January 25, 2020

Sew Organized | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge

Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions

Do you remember the first thing you ever sewed? Mine was a pair of gym shorts back in high school home economics class. I loved those shorts!

Looking back, I should have known there was a talent there. I totally nailed the sewing lessons and walked out with an A in the class. But sewing just wasn’t a focus of mine back then. So, once class was over, I never really tried sewing again until several years ago.

January 22, 2020

Guiding Lights Quilted Mini Wall Hanging

Guiding Lights Mini Quilted Wall Art | Shannon Fraser Designs #foundationpaperpiecing #modernminiquilt #wallart #quilting

My plans for this little quilt came out of nowhere. 

I was busy working on my latest Ecliptic quilt (pattern in the works!) when inspiration struck. 

My sewing table was covered in half assembled blocks and I moved it all out of the way before I lost that awesome “make me now” feeling I get.

Do you ever get that feeling?

January 17, 2020

Honest State of a Modern Quilter's WIP List | Q1 2020 Finish-A-Long

Honest state of a modern quilter's WIP List | Q1 2020 Finish-a-Long | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilter #worksinprogress

A new year means new projects to tackle and the chance to clear the decks of some stragglers that have been kicking around for…well, let’s not dwell on that 😉

I know you have them too!

Quilts that you absolutely loved at one point but have gotten distracted by new ideas and new patterns that you just HAD to make. I’m guilty of starting projects and then a new deadline comes up and I need to clear my sewing table.

December 31, 2019

Best of 2019 | Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Best of 2019 | Shannon Fraser Designs #bestof2019 #quilting #modernquilts

Another year of making and blogging is coming to an end, which means it’s time to check in on your top 10 favourite blogs posts of the year!

Do you know what the best part about blogging is?


The excitement I get every time you leave a comment just never wears off!

December 29, 2019

2019 in Review + Goals for 2020

2019 in Review + Goals for 2020 | Shannon Fraser Designs #projectplanning #goalsetting #yearinreview

Whew, what a year 2019 has been!

As the year comes to a close, I’m always amazed when I take a moment to look back on all that I’ve accomplished. It always seems to go by in a flash and since I tend to focus on the projects I’m currently working on and have coming down the pipeline, I often forget what I’ve already accomplished! 

December 20, 2019

Blossom Holiday Double Windmill Quilt Wall Hanging

Double Windmill Quilted Wall Hanging | Shannon Fraser Designs #wallart #fiberart #miniquilt #quilting

"Mini, mini, mini wheats" – I think I’ve started another blog post singing this jingle too – ha!
I do love a good mini and, with the holidays arriving any day now, I figured it was high time I shared this holiday mini!

Plus, as an Aurifil Artisan, the December challenge was to create a fun holiday themed project – I figured a mini would be the perfect project to share during this busy time of year.

December 19, 2019

2019 Holiday Stocking Suffers Guide for Quilters

2019 Holiday Stocking Stuffer Guide for Quilters | Shannon Fraser Designs #giftideas #giftguide

Stocking stuffers are hands down the BEST part about the holidays.

I remember my brothers and I impatiently waiting for my mum to get up on Christmas morning so we could dive into the presents Santa left us. But my mum, understandably, wanted a little more shut eye – especially after staying up late to get the presents laid out after we went to bed. Her compromise was always to allow us to open our stockings.

Trident gum and clementines were always my favourites. We can now get clementines pretty much year-round, but back in the ol’ days (hahaha!), clementines were pretty much only available during the holidays. So, to me, they were a real treat.