Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Big Stitch Hand Quilted Pin Cushion

  Hand Quilted Pin Cushion | Shannon Fraser Designs | Playground Fabric Art Gallery Fabrics | Fabric Scraps | Modern Quilting | Big Stitch Hand Quilting

Ever need to break free and just have a fun sewing session? Well, this is exactly what my little playground pin cushion was all about for me! A fun, no hassle, give things a trim and just go with my gut kind of a sewing session.

It all started back in the fall of 2016 when I designed my Playtime quilt. I had some little Playground fabric scraps left over that just kept calling my name. They were so cute and so irresistible I just had to stick them up. There was absolutely no plan. I just grabbed my little scraps and started sewing them in pairs. Then I sewed the pairs together. I thought they needed a little frame, and so I added the top and bottom strips. It was simple. It was carefree. And it made me ridiculously happy!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love All Around – Quilt Block – Valentine’s Day Quilting

Love All Around Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Hand Quilting |  Valentine's Day |

It’s the day of love! And what better way to commemorate it than quilting up a little token of love and appreciation?!

I’m not one for going all out on Valentine’s Day. For me, it’s all about the small gestures that I cherish the most. And that’s exactly how I show my love too! A special dinner and homemade dessert are usually my go-to for showering some love on my significant other.

With all the challenges people are facing on a daily basis – no matter how big or small – we can sometimes forget there is still a lot of love in this world. And, to me, that’s what the day of love if all about – reaching out and reminding everyone that we care, we see them and we love them.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Call to Action - Quilts for Québec - Free Quilt House Block Pattern

Quilts for Québec | Free Quilted House Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Fabric Scrap Project

This post is about the good a community can do in a time of need.

We’ve seen our quilting community rally after the Fort McMurray fires, and saw it again following the Pulse club shooting. This time it’s my local Montreal Modern Quilt Guild that has put out a Call to Action. They are asking for help in supporting the families affected by the shooting that occurred on Sunday January 31, 2017 in a Québec City mosque during prayer time.

The intent is to collect Quilted House Blocks to create quilts that will be donated to the families impacted.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Blocks Roundup of 52 Weeks with The Quilter’s Planner

January Quilter's Planner Blocks | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Free Quilting Block Patterns

I love challenging myself with new techniques and some of the quilt blocks featured this past month in the 52 Weeks with the Quilter’s Planner sew along were no exception.

First up was the Unnamed block designed by Jane Armstrong of Jolly and Delilah. I loved the movement of one side of the block balanced by the open space of the other. The trickiest part was squaring up the block to ensure I had the central line positioned correctly and didn’t lop off the points.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Scandinavian Quilted Mug Rug

Scandinavian Quilted Mug Rug | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Art Gallery Fabrics

What is it about quilted mug rugs that I find so irresistible?
Well, for one, I suppose it’s the cuteness factor. It makes a mini quilt completely functional, which you know me and loving anything that is both adorable and functional.
You get to play! Who doesn’t like a good quilting play session?! And you not only get to play with fabric combos but also with patterns that you might not want to commit to in a full-size quilt.

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.