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Sewing for baby: Go Anywhere bag by Noodlehead.

In addition to the baby Totem quilt, I also wanted to make my sister a diaper bag before the arrival of her new baby. After doing some research–which included polling Moms who sew–I got the tip that Noodlehead’s Go Anywhere Bag is very well suited for the task. So, I went for it.


Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_Carolyn Friedlander


The bag was fun and easy to make. I can see how the design works well for carrying and organizing just the right amount of stuff without making it look or feel like you are toting your entire life with you. To make it super sturdy, I quilted the exterior panels and used a ton of stabilizer in the handles.


Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_detail_Carolyn Friedlander


Another bonus is that it’s a great design for showing off a favorite piece of fabric. The fabric that I used on the exterior pockets is a print from Ellen Luckett Baker’s first line with Kokka, called Stamped. My sister is a huge fan of this print (and I am too!), and I just happened upon some of it in my adventuring to different quilt shops this summer. When I saw it, I knew that a diaper bag was in order.


Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_fabric detail_Carolyn Friedlander


The other fabrics that I used were some Essex Yarn Dyed in Indigo from Robert Kaufman for the body, some Doe for the handles, and two different pieces from Architextures in the main lining and exterior pocket lining. Then there is also a little bit of Botanics for the inside pockets. (This sister is the landscape architect, so I always enjoy making use of plant-related prints for her.)


Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_inside pocket_Carolyn Friedlander


Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_outside pocket_Carolyn Friedlander


My sister really likes it, and my brother-in-law likes it too! He said that it’s a bag he’ll be happy to carry around when toting their new baby and all of her associated necessities. Double score.



Go Anywhere Bag for Laurie_backside_Carolyn Friedlander






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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





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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














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