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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

How To Square Quilt Blocks – Half Square Triangles

Quilting Tip: How to Square a Half Square Triangle Block by Shannon Fraser Designs

Today’s post is all about squaring up quilt blocks. Not my favourite step in the quilting journey, but, hey, not everything in life is peaches and cream! Sometimes you just got to hang in there to get to the good stuff ;)

I remember when I first started quilting I didn’t square up my blocks. Not out of laziness (although there are times I’m tempted to skip it due to laziness!), mainly because I hadn’t heard of the technique and then, when I finally did, I was a little daunted by it all.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Playtime Quilt - Amy Sinibaldi's Playground Showcase

Playtime Quilt - Shannon Fraser Designs

Hello and welcome! Today is my stop on the Playground Showcase and I’m just thrilled to have you here today!

I have been inspired by Amy Sinibaldi’s work since I stumbled upon her blog Nana Company several years ago, when I first started my sewing journey. I just adore the attention to detail she imbues in each of her designs.

When I noticed Amy's call out for makers to play with her latest collection called Playground I thought "I just have to give this a try". Low and behold I was beyond excited and touched when I got her email saying I was in! Happy dance!!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tiles as Quilt Inspiration

Tiles As Quilt Inspiration | Shannon Fraser Designs | Interior Design | Modern Quilting |

Tiles. It’s probably not initially a post you would expect from a quilter.

In fairness, I’ve had a love affair with tiles even before I started quilting. But since I became a quilter, well, tiles are now an obsession!

I get a ton of quilt design ideas from tiles. Bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, you name it, it inspires me.
I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the tiles that I love!