has generously offered to give away a Doe coordinating Kona charm pack (which you could easily use to make your very own Bartow)! Leave a comment below mentioning your favorite Kona color in order to be entered. Drawing will end at 10am tomorrow (November 30, 2014).

 

Kona Doe Coordinates_Robert Kaufman

 

And make sure to check out these other great stops on the tour–so many great projects with Kona!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

 

Kona Cotton Solids 30th Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#bartowquilt

#konacotton

#omg303

 

 


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