October 13, 2017

Big Stitch Hand Quilting Thread – List of 20+ Resources for Pearl Cotton Thread

Shopping Guide for Pearl Cotton Thread | 20+ Online Resources | Big Stitch Hand Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs | Quilting Notions | Color | Quilting Thread

Let me start by saying I never thought I would be into hand stitching anything.

I remember when I first started sewing, I wanted a seamless interior for my zip pouches and kept trying to find ways to enclose all seams without having to blind stitch any openings. Spoiler, there is no way!

So, I taught myself to hand sew by scouring lots of blog tutorials and YouTube videos. And it amazed me that, as I got better at it with practice, I started to enjoy the quietness of hand stitching. This really became evident when I picked up quilting and wanted to perfect my hand binding. I eventually started to explore hand quilting – big stitch hand quilting to be precise – and discovered I adore it.

October 06, 2017

Plus Infinity Quilt Pattern

Plus Infinity Quilt | Modern Quilt Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs | RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids | What Shade Are You | Plus Quilt

I’m so excited to finally get to share my latest pattern with you!!

This quilt has been a long time in the making - since early June in fact! And I'm so excited to finally get to share her with you! Secret sewing is fun, but, gosh, is it hard not being able to share ALL the details with you!!

I designed the Plus Infinity quilt pattern specifically for the What Shade Are You blog series.

Haven’t heard of it? Well, you’re in for a treat!

October 05, 2017

2017 Q4 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects

Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community | Hexie Stripe Quilt

Is it me, or is 2017 just FLYING by?!!

October has rolled in with it’s cooler warmer weather! Yes, you read that correctly – we’re getting summer in fall. Not sure what’s going on, but we’ve had heat warnings and some of our hottest days at the tail end of September/ beginning of October.

Weather anomalies aside, the arrival of October means it’s time to set my goals for Q4 of the Finish-A-Long!

But first, a quick update on how I netted out on my Q3 2017 FAL list.

September 28, 2017

Foundation Paper Pieced Quilted Blue Dragon


Geometric Quilted Dragon | Foundation Paper Piecing | Shannon Fraser Designs | Kona Cotton | Blue Solids | Quilting Technique | Modern Quilting

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with you before now!!

I made this pretty over a year ago and could have sworn I shared it with you. Well, today’s the day!!

This was an epic foundation paper piecing project.  The most complex I’ve tackled to date with no less than 16 different sections to piece and then sew together.

It’s called the Geometric Dragon Paper Pieced Pattern and is designed by Kristy from Quiet Play.

September 22, 2017

Ultimate Tips for DIY Quilted Pin Cushion Success

DIY Pin Cushion Tutorial | Modern Quilting | Improv Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs | RJR Fabrics | Cotton Supreme Solids

After posting my Frolic Plus pin cushion on Instagram for the Pinnie Parade hosted by Cheri of Tinkerellen, many of you reached out to know a little more about my pin cushion making approach.

Ask and you shall receive 😉

Today’s the day, my quilty friends, that I share ALL my pin cushion making secrets with you!

Read on to ensure your own quilted pin cushion success!

August 17, 2017

The 100-Day Project - A Creative Challenge


100-Days of Modern Improv Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs | Creative Challenge | Textile Art | Modern Quilting | The 100 Day Project | Solids Quilt

Guys, I made it to the end! 100-days of creating and I’m still standing. AND – I still have lots of creative mojo left!

There have been many lessons I’ve learned throughout this creative challenge. Some are obvious, or at least more obvious now. But others are really quite subtle.

But first, let me bring you up to speed on what happened since I last checked in (if you missed it you can read that here. The first 50 days of modern improv quilting saw the creation of a whole whack of improv blocks that I pieced to form a quilt top. There were also several orphan blocks that didn’t fit into the main quilt that I was secretly really happy to see hanging about (more on that in a moment).

August 10, 2017

Spring Lilacs - Modern Quilt Made from Fabric Scraps


Spring Lilacs Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilt | Fabric Scraps Project | Quilting without a pattern | Shot Cotton | Art Gallery Fabrics | Playground Fabrics | Essex Linen

I love it when a quilt project is a journey. Like a story that you’re writing up as you go along. Don’t you?!

The freedom of creativity. How a small idea leads to uncharted territories and, through exploration, blooms into a new pattern. This was that kind of a quilt journey.

It all started with triangle scraps leftover from the flying geese I used in my Playtime Quilt. I have a hard time throwing away those pretty little cut-offs. So, I stacked them in a pretty little bowl I brought back from Japan.