June 22, 2018

Modern Heart Baby Quilt – Modern Sewcialites Blog Hop

Modern Heart Baby Quilt | Modern Sewcialites BOM Blog Hop | Shannon Fraser Designs | Art Gallery Fabrics | Sulky Threads | Hobbs Batting

Hearts. Who doesn’t love hearts?

They’re super cute and fun right?!

They’ve always been a favourite design of mine. I think I’ve shared before my love for a rainbow heart belt I had as a kid that I wore ALLLL the time! It was my prized possession and one I think of pretty regularly, wishing I still had it!

As much as I like hearts, baby quilts aren’t normally my thing.

I mean, they’re super cute and I love how quick they are to finish, but I love when a quilt is large enough to snuggle in. I have been known to wrap myself in an entire comforter leaving not an inch for anyone else, or so my grandmother told me when I was over for a sleepover once 😉 So, clearly, I have a thing for bigger blankets!

Here’s how this little cutie came to be.

June 19, 2018

Forest Talk Winter Star Quilt

  Forest Talk Winter Star Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs | Quilt Pattern | Modern Interior Design | #modernquilting #easyquiltpattern

A winter quilt in spring with summer riiiight around the corner?

Yup! This one is for my fellow quilters currently gearing up for winter in the Southern Hemisphere! Or, to inspire anyone tackling Christmas in July who wants to get a head start on holiday projects 😉 (I keep meaning to give this a try!)

June 05, 2018

Juki TL-2010Q Review – The good, the bad and the quilty!

Quilters Review Juki TL-2010Q | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting

I cannot believe it's already been a little over 2 years since I got the beast...the beast that is my sewing machine, that is!!

I've been getting asked a lot what machine I sew and quilt on, and I remembered I would share a review of my new Juki with you. Well, not new anymore, I got her back in April of 2016, so, really not new. But she still feels new to me!

I still get that excited "want to keep her as shiny and unmarked as the first day I got her" feeling. Like a new pair of shoes you don't want to get scuffed!

May 17, 2018

Bohemian Garden Quilt | Modern Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts

Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

Did you know that I’m a history major?

I not only studied all about Roman, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, the history of the French Revolution, but I also took countless art history courses. Except for having to memorize so many dates, I loved it ALL.

I’m a very visual person, so I guess it’s really not that big of a surprise that I loved spending 3 hours a week in a dark classroom looking at paintings and learning about the history behind them.
It was just fascinating!

So, to have the chance to combine both my love for art and quilting, I just couldn’t pass it up!

May 15, 2018

Are you a fast or slow quilter? | A discussion on creative sustainability

Are you a fast or slow quilter? A discussion on creative sustainability | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilter

Are you a fast or slow quilter?

Does it really matter?

I addressed this the other week in my newsletter and it resonated with so many of you that I thought it warranted a full-on blog post.

It all started when a person left a comment on this Instagram post asking how I make so many things in so little time.

Hmm, the answer is “I don’t” or, at least, I don’t feel like I do. I actually don’t consider myself a fast sewer.

May 02, 2018

Flower Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM

April showers bring May flowers…at least that’s how it should be!

Thank goodness for quilty flowers as April was a ridiculously cold and snowy one. And despite this less than stellar start to the season, I’m still seeing blooms pop up! Which is a great reminder that life and circumstances may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’re not able to grow and flourish.

As we wait for the blooms to hit their stride, I’m sharing my May Modern Sewcialites BOM to bring some colour and spring feels to you 😊

April 27, 2018

Mischief Quilt | A long term English Paper Piecing project

English Paper Piecing | Mischief Quilt Blocks | Shannon Fraser Designs

I fondly remember receiving Karen’s (aka The DIY Addict) direct message on Instagram about her templates. And feeling completely honoured that she reached out to me. Wanting to help her out and play with some fun hexies. And then immediately being concerned about timelines!

I know how time-consuming hand piecing can be for me. I’m not a speedy hand sewer; for me hand sewing is all about slowing down and enjoying each stitch. Speed is not the focus here. She assured me the idea was to have fun and test drive them. Concerns alleviated, I was so excited to realise that I was about to start my first English paper pieced quilt journey!!! How freakin’ cool! And, terrifying!

That’s a lot of cutting. Lots of basting. A whole heck of a lot of hand sewing to commit to, but I was intrigued too.