A Maker’s Tote in Progress

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ve taken a quick break from my Crosses and Losses blocks to work on a handmade gift for my daughter for Christmas. A couple weeks ago, Anna of Noodlehead released her latest pattern, the Maker’s Tote. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my kids. They love to take their markers, doodle books, and little toys with them when we go on trips. I went in search of the perfect fabric for my 9 year old daughter. She is growing up so fast and quickly rejecting anything that she thinks is “for little kids”. Sniff sniff. :( When I came across Carrie Bloomston’s fabric, I knew it was perfect. I used prints from both her Paint (Brushes in Inky, Palette in Spackle, Patina in Aqua) and Story (Stars in Hot Pink) line.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really wanted to use the quilt-as-you-go technique for the outside. I checked in with Anna to make sure that it wouldn’t ruin something further down the pattern. She gave me the ok so I got stitching!

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent about 6 hours yesterday assembling. Don’t let that scare you away. I am very slow when it comes to making 3D objects. Especially my first time following a pattern.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I share my finished Maker’s Tote, I will go over all my modifications (not a lot). But in case you are in the process of making one too, my favorite change was adding stitched lines to one of the inner pockets to hold their markers. Spill proof! These markers are Stabilo 68, and my small Maker’s Tote fits 16 markers. My lines are stitched 5/8″ apart.

You can find Carrie Bloomston’s fabric at my sponsors below:

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Now to make a second tote for my son. This time in Star Wars prints. It looks like my days of using licensed fabric aren’t quite over yet. 😉

Cargo Duffle ~ A Finished Weekend Bag

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cargo Duffle over the weekend! As I mentioned last week, the Cargo Duffle is a free pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead. I just love Anna’s bag patterns. They always have a store-bought look to them.

For my bag, I used Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey’s PB&J collection for my pockets and Miniflores in Sunbathed from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for my lining (more on the lining later).

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern was released 2 years ago, but there are benefits to being late to the party! A lot of people have made this duffle bag. Doing a quick Google search, I was able to see quite of few modifications and work some of them into my bag. The biggest change I made was widening the bag. What can I say? I travel with a lot of stuff. I used the wider dimensions over at Coconut Robot for my duffle. It was a pretty simple change and I’m happy with the increased space.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The other major change I made was lining my bag, rather than using bias tape on the inner seams. I chose an orange print by Leah Duncan that really pops! You can find tips on making the lining over at Skirt as Top. I hand-stitched my lining in along the zipper as well as the seams that connects the top of the duffle to the sides.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finally, I made just a couple other minor changes…I added fabric zipper covers to the ends of my zipper (not sure what those are called) and leather to the zipper pulls.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how this bag turned out! My kids have told me they want this same size for their cargo duffles. It took me about a week to make this one (working here and there) – quilt as you go can take a bit of time. I expect theirs to go faster though, as now I know what I’m going. They have both chosen some fabric by Lizzy House, and I can’t wait to share them with you once they are finished.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Overall, this was a great pattern for experienced bag makers. If you have a few bags under your belt, you shouldn’t run into any trouble. And be sure to look online for some great inspiration as many others have made this cargo duffle over the last two years!

A Nautical Quilt Top and New Bag Progress

Nautical Quilt Top, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Nautical quilt top! As I mentioned in my last post, this is a pattern by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew. There are lots of sizing options, but this is for a child and I chose the crib quilt. Thanks for all your suggestions on backing fabric! I ended up ordering some adorable whales from the Message in a Bottle collection, recommended by Kimber. Hopefully it arrives in the next couple of days and I can get basting!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also started making the Cargo Duffle pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I was looking at the pattern and planning my fabrics, when my daughter sat down next to me. After about 30 seconds, I was roped into making a second duffle. Then my son notices what’s going on. Yep, a third duffle. So I hope you like this bag, because you will probably be seeing a few of them come together on the blog!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using a print called Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, and a print called Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey‘s PB&J collection for my pockets. I have a few zippers coming in the mail in the next few days, so once that arrives I will be able to finish up the first duffle. Can’t wait to share more soon!

Bag Making with Noodlehead and Handmade Style

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Over the last week, I have made not one, but two bags. I must admit that I was somewhat motivated by seeing all the great handmade pouches and art bags and duffles on my trip to Wisconsin. My second motivation was receiving Handmade Style from Anna of Noodlehead. (thanks Anna! xox) Handmade Style is such a beautiful book, from the projects to the photography (by Holly of Bijou Lovely and Anna herself). The book is laid out with 60+ pages of styled project photography at the beginning and then 80+ pages of directions with hand drawn diagrams. There is a pullout sheet with pattern pieces.

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are quite a few things I plan on making in the book, and I started with the tablet case.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I picked some Cotton + Steel canvas for the outside quilting cotton for the inside.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

At the last minute, I decided to leave off the tiny pocket, but if I had left it on, I would have used some of the scraps I bought from Krista at Spotted Stones.

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You know it’s a good day in the sewing room when you get to use your piping foot (BERNINA foot #59) and a hammer (yep, that snap is installed GOOD.)

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how this tablet case has darts on the bottom. There’s plenty of room in the case for my iPad, Kindle and even chargers. I plan on loading it up on my next roadtrip!

Tablet Case / Pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have a few more projects on my list from Handmade Style. I really want to make the Gingham Bag. (left page, top right photo):

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This makeup travel case (I even want to copy the fabric! Yep!):

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love this modern triangle quilt.

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And I am seriously contemplating making this bench!

Handmade Style by Anna Graham : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ll be sure to share as I create!