December 31, 2016

Best of 2016

Best of 2016 | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

Another year is coming to an end! Where has 2016 gone?! It’s been a busy year filled with a ton of learning experiences. And through those trials and tribulations, my quilting skills have grown by leaps and bounds. Not only have my skills improved, but I’ve also been beyond grateful for the many friends I’ve made this year and cherish being a part of our quilting community.

With 2017 just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to participate in Cheryl’s Best of 2016 Linky Party and share some of the top posts that have resonated with you. It’s been fun looking back over the year and seeing what I’ve created. Can you believe I actually forgot about a few!!

Best of 2016 Linky Party | Shannon Fraser Designs | Hosted by Meadow Mist Designs

Most Popular Post – A Window Into Modern Quilting 

Best of 2016 | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

I wrote A Window Into Modern Quilting blog post to raise awareness of an exhibition my Montreal Modern Quilt Guild members were holding and wanted to help support them in any way I could. It was my chance to show my love for our community and get the word out for others to see how amazingly talented our members are. The fact that it’s been a top favourite of yours just warms my heart.

Most Engaging Post – Medallion Squared

Best of 2016 | Medallion Squared Quilt Block Pattern | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

I was thrilled to be selected to participate in the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop. Not only was it a chance to connect further with our community, but it challenged me to create my first paper pieced pattern. I loved reading every single one of your comments and did a happy dance when I saw how many times the pattern was downloaded!!

Most Proud Achievement – Winter Star Quilt 

Best of 2016 | Winter Star Quilt | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

There is something about participating in showcases that I just love. I feel completely honoured to be included, I adore getting to play with new fabric lines and I love the challenge of creating a unique design. My Winter Star Quilt featuring Pat Bravo’s Heartland fabric line is one I’m super proud of since the circumstances surrounding the design and creation were beyond challenging. After my fabric parcel ended up in Costa Rica, I wound up only having a few days in which to quilt, photograph and blog about the design to meet my deadline. The original quilt I had designed would not have been feasible to tackle under those conditions.

So, I literally had to come up with an entirely new design with only a few days before sharing with you. It was a great lesson in going with the flow and that sometimes working under a tight deadline produces some of your best work! I loved it so much, I’ve turned it into my first full pattern.

Most Favourite – Playtime Quilt 

Best of 2016 | Playtime Quilt | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

The Playtime Quilt holds a special place in my heart, since the experience of creating the quilt was truly unique. Amy Sinibaldi’s Playground fabric line unexpectedly had me doing a walk down memory lane. Memories from my childhood came flooding back as I worked with her gorgeous fabric. The design of the quilt ended up being an ode to those memories and appreciating the time when we just “played”.

Most Unexpected – Mondrian Quilt 

Best of 2016 | Mondrian Quilt | Improv Charity Quilt | Modern Quilting | Shannon Fraser Designs

The Mondrian Quilt was an unexpected quilt. I volunteered to use up the fabric scraps leftover from the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Charity Challenge of 2015. Not wanting to see the fabric go to waste, I volunteered to take the remnants and see if I could turn them into another quilt to be donated. Most of the fabric had been cut up into long strips. Having never really worked with scraps before, I was amazed to see how letting my imagination run and improvising along the way led to such a beautiful creation. That it now resides at a women’s shelter providing warmth and comfort is just the cherry on top!

I look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store and what new techniques and creations await. Until then, wishing you and yours all the very best in the New Year. Let’s make it a quilty one J



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  1. Great lineup Shannon! I cannot wait to see what you create in 2017! :-)

    1. Thank you, Izzy! I'm excited to see what 2017 will bring!!

  2. Great finishes for 2016, I wish you an even better 2017! Thanks for linking up with the Best of 2016 linky party!

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! And thank you for hosting such a fun link-up :) All the best in 2017!!

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