April 15, 2018

Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long Proposed Projects

Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Blueberry Park 3 Fabrics by Karen Lewis Textiles


2018 is just moseying along!

Spring has officially arrived, although you wouldn’t know it by looking outside as there are snowflakes dancing around in the wind as I type. But, we have had some above zero days, so that’s promising!

I actually don’t mind the colder weather, as I find it conducive to staying in and creating. My ideal day is a lazy Sunday at home with a snowstorm raging outside and a day full of making inside! Which, I guess, is why it’s been a busy first quarter for me! I’m pleased with how many quilty projects I’ve been able to knock off my Q1 2018 Finish-A-Long list!!

The satisfaction of crossing a project off a list has got to be one of the most gratifying benefits of keeping track of your projects! Whether digital or paper based, I love that feeling of ticking off another item as done, don’t you?

And this month feels as though I did that a lot. Let’s check it out.

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COMPLETED QUILTS


There were several projects that were done or nearly completed over the holidays, but I needed to give them a proper photoshoot. Winter introduces lots of photographing challenges: sub-zero temperatures so your hands freeze, high winds have the quilt blowing ALL over the place, knee deep snowbanks means limited spots and lack of sunshine casting a doom and gloom feel over all your photos. Ugh, listing those out remind me of all the failed photoshoots we went on. But our persistence paid off (somewhat) and I can finally share the following pretties:

HEARTLAND PLUS INFINITY QUILT 


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Heartland Plus Infinity Quilt

This is one of the snuggliest quilts I have ever made. The matchstick quilting is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it creates THE most snuggle worthy quilts. The weight all that thread adds and the cushiony feel of all those little pillowy pockets created by those lines leads to intense quilty joy! 

That texture combined with the silky softness of Art Gallery Fabrics is just perfection. This is the second quilt I’ve made using my Plus Infinity Quilt Pattern. The first featured all Cotton Supreme solids by RJR Fabrics for their What Shade Are You blog series. And this one I opted for Pat Bravo’s Heartland fabric collection. I love how different the looks are. This pattern is so versatile, I’m already plotting my next colourway to play with!


LUXE MAYPOLE QUILT 


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Maypole Quilt

The saturated colours I used for from Michael Miller Fabrics’ Luxe Collection for my version of Suzy Quilts’ Maypole quilt just add to the visual impact of the graphic quilt design. I loved working on this quilt and am thrilled she’s no longer sitting draped over the back of my sofa waiting to be finished. She kept me nice and warm back in December as I finished the hand binding.


PINK LEMONADE QUILT + PATTERN 


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern

My Pink Lemonade quilt is one of my longest WIP. There was good reason for that, but it feels good to finally share her with you and release the pattern so you can have some quilty fun too! I even snuck in making a super colourful version to encourage us all that spring was indeed coming! By the time February/ March rolls around we’re all in need of some colour, right?! At least that’s what you said when I shared this stack of fabrics with you on Instagram 😉 

You can get your copy here and bring your own colourful touch to this quick pattern!

REVERBERANCE QUILT + PATTERN 


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Reverberance Quilt Pattern

I love having the opportunity to collaborate with other quilters, designers and makers, and getting the chance to work with Tamara Kate’s fabrics is always an awesome experience. First, Tamara is just the sweetest and I love her cheerful prints. Her latest Joy fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics doesn’t disappoint. I took some time coming up with a quilt design that would truly feature those gorgeous prints, but I think the Reverberance Quilt Pattern was the perfect design.


That rounds out the projects that I knocked off my Q1 2018 FAL list. Now for updates on the stragglers 😉

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QUILTS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS


IMPROV DRUNKARD'S PATH QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Improv Drunkard's Path

I have a ton of little improv Drunkard’s path blocks that I created while preparing a lesson for the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild’s skill builder. Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to do with them all!

I haven’t even touched the following projects! Not. A. Single. One. 😅

SEW MOJO MINIS

Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Sew Mojo Mini

These just need to be framed, but I have yet to get myself to Ikea to find frames for them. The silly thing is, I know they will bring me so much joy once I get them framed and hung, so I should really just get on that!

Pattern design by Suzy Quilts and available as a bundle here

MEDALLION SQUARED QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Medallion Squared

I’m disappointed I haven’t had the chance to work on this quilt. I really think she will look amazing once done. Plus, it’s fun to take a break from traditional piecing and mix in some foundation paper piecing (FPP). This is a free pattern for newsletter subscribers and here’s a full tutorial on how to piece this block for FPP success!

SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Sewcial Bee Sampler

Every time I open my fabric cupboard, I’m tempted to finish my Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks (here is Row 1Row 2Row 3 and Row 4) just so that I can get to work with this Menagerie – Birch Eggplant Rifle Paper & Co for Cotton + Steel backing! Do you find fabric being a motivator for you too?!!

QUILTED PILLOWS


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs

I haven’t touched these, but I HAVE been thinking about that hexie leftover from my Hexie Stripe Quilt. I’ve been on a log cabin quilt kick as of late (I even have this Pinterest board to feed that obsession 😉) and it got me thinking about continuing to build around that central hexie as I have been. It could be a perfect opportunity to use up fabric strips in my scrap stash.

MOLINARI WALL HANGING


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Molinari Wall Art

All that’s left to move her off my WIP list is to bury threads and not a single thread was buried on this one…not a single one!

WEIGHT OF LOVE QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Weight of Love Quilt

I’ve been really busy with other projects, which is why I haven’t touched my Weight of Love quilt by Libs Elliot. But I REALLY want to see her done.


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NEW ADDITIONS (cause we all just keep adding to the list, right?!)


FOREST TALK WINTER STAR QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Forest Talk Winter Star Quilt

Hmm, I’m not sure how I forgot to add this one to my Q1 list because I’ve spent hours and hours hand quilting her over the holidays! This is my Winter Star quilt pattern I designed (and the first one I ever released!) as part of Pat Bravo’s Heartland fabric collection blog hop. It was so fun to revisit this pattern using Cathy Nordstom’s Forest Talk collection for Andover. And the good news is, she’s done and just needs to be shared, which I hope to get to soon!


ROCKSTEADY QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Rocksteady Quilt

Although I went for a softer palette while testing out the Rocksteady quilt for Suzy Quilts, I still ended up sneaking in a plummy pop of colour. I wanted those little diamond shapes to pop against a softer background that felt like streams of water. You have the rooted diamonds to show strength and stability, while the streams represent flexibility and change. You need both in this life and this quilt reminds me of that. I’ve got her fully basted and she’s now replaced my Maypole Quilt and is draped over the back of the sofa.


MEOW QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Meow Fabric Collection | Riley Blake Fabrics

I’ve been working on a new quilt pattern design and the first version is going to be made using this fun Meow Collection by Riley Blake Fabrics. Keep an eye out on Instagram for progress picks before the pattern is released later this summer.

IMPROV LOG CABIN


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Improv Log Cabin | Hand Quilting

I’ve forgotten to add this modern improv log cabin wall hanging to the list. Not sure why, as I’ve really enjoyed working on her. She’s fully pieced and basted with big stitch hand quilting well underway. I’ve been sneaking work on her when I’m travelling. Progress is therefore a little slow, but she’s not very big, so I should be able to complete her soon enough!

MISCHIEF QUILT


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Mischief Quilt

I am hands down the slowest EPPer ever! And that’s ok! I knew when I started this project that it would be a long WIP, so I don’t stress about it, I just sneak in a block here and there. Even though there is no way this project will be finished in this quarter, let alone in 2018, I thought she still deserved to be added to the list so I can keep track of her.

SECRET SEWING


I’ve been sharing some updates about my secret sewing projects in my weekly newsletter (you can sign up here) and, although I can’t share many details, I thought I would share some of the fabric bundles I’m getting to play with.

Secret Sewing #1


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Cotton Couture Solids | Michael Miller Fabrics

All I can say is that it involves these stunning Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Secret Sewing #2


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis Textiles

This one features Karen Lewis Textiles latest Blueberry Park 3 collection for Robert Kaufman (available in May 2018).

Secret Sewing #3


The fabrics are in the mail, but I can say that it involves Art Gallery Fabrics Raise the Volume collection + Pure Elements Solids and is part of the Modern Sewcialites BOM. This one will be shared sometime in May 😊

Secret Sewing #4


Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs | Oak Print Design Fabrics

I love collaborating and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do just that with Camilla Carvalho of Oak Print Design, a local surface pattern designer. You can find these pretties in her Spoonflower shop

The secret sewing projects are very diverse, and I can’t wait to let the cat out of the bag on these ones!!

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I think that covers it! Ha!

And helping me stay on track every month is a handy project planner that I have stuck on the wall next to my sewing machine! You can get yours too by signing up here.


I’m linking up with Izzy from Dizzy Quilts for this quarter of the Finish-A-Long and look forward to seeing all your projects too!

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon
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2 comments:

  1. That is one awesome list Shannon! I’m really excited to follow along as you get these finished!

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    1. Thanks, Izzy! It's a little overwhelming when you list it all out, but it represents lots of fun too!! Here's to a productive quarter for us both 😉

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