Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Neutral Quilt made by Carys

Neutral Fabric quilt made by Carys,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Neutral Fabric quilt made by Carys,
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Here is another quilt that was gifted over Christmas, which was given the magic Fabadashery touch to finish off the quilting. Carys made this quilt out of a mix of neutral fabrics.  It was 85" x 98", so a very large double quilt, but probably just what is needed now the temperatures are starting to drop.
'Mach 3' digital pantograph quilting pattern, designed by Apricot Moon
'Mach 3' digital pantograph quilting pattern, designed by Apricot Moon
To go with the neutral quilt fabric, Carys chose a 'neutral' quilting pattern, this time a simple pantograph called 'Mach 3' by Apricot Moon.  This photo of the back of the quilt shows off the even zig zag pattern.  This the first time I have stitched out this pattern, so it was great to see what an even pattern it has across a quilt.  Below you can see the quilt in all its glory. Well done, Carys.
Neutral Fabric quilt made by Carys,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Neutral Fabric quilt made by Carys, 
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Monday, 31 December 2018

New Year - Completed Quilts - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting January 2019

If your New Year's resolution has been to get some (or all!) of your quilt tops quilted, please get in touch.  I am available on the following dates in the next few weeks for you to drop off your quilt, by appointment, including a Saturday.  Also, if you are travelling across the bridge from Bristol, don't forget that there is no bridge fee from December 2018.


Wednesday 2nd January
Thursday 3rd January
Friday 4th January
Monday 7th January
Saturday 12th January
Friday 25th January
Monday 28th January 


Email:frances@fabadashery.co.uk
Tel: 01291 629120

Wonky Christmas Tree Quilt made by Mairi

'Wonky Christmas Tree' quilt made by Mairi,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Wonky Christmas Tree' quilt made by Mairi,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Holiday gifts have been given and so it is time for Show and Tell!  This is a brilliantly fun quilt made by Mairi, one of my postal customers in Scotland.  All the fabrics are Christmas related and as far as I could see, the wonky Christmas trees were cut in pairs in a stack and whack fashion - in fact it made a great game of Snap!  I had never seen so many Christmas fabrics in one quilt.
For the backing Mairi managed to source this whimsical Christmas fabric featuring kitsch reindeer with tinsel in their antlers - amazing.  And finally, to give the quilt the full Christmas trimming, Mairi chose this popular holly digital quilting pattern, called Feliz Navidad, designed by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman.  Only a few more days until Christmas has to be packed away ...

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Quilt made by Karen, with Holly Berry quilting - Feliz Navidad

'Feliz Navidad' digital quilting pattern
'Feliz Navidad' digital quilting pattern
Happy Christmas! Thank you to all my customers, who have kept me busy right up to the last minute.  The past few weeks have largely been quilting quilts which are to be gifted for Christmas.  Others, like this one made by Karen from a Minick and Simpson 'Snowfall Prints' charm pack, will be in her home to be enjoyed over the holiday season.
Christmas Quilt made by Karen
Christmas Quilt made by Karen
If you follow the Pinterest link on the right sidebar you will be led to the catalogue of digital quilting patterns that are available at Fabadashery Long arm Quilting.  I have a few holiday themed patterns and to add to the Christmas them, Karen chose a holly berry quilt pattern, called 'Feliz Navidad' designed by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman.  Great choice!
'Feliz Navidad' digital quilting pattern
'Feliz Navidad' digital quilting pattern

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Carol's Starburst Fussy Cut Quilt - Custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Starburst Quilt made by Carol,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Starburst Quilt made by Carol,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
The shortest day has come and gone and natural light is in very low in supply, so it is great to remember some of the quilts I have done over the year when the sunshine did its best to show off the quilting.  This is a small wallhanging (50" x 50") made by the talented Carol Allen, where she has framed and fussy cut nine starburst blocks.  The sun on this day really showed the custom quilting off to its finest and reminds me of why a wool wadding works so well in  a custom / applique quilt.
Starburst Quilt made by Carol,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Starburst Quilt made by Carol, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Each starburst was stitched in the ditch to emphasise the pieced pattern and then outlined.  By using a filler pattern in the background it really helped to push the block pattern forward.  The loft of the wool wadding made the quilt look like a trapunto technique had be used, but I can assure you it was just the combination of the loft of the wadding and the dense background quilting.  Carol also bought a special fabric for the border which I outlined in monopoly thread.  She also cleverly disguised the diagonal corner seam by appliqueing a rose motif in the corner.  Another quilt which I could have happily accommodated in my home!
Starburst Quilt made by Carol,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Starburst Quilt made by Carol, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Jill's Redwork Stitchery Applique Quilt

Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is the centre panel of Jill's quilt, just one panel of hand stitchery amongst a lovely quilt of beautiful applique work.  Once you have made a beautiful quilt top such as this one with hand stitched detail it can be intimidating to know how to quilt it.  I am a big fan of stitching in the ditch and my go to thread for this task is Superior Monopoly.  On Jill's quilt I outlined all the hand stitchery and because the Monopoly is virtually invisible it did not interfere with the original design.
Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Below is a photo of the quilt being custom quilted on my APQS Millie Longarm Quilting Machine.  This was a fun quilt to do as there were lots of little elements, which invited different quilting patterns to match its scrappy feel.
Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt Custom quilting on the frame, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Jill's Applique and Stitchery Quilt
Custom quilting on the frame, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
I went to town on the border by using different patterns on each of the piano key blocks, to add texture and interest.  This is one of those quilts that is on my bucket list to do, but I think it is too late for 2018!
Scrappy quilted piano key border
Scrappy quilted piano key border

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Maria's Batik Quilt

Batik quilt made by Maria
Batik quilt made by Maria, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, UK
I am blessed to have so many lovely creative customers and each day seems like Christmas when another quilt comes through the door.  Everyone is different and each one has different requirements.  This quilt made by Maria has some lovely muted blue, yellow and grey batiks in it and it made a refreshing change from the quilts I usually have, almost looking like a tiled floor. 
Batik quilt made by Maria, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, UK
Batik quilt made by Maria, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, UK
With such a large quilt, Maria took advantage of my quilt binding service.  She provided this beautiful batik fabric which she purchased form Doughty's in Hereford - they have such an amazing choice.  I just had to take a picture of it as it was SO delicious.
Batik fabric for binding a quilt
Batik fabric for binding a quilt
Also, I was really pleased when Maria chose this digital quilting pattern, Silver, from my pattern catalogue.  I have had it for quite a while, but it wasn't until now that the right quilt came along.  If you want to see what other patterns I have, you can browse through this blog or visit my Pinterest page.
'Silver' digital pantograph designed by Patricia E Ritter
'Silver' digital pantograph designed by Patricia E Ritter