December 07, 2018

2018 Ultimate Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters

2018 Ultiamte Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs

Are you a stocking stuffer lover?

My brothers and I used to be so excited for Christmas morning and would wait (not so) patiently for my mum to get up. Inevitably, one of them would sneak into my mum’s room and get her to give us the “OK” to open our stockings.

Ours normally included such goodies as gum and clementines (remember the days when they were only available for a few weeks at x-mas?), which I just adored.

November 29, 2018

Double Windmill Quilt + Pillow featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 67

Double Windmill Quilt + Pillow featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 67 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting
Photo by Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Do you ever have an idea or an inkling to do something, but you kinda hold off until you feel a little more ready?

That’s how it was for me with submitting ideas to magazines. I had it on my list to try for quite awhile but kept putting it off thinking “I probably need more experience.” or “will my idea be liked?”.

But here’s the thing, those questions will continue to be asked until you actually DO something.

November 22, 2018

Modern Aztec Quilt | Briar Hill Designs' Bequest Maker’s Tour

Modern Aztec Quilt | Briar Hill Designs' Bequest Maker's Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilts

Hello! Today is my stop on Briar Hill Designs' Bequest Maker’s Tour. And I’m thrilled to have you pop in for a visit!

If this is your first time here – welcome! I’m Shannon! The fabric lover and quilt designer behind this little spot on the internet 😉

Allow me to share a little ditty about Jack and Diane – um, I mean, about pretty fabric turned into a quilt! You may not realize it while you’re in creation mode, but have you noticed there’s usually a story behind every quilt made? This is a fun one.

November 17, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Quilter's Edition

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs

I love gifting! And wrapping! Yes! Wrapping presents is my jam! I used to be the designated gift wrapper in my family. What about you? Do you love it too? I think it’s one of those tasks you either love doing or seriously dread 😉

But before tackling the wrapping, you gotta deal with the gift buying. And, let’s face it, buying for us quilters can be a challenge.

November 08, 2018

How to Bury Quilt Threads | Quilting Tutorial

How to bury quilt threads + 5 top tips | Quilting Tutorial | Shannon Fraser Designs

This stumped me for the LONGEST time.

So much so, that even if I ran out of bobbin thread near the end of a quilting line, I would still unpick the ENTIRE line so that I could start again. Ugh. Let’s avoid that craziness, shall we?!

Until finally one day I was tackling a quilt that needed to have quilting that started and stopped within the design elements. Since I wanted to avoid back stitching for a more seamless look, I really needed to figure this out.

November 01, 2018

Figure Eight Table Runner | Modern Quilts Block by Block Book by Emily Dennis

Figure Eight Table Runner | Pattern from Modern Quilts Block by Block book by Emily Dennis | Shannon Fraser Designs

You know when you receive a new book and you instantly want to sit down and start reading it? 

That’s exactly how I felt when I received Emily Dennis’ new book Modern Quilts Block by Block.

I, unfortunately, did have to restrain myself and hold off until later that night, but ohhh did I ever look forward to some quilty night reading.

After snuggling into bed on a chilly night, I was thrilled to see Emily didn’t disappoint!

October 26, 2018

Quilted Mint Block | Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine #gingerbreadqal

Quilted Mint Sweet Block | Love Patchwork & Quiltling #gingerbreadQAL | Shannon Fraser Designs

Are you a tiny piecing lover?

I know it’s not everyone’s fave, but I just adore tiny piecing. You can see just how much I adore it in my 100-Days of sfD Improv and 100-Days of sfDMinis projects.

And if you’re a tiny piecing lover but prefer not to use foundation paper piecing (FPP), then have I got the project for you!