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.

August 03, 2017

Calling All Pattern Testers

Quilt pattern testers wanted | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting

My quilty friends! I need your help 😊

Have you seen all the sneak peaks I’ve been sharing on Instagram for my new pattern in the works? Some of you have commented on just how tiny those pieces have gotten! But rest assured, the pattern comes together super fast due to all that chain piecing. Oh, yeah! Who doesn’t love a good chain piecing session? Stacks of blocks zooming through your machine while you happily listen to your favourite tunes or podcast (here are some of my faves). Good times!

And, you’ll have lots of fun dreaming up the different colourways you could use. So many options!! Just you wait and see! 

July 25, 2017

Hexed – A Quilted Table Runner - Riley Blake Designs Challenge

Modern Quilted Table Runner | Black & White | Shannon Fraser Designs | Quilted Hexies and Jewels using Hex-N-More Ruler

I initially had a completely different design all mapped out.  Which is surprising that things changed along the way, as I spent a good amount of time drafting out different ideas before settling on a particular favourite.  But when it came time to actually start cutting the Riley Blake Designs Sashing Stash fabric, inspiration hit and I just had to go with it!

This design was a little more work than I anticipated.  Having tackled the Libs Elliott Weight of Love quilt top, I thought these little jewels would be easy peasy. And, in theory, they are.  I mean there is a little less cutting and piecing to get the flowers put together, but what I hadn’t factored in was the fact there would be even more “Y” seams than with the traditional hexie…ugh.

July 20, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Row 4 Roundup

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 4 Roundup | Square Peg Quilt Block | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Sew-A-Long

And just like that, row 4 of my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt is done!

With all the other projects I have on the go, it’s so fun to sneak these pretty little blocks in to my hectic days. I’m still in love with the colourway I’ve chosen. Big surprise, right?! I just love coral and pinky tones – they’re my fav. And I’m thrilled with the addition of the deep burgundy. It helps everything pop and gives really good contrast. To think I sat on this combo for so long before giving it a go. So thankful I finally did!!

This quilt along is rapidly nearing its end. I’ve got one more row to go after this and the quilt top is done. Crazy how time flies when you’re having a good time 😉

July 12, 2017

Cats in Boxes Quilt - Meow Collection - Camelot Fabrics

Cats in Boxes | Modern Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs | Camelot Fabrics | Meow Collection

This one is sure to appeal to my fellow cat lovers! My love for my lil’ guy knows no bounds and quilting with these adorable kitties staring back at me was super fun!

Camelot Fabrics’ latest fabric line called the Meow Collection is just purrfect for the feline lover. And it’s heading to your local quilt shop January 2018!

The line has a great mix of whimsical and geometric prints which is great for sewn accessories and quilty projects alike. It’s such a fun modern fabric line! And I just love the black and white palette with the pop of turquoise.

July 01, 2017

2017 Q3 Finish-A-Long Projects

Modern Quilting Works in Progress | Shannon Fraser Designs | Hexies | Quilting Fabrics | Floral | Anna Maria Horner | Kona Cotton | Essex Linen

It’s that time again! Time to share my progress on my Q2 Finish-A-Long projects and set new goals for the third quarter!!

This time around, I don’t feel like time has sped by. I’m feeling pretty good about this quarter’s accomplishments, even though I still haven’t knocked everything off my list.

Here’s how I netted out.