May 02, 2018

Flower Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM

April showers bring May flowers…at least that’s how it should be!

Thank goodness for quilty flowers as April was a ridiculously cold and snowy one. And despite this less than stellar start to the season, I’m still seeing blooms pop up! Which is a great reminder that life and circumstances may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’re not able to grow and flourish.

As we wait for the blooms to hit their stride, I’m sharing my May Modern Sewcialites BOM to bring some colour and spring feels to you šŸ˜Š

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM

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I talked about how the April pinwheel block brought me back to my early quilting days and can you believe May has me reminiscing about my second quilt?! It’s actually still a work in progress, but Dresden Plates was the very next block I decided to tackle in my quilty journey. That all got started when I asked my hubz what design he would like. I was a little surprised that he chose Dresden Plates, but he did and so I dove into figuring out how to do it.

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM

Now, I will say, had I known how time consuming they are, I probably would have hidden this design option from him! There are lots of steps in the construction, but none of them are really all that challenging. It goes something like this:
  • Cut your Dresden blades using a template – I picked up this Dresden Ruler to make it a little less painful
  • Fold the top of the blades in half RST and sew the tops of the blades
  • Flip the blades right side out and poke the points out
  • Iron so the seam is centered on the back
  • Stitch the blades together
  • Make the circles
  • Hand appliquĆ© the flowers to the backing
  • Hand appliquĆ© the circles to the center of the flowers

Dresden Plate Ruler | Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM #dresdenplate

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM #dresdenplate

You can save lots of time and hassle by stitching the flowers and circles by machine using a zig zag or running stitch along the edges. I could have avoided A LOT of hassle doing it that way, but I decided I wanted a clean look and opted for appliquƩ. Did it add time? Absolutely. Did I get to practice my hand stitching? You bet!

I share this with you because while making this block I realized just how far I’ve come in my quilting skills. Cue proud quilty dance!!

So, don’t feel like you have to be perfect to get started. It’s in doing it over and over again that we get better and feel more confident in our capabilities.

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM #dresdenplate

You’re probably thinking to yourself “hmm, Shannon, we haven’t seen that finished Dresden plate quilt you made for your hubz”. And that’s because it’s still sitting in my WIP pile! I’m slowly making my way through hand quilting the entire quilt and it’s slow going. 

So slow going in fact, I felt really bad and made him this Heartland version of my Plus Infinity quilt pattern so he had something to snuggle with until she’s done!!

Now, you don’t have to go through ALL that pain just to create this block. In fact, that’s the beauty of participating in these sew-a-longs is that you can test out new designs and techniques without committing to a whole quilt in that design. Woot woot!


Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM #dresdenplate

There are lots of fabric options you could go with for this block, but since I’m going scrappy, here’s what I pulled from my stash:

Blue circle in Linen Texture from Makeower UK
Aurifil Thread in 50wt #2021 in Natural White for piecing and appliquĆ© 

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Stephanie, from Modern Sewciety,  asked us to think about how we can bloom where we are planted and for me that means forging ahead into the unknown even when we may not feel completely sure about ourselves. There are lots of obstacles that can make for a less than perfect start, but just like flowers have to start off struggling to poke through the earth and, as the case is this year, battle below freezing temperatures before they can bloom, so too can we forge on to discover amazing new talents we weren’t sure we could do.

Take my sewing space, I would LOVE to have my own studio to create in everyday, but the reality is is that I quilt at the dining room table. Thankfully my hubz is super supportive and doesn’t complain that I have set-up SFD headquarters in our dining room – complete with design wall that stays put when we have guests over! 

Shannon Fraser Designs Sewing Studio #sewingstudio #modernquilting #modernquilter

Most days it looks like a fabric bomb has gone off with stacks and stacks of projects in various stages of completion. The sofa (in the adjoining living room) has incomplete quilts draped over the back that need to be set aside whenever we hunker down for TV watching. The sideboard has stacks of fabrics lined up. The ironing board makes getting around to the other side of the dining table a tight squeeze. The dining table is low for cutting and I have to take breaks, so I don’t break my back!

Essentially, it’s a little bit of a quilty disaster. But, for all intents and purposes, it’s my space! It’s where I get to explore new techniques. Try new colour combinations. And just be in my quilty journey. A journey I’m beyond thankful to be on.

Flower Quilt Block | May Modern Sewcialites BOM | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernquilting #flowerquiltblock #modernpatchwork #modernsewcialitesBOM #dresdenplate

Instead of focusing on all that less than ideal stuff, I choose to focus on persistence, positive thinking and a can-do attitude. It’s all part of what helps me continue to explore, challenge myself and ultimately “bloom”.

I’d love to know what helps you bloom where you are planted.

Happy quilting!



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  1. I think you are very clever...I am glad I signed up for your blog.

    1. That is so sweet of you! Happy to have you along for this quilty journey šŸ˜Š

  2. Your block is beautiful - I really like colours and you really can’t go wrong with Karen Lewis’ fabrics! Bloom where you are planted is one of my favourite expressions and I am constantly reminding myself to do just that. :-)

    1. Isn’t it a good saying?! I actually hadn’t heard it before, but it totally resonated with me. And I couldn’t agree more that you can’t go wrong with Karen Lewis’ fabrics…they’re so good!