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Nest Egg Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This Nest Egg Tote in my Friedlander Fabric was a fun one to plan and put together. The Nest Egg continues to be one of my favorite travel bags for toting around my handwork. I’m still using the original one that I made–which is still looking good–but I thought having a new one on hand would give me the option of a different look if I ever felt like it.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In this version, I did a little bit of embellishing on the front and back panels with some big stitch quilting with pearl cotton. I like the added bit of texture and color. (Tip: if you’d like to do this, add it after you’ve added your fusible fleece, but before cutting out your exterior panel. If you’re worried about the stitching getting cut off, you can always trace the panel shape onto your piece so that you know what will be trimmed off prior.)

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to my fabrics, there is also some Robert Kaufman denim (this one) on the hinge and strap. This denim is so sturdy that I didn’t even need to interface it–a plus!

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing that I like is that the design allows for another fabric to be used for the strap that wraps the bag and holds the d-rings. Here I used the plaid that is repeated on the inside, but I could totally have continued with the same denim that I used in the strap.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

The inside has plenty of space and pockets for your sewing stuff which keeps things organized. I usually tuck a writing tool, rulers, extra needles and scissors into the pockets.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

On the other side I stuff my thread, my project (not shown) and a thread catcher (also not shown). In this version I played around with a mixture of elastic bands and ribbons for tying the spools in place.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s my newest Nest Egg tote. I hope you like it!

Pattern : Nest Egg Tote (by me)

Fabrics : Friedlander, Railroad Denim Deluxe by Robert Kaufman

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Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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Tools of the Trade: Big Stitch Quilting.

big stitch tools_carolyn friedlander

While I’m talking about tools, here’s what I use when I’m doing big stitch hand quilting.

+ Thread (such as Presencia Perle Cotton in all different sizes. 8- and 12-wt are my favorites.)

+ Safety pins (not pictured, but I like using the curved kind)

+ Thimble (such as Clover Protect and Grip)

+ Plastic adhesive thimbles (such as Colonial Thimble-It)

+ Needles (such as Colonial Big Stitch Quilting Needle Pack)

+ Small scissors or snips (such as Kai N5100 4″ scissors)

And that’s it.

perle cotton thread_carolyn friedlander

Except for the Nest Egg Tote. I have one strictly devoted to holding and hauling my big stitch supplies. It lives a full and active life.

big stitch supplies in a nest egg tote_carolyn friedlander

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