A Cargo Duffle for Everyone

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Everyone in my house that wants a cargo duffle now officially has a cargo duffle. Earlier this Fall, I made myself a Cargo Duffle (super cool pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead). The kids immediately wanted their own bag for weekend trips and sleepovers. I let them look online at fabrics and they both chose different Lizzy House designs for their focal prints. I can’t blame them – her designs are the perfect mix of whimsical and modern.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son really wanted a dinosaur bag, featuring Dino Exhibit in Aqua from Lizzy’s Natural History collection. For the accent on the bottom, I sort of fell in love with the idea of using Carolyn Friedlander’s topography print in the perfect green from her Architextures collection. Of course it is now no where to be found! I put out a desperate call for a trade and my friend Cristin generously offered up her half yard for swap. I’m so happy because I love how it turned out!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also used the very last of the scraps to line the pockets. The outer pocket fabric is an Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I’m becoming more and more addicted to working these into my projects.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I wrote about my first Cargo Duffle, I mentioned some alterations I made when assembling it (widening, adding lining). I did the same for these and my son chose another Natural History Lizzy House print for his lining ~ Giants of the Deep in Blue.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected a gray zipper to match the pockets. The pattern requires a pretty specific zipper that I couldn’t find locally, so I bought mine online from WAWAK Sewing Supplies. They ship from the US, so it didn’t take long for them to arrive!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how his turned out!

My daughter really wanted a unicorn bag. We found (what we thought) was a unicorn print from The Lovely Hunt, another collection by Lizzy House. Unfortunately, when it arrived we discovered it was a very large repeat. This meant only one full unicorn was able to make it onto her bag. She was disappointed but I put it smack dab in the middle of the back so you can’t miss it.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Luckily the rest of the print is just beautiful with a variety of floral designs. We combined that with Stellar Slub Chambray in Cerise by Andover for the bottom. This was much thinner fabric than I anticipated, so I used an additional layer of fusible fleece interfacing on the back of it to thicken it up.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the pockets, she chose a combination of Meadow Flower in Pink and Flower Carpet in Fuchsia, also part of The Lovely Hunt.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The lining is more of the Flower Carpet in Fuchsia.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And the zipper is white.

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The kids were both SO excited when they came home and saw their finished bags. My son immediately loaded his with stuffed animals and declared himself ready for a sleepover!

Cargo Duffle - pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

They did get a chance to test them out at their grandma’s over the weekend and we plan to take them on our next trip to Ohio. Thanks to Anna for an awesome bag design! It’s amazing how easy a pattern is after you’ve already made it once. That said, everyone in my family (minus my husband!) has their own now, so I think my cargo duffle making days are officially over. :)

Fresh Spool Series ~ Tall Strings Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to week four of the Fresh Spool Series! I am loving the quilt blocks I’ve seen popping up online. This week I’m sharing my fourth spool quilt block, Tall Strings.

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

This spool block is really quick and easy to stitch up. (If you are new to foundation paper piecing, you can find a tutorial on my blog.)

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find the previous spool patterns on my blog by visiting the Paper Piecing Templates section of the Tutorials page or clicking the links below:

Scrappy Spool Block
Triangle Spool Block
Log Cabin Spool Block

Here are all four spool blocks so far!

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Stop by next week for our last Fresh Spool Series block pattern.

Welcome Fabric Please! and Coupon

Today I am happy to introduce you to my newest blog sponsor, Fabric Please! Fabric Please! is an online fabric and notions shop owned by fabric lover and creator Rita Ferber. Sewing most of her life, Rita knew that opening her shop would be the perfect way to help others connect with fabrics that they love, while giving her the flexibility to work from her home in Canada.

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I asked Rita to tell me a bit about her shop.

My tastes are a bit eclectic, leaning toward modern, fresh prints with a few pretty florals thrown in to balance it all out. I try to carry a selection from the leading designers (Tula Pink, Lotta Jansdotter, Jen Kingwell, Art Gallery fabrics, Moda to name a few). I usually stock what appeals to me but if there is something a customer is looking for, I will try my best to either get it in the store or help them find it somewhere else for the best price. I’d rather have a customer go away happy instead of just going away.

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Every order placed with Fabric Please! gets a little “something for nothing”. With each order there is either a free fat quarter, a mini-spool of Aurifil thread or a notion of some sort. It’s my way of saying “thank you”!

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Snowflake Quilt Along ~ Week 3

Snowflake Quilt Along ~ Week 3 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to Week 3 of the Snowflake Quilt Along! I have now seen a few pictures of finished quilt tops and I am so excited for everyone – they look fantastic! If you are just joining in, you can find links to all the posts as they go live on my Snowflake Quilt Along page.

Snowflake Quilt Along ~ Week 3 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this week’s post over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog, we will be finishing up the quilts. So great ready to baste, quilt and bind and head on over.