May 02, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler – Row 2 Roundup

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

I’ve sang it’s praise before and I will sing it again! The Sewcial Bee Sampler is such a fun sew along. The community is beyond endearing – super supportive, encouraging and sweet. All you need to do is check-out the comments left on everyone’s IG posts with #SewcialBeeSampler to see all the love in action!

If you’re new to this quilting sew along, be sure to hop over and check out Sharon and Maureen’s sites for all the details. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, you’ll make lots of new quilty friends too!! And, depending on the type of quilting fabric you select, you can make these quilt blocks as modern or traditional as you like 😉

Even though I fell behind this round, you know you’re having a quilty good time when it doesn’t feel like a chore to catch-up!
I’ve been fitting these little beauties in while working on several quilt projects. A quick block in a different colourway is a great way to break up long tasks…like basting!

I’m loving how these next five blocks are making a great addition to my first Sewcial Bee Sampler row already created.

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

As I previously mentioned, I've got a couple of ideas for my border fabric, but have been holding off adding them until I get closer to the end. I’d been saving some Essex Linen in Flax for my borders, but decided to introduce some into the mix in this row. Partly because one of the blocks is quite large and won’t need any borders and partly because I just can’t seem to get enough of this fabric at the moment! It just adds great texture and softness to any quilty project 😉

So, the roundup!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

First block was The Seasons. It was an easy block to piece and it was a fun one to think about fabric options. I went with three different fabrics from Amy Sinibaldi’s Playground line, which is just stunning. And makes for some really pretty blocks too!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

Then came Dove in the Windows such a pretty name, right?! And it also happens to be one of my favourites of this row. I love the boldness of the block and I really like how my fabric selection enhanced the quilt block design. Lots of different motifs going on in this one, but I love how it all seems to play nicely together 😉


Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

For Clay’s Choice  I decided to go really bold! I don’t normally gravitate towards really dark fabrics, but I wanted the central pinwheel to really pop. And boy does it ever! Still not sure who designed the floral fabric, but I love how it takes center stage against the deep maroon.

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

Here’s where the linen came in and I just fell in love with the Wedding Ring block. Playground is even sweeter paired with the linen. The texture provided by the linen is a great combo with the silky softness of Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF). I can see Essex Linen and AGF being an ongoing favourite combination!!!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Row 2 | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting Sew Along | Modern Quilt Blocks

Butterfly Crossing offers so many possibilities. I decided to add some coral linen as the backing of my butterfly blocks instead of going with the beige linen background used in the rest of the block. I was hoping this would help my butterflies pop even more and add a little extra texture and colour. It’s not my favourite of the bunch, but it looks good when combined with the other quilt blocks created to date. Sometimes it’s not about the individual block but how it fits into the overall project, right?!

We’ve still got a few rows to complete and I’m hoping I have enough in my fabric stash to see her through. I’m really enjoying my quilting fabric selection and would be so sad if I couldn’t eek out every last bit to make it to the end.   

Row 3 is already underway, so stay tuned for those lovely blocks! In the meantime, let me know  in the comments which of these 5 quilt blocks is your favourite!!

Happy quilting.

xo

Shannon

2 comments:

  1. I love them all - you certainly have an eye for colour and fabric choices. But my favourite is the Wedding Ring - how gorgeous is that print you used in the middle square!? Wow!

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    1. So sweet of you, Izzy! That middle fabric is from Amy Sinibaldi's Playground fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics - the whole line is gorgeous!! You should definitely get some for your stash ;)

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