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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.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_11_Carolyn Friedlander

 

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.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_13_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_14_Carolyn Friedlander

 

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.

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_8_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

Totem quilt for Laurie_15_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

#totemquilt

 

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Doe fabric accessories.

To wrap up on Doe clothes week, here are some accessories.

Two scarves…

 

doe fabric infinity scarves_carolyn friedlander

 

Although I’ve actually made three so far (one was given away without properly photographing it…typical.) The pattern is the Infinity Scarf (a free pattern found here) from Pink Chalk Fabrics. I love this pattern because they fit and wear beautifully, don’t take too much fabric to make, and go together quickly and easily. While tidying up my closet this weekend, I realized how many of these I’ve actually made–it’s a lot!

 

The one on the left uses Doe, Cambridge (blue solid), and Chambray Union. The one on the right features two Doe prints and a Nani Iro double gauze that I picked up at Pink Castle Fabrics a couple of weeks ago while I was there for Camp Stitchalot.

 

doe fabric infinity scarves detail_carolyn friedlander

 

My other favorite new Doe-related accessory is some Doe earrings.

 

doe earrings

 

I can’t take credit for these. Kristen over at TwoBlondesAndASewingMachine put them together for me along with many more, but I’ve already given some away. I think that they are so adorable and plan to keep some for myself as well as give out more as gifts to friends and family.

 

Here I am sporting both at my Schoolhouse during Quilt Market. (I have no clue what kind of destruction is going on behind me…)

 

Carolyn Friedlander schoolhouse

 

 

 

#doeclothes

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Makes: Totem quilt.

totem quilt_soft and scrappy_2_carolyn friedlander

 

This is also something that I’ve gotten into this summer–another Totem (one of my new patterns this past spring). The fabrics that I am using are a soft and happy mixture of things–some architextures, botanics, gingham, dear stella, blueberry park, lotta, essex…and whatever else I have on hand.

 

totem quilt_soft and scrappy_1_carolyn friedlander

 

totem quilt_soft and scrappy_5_carolyn friedlander

 

totem quilt_soft and scrappy_4_carolyn friedlander

 

totem quilt_soft and scrappy_3_carolyn friedlander

 

I started this while I was up in Vermont earlier this summer and have a few more blocks to complete before I add the borders, which I haven’t decided on yet, but I might be leaning towards some Essex…

 

 

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