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Redwood Tote || Driftless

Redwood Tote || Driftless - NoodleheadI hope you’ve been enjoying seeing Driftless in action. If you’re new here or just catching up, Driftless is my newest collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics that is overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, and Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun. I spent a large chunk of time sewing samples for this collection and it’s fun to be able to share these projects with you now that the fabric is in stores! Exciting!!

Of course I had to sew up as many bag samples as my little fingers would let me. The Redwood Tote was a fun one to sew up! I had so much fun making all my previous Redwood Totes that I knew it would be fun to see it come to life using Driftless. I love that this tote looks great in a single fabric exterior, like this one, but I love mixing up exterior fabrics looks amazing, too! So if you don’t typically have larger cuts of fabric, this is a fun project to incorporate a few of your faves!

Redwood Tote || Driftless - Noodlehead

This print I designed was a fun puzzle to try and figure out. I knew I wanted to illustrate the amazing clouds and their reflections on the river, more easily said than done. I spent quite a while working the repeat of this design trying to get things to look how I wanted and I’m happy the way it translated to fabric! I hope you like it!

Leather Handles, Bag Hardware, Redwood Tote pattern || Driftless - Noodlehead

I always about saving time and effort to get to a final project that I still love. So that’s why I love a leather handle, takes so much less time and effort. Plus I lined this bag with Big Sur Canvas in Unbleached which I’ve since been buying several yards at a time. I don’t have to interface the lining at all and that my friends makes me really happy. Of course when I have a exterior and lining fabric pair that I love, of course I do what’s necessary to make it work. But when I’m not too concerned with the lining, especially on a tote where it remains zipped up for the majority of its life, I’m good with Natural canvas!

Redwood Tote pattern, leather, bag hardware - Noodlehead Driftless Fabric

I think if you’re newer to bag making, the less pieces you need to cut and fuse, the less frustrated you’ll get! It’s a great stepping stone to take the pressure off a bit and give yourself a break.

Anyway, seeing this tote again makes me long for warmer days and those big puffy clouds….

Pattern: Redwood Tote
Fabrics: Water & Sky print from Driftless, Big Sur Canvas in Unbleached, Gingham
Hardware here, leather handles here (15″ length), leather crossbody strap here.

 

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Crossroads Quilt || Driftless

Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - NoodleheadThe second quilt I made using Driftless was Crossroads, a pattern by my friend Emily Dennis of Quilty Love. When I was deciding what quilts I should make, I kept coming back to this one, I was curious how the collection would look in smaller pieces and I really love how it turned out. It was a fun change of pace to do a lot of the strip piecing and borders that make up this quilt. Seeing each block come together in the end was so rewarding!Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - Noodlehead

I took my time and tried to plan out each block, doing what Emily recommends, by sorting out which fabrics were dark and light. I loved being able to add in the Interweave Chambray, for the accent, as I think it gives a really nice resting place for the eye and looks so good with Driftless, too. I think it worked out well! Plus I think this quilt is fun to look at close up, there’s always an interesting fabric combination to catch your eye!

Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - NoodleheadI chose Kona Haze as my sashing and my backing is Cambridge Lawn in Nude (sorry I managed not to get a picture of the back!).

Of course I was under a deadline with the samples, so I was lucky enough to get this quilted quickly at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. It was fun to try and figure out the quilting design in a rush. I always start thinking about the quilt design as I piece the blocks and rows together. This one didn’t really stand out to me, so I waited until I walked in to Olive Juice to decide. They have so many beautiful examples and we decided on this nested figure eight design. I think it works!

Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - Noodlehead

Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - Noodlehead

Pattern: Crossroads by Quilty Love
Fabrics: Driftess, Interweave Chambray, Kona Haze for the sashing, Kona Smoke for the binding and Cambridge Lawn in Nude for the backing.Crossroads Quilt || Driftless fabric collection by Anna Graham - Noodlehead

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Fika Tote || Driftless

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Back View

I love a roomy tote! This Fika Tote was so fun to sew up. I love the variety of fabrics that make up this tote, and it was a pleasure using Driftless for making this sample!

I think some folks might be intimidated to start a large tote like the Fika. There are quite a few pieces, but I think if you take the steps in small chunks you’ll be surprised how that makes everything less stressful! There’s nothing that makes me more frustrated than to have a nice long sewing session, but at the end finding myself tired and just not ready to tackle any more steps. Resist that temptation to push yourself, even a short 30 minute break for a snack does wonders. Also, going to bed instead of those late night sessions and waking up refreshed the next day is really a thing!

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Front View

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Back View

The Fika Tote is one of my favorite ways to feature a favorite fabric, do you sense a theme here? I really enjoy giving fabrics the spotlight they deserve and I am biased, but I think this one is a good opportunity for that!

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Interior

I paired my Lily print with the ‘wrong’ side of Indigo Denim 8 oz. fabric and it just is so dreamy! Lovely to sew and not too bulky either! The lining is my Algea print which is such a nice petite design that I think is lovely in this application.

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead

Pattern: Fika Tote
Fabrics: Lily and Algea from Driftless and Indigo Denim 8 oz. by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Zippers for the top optional recessed zipper can be found in my shop!

Fika Tote || Driftless Fabric collection - Noodlehead