April 11, 2019

Latest state of a modern quilter's WIP list | Q2 Finish-A-Long 2019 Projects

Latest state of a modern quilter's WIP list | Q2 Finish-a-Long 2019 | Shannon Fraser Designs


And just like that, the first quarter of 2019 is a wrap!

The New Year started off with a bang! I was making quilty plans. And sticking to them!
And then – eerrrrk – everything came screeching to a halt!

It’s amazing how our priorities can shift in an instant. In March, my family needed my attention and I shifted things so I could be present. One of the reasons why I love what I do is that I can make the call to stop if I need to. And if not for family, then when, right? So, my progress was a little spotty in the month of March, but I was on quilty fire at the beginning of the year!

March 28, 2019

Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action

Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

Have you seen the call out? Your help is needed.

When I heard the news about the attack on the mosques in New Zealand, it immediately conjured memories of the attack on the mosque in Quebec City and the call the action organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild not so long ago.

It breaks my heart that another call to action is needed, but it’s amazing how quickly word spreads in our community and how many people jump into action to help out.

March 14, 2019

What’s Inside My Travel Sewing Bag

What's inside my travel sewing bag | Shannon Fraser Designs

You know that series “what’s in her purse”? I love that series! There’s something super fun about getting to peek inside at the contents!

I used to love going through my grandmother's cosmetic bag. She had such fancy containers with pretty colours inside. I was riveted. Which probably explains why I love zip pouches and seeing what everyone keeps in theirs!

You’re probably thinking “um, Shannon, this isn’t about quilting!”, but I assure you it is!

Here me out.

Now, I know having a dedicated sewing studio is all the rage, but I think it’s safe to say that at one point or another in your quilty journey you’re going to take your project on the road.

March 07, 2019

Best Tips for New Quilters & how to get that elusive scant ¼ inch seam allowance

Best Tips for new quilters - what I wish I knew before I started quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

There are lots of things I would have loved to know when I first started out on my quilting journey. Like how to cut fabric. Yeah, that would have been über helpful! (and also on my list of tutorials in the works!)

But the truth is, most of my quilting experience has been self-taught, pieced together through blog posts and YouTube videos and lots and lots of trial and error. I would have loved to have a quilting buddy that took me under their wing and shared the ins and outs.

Thankfully, along the way, I’ve met some amazing quilters who have been so kind and generous with their knowledge – and it’s those amazing quilting friends that I turn to when I need to work through a challenge, get inspired or just have fun seeing how they approach things.

February 20, 2019

Ecliptic Quilt | Featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 71

Ecliptic Quilt featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 71 | Shannon Fraser Designs

Today’s the day I finally get to share with you what started well over a year ago!

That’s right! Over a year ago!

Back in January 2018, I connected with local Montreal surface pattern designer Camilla Carvalho, from Oak Print Design, and she gave me access to her pattern library to pick some prints that I would like to work with.

Who could resist that?! 

February 13, 2019

Indian Star Mini Wall Hanging | Quilt Big Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

Indian Star Wall Hanging | Quilt Big Blog Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs

I like big blocks and I cannot lie!

There’s something seriously satisfying about settling in for a sewing session and emerging with a large quilt block in no time flat. The fact that you can turn that big block into several different projects, is just icing on the cake!

February 07, 2019

Modern Aztec Quilt Pattern | Choose your quilt adventure

Modern Aztec Quilt Pattern | Shannon Fraser Designs

She’s finally here! This pattern has been a long time in the making, and I couldn’t be more excited to share her with you!

Have you ever worked on a project that you were super fired up about, only to have to let it sit there patiently waiting for you to address other priorities before giving it your full attention?

That’s exactly what happened with the Modern Aztec quilt pattern. I designed her all the way back in the summer of 2017, but other quilting commitments kept me from being able to make her.