Monday, 13 January 2020

Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others - feature display at Newark Quilt Show 17th - 19th January 2020

'Nearly Insane' quilt made by Frances Meredith
Just a reminder that my quilts 'Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others' will be one of the feature displays at the Newark Quilt Show 17th - 19th January 2020.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
I thought I would kick off the year with this super bright quilt made by Jennie.  Using Kaffe Fassett and Westminster fabrics, this pattern really shows them off to their best.  These fabrics seem to be ever popular and my longarm customers keep bringing me lovely colourful quilts.
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie, 
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
As I have said before, these quilts are not about the quilting, but the colourful fabrics and any quilting is going to take a back seat.  This means that pretty much any digital pattern will look great on them and on this occasion we used 'Bubbles' by Lorien Quilting.
'Bubbles' digital pantograph by Lorien Quilting
'Bubbles' digital pantograph by Lorien Quilting

Monday, 6 January 2020

Happy New Year - Dates for Quilt Drop Off

Stars for Epiphany Quilt
Stars for Epiphany Quilt
With everyone's Christmas quilts done, the Christmas break was a a time for me to quilt some of my own quilts, including this one 'Stars for Epiphany', which seems appropriate for today. 
Today I have also been updating my diary with the local quilt shows which are happening in 2020.  This year seems to be a BIG year for quilt shows, and many customers have already been in touch asking for their longarm quilting to be done for their quilt show deadline.  So if you require me to quilt a quilt for you, please get in touch sooner, rather than later.  Here are some dates I am taking in quilts

Tuesday 7th January
Wednesday 8th January
Thursday 9th January
Friday 10th January
Monday 13th January
Monday 20th January
Wednesday 22nd January (PM only)
Thursday 23rd January
Monday 27th January
Friday 31st January

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Happy Christmas from Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Val's Blue Dove Church Banner
Val's Blue Dove Church Banner
Happy Christmas to you all!
It seems like it has been an exceptionally busy year at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  Thank you to all my customers who have kindly shared their quilts with me.  I love every quilt that has come in and I love it even more that I am able to help you finish your quilts.  
Throughout December, I have shared just some of the quilts that I have done, there are many more and many which are being gifted as Christmas presents which have had to be kept under wraps.
Today's quilt is a church banner made by Val which I custom quilted - the doves have a trapunto effect and stand out from the main quilt. On this occasion the back shows more detail of the quilting than the front. 
The dove is a symbol of peace and I wish you peace in 2020.
Val's Blue Dove Church Banner - back
Val's Blue Dove Church Banner - back

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Advent Day 24 - Mary's Wedding Anniversary Labyrinth Quilt

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - Custom Quilting
This is Mary's version of the 'Labyrinth' quilt using Stonehenge fabrics in browns and golds.  Mary made this quilt to gift to her family, who were celebrating a special wedding anniversary.  Mary had seen another custom quilted quilt I had done and wanted something similar for hers.  The Labyrinth quilt has lots of white / tone on tone spaces which are ideal for custom feathers and the like, so I was more than happy to help.
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - Custom Quilting
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - Custom Quilting
These photos were taken when the quilt was still on the longarm frame. When I am out and about doing talks, quilters all want to know how to do feathers - all I can say is practice, practice, practice.  I must have spent a year drawing feathers on paper before I had the courage to do them on a quilt, but when I did, my muscle memory knew what I was trying to do and I surprised myself at how good they looked. I wonder what new things I will be doing on quilts in 2020?
Wedding Anniversary Quilt, made by Mary,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Wedding Anniversary Quilt, made by Mary,
 quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Wedding Anniversary Quilt, made by Mary,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Wedding Anniversary Quilt, made by Mary,
 quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Advent Day 23 - Jenny's Stonefield Quilt

Jenny's Stonefields Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith
Jenny's Stonefield Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith
The busy lead up to Christmas  is over with the last customer quilt done and returned back to them.  Before the end of 2018, Jenny dropped off her Stonefileds quilt for custom quilting, so that it would be done in time for display at the 2019 NEC Festival of Quilts in the Two Person Category.
Jenny's Stonefields Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith
Jenny's Stonefield Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith
Almost all the small blocks are unique and it made it interesting to quilt as I could treat each block as its own miniature, just like the quilts I personally enjoy piecing.  Another lovely quilt to have been a part of in 2019 and another one for my own bucket list!
Jenny's Stonefields Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith
Jenny's Stonefield Quilt, quilted by Frances Meredith

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Advent Day 22 - Evelyn's over the Hill felt applique quilt

Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt
Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt
One of the most dangerous things about being a longarm quilter for customers is that they bring you lovely quilt projects which you think you would like to make yourself. Evelyn brought this lovely 'Over the Hill' quilt top designed by Wendy Williams to me for custom quilting.  The majority of the quilt is felt applique, with a mix of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics and textured linens and cottons.
Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt
Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt
I custom quilted this quit top to make the precise applique look its best and to add differing textures to each square. Below you can see all the felt flying geese - yes, each of these was appliqued.  A really delightful quilt which was fun to custom quilt.
Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt
Evelyn's 'Over the Hill' felt applique quilt