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05/04/20 What I’ve been making

05/04/20 – With so much going on, I appreciate being able to jump between projects depending on my mood. Here’s a look at what I’ve been making lately.


blake knit tshirt . carolyn friedlander

It’s MeMadeMay, which means it’s also a great time to scope out some good garments that people have been sewing up. (So inspiring!) For me, I’ll be making an effort to share some of my handmade wearables, and here’s one of them. This t-shirt is a new favorite. It started as something else long ago that didn’t work out and has sat in my sewing room ever since. I finally dusted it off and re-cut it into a t-shirt. Pattern is the Jeanne T-Shirt by Ready To Sew. I’m such a fan of this pattern. There are no modifications except that I left off the pocket, and the fabric is from my Blake collection.



Yes, that is toilet paper. If you haven’t heard, @elisabew and I have been hosting a TP quilt along using Java House Quilt’s We’re On a Bigger Roll pattern (deadline is extended to 5/15/20). This has been a low-stress, fun project that has sparked plenty of creativity for me. That’s what a challenge can do sometimes! It can help you think outside of your own box.

Some of my fabric TP is up there, and a bit of my background is below. I’m going a little wild in my background by doing a mashup of some of my own designs–many of which have reminded me of bathroom tiles. This seemed like the perfect way to use them.

patterned background . carolyn friedlander

I’m pretty sure I’ll continue with this theme in some more sewing projects to come…


Finally, my scrappy Everglade project (using my Everglade pattern) continues to grow!

scrappy everglade quilt blocks . carolyn friedlander

More blocks are being added to the party. The color, fabrics and slowness of this are ticking all of the boxes for me.

scrappy everglade quilt . carolyn friedlander

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Jetty Crescent Tote

Jetty Crescent Tote

Noodlehead’s Crescent Tote has been on my list since I first saw it in an issue of Making magazine. Like all of Anna’s designs, I loved the sophisticated shape and thoughtful details. Plus, it looked like something I would enjoy using. It’s not too big, but it’s big enough to hold a few things when you need to. A Jetty Crescent Tote was just what I wanted.

To start, I wanted to use one of the special prints in Jetty. These designs feature one color running along one side of the fabric and another color running along the other side. I love these prints, because they’re like a two-for-one. You have so many options on how you can use them.

jetty fabric . carolyn friedlander

Any of the colors could work great, and I decided to go with the green. I’ve been in such a green mood lately! I used the dark green side of the print for most of the exterior, and then the lighter side for the lining. (1-1/2 yards of the print is all you need.)

As a bonus detail, I cut the exterior pocket pieces with a bit of the lining side included and in the opposite direction. The direction of the grid is rotated, and you get that fun, grey band in the center. This adds a nice detail with hardly any extra effort.

Since this is quilting-weight cotton fabric, I used a little extra interfacing than was recommended. In addition to the fusible fleece on the exterior pieces, I also interfaced them with SF 101 before adhering the fleece. I interfaced everything else as suggested in the pattern, and I think it worked out great. The bag stands up nicely and holds its own.

The pockets on this bag are just what you need. There’s a smaller zipper pocket inside and another zipper pocket on the outside. If you like to carry your bag on your left shoulder, I’d recommend reversing the exterior pocket. After a shoulder injury on my right side earlier this year, I’ve been trying to do more with my left, including how I carry bags. I made this bag as designed, and so the next time I make it, I’ll probably swap the front pocket to the other side.

Pattern: Crescent Tote by Noodlehead

Fabric: Jetty (1-1/2 yards of this print is all you need for the exterior and lining)

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Arlo A quilt in Collection CF.

Here’s my Arlo A quilt in Collection CF.

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

To follow along with the pattern, it’s the Wall size and uses just the A templates. As for fabric, I used just 2 fabrics in blue from Collection CF. It’s always so hard to pick only 2, but the results can be great.

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing that keeps me coming back to this project is how many different ways you can go with it. Not only can you change the templates that you use, but you can change their orientation and how many fabrics so that it looks like a totally different project.

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Knowing that I was only going to use 2 fabrics and 1 set of the templates, I started by having a major cutting session. Then I sewed the blocks together (by machine).

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I find a stack of sewn blocks to be satisfying, and the huge dork in me delighted over the fact that these fit so nicely (in terms of shape and color!) in this treasure tray that I made last year in Harriot. (I actually stored the cut pieces in the tray before sewing them together as well, which I found to be handy.)

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This project is quilted with some straight-ish lines in the lighter sections that echo some of the different directions in the design. I like that it’s a simple approach that is varied enough to make it not so boring to do, and that it gives the project an overall texture that is pleasing and not super uniform.

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I used the darker binding to tie in the accented sections and to frame it out a bit.

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There we go. I love what this version does with the geometry of the design, and it’s definitely had me thinking about other variations still to try…

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Arlo quilt pattern, with 1/4″ acrylic template set

fabric: Collection CF

Arlo A Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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