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

After sewing the triangles together and playing with layouts. I wasn’t entirely convinced and felt the quilt blocks needed a little more oomph.  A few small squares and some stitching and my HSTs had been snowballed 😊

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

They looked really good together in pairs of fours, but while thinking about my design options, I had a visual of plus signs. Small ones for the corner blocks featuring the HST layout and a larger central one to unify the pairings. I’ve been wanting to make a plus quilt for quite awhile now, so I guess this is my foray into the realm of pus quilt designs!

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

I was working on this in March and the weather was anything but Spring-like. We still had snow storms and below freezing temperatures going on. It was a welcome relief to get to play with such gorgeous fabrics! They reassured me that Spring would be here soon bringing its sunshine and flowers.

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

You know me and my love for straight line quilting and that’s exactly what I went for in the large central plus sign. Instead of just going from top to bottom, I echoed the corners of each block so that I wouldn’t have any intersecting lines. I was hoping this would further emphasize the plus sign as well as give it some nice quilty texture. I think I succeeded!!

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

For the corner blocks, I decided to have some fun with the quilting. I opted to use not one. Not two. But three different coloured threads. I would have gone for four, but I don’t have any green thread on hand. Clearly a sign I need to expand on my quilting thread stash 😉


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

The machine quilting was perfect for anchoring the quilt down, but I really wanted to add some extra texture. So, I added a little pop of yellow with the big stitch hand quilting using Aurifil thread in 12wt. Only a couple of lines in the white background, but I think it finishes it off perfectly.

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

I love the Tresse fabrics in Frolic fabric collection. They are perfect for binding! I used Tresse in Citrus for my Spring is in the Airquilt. And since I love all 4 colours, I decided to feature them all and go scrappy. Scrappy bindings are so fun and in these colours, it’s just perfection!

And to finish it off...a little homemade quilt label 💓

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

Haven’t a clue where I’m going to hang this, but I know she’ll look amazing and bring such vibrancy to the space once I find her a spot!

Some of my favourite projects have been created just based on my fabric scraps. I think it’s quickly becoming one of my all-time fav ways to play! So, give it a go and see what little beauty you create!

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

Oh, and don’t forget – the entire Frolic fabric collection designed by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics hits your local quilt shop this Thursday!! Hurry and snag some for your quilty stash!!

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

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon

8 comments:

  1. I really like the 3D feeling this block has. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! It was a fun one to create and I hope to make a larger version soon!

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  2. Do you have a pattern available for this quilt?

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    1. Not yet, but it's in the works!

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  3. Beautiful! Isn't it fun to play with scraps? I just love it.

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    1. It’s the best!! I honestly think it’s my favourite part of quilting 😉

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  4. Very pretty and a great way to use those triangle scraps!

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    1. Thank you, Marla! I’m a little obsessed with keeping all my scraps – I just can’t seem to bring myself to throw them out 😉

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