A FROLIC Aurifil Thread Kit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 4 Comments

This is an exciting project I had the pleasure of collaborating on this Spring. A FROLIC thread collection with Aurifil. How cool is that!?

Twelve large spools of gorgeous 50wt. Egyptian cotton threads housed in their own collectors’ box.

I chose the colours based on the saturated hues of the fabric collection’s grounds, including 2 white spools, and added a light blue variegated spool as a little something special.

So if you’re looking for that perfect colour blue thread to topstitch your daughter’s Maggie Jean dress, look no further.

While the colours are specific to the Frolic collection, they were also chosen as standards for all you sewers who love working with lots of colour (cause I know there are all kinds of rainbow lovers out there).

If you ‘d like a box, be sure to ask your local fabric store to bring them in with the fabric collection.

And, as a little hint of what’s coming up, the threads have been doing double duty in my sewing room lately as they may just work really well with a certain fabric collection of mine (that of course, I can’t show you pictures of yet) that’s soon to be shown to stores and will be coming your way in the Fall.

A Couple More Frolic Quilts

A couple weeks ago I shared the first 2 of 4 quilts I made with FROLIC for Quilt Market. Today it’s time for the other two.

As FROLIC is a pretty young, playful, bold collection, I wanted to create a quilt that worked along the same lines. My mind went to children’s sorting games where colour, shape and counting play a principal role. The Building Blocks Quilt is what resulted.

5 different blocks for 5 colour groupings. Squares turned on point for orange, half-square triangles for green, equilateral triangles in blue, petals in pink and circles for the multicoloured print, Mini Bargello. Arranging the blocks in groupings of varying numbers results in a bold, playful quilt… Just what I was going for. With all that colour, a white ground keeps things from getting too intense.

You can find a complete list of fabrics used & the free downloadable instructions here.

Beyond the last 2 quilts I shared and the 1 above, I was asked to do a larger, really eye-catching quilt for one wall of the Michael Miller Market booth, so I chose to go full on with colour in this Over the Mountain Quilt.

Simple equilateral triangles arranged in an inverted V formation according to colour makes for a striking quilt top.

I paired each print I was using with a solid Cotton Couture partner, keeping the lighter of the 2 for the triangle in each block. This formation makes for some fun fussy cutting where some FROLIC critters can be highlighted.

Lots of luscious colour!

Find the list of fabrics used and the full instructions here.

{ Happy Sewing } My First Attempt at Sewing Knits

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 2 Comments

A quick post to show you my first tiny tentative efforts at sewing with knit fabric (I used FROLIC Big Love in Candy). For all you uninitiated soles out there, it was surprisingly simple & painless & oh-so-rewarding!

I made these teeny-tiny baby leggings using this tutorial, a baby headband using this one, and a baby bonnet based on this one. All really easy and a good introduction to the serger for me.

Happy Wednesday!
Tamara

A FROLIC Knit Dress by Craftstorming

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | No Comments

To round out the FROLIC Blog Tour (I have a few more things to share that I have created, but this is the last post from other wonderful makers out there), Laura of Craftstorming sewed this adorable Waterfall Raglan dress and co-ordinating hat for her cute daughter.

Laura used FROLIC Knits, choosing Frolicking in both the Royal and Sky colour ways.

Head on over to Laura’s post to see oodles of cute pictures and read about her experience sewing with these happy knits.

Thanks for your lovely addition to the blog tour, Laura. I hope your little one gets lots of wear out of her new dress.

Endless Summer Quilt by Agnes Wong

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic, Quilts | 2 Comments

My good friend, occasional running buddy and fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member, Agnes Wong has made a fun Frolic quilt.

This is a first for her on many fronts:
– Her 1st medallion quilt.
– Her 1st hourglass block quilt.
– Her 1st quilt without grey in it (I tend to think of her quilts as lovely jewel-toned works that certainly do a have a smokey undertone to them).
She also says this is a 1st for her exercising design control, but I always admire the control in her quilts, so I’m not sure about that one.

Agnes used this tutorial for her blocks, starting with 6 1/2″ squares of fabric.

She opted to work with the full range of blues and pinks from FROLIC with just a hint of the fresh green.

At 52″ square, this would make a fabulous summer picnic blanket, wouldn’t it?
Thanks for playing along with Frolic, Agnes and enjoy your happy non-grey quilt!

A Fun Frolic Project by Gingercake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | One Comment

Virginia of Gingercake has created something fun and unexpected with FROLIC… A beanbag chair!

With a unique shape so it takes on a different character depending on which way it is turned, her daughters now have either a reading or a napping spot.

Virginia chose to work with the sweet hedgehogs of Summer Portrait with On the Wind in Raspberry, Big Love in Candy and Tresse in Lime and 2 coordinating solids she had on hand.

Head on over to her blog to see more photos, find out which pattern she used and get tips on construction and filling.

Thank you, Virginia for your cheery contribution to the FROLIC blog tour and for showing that FROLIC isn’t just for quilts and pretty dresses.

FROLIC Dresses by Thread Riding Hood

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | One Comment

Sherri of Thread Riding Hood always knows just what to sew to please her girls and to show off fabric patterns beautifully. She has hit a home run again this time with these lovely dresses.

While a few weeks ago she shared a FROLIC Knit project, this time around she used the woven cottons to make these pretty Sally Dresses for her girls.

The light, airy and oh-so-soft fabrics are just perfect for summer dresses and the prints Sherri and her girls chose for the dresses play along that easy, breezy theme beautifully too. The blue dress uses On the Air in Blue with pockets and bodice insert of Maggie Jean in Sky, while the white dress uses On the Air in Spring with accents of Big Love in Candy.

There are lots more sweet pictures on Sherri’s blog, Thread Riding Hood right over here.
Thank you again Sherri for your creativity. I hope your girls get many, many days of happy summer wear out of their new dresses.

A Frolic Knit Dress by LBG Studio

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | No Comments

I, like many, have next to no experience sewing with knits (something I am determined to change). Vanessa of LBG Studios though, definitely knows her way around sewing with them, so I was thrilled that she was up for sewing something for one of her kids with the new FROLIC Knits.

Her daughter, a lover of pink, chose Frolicking in Raspberry for this simple, fun summer staple of a dress.

It seems she is thrilled with her choice.

Vanessa chats about how she found the fabric was to sew with in her post and shares lots of lovely photos of her gorgeous girl modelling her dress. Come take a peek here.

Thanks for your fun contribution to the FROLIC tour, Vanessa!

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.