October 05, 2017

2017 Q4 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects

Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community | Hexie Stripe Quilt

Is it me, or is 2017 just FLYING by?!!

October has rolled in with it’s cooler warmer weather! Yes, you read that correctly – we’re getting summer in fall. Not sure what’s going on, but we’ve had heat warnings and some of our hottest days at the tail end of September/ beginning of October.

Weather anomalies aside, the arrival of October means it’s time to set my goals for Q4 of the Finish-A-Long!

But first, a quick update on how I netted out on my Q3 2017 FAL list.

When the quarter first started, I thought I would have oodles of time to tackle my list. But, then, life happened! LOL! Priorities had to get shifted and some of the quilt projects I wanted to make progress on were put on the back burner.

Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

Despite these unexpected events, I still managed to make headway on my list.

Technically these next two projects I completed as part of my Q2 2017 FAL list, but I hadn’t had the chance to share the story behind each of them. And, I don’t know about you, but I love hearing the journey behind quilt projects.

FINISHED PROJECTS


My black and white Hexed quilted table runner was a long time in the making. All that needle turn appliqué took me forever to complete. But I’m so thrilled I didn’t give up on her. The response has been wonderful and proof that good things come to those who stick it out. At this point, the only struggle remains trying to convince people to USE her!

Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community | Hexed Quilted Table Runner | Black & White Hexies | Hand Appliqué

The Spring Lilacs quilt was an amazing project that focused solely on working my stash off. With the exception of some fabric I purchased for the binding, everything else was fabric scraps, orphan blocks or fabric I already had on hand. You know my love of working with fabric scraps and this project is proof positive that great things come from working within the confines of what you already have on hand.

Spring Lilacs | Modern Quilt | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

The largest finish on my list is hands down my 100-day Quilt and it’s accompanying minis. This was such an amazing creative challenge, and one I’m looking forward to trying out again. But what I loved most was how connected I felt to our quilting community. Totally unexpected, yet so heart warming.

100-Day Modern Improv Quilt | Improv Quilting | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

100-Day Modern Improv Hand Quilted Mini Quilt | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

So, that sums up my finishes! Ha! The list is short, but that’s ok.

PROJECT UPDATES


I still managed to make some progress on the following projects.

My Hexie Stripe quilt that I was pattern testing for Suzy of Suzy Quilts back in April is also (technically) done! I just haven’t had the chance to post about her. I took some quilts in the wild photos of her last weekend, but, sadly, they didn’t turn out that great. So, another photo session is in order. I’ll include her on my Q4 list as I really don’t consider a project fully complete until I’ve shared all the details with you 😉.

Hexie Stripe Quilt | Modern Hexies | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community | Suzie Quilts Pattern


My RJR Fabrics What Shade Are You quilt goes live this Friday and I can’t WAIT to share it with you! This one changed my opinion of working with green, and I’m now in LOVE with the colour. And, I’m releasing the Plus Infinity pattern I designed for this project. Lots of fun coming this Friday!!

Plus Infinity Quilt | RJR What Shade Are You | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

I’ve also got to finish up my second Plus Infinity quilt I made using Heartland fabrics designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics – such a gorgeous line. The quilt top is all pieced, I just need to find time to baste and quilt her up!!

Plus Infinity Quilt | Heartland Fabrics | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

Another quilt I was pattern testing for Suzy Quilts is the Maypole quilt and I’ve actually made some great progress on this one. Last time I checked-in, the quilt top was complete and I needed to get her basted. I’m happy to report that she’s not only basted, but she’s well on her way to being entirely quilted too! I still have the binding and label to create and attach, but she should be a quick finish.

Maypole Quilt | Modern Quilting | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community | Suzie Quilts Pattern

I also added some big stich hand stitching to my Pink Lemonade quilt. As you know, this one is a leisurely project that I’m thoroughly enjoying every stitch. I was making good headway on the hand quilting, but then lost my thimble! EEK, the horrors! If you’ve subscribed to my weekly newsletter then you know I’ve already replaced her with a new leather one that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. Oh, how it’s the small things that can make you so happy!

Pink Lemonade Quilt | Big Stitch Hand Quilting | Kona Cotton | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |


I snuck in some progress on this neutral colourway I've been wanting to experiment with using my Medallion Squared block pattern. As I mentioned last time, I’m not sure whether I will continue with this one. I’m still mulling and not quite ready to remove her from my project list. Time will tell what happens with this one!

Medallion Squared Quilt | Neutrals | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

There were several projects I didn’t even touch this quarter. I did think of them…does that count?!

First up is my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt. I’m super eager to get back to this one. I’m really close too. I’ve already completed Rows 1, 2, 3 and 4. I just have one more row to finish and then it will be onto the borders and sashing. Ok, so maybe not so close! But I love the colourway I’ve chosen for this quilt and miss playing with all those corals.

Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt Along Block | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

I’ve got a couple of quilted pillows in the making, which you would think would mean a quick finish. But I think it’s the zippers that are deterring me. Not that they’re hard, but it’s been awhile and, so, I’ve stalled on these ones. Plus, I don’t have a set hard deadline…need I say more? It will feel good to tackle the Hexie and Frolic pillows and get them off my list. Maybe if I gift them as Christmas gifts it will help motivate me to finish them up??!! Makers logic, right?!

Hexie Pillow | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

Frolic Pillow | Hand Quilting | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

I also didn’t touch any thread burying on my Molinari challenge. She’s still patiently draped over the back of my sofa just waiting to be finished up. Soon, I promise!

Molinari Quilt Challenge | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

NEW PROJECTS


If the above wasn’t enough, I have a few more projects to add to my list.

First up is a couple of secret sewing projects. I can’t share much, but my list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning them 😉

I’m also finishing up my second pattern to be released shortly called the Plus Infinity Mini – this one is a direct offshoot of my Rainbow Plus mini, but in the RJR Fabrics colourway! I love it when a quilt pattern looks completely different just by switching up the colourway. This is proof positive of that!

Plus Infinity Mini Quilt | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

Then I’ve got this pretty little bundle for the Michael Miller OurYard Fabric Challenge that I need to dream up something fun and fresh with.

Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge Bundle | Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long Proposed Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | Quilt Community |

I’ve also got a personal project that’s in the works. This one I’ve been thinking about the design for months now. Does that ever happen to you? I just need to sit down and put pen to paper.

Whew…that’s one long list! But, the organizers do say that you won’t be punished for not completing a project and, since I never really know which ones will get finished, it’s best to list them ALL!! I’m linking up over on my quilt buddy Dizzy Quilts’ site and look forward to seeing your quilt projects there too!!

Happy quilting my friend!

xo

Shannon

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3 comments:

  1. Oh that is such a good list Shannon! So many projects on there that I can’t wait to see finished! Have fun with it all!

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    1. Thanks, Izzy!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed the cooler weather will mean lots of indoor sewing activity!!

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