2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Introduction

2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Hive Society | Shannon Fraser Designs

It's been such a fun couple of weeks getting to know all the participants of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! The introduction posts have been in full swing and it is such an amazing opportunity to get to connect with fellow quilters that also blog.

And today it’s my turn to share a little about myself and how I got started with all things quilty!

So, hi!  And welcome :) I’m Shannon, the designer, quilter and blogger behind Shannon Fraser Designs.

I was a sewer before I was a quilter and it was my love for fabric that led me to teach myself how to sew. But my quilting journey, that really starts with YouTube! Well, YouTube and half square triangles (HST)!!

I stumbled upon a HST quilt tutorial and I was instantly hooked! It was a total a-ha moment and I spent hours checking out videos, deciphering the lingo and generally getting more and more excited to give quilting a go.  I was so intrigued and fired up, I quickly got started on my first HST block.  One block led to another and, before I knew it, I was setting out to make my first quilt top. 

A Study in Half Square Triangles Quilt | 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop | Shannon Fraser Designs

I’ve since completed over a dozen quilted projects, with several more in various stages of completion.  From fabric selection, to quilt design, piecing and quilting, I love it all.  Well, I could do without basting - ha!   

I'm most excited about the endless creative options quilting offers. I’m finding inspiration everywhere - fashion, interior design and art.  Especially tiles. They get me every time!     

Nature is also a huge source for colour inspiration.  A great example of that is a passion project I’ve been working on for over a year now.  It’s a custom Dresden plate quilt featuring blues with water names. Even the variegated thread is called Storm at Sea.

Blue Dresden Quilt being hand quilted | 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop | Shannon Fraser Designs

A fun part of this blog hop are the tips, tricks and personal insights we are all sharing so we can get to know one another better!  Here are mine: 

  • Blogging Tip: Keep a running list of blog ideas and inspiration.  I keep track of mine in an Excel spreadsheet and have found this to be so helpful when planning my blog content calendars. 
  • Quilting Tip:  The biggest tip I've learned so far is to really enjoy the process. Don't fear the unknown and take it one step at a time!!
  • Quilting Question: I've been trying, without success, to find the right quilt label solution. What is your go-to?
  • Fun Fact About Me:  I love to bake. Probably because I love sweets! But it also means I'm usually bringing fresh baked goodies to quilting events ;) 

Hand quilted butterfly pillow, heart quilted mugrugs and Blue Odyssey quilt on a chair | Shannon Fraser Designs

A special thank you to Yvonne Cheryl and Stephanie for hosting the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I’m having such a great time being a part of this collaborative and diverse group.

And don’t forget to check-out my fellow hive members’ introductory posts: 

Suzi – Websterquilt 

 

Happy quilting,

xo

Shannon 

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