Wednesday, 21 June 2017

100 Days of Modern Improv Quilting – First 50 Days

I'm sharing all about my 100-days of Modern improv quilting project. Fun creative challenge to hone your skills. Shannon Fraser Designs textile art.

It was a Tuesday morning in early April that I first heard of the official The 100 Day Project. I was sipping my coffee and catching up on my IG feed when I noticed a post by Amanda from Gypsy Moon Quilt Co announcing she was joining in. Planning a 100 day project has been on my “to-plan” list for awhile. I liked the idea of being creatively focused and felt it would be a fun way to explore different ideas. What could I create if I just let go and explored?

So, I was immediately curious to find out more details on how to play along.

Turns out the day I heard about it was the official kick-off day…gah, already behind! But I didn’t let that deter me. I figured I could spend some time that day mulling ideas for my 100 day plan. I initially thought of being really specific and focusing only on curves. And it may very well end up there. But I didn’t want to narrow my scope too early on and box myself in. The concept of improv kept coming back to me. I just adore a good improv quilting session, what better way to further explore that area of interest.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Frolic Fabric FQ Bundle + Pattern Giveaway on IG – Michael Miller Fabrics + Tamara Kate + Shannon Fraser Designs

Frolic Fabric + Spring is in the Air Quilt Pattern Giveaway | Shannon Fraser Designs | Michael Miller Fabrics | Tamara Kate | Frolic Fabric Collection | Fat Quarter Bundle | Quilting Cotton

Did I just say free fabric?!

Why, yes, I did!!

You heard me rave about Tamara Kate’s new Frolic fabric collection here and here! But I can’t help raving some more!! It was such a happy vibrant line to work with when designing my Spring is in the Air quilt pattern 💓 (available here). And the perfect antidote to anything that might be getting you down. The bright colours and whimsical designs are sure to lift your spirits and spur on your creativity.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Rainbow Plus Quilt | Modern Quilt

Rainbow Plus Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Wall Hanging | Mini Quilt | Frolic Fabric Collection | Michael Miller Fabrics | Hand Quilted

Oh, the wonders of quilting project fabric scraps. They hold so many possibilities – you’ve just got to let your imagination go and think outside the box!

And when your scraps are this pretty, how could you resist?

I had triangle scraps from the flying geese I made for my Springis in the Air quilt. You know me and those triangles…I just can’t throw them away!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler – Row 3 Roundup

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 3 Roundup | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Sew Along | Working My Stash Off | Quilting Fabric |

Row 3 is done! Yeah! I’m more than halfway through the Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt! The time has flown by and the blocks have been a joy to piece. It’s also been really fun picking my fabrics for each block.

The choices are getting more and more challenging as I make my way through the fabrics I pulled from my stash. If nothing else, this quilt has taught me how creative you can be when you are dealing with just the materials you have on hand. You might want to use a particular fabric for a block only to realize you don’t have enough. Argh...that fabric just happened to be what you initially based your other fabrics on. Gah, everything needs to be re-auditioned. Frustrating is an understatement.  I know you get it #thestruggleisreal 😉

Friday, 2 June 2017

Manchester Quilting Bee - A Quilt Drive

Manchester Quilting Bee | Quilt Drive | Shannon Fraser Designs | Quilting Community | Modern Quilting | Hexies | Hand Quilting

In the face of tragedy, I love that our quilting community has found a way to spread love, hope and compassion.

It saddens me that so many families and loved ones have been facing unnecessary loss. It makes me stop and wonder why these acts keep happening. In the short time that I’ve been a part of this community, I’ve heard of too many senseless acts of violence – the Pulse nightclub attack, the shootings in a Québec City mosque and now the Manchester bombing. Lives taken too early. And such young ones in the recent incident in the UK. It just breaks my heart.

The only silver lining that I see is the rallying of kind hearts that are trying to provide comfort. Trying to show there still is an abundance of love in this world. We express it in different ways. Some are participating in the benefit concert. Others are donating to charities. My way, like many fellow quilters, is to use my creative passion to express my love for those affected by creating quilted blocks that I’ve poured my heart and soul into.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Spring Is In The Air – Modern Quilt Pattern Featuring Frolic Fabric Collection by Tamara Kate

Spring is in the Air | Modern Quilt Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs | Tamara Kate Frolic Fabric Collection | Michael Miller Fabrics

It’s here! It’s finally here!! Spring AND Tamara Kate’s new Frolic fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics!! And I’ve got a new pattern for you to celebrate - woot woot!

It all started one cold winter day back in March when I received an unexpected email from Tamara asking if I would like to play with her new fabric line for Michael Miller Fabrics. First, how could any quilter say no to that kind of request? But, more importantly, Tamara is just a sweetheart who I met through the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. And I was just so thrilled to help a quilting buddy out 😊

If you’re not familiar with Tamara’s work, then you’re in for a great surprise. Her designs are always whimsical and full of colour. And this collection doesn’t disappoint on either front!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday Stash – Mad About Patchwork

Sunday Stash - Mad About Patchwork | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilting Fabric | Quilt Shop | Cotton + Steel | Kona Solids | Essex Linen

Happy Sunday my friends!! I hope you are enjoying some good quality quilting time!

It’s been awhile since I shared some fabric stash purchases with you. And being the fabric lovers that we are, I thought we were due for some textile goodness.

I have a few go-to fabric suppliers that I love to support and Mad About Patchwork is one of them. My love for them is not new, you can read all about why I adore the gang at MAP here.