Slice & Stitch Challenge: Shannon Fraser

Welcome to the third week of the 2021 OLFA/Aurifil mini Slice & Stitch! Throughout the month of October, we’ll introduce you to 4 Aurifil Artisans and 5 OLFA Experts who have been challenged to create and share small projects that could be stitched up in an afternoon and gifted for the holidays. Each maker was provided with 1 of 4 OLFA tools in addition to Earth Views, Astronaut Karen Nyberg’s debut thread collection featuring 10 small spools of Aurifil’s 50wt thread. These makers have truly knocked it out of the park and we can’t wait to share their work with all of you!

Shannon Fraser, Sarah Gozzo, AND Randa Roberts

OLFA: Rotary Circle Cutter
AURIFIL: Earth Views by Karen Nyberg

Shannon Fraser, Sarah Gozzo, and Randa Roberts are our featured makers for week 3! We absolutely love what these 3 creatives have done with the Rotary Circle Cutter and our fabulous 50wt threads. We’re delighted to showcase Shannon’s project here, and don’t miss more about Sarah and Randa’s projects over on the OLFA page.

When I received these fun notions from Aurifil and Olfa for the 2021 Slice and Stitch Challenge, I was inspired by the theme behind Karen’s Earth Views thread collection to create a super easy zip pouch featuring circles to mimic the ‘Pale Blue Dot’. That’s how Carl Sagan refers to earth in his short documentary of viewing earth from space.

Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to whip up a project that doesn’t require a pattern and can be stitched up in less than an afternoon.

The Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter makes cutting circles easy peasy and the raw edge appliqué means no fiddling with needle turn appliqué! Plus, most of these materials you probably already have in your sewing room! Now all you need to decide is who you’re going to make this fun project for!

Read more and grab the tutorial over on my website.

Check out Sarah‘s project on the OLFA blog HERE & Randa’s project HERE.

To enter-to-win OLFA’s Rotary Circle Cutter & Earth Views by Karen Nyberg, click HERE or on the image below. We’ll select one winner for this week’s giveaway on Monday morning and send notice via email. Good luck!

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Shannon Fraser is the maker and all around textile lover behind Shannon Fraser Designs. Shannon taught herself to sew a few years ago. When she stumbled onto quilting, it was like finding her creative home — she has been hooked ever since!

Modern quilting is Shannon’s preference, but she also loves learning from traditional techniques and putting her own spin on them. She loves sharing those creations with others and has discovered that designing quilt patterns is her jam! Math and all!

Shannon loves working from her home studio (aka her dining room) in Montreal, with her constant sewing companion Pips, a blue mitted ragdoll, that she can’t imagine life without. You can see what they’re up to (lots of sewing on her part, lots of napping on his!) over on Instagram.

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  1. I see a ton of ways that little gadget can be useful beyond raw edge appliqué! Thanks for the tutorial! Love your bag!

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