I'm Shannon, and I'd like to thank you for visiting my store! I am a full time electrical engineer and mom. I'm married with two boys. I'm also a quilter, pattern designer, and even a fabric ...
I'm Shannon, and I'd like to thank you for visiting my store! I am a full time electrical engineer and mom. I'm married with two boys. I'm also a quilter, pattern designer, and even a fabric designer! I've been quilting since the end of 2006, and designing patterns since 2010. I have a quite few completed so far, with several more in varying states of incompletion. I also have several fabric designs available from my spoonflower store. I am working on completing more patterns during my lunch hours at work, in the hopes that one day I can retire from engineering and stay home with my boys again. Your purchase of my patterns supports my ability to do that!
So now you've seen my patterns! You can see my fabric designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/shannonmac. I have a collection called Monkeying Around that goes with my pattern of the same name. And feel free to visit my blog at http://shannonmacdesigns.blogspot.com.
My husband and I recently visited some family members while on a road trip, and we got to meet their beautiful new son! He's just the cutest, with these adorable, perfectly pinchable cheeks...but I digress. His room has a wall of hot air balloon decals above his crib, and I took that as the inspiration for this pattern. It's sort of a fun play on an I Spy quilt, with bright scraps making up the balloons. Mine included stars, suns, bubbles, jellybeans, M&M's, swirls, crayons, boats, and of course...balloons! This balloon is even well sized for a 3" charm, if you happen to have a stash of them as I do.
This is also the most intricately I've ever quilted any quilt I've made. I am including a quilting diagram for anyone that chooses to use it. When I'm planning my quilting, I take a long time deciding what I'll do, so this one took even longer than normal. I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to practice, since a 5 month old is hardly going to criticize. I personally love how the balloons are puffy and round. I love this quilt almost as much from the back as from the front!
I had a lot of fun designing this one, and I hope you'll enjoy making it as well!