Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Strawberry Quilt Block - The Honey Pot Bee

Strawberry Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting

I am a total strawberry lover. Have been ever since I was a kid. In fact, anything strawberry, especially lip balm, is my fave! Even before I found Lip Smackers, I was gifted a strawberry flavoured lip balm that was just my jam!  I loved it and wish I still had it J And remember those itty bitty wild strawberries that grew in ditches and other random places? Well, I do! Because they were some of the tastiest strawberries I ever had and it marked me for life. I still hunt them down when I’m at the cottage; although, wild raspberries seem to be more common up there than those teeny strawberries.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2017 Q1 Finish-A-Long - Proposed Projects

2017 Q1 Finish-A-Long Proposed Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP

With last year being so unpredictable, my success with the Finish-A-Long was quite disappointing. And with my current goal for keeping 2017 open and not over committing myself, I didn’t think I would be participating in it this year.
But I would like to get some WIPs off my shelf and clear the decks so I can focus on new projects without too much guilt! Tracking is always a great way to accomplish goals and having a community to share those with is even more helpful.

With that all said, I was still hesitant to sign-up. And then I noticed Izzy, my fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member from Dizzy Quilts Blog, is one of the hosts this year and I just couldn’t resist supporting her.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Best of 2016

Best of 2016 | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

Another year is coming to an end! Where has 2016 gone?! It’s been a busy year filled with a ton of learning experiences. And through those trials and tribulations, my quilting skills have grown by leaps and bounds. Not only have my skills improved, but I’ve also been beyond grateful for the many friends I’ve made this year and cherish being a part of our quilting community.

With 2017 just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to participate in Cheryl’s Best of 2016 Linky Party and share some of the top posts that have resonated with you. It’s been fun looking back over the year and seeing what I’ve created. Can you believe I actually forgot about a few!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tool Tuesday: Rotary Blade Sharpener

Rotary Blade Sharpener | Shannon Fraser Designs | Quilting Tools | TrueSharp Electric Blade Sharpener

I love my rotary blades! I can’t even begin to imagine tackling quilting without one (mad respect for quilters who attempt any quilting project with hand cutting!).

But one thing that was driving me crazy was how wasteful I seemed to be with my rotary blades. It’s amazing how quickly they become dull and, with the number of projects I tackle, I was going through them at an alarming rate. Given my disdain for waste and goal to reduce my waste footprint, I was super thrilled to stumble upon the TrueSharp Electric Blade Sharpener!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Curves Workshop and Trunk Show with Cheryl Arkison

Quilted Curves Workshop & Trunk Show with Cheryl Arkison | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting

I finally did it! I finally attended my first Trunk Show! I didn’t know what to expect, but I think I lucked out with my very first being with Cheryl Arkison!

Don’t know Cheryl? Well, she’s based out of Calgary, Alberta and is the author of several quilting books, including: Sunday Morning Quilts (the first quilt book I ever got!!), A Month of Sundays and You Inspire Me To Quilt. She’s also a teacher, freelance writer, an epic quilter and that’s just on the professional front!

Not only is she crazy talented, but she’s charismatic, approachable and super funny too! I’m all about discovering new possibilities and exploring my potential within the quilting world and that’s exactly the message Cheryl imparts: just play! I love that J

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Winter Star Quilt – Pat Bravo's The Heartland Blog Tour

 Winter Star | Shannon Fraser Designs for Pat Bravo Heartland Blog Tour | Art Gallery Fabrics | Modern Baby Quilt

Hello! And welcome!  I’m so thrilled to have you stop by on the Pat Bravo Heartland Blog Tour!

This project all got started while I was working on my Playtime Quilt. I noticed a call out for makers to participate in a blog hop featuring Pat Bravo’s new Heartland fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I loved working with Playground by Amy Sinibaldi and was eager to get my hands on some more Art Gallery Fabrics – they just feel ahh-mazing! There is a silky softness to them that I really love. And Pat’s latest collection of grays, muted yellows, teals and minty greens is simply gorgeous. It had me dreaming of winter morning walks in the country side around the holidays – total bliss.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

My First Quilt - A Study in Half Square Triangles

My First Quilt - A Study in Half Square Triangles | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting |

Oh how I love quilts!
After spending the long Thanksgiving weekend curled up on the couch all snuggled under my first quilt, I seem to have even more of an appreciation for the labour of love quilts are.
And what really struck me was just how much I love looking at patchwork and feeling the peaks and valleys created by the top quilting. But moreover what I realized is that even though this is my first quilt and it's faaarrr from perfect, the imperfections are not what I focused on.