Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Playtime Quilt - Amy Sinibaldi's Playground Showcase


Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs

Hello and welcome! Today is my stop on the Playground Showcase and I’m just thrilled to have you here today!

I have been inspired by Amy Sinibaldi’s work since I stumbled upon her blog Nana Company several years ago, when I first started my sewing journey. I just adore the attention to detail she imbues in each of her designs.

When I noticed Amy's call out for makers to play with her latest collection called Playground I thought "I just have to give this a try". Low and behold I was beyond excited and touched when I got her email saying I was in! Happy dance!!
Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I returned from vacation to find this fun parcel awaiting me. Even her packaging is super cute!

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I was eager to get started, especially since this was my first time playing with Art Gallery Fabrics. What a great way to be introduced to their fabric. True to Amy’s style, her fabric is so attentive to detail. The delicate flowers, the children skipping rope, the hopscotch prints – they all remind me of a simpler time. A time when life was all about play – what happiness!

And the colourway doesn’t disappoint! The range of soft pinks to deep burgundy and pale blues to indigo paired with a little peachy pink and coral is just perfection.  Look at this gorgeousness! You can also see the entire look book here.

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

With Playground being so silky and soft, I wanted to combine that with something equally soft but with a little more texture. Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons in Raspberry and Blue Jean were a great fit. The overall effect is light and airy (this quilt feels ah-mazing), while the depth of colour allows the lightness and brightness of Amy’s prints to really shine through.

My biggest challenge was settling on a quilt design that I felt showcased the fabric and also spoke to the memories and feelings I was overcome by.  And so the Playtime Quilt was born!

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

The entire quilting journey for this quilt has been such a trip down memory lane. Memories of learning to ride a bike…and graduating from training wheels! Birthday scavenger hunts. Playing hopscotch in my long driveway. The anticipation of spending the day at the park with my best friend and never wanting the fun to end. Happy memories of days filled with joy and laughter.  

Playtime Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs | Playground Showcase | Playground Fabric | Hourglass Quilt Block

The first block I made was this hourglass block featuring my favourite print Chopsticks in both Rainbow and Iris. I decided to go with the hourglass block design as it speaks to the fun playtime we focused on as kids.



I fondly recall my mum calling us for dinner, or bath time or homework (gasp) and my brothers and I all yelling back “5 more minutes, mum”.  Time seems to last forever, yet seems fleeting as the years go on. The flying geese help accentuate the concept of time and adds movement to remind us that time doesn’t stand still.

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I just love the combination of the hourglass block and the flying geese! It’s a modern quilt with a whimsical nod.

Once I had the quilt top complete, I decided I wanted to explore using larger pieces of Playground so as to really showcase the design details in the fabric. This was completely spontaneous! And super fun to create!

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

My Aurifil thread chart came in handy once again in helping me select the perfect thread. I decided to match my thread to the Raspberry Shot Cotton and chose #5003 in the colour Wine. I love it! And already see it working with a few other projects I have in mind. 

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I completed the quilt with some straight line quilting. Not as dense as I typically quilt, as I wanted to keep an overall feeling of lightness and dense quilting makes for a much heavier quilt.

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

And the I Spy Friendship makes for a perfect quilt label!

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I’m always amazed at the ideas, memories and design concepts that emerge during the quilt design process. I didn’t initially set-out with this intention, but the Playtime Quilt turned out to be an ode to our playtime as children. I hope it reminds you to find time to play in your day and just enjoy life. After all, life is short!

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do. It was such a fun experience.

There is such talent that is participating in the Playground Showcase and I encourage you to pop in and see the stunning projects they have created:

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs - Playground Fabric

SEPT    14: Katie Skoog ~ thesimplelifecompany.com/blog
              15: Michelle Curtis ~ chellesquilts.com
              16: Peta Peace ~ shequiltsalot.com
              17: Minki Kim ~ minkikim.com
              19: Jemima Flendt ~ tiedwitharibbon.com
              20: Tara J Curtis ~ tjaye.com
              21: Alexis Wright ~ mysweetsunshinestudio.com
              22: Melissa LeRay ~ ohhowsweet.com
              23: Ali Brorsen ~ becauseofbrennaclothing.com
              24: Angie Wilson ~ gnomeangel.com
              26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com
              27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com
              28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca (You’re here!)
              29: Cristi Cooper ~ whimsyquilts.blogspot.com
              30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~ instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce
OCT     1: Kristyne Czepuryk ~ prettybyhand.com
             3: Amy Sinibaldi ~ nanaCompany.typepad.com

Thank you for the unexpected trip down memory lane, Amy! And thank you for having me as part of your Playground Showcase!

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon

12 comments:

  1. This is a lovely quilt and lucky you to get to play with such gorgeous fabrics. i love the background colour and setting you chose.

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    1. Thank you, Sue! It was such a fun project and the Playground line is just fabulous! If you have a chance to pick some up, I highly recommend you do :)

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  2. Well done! and I love the back as well!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! I love the back too! Isn’t it fun to create something spontaneously and then love the outcome!!

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  3. JUST LOVELY! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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    1. Yayyy! I’m so happy you like my Playtime Quilt, Linda!!

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  4. wonderful quilt, Shannon! thanks so much again for being part of the Playground showcase! xo amy

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    1. So happy you like the quilt, Amy!! I had such an amazing time - thank you for having me as part of your Playground Showcase!! xo Shannon

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  5. Oh, this is so pretty and looks sooo soft!! The raspberry was a perfect choice to accent all those deliciously fun prints! Beautiful work as always, Shannon! xo

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    1. Isn’t the raspberry shot cotton pretty?!! Honestly, if you haven’t worked with the shot cottons before, you sooo have to! This quilt is beyond soft and light and makes you just want to snuggle ;)

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  6. Such a pretty quilt Shannon! I really like the design you chose to go with and that background fabric is beautiful with those prints.

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    1. Thank you, Izzy!! I just adore that raspberry shot cotton as well, it literally called out to me when I was planning this quilt with the Playground line! If you haven’t worked with those lines, I highly encourage you to run out and add some to your stash!! It feels really amazing!

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