May 16, 2019

Fall Irish Vortex | Time to bust open those fat quarter bundles!


Fall Irish Vortex Quilt | Shannon Fraser Designs

Versatility – isn’t that one of the best things about a quilt pattern?

Being able to use the same steps, but come out with an entirely different look and feel?

Yes!!! Me too!

That’s what I love about the Irish Vortex quilt pattern – you have lots of options to play!

May 09, 2019

Why I love Aurifil Thread | 2019 Aurifil Artisan


Why I love Aurifil Thread | 2019 Aurifil Artisan | Shannon Fraser Designs

When I first started sewing and quilting, I never really gave much thought to my thread. In fact, I discounted it all together and just focused on what was readily available at my local big box fabric store and whether the colour matched my project.

Then I heard it mentioned that thread is the glue that keeps your project together. And something clicked for me; I’ve never seen thread in the same way since!

From that point on, I’ve been on the hunt to find the best threads.

April 11, 2019

Latest state of a modern quilter's WIP list | Q2 Finish-A-Long 2019 Projects

Latest state of a modern quilter's WIP list | Q2 Finish-a-Long 2019 | Shannon Fraser Designs


Snap!

And just like that, the first quarter of 2019 is a wrap!

The New Year started off with a bang! I was making quilty plans. And sticking to them!
And then – eerrrrk – everything came screeching to a halt!

It’s amazing how our priorities can shift in an instant. In March, my family needed my attention and I shifted things so I could be present. One of the reasons why I love what I do is that I can make the call to stop if I need to. And if not for family, then when, right? So, my progress was a little spotty in the month of March, but I was on quilty fire at the beginning of the year!

March 28, 2019

Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action


Hearts for Christchurch | Call to action for quilt drive | Shannon Fraser Designs

Have you seen the call out? Your help is needed.

When I heard the news about the attack on the mosques in New Zealand, it immediately conjured memories of the attack on the mosque in Quebec City and the call the action organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild not so long ago.

It breaks my heart that another call to action is needed, but it’s amazing how quickly word spreads in our community and how many people jump into action to help out.

March 14, 2019

What’s Inside My Travel Sewing Bag


What's inside my travel sewing bag | Shannon Fraser Designs

You know that series “what’s in her purse”? I love that series! There’s something super fun about getting to peek inside at the contents!

I used to love going through my grandmother's cosmetic bag. She had such fancy containers with pretty colours inside. I was riveted. Which probably explains why I love zip pouches and seeing what everyone keeps in theirs!

You’re probably thinking “um, Shannon, this isn’t about quilting!”, but I assure you it is!

Here me out.

Now, I know having a dedicated sewing studio is all the rage, but I think it’s safe to say that at one point or another in your quilty journey you’re going to take your project on the road.

March 07, 2019

Best Tips for New Quilters & how to get that elusive scant ¼ inch seam allowance

Best Tips for new quilters - what I wish I knew before I started quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

There are lots of things I would have loved to know when I first started out on my quilting journey. Like how to cut fabric. Yeah, that would have been über helpful! (and also on my list of tutorials in the works!)

But the truth is, most of my quilting experience has been self-taught, pieced together through blog posts and YouTube videos and lots and lots of trial and error. I would have loved to have a quilting buddy that took me under their wing and shared the ins and outs.

Thankfully, along the way, I’ve met some amazing quilters who have been so kind and generous with their knowledge – and it’s those amazing quilting friends that I turn to when I need to work through a challenge, get inspired or just have fun seeing how they approach things.

February 20, 2019

Ecliptic Quilt | Featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 71


Ecliptic Quilt featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 71 | Shannon Fraser Designs

Today’s the day I finally get to share with you what started well over a year ago!

That’s right! Over a year ago!

Back in January 2018, I connected with local Montreal surface pattern designer Camilla Carvalho, from Oak Print Design, and she gave me access to her pattern library to pick some prints that I would like to work with.

Who could resist that?!