April 15, 2018

Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long Proposed Projects

Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Blueberry Park 3 Fabrics by Karen Lewis Textiles

2018 is just moseying along!

Spring has officially arrived, although you wouldn’t know it by looking outside as there are snowflakes dancing around in the wind as I type. But, we have had some above zero days, so that’s promising!

I actually don’t mind the colder weather, as I find it conducive to staying in and creating. My ideal day is a lazy Sunday at home with a snowstorm raging outside and a day full of making inside! Which, I guess, is why it’s been a busy first quarter for me! I’m pleased with how many quilty projects I’ve been able to knock off my Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long list!!

April 10, 2018

Framed Pinwheel Block | April Modern Sewcialites BOM

Modern Pinwheel Block

I have a confession.

Triangles kinda scare me.

Not in a “I need to run and hide” kind of way, but more of an “ugh, this is going to get messy” kind of way!

I typically prefer sewing my triangles using the HST or HRT methods. Unless of course I’m going improv, in which case I’m totally down for a little wonkiness!

But working with straight up triangles leaves you exposed to that bias edge and it can have a mind of its own.

April 03, 2018

100-Days of Mini Improv Quilts | Tapping into my quilty joy

The 100-day Project Creative Challenge | Modern Improv Mini Quilts by Shannon Fraser Designs #modernimprovquilting #miniquilts #100daysofsfDminis

Even though I loved it last year, I told myself I wasn’t going to participate in the 100-Day Project this year.

My schedule is quite busy over the next few months and fitting in another project is the last thing I need to do. But…I woke up this morning and couldn’t get the idea out of my head. I spent my entire morning walk plotting it out. It went a little something like this:

March 30, 2018

Heartland Plus Infinity Quilt

Plus Infinity Quilt | Modern Quilt Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs | Scandinavian Style

Have you ever held a quilt hostage?

Gifted it and then said “oh, you can’t have it quite yet”?!
I did just that with this Heartland Plus Infinity Quilt when I gifted it to the hubz this past Christmas.
To make matters worse, this was a quilt I made for him since his blue Dresden Plate quilt is still a WIP (an anniversary present I’ve been working on since 2015 – but in all fairness, I am hand quilting the whole thing, so…) and I had intended to make him a quilt using these fabrics back in 2016 but wound up on bed rest. 

March 20, 2018

House Block | Modern Sewcialites March BOM

Modern Quilting House Block | March #modernsewcialitesBOM | Shannon Fraser Designs | #modernquilting #sewalong #quiltblock

There’s no place like home!

Dorothy certainly had that right 😉

To say I’m a homebody would be an understatement. I love being home. I’m wondering if this is a key characteristic of being a quilter?! Even though I enjoy travelling, I’m always happy to come home.

I also love everything about homes – from architecture to interior design – I adore it all – and even have the Pinterest boards here and here to prove it!

March 16, 2018

Pink Lemonade – Modern Quilt Pattern

Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Baby Girl Quilt

Do you ever find yourself with an idea that you roughly jot down and move onto other projects, only to have that idea keep coming back to tempt you?

That’s what happened with this quilt design.

It’s a variation from my Blue Odyssey quilt that I altered specifically as a baby quilt. It sat sketched out in my little design notebook until, months later, when I did an impromptu fabric pull and I was completely taken with this very girly colourway.

March 09, 2018

Maypole Quilt – A Suzy Quilts Pattern

Maypole is a modern and quick quilt pattern designed by Suzy Quilts and I've quilted her using Michael Miller Fabrics Luxe Collection and Aurifil Thread to compliment the bold pattern

I was on vacation last summer when I saw a notice from Suzy that she had a new pattern to test.

I knew I had a full schedule when I was getting back from vacation, but this pattern looked so fun! I checked the fabric requirements and found a perfect set in my fabric stash…so, I just had to make it, right?!

What I found was my stash of Luxe fabrics from Michael Miller. I had purchased these back in 2016 for another project, but felt like they were perfect for this pattern.