Amy Sinbaldi’s Playground Showcase

Playground Showcase - Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com showcases Amy Sinbaldi's "Playground Fabrics" in the Noodlehead Super Tote with matching key fob. See more on www.gnomeangel.com

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I don’t do soft and feminine when it comes to my patchwork, and I’ll be the first to admit it’s not my natural go-to (I like it bold and heavily saturated, just like my foods) but when it comes to Amy Sinbaldi’s Playground Fabrics for Art Gallery I just fell so hard and so fast for that He Loves Me Plum print. Then in a purely cheeky move when I saw Amy post that she was looking for people to help showcase Playground I did a total out-of-character and left a comment asking to be a part of it. You could have heard the squeals of delight and then the shudder of mortification when I got the email from Amy asking me to be part of the showcase. I was thrilled because I got to play with these amazing fabrics but I was so embarrassed that I’d invited myself to the party that I wrote back and told her I’d completely understand if she was just asking to be polite and if she’d really prefer I took my loud and brash aesthetic and hit the frog and toad. Ever the gracious host she let me stay and play and I’m so thankful for the opportunity because I am in severe lust with what I’ve made.

Originally I was going to make a quilt from Emma Jean Jansen’s book “By the Bundle” because, hello, it’s awesome. But the postal system and calendar conspired against me and so I didn’t have enough time to make the quilt top and get it to my trusty longarmer and then back for blogging, etc. But, it’s at times like these that I think Fate steps in and shows you that there’s more to life then just Plan A. For those of you that don’t know, I’m off to Houston next month (holy carp!) and so I’m looking to travel handmade. I’ve been looking at what bag I can take as my handbag, camera bag and fabric hoarding bag. I need something that can hold a lot, look great and fold up easily so I can pop it in to my suitcase on the way home. That’s where the Noodlehead Super Tote comes in.I’d made one of these bags previously and I adore it. It’s a great size and the pocket on the front holds a magazine, keys, phone and coin purse easily (perfect for airport life). The pattern is really well written and I love that the size of it gives me so much room to play and customise with the look of the bag. Lightbulb moment! Make your Super Tote out of Playground!

Playground Showcase - Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com showcases Amy Sinbaldi's "Playground Fabrics" in the Noodlehead Super Tote with matching key fob. See more on www.gnomeangel.com

So I did. I only used the fabrics that are in a Fat Quarter bundle, which is genius if you’ve got a FQ bundle you love and don’t know what to do with. Playground is perfection for fussy cutting and so I made a 2″ (finished) grid and just mixed and match 2.5″ (unfinished) squares with fussy cut rectangles until I was happy with how it looked. I fussy cut the I Spy Friendship, Posy Chain, He Loves Me and Hopscotch fun prints to really play up their designs and I just love it. Love. It. Both sides of the bag are in this simple patchwork and it works so well. I’m kind of loving myself sick right now over how good I think it looks.

Playground Showcase - Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com showcases Amy Sinbaldi's "Playground Fabrics" in the Noodlehead Super Tote with matching key fob. See more on www.gnomeangel.com

I did a diagonal straight line quilting (so as not to highlight any piecing inaccuracies if my quilt lines were off) in the most perfect thread match of 50wt Aurifil #2314 – it’s like it was made to go with these fabrics. I used the Chopsticks in Iris for the piping and it just gives it such a nice edge. (This print is made for piping or binding!)

Every panel on the inside of the bag is a different fat quarter and I really love the patchwork effect it gives. I made the gusset (how good is that word) of the bag and the pocket lining in Tire Swing in Bubble, or as the Little Man calls it “donuts”. (He’s just like his Mother because it reminds me of food too… only I see Fruit Loops.) This is another print from the line that would make awesome binding.

Playground Showcase - Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com showcases Amy Sinbaldi's "Playground Fabrics" in the Noodlehead Super Tote with matching key fob. See more on www.gnomeangel.com

I couldn’t resist and I used my Patchwork Key Fob Tutorial to make myself a matching key fob in my favourite print.

Playground Showcase - Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com showcases Amy Sinbaldi's "Playground Fabrics" in the Noodlehead Super Tote with matching key fob. See more on www.gnomeangel.com

How darling is it? I ask you! I’m really loving this line and you can expect to see more of it in my work over the coming months. I have such a weak spot for pink and the posy chain comes in two great shades, I’m tempted to make myself some pillowcases with it just so I can dream in those shades of pink.

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I’m not the only blogger on this showcase, in fact I’m kind of in awe of the amazing talent that’s come out to play. You can see the amazing items that have already been revealed and follow along as more are shared, by clicking the links below.

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 <- You are here

26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com

27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com

28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca

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

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7 Comments

  1. leanne September 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    the bag is just gorgeous and I can see why you fell for that plum fabric – its divine !!

  2. Miriam September 27, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Amy’s fabrics are so pretty… love the tote!

  3. Hayley September 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Very sweet make!! I would scotch guard it or something if I were you, my super tote got kind of trashed and dirty from using it every day and rubbing against my clothes (oh new denim….) this is just too pretty fun that to happen to!

  4. Amy September 25, 2016 at 4:30 am

    hi Angie, great post and thank you SO SO much for showing off playground fabrics so well 🙂 I feel so bad about the post, but both you and I have been having to learn to appreciate plan B lately… and it’s not so bad at all!! ha! life lessons 😉

    xo amy

  5. Tac September 25, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I love the way you fussy cut and used the fabrics in your tote! Thank you for showing it.

  6. LINDA September 25, 2016 at 2:25 am

    LOVE YOUR BAG! WE NEVER TIRE OF PATCHWORK! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  7. Cindy Baker September 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Very cute, I love your patchwork but I especially love that you piped it. I have all of Amy’s fabrics, love them for baby dresses. I clicked on the name Noodlehead because you have to with a name like that and it turns out I have this pattern. That was a surprise.