A Frolic Quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Frolic, Quilts | One Comment

I was thrilled earlier this year when fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member and maker of beautiful quilts, Shannon Fraser said YES to making a quilt with FROLIC.

Shannon’s clean design aesthetic can always be counted on in her work and she certainly didn’t disappoint with this stunner, Spring is in the Air.

Choosing to work with large pieces of fabric to show off the designs is a delightful way to work and oh-so-effective with the different tonal values in the FROLIC collection (and, as she points out in her blog post… quick!). And her graphic quilting is the perfect complement.

I just love how cheery and fresh this quilt is. Shannon has created a pattern for it which is available here and one lucky person can actually win a free pattern on Shannon’s blog post here. So run on over and enjoy all her pretty pictures and story telling along the way.

Oh, and Shannon’s binding fabric of choice? Tresse, which is available in 4 juicy colours and is just the perfect not-too-heavy finishing frame for this lovely piece.

Thanks for making such a gorgeous piece to showcase FROLIC, Shannon!

A Couple FROLIC Quilts From Quilt Market

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Blog, Frolic, Quilt Market, Quilts, Tutorials | 4 Comments

I sat out Quilt Market this time around, but FROLIC was there in full force in the Michael Miller Fabrics booth.

In preparation I made four quilts, two of which I am sharing with you today (and yes, you have access to the free instructions for both).

The first is a baby quilt. Happy, young and colourful.

The Frolic Field Baby Quilt is a play on colour (as I like to do) moving gently from saturated floral colours to shades of leaves and sky, all mixed with white.

Simple, graphic half-square triangles with some shots of plain white squares keep things light, airy and easy on the eyes, while meandering quilting lines move horizontally across the quilt to give a wind-swept feel.

As the finished quilt is 35″ x 44″, it was the perfect opportunity to back it with the Frolic Border fabric. This print is a double border print, so regardless of which way you hold the quilt, there is a happy border facing the right way.

And really, what babe wouldn’t love these critters and colours? You can find the list of fabrics used and the full instructions here.

Next up is Frolic Migration.

This is a second take on the Starry Migration Quilt I made a few years ago with the black and white prints from my Origami Oasis collection.

Migration of colour from the most intense blues through to much gentler ones with a shot of hot orange make this a bold quilt, while the use of the white fabric for the ground keeps it spare and clean at the same time.

At 41″ x 53″ this is a good size for a lap quilt or for a toddler. Simply expand on the pattern to make a fun single or double quilt size for a child’s bed.

The list of fabrics and complete instructions can be found here.

I will share the other 2 quilts shortly. See you then.

Thread Riding Hood Sews Frolic Tees

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog, Frolic | One Comment

The wonderful Canadian sewing blogger, Sherri of Thread Riding Hood is the second talented sewer to contribute a project to the FROLIC blog tour.

Sherri whipped up these kid-friendly Banyan Tunics for her girls using FROLIC Knits. On her blog post she shares some great info on the quality of the fabrics as well as her shrink test findings.

Skip on over to see her full post with lots of great photos of her sweet girls sporting their new tees & cute headbands as well as Sherri’s adorable diy clothing labels.

Thanks for the cute inspiration, Sherri! Makes me want to pull out the serger.

Elegance & Elephants Sews Frolic!

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog, Frolic | No Comments

As a countdown to FROLIC being shipped to stores in a few weeks, I promised it, so here goes… the first in a series of posts sharing lots of sewing inspiration with FROLIC!

One of my very favourite Canadian children’s pattern designers, Heidi of Elegance & Elephants has created two lovely dresses with FROLIC.

Firstly, she used the Frolic Border in conjunction with Summer Portrait, a sweet flowered porcupine print in this adorable dress for her daughter.

Then she chose to use one of her recent patterns, the Skola Dress for this charming knit (Still so excited I now have knits!) dress. This one uses Frolicking in Raspberry.

Jump on over to Heidi’s blog for lots of pretty pictures including a look at the capri leggings and headband she also sewed up with the knit. So cute!

Thanks for enchanting us with your fabulous sewing, Heidi!

Introducing FROLIC and my First Knits!

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Blog, Frolic, Quilt Market | 2 Comments

After a long spell of being busy working on other projects, I am so thrilled to let you know I have a new fabric collection making its debut at Quilt Market in St Louis later this week and shipping to stores mid-June.

Inspired by a Mexican fiesta, FROLIC is a sweet, bright and playful collection where hand-painted critters cavort in a whimsical flower garden, where multicoloured blossoms replace the spines on the back of a hedgehog, where the air is full of petals and where love abounds.

Classic blue and white mixed with touches of pinks, oranges and fresh greens for a true Spring/Summer collection that is full of life. Oh, and do you recognize the print right at the top of the blues? Yep. It’s a mini remake of Bargello from Flight Patterns, my first collection with Michael Miller that showed at Quilt Market exactly 4 years ago.

Saturated, clear colours take centre-stage with many prints on clean white grounds to add lots of fresh air to the mix.

One of the highlights of the collection is the double border print, Frolic Border that offers all kinds of sewing possibilities, from sweet dresses and skirts to pillows and certainly lots of fun fussy cutting for quilts. It also works wonderfully as a whole cloth baby quilt top or back.

Here’s a little peak at where the collection began, playing in my watercolour sketchbook. A little secret… While she resembles a fox, that’s actually our border collie, Lilou, lower right, that jumps to pick up her toy just like a fox would in the snow. And under the book, the end result, Frolicking, available in 4 luscious colour ways.

A big thrill for me with FROLIC is the inclusion of my first ever KNITS! There are 9 in total. These knits are so very soft with just the right amount of stretch (95% cotton and 5% spandex) and are a dream to sew with. Bring on the sergers! Just imagine all the cute kiddo leggings, t-shirts and dresses.

Over the next few weeks a number of wonderfully creative bloggers and friends will be sharing some fun FROLIC projects they have in the works and I will also be sharing the quilts and clothing I have sewn over the past couple of months. Hope you check in here regularly to have a peek.

Oh… And there’s a great collaborative FROLIC project with a fabulous sewing-related company I can’t wait to share with you too.
All coming in the upcoming days…