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A Batch Of Thread Catchers.

I did manage to crank out a batch of thread catchers for some of my local sewing buds. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, and our holiday get together gave me the perfect excuse to do it.

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

Even with a lot going on, I was very glad to steal away a few hours to make a little something for each of them. And, most of the fabrics were leftovers from other recent projects that were sitting in piles needing to get sorted, so it was kind of like tidying the studio a bit too!

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

I used this tutorial to make a regular and a mini for each person. I’ve updated the tutorial to include both sizes. (Scroll down to the bottom of the tutorial for the adjustments to make the mini.) Personally, I like having both size options, because sometimes you need more and sometimes you need less. They each satisfy two different needs.

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

I probably could have made myself a couple more while I was at it, because I didn’t seem to have one handy a few times this week when I could have used one. Does anyone else end up with makeshift thread piles or is it just me?

Next time…

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

These guys are pretty speedy, and I really liked pairing up the different fabric combinations. In the end I let everyone pick their own. It was fun to see who picked what–many lined up as I thought they might and others surprised me a bit.

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

Lots of thread catchers!

thread catchers . carolyn friedlander

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Polk Pouches and Bags.

Bag making can be really fun and very practical. Here are some Polk pouches and bags that I made using the new fabric.

Polk Fabric Projects . Carolyn Friedlander

Noodlehead makes some of my favorite bag and pouch patterns, and I’ve made several of them out of Polk.

First up are some pencil pouches, which are from a free tutorial of hers. These guys are great and not just for pencils. I’ve used mine for toiletries, hand sewing and several other things.

Polk Pencil Pouches

Polk Pencil Pouches

What’s fun is that you can come up with different fabric combinations for the outside panels.

Polk Pencil Pouches

Polk Pencil Pouches

Polk Pencil Pouches

Polk Pencil Pouches

Pattern: Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Noodlehead

Fabric(s): Polk, Architextures and Essex Yarn Dyed in Aqua

Polk Pencil Pouches

Next up are some Petal Pouches (pattern by Noodlehead).

Polk Petal Pouches

There are 2 sizes included in the pattern–small and large. I’ve made both. I use the smaller size to hold ear buds, chargers and other travel essentials. The bigger one holds more, and I’ve even used mine as a clutch when attending an event.

Polk Petal Pouches

Polk Petal Pouches

It’s such an attractive shape, and if you’re worried about sewing curves–don’t be! This one is pretty gentle.

Polk Petal Pouches

Polk Petal Pouches

Polk Petal Pouches

Pattern: Petal Pouch by Noodlehead

Fabric(s): Polk, Gleaned and Essex Classic Wovens

Polk Petal Pouches

I finally made a Traverse bag (pattern also by Noodlehead).

Polk Traverse Bag

I love this bag so much, and it’s been on my to-sew list forever. Since making it (like immediately upon making it) I’ve been carrying it around daily, and it’s been perfect. The pattern includes 2 size options, and this is the smallest size.

Polk Traverse Bag

I love the small size because it means I’m not overloading myself and carrying more than what I need. I find that this size holds all of the essentials.

Polk Traverse Bag

Also handy, I used one of Anna’s hardware kits. It included the zippers, d-rings, slider, cording and little leather accents. I love that she has these available in her shop.

Polk Traverse Bag

Pattern: Traverse Bag by Noodlehead

Fabric(s): Polk and Essex Classic Wovens, hardware kit from Noodlehead

Polk Traverse Bag

It’s worth mentioning that I also recently updated my wallet situation. I’m now using Noodlehead’s minimalist wallet (the smaller size), and it works perfectly with the Traverse. If you’ve ever wanted to make a wallet, this one is a fun and smart sew. I love how easily it comes together.

Polk Minimalist Wallet

Pattern: Minimalist Wallet by Noodlehead

Fabric(s): Polk and Liberty

Last up is not from Noodlehead, but instead from Grainline. It’s the Dopp kit from the Portside Travel Set. Someone made me one of these, and I use it ALL the time. It’s such a perfect size for many things, but I’m often using it to tote around sewing supplies like my rotary cutter, scissors and other stuff.

Polk Portside Dopp Kit

Plus, the flat, zippered pocket on the front (there’s a flap hiding the zipper) is perfect for holding your seam gauge and other flat stuff.

Polk Portside Dopp Kit

Polk Portside Dopp Kit

Polk Portside Dopp Kit

Pattern: Dopp kit from the Portside Travel Set by Grainline

Fabric(s): Polk, Architextures and Essex Classic Wovens

Polk Portside Dopp Kit

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Meet Davie.

Meet Davie, my newest house pattern.

Davie Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

See the resemblance?

I don’t know why I love this house so much, but I do. It’s just so cute. Plus, when we’re talking about house quilts, they are such a favorite, and this one makes a good one. With Davie, I love this size block in particular. It’s big enough to have fun with fabric, but small enough to where you get to make several of them.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The design works with fat quarter cuts (18″ x 22″), and so fabric selection couldn’t be easier. I started with each of the (8) pieces from my Polk collection, and then added these 4 guys into the mix.

Davie Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

I liked how the crispness of the white, the warmth of the peach, and the brightness of the blues rounded out the colors with the other pieces.

Davie Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

I worked the colors in a specific order so that you get this neat stacking of shapes. The house in one block becomes the background in the block below it, making the whole thing really fun to look at. Of course, you totally don’t have to do that. You can mix up the fabrics however you please (just see the next version below)!

Polk Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

But then I wanted to make another sample. These houses are a little addictive…

Davie Fabric Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

For the next one, I was drawn toward pinks and peaches–in prints, checks and solids.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

For this one, I worked with the other size included in the pattern which uses 6 fat quarters, and will give you a smaller wall hanging–or 2 mini quilts. The nerd in me loves the idea of 2 minis, because you can keep one for yourself and give the other one away. Or, better yet, you and a friend can each make a pair and then trade 1 of each. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

With this set, I totally mixed up all of my pairings. While the first version had a specific rhythm to how the fabrics rotated their positions, in this one, I tried to mix it up as much as possible. (First is far left, pair is far right.)

Mini Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

After Quilt Market, I taught Davie at Superbuzzy in Ventura, CA. Here’s a look at some of the class blocks. Great, right? Gives you some ideas on where else to take it…

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Davie has been shipping to stores now, so make sure to ask for it, or you can also find the digital version available in my shop here.

First version fabric(s): Polk, plus Architextures (AFR-13503-239), Gleaned (AFR-17292-1), Kona Waterfall, Kona Paris Blue

Pink/peach version fabric(s): Polk (AFR-17841-380, AFR-17842-391), Carolina Gingham (P-16368-107), Kona Orangeade, Kona Cantaloupe, Essex Classic Wovens (SRK-17585-63)

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

 

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