January 10, 2018

Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Proposed Projects

Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

New year, means a new Finish-A-Long series! And since my 2018 goals include trying to clear my WIP list, I figure joining in and logging my proposed finishes for the quarter would be a good way to help keep me on track.

At the very least, it will force me to take stock of what I have or, what will more likely be the case, what I haven’t gotten done each quarter – ha!

Plus - I've created a handy FREE Monthly Project worksheet to help me + YOU stay organized!

Since I spend most of my time sewing alone, this is a good way of feeling connected with our community and, let’s face it, if you’re not a quilter you don’t really get the whole WIP pile. It makes me feel like I have quilty WIP soul sisters that understand my new quilt vs. old quilt projects struggle 😉

In any event, until I sat down to write this post, I hadn’t even thought to look at my list from Q4 2017. I figured we could do it together!

First up is….

HEXIE STRIPE QUILT


Hexie Stripe Quilt | Suzy Quilts Pattern | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Color

Oooh, I’m pleased to report that I managed to not only finish my Hexie Stripe quilt, but she’s also up on the blog! Suzy designs a mean pattern (mean, as in, super awesome!) and this one gives me all the happy quilty feels. Not only do I love my fabric selection (can you ever go wrong with Anna Maria Horner print? I think not!), but this one represents my first foray into free motion quilting. I couldn’t be prouder of how she turned out. To say I was scared to attempt FMQ on her would be an understatement, but you have to take the plunge at some point and I’m super happy I did with her.

PLUS INFINITY QUILT


Plus Infinity Quilt | RJR Fabrics | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

Technically, when I wrote my Q4 2017 list, my Plus Infinity Quilt was already done, she was just waiting to go live in cyber space. What’s super cool is that I’m currently snuggled under her on a ridiculously cold January winter day while typing up my new list. Good times! This is my favourite quilt at the moment. I love all the different shades of RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids in blue and green I used, the hand quilting detail is just so fun to look at and the Cotton + Steel print I used for the backing always makes me smile (not to mention is super soft). You can find the Plus Infinity quilt pattern here to make your very own!

PLUS INFINITY MINI QUILT


Plus Infinity Mini Quilt | RJR Fabrics | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

One of the few new projects I added to my Q4 list was my Plus Infinity Mini Quilt. Not only did I get her done, but I also released the pattern! This quilt pattern makes an excellent baby quilt or wall hanging.

HEARTLAND PLUS INFINITY QUILT


Plus Infinity Quilt | Art Gallery Fabrics | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

What? Another Plus Infinity quilt?! Yup, I love this pattern so much that I was working on two very different versions simultaneously. What I love about this one is how effectively it shows the versatility of the pattern. This one is all done and was gifted over the holidays, but with the polar vortex that has been visiting us, I haven’t had a chance to get some quilts in the wild shots. Until she gets photographed and shared, she still counts as a WIP in my books.

MAYPOLE QUILT


Maypole Quilt | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Suzy Quilts Pattern

This was another quilt I started quite awhile ago while pattern testing for Suzy Quilts. I had been holding onto these Michael Miller Fabrics from their Luxe Collection for quite some time and I just love how the bold, saturated colours pair so nicely with the graphic nature of Suzy’s Maypole Quilt pattern. She spent months draped over the back of my sofa patiently waiting for me to bind her up and I’m happy to report I got her done over the holiday break. But, similar to my Heartland Plus Infinity quilt, she needs a good photo session.

PINK LEMONADE QUILT


Pink Lemonade | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Modern Baby Quilt

This is one of my most personal projects I’ve ever worked on and it was with mixed emotions that I completed the hand binding on her before the holidays. I even have the pattern all tested and ready to go, I just need a full-on photo of her for the cover to release her. So, stay tuned for that coming out sometime in 2018! In the meantime, you can read a little more abouther here.

SEW MOJO MINIS


Sew Mojo #3 Mini | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Suzy Quilts Pattern

These have been done for awhile now. All in all I have 6 done, 3 of which are featured in Suzy Quilts' recently released Craftsy Class – Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis. But I still need to find frames for them, find a place to hang them and write a post about how awesome it is to create these minis. If you haven’t given them a go, you totally should!

MEDALLION SQUARED QUILT


Medallion Squared | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Free Quilt Pattern | Foundation Paper Piecing

Even though I’ve been mulling whether I plan on continuing with this project, I really want to give this quilt a go. The colourway just speaks to me. It’s quite a departure from the usual bright and bold colours I typically gravitate towards, but there is something about the soft and subtle hues paired with the more graphic pattern that really appeals to me. The block is available as a free pattern and can be found here. If you’re looking to explore foundation paper piecing, this is a great pattern to give a go.


SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER QUILT


Sewcial Bee Sampler | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

I have one row to finish before my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt is done (here is Row 1, Row 2, Row 3 and Row 4)! I just need to sneak in some time to finish her up. I think a weekend of focused sewing should do the trick. Even though I haven’t touched her in awhile, she has been on my mind. I’ve been thinking about the backing fabric for awhile now and, although I initially planned on backing her in Essex Linen (shocker, I know 😉), I found this gorgeous Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. print that I’ve been dreaming about for some time. I finally took the plunge and order her during the holiday break. Isn’t she pretty?!

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co | Quilting Cotton | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

QUILTED PILLOWS


Quilted Pillows | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

I haven’t even touched or thought of these pretties since I wrote about them for my Q4 list! I still want to get to them - when - is really the big question.

MOLINARI WALL QUILT


Molinari Wall Quilt | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

I think I buried 1 of the gazillion threads I have left to bury on my Molinari wall quilt. I love this one and she makes me ridiculously happy whenever I look at her. I just. Need. To. Get. Her. Done.

OUR YARD QUILT


Our Yard | Michael Miller Fabrics | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

This little bundle keeps staring at me every time I open my fabric cupboard. She’s cute. She’s tempting. I just don’t know what I want to make with her. So, she’s hanging out on my shelf until inspiration strikes.

WEIGHT OF LOVE QUILT


Weight of Love Quilt | Hexies | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns

I would really love to get my Libs Elliott Weight of Love quilt done this year. The central hexie is all pieced, I just need to either applique her onto a backing or cut some fabric pieces to square her up. My only challenge is I had planned on using the leftover fabric to create the binding, but then I went and made my 100-days of Improv quilt with them…so, I’m thinking I may go with a black and white stripe. We’ll see.


JOY QUILT


Joy Fabric Collection by Tamara Kate Design for Michael Miller Fabrics | Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long Quilt Projects | Shannon Fraser Designs | Modern Quilting | WIP | Quilt Patterns | Quilting Cotton

I’m not sure if that’s the name the quilt will ultimately have, but that’s what I’ve been calling her since I started designing her back in the fall of 2016 (or was it summer?!). In any event, this pretty has been keeping me busy over the holidays as I add lots of texture in the form of big stitch hand quilting. I am loving this quilt and can’t wait to share her with you on February 19, 2018!

DRUNKARD’S PATH QUILT


Another as yet to be named quilt! My local Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is doing a skill builder this year and I’m up in April to feature the classic Drunkard’s Path. I thought I would hate curves of any kind, but my first attempt with pattern testing Over the Hills was so positive, I’ve been hooked ever since. I just need to figure out my colourway, get my Joy quilt all wrapped up and then all my focus will be on this fun project.

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So, there’s my list. At least, I think I’ve captured everything that is kicking around my WIP pile. I’m probably forgetting something, but these are the key projects that come to mind, so I might as well focus on those! Three months always flies by in a flash and I doubt I’ll get all of these done, but half the battle is listing them out, right?!

And to help keep on track, I've created a Monthly Project worksheet to help you stay organized too! I've tacked mine on the wall next to my sewing machine in hopes this keeps me focused! Get your free copy today!

Free Monthly Project Planner Template for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs


I’m linking up with Izzy of Dizzy Quilts' Blog for this quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Tell me, what projects would you like to tackle this quarter?

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon
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4 comments:

  1. You’ve got such a fun list Shannon! I look forward to following along as your progress through it all!

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    1. Thanks, Izzy! Here's to hoping I can make some good progress 😉

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  2. What a wonderful list. Seeing your projects there are some that I now want to make, too! I have to get some finishes from my own list done first, I suppose... Thank you for joining us in the Finish-A-Long!

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I love quilting, but sometimes the struggle of balancing ALL the quilts I want to make is all too real 😉

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