Saturday, 22 September 2018

Grandmothers Flower Garden, English Paper pieced by Christine, quilted by Frances Meredith

Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by Christine,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by Christine,
 quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is another hexagon quilt I have recently done for Christine. Using the English Paper Piecing method of stitching hexagons over papers and stitching them together in this traditional  Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt pattern is often where many of us start on our quilting journey.  Christine has made this pretty hexagon quilt out of her fabric scraps and has set it off nicely with the purple border and lone purple hexagons. 
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by Christine,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by Christine,
 quilted by Frances Meredith
I have quilted many hexagon quilts for customers and I usually like them a lot because they are full of different fabrics.  Sometimes it is hard to know when to stop with this pattern and I know of many which have languished in bags.  Christine brought hers to me to be quilted and we chose this joyful pattern called 'Popcorn's designed by Willow leaf Studio.
Do you have a hexagon quilt half finished?

'Popcorn' quilting pattern designed by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' quilting pattern designed by Willow Leaf Studio

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Traditional Hexagon quilt made in the 1970's, quilted in 2018, made by Sue

Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,  finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,
finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
What is the oldest quilt top you have in your cupboard?  Sue had been carrying this quilt top around from house to house for over 40 years.  As a 70th birthday present her husband treated her to having it finished.   She has made all the hexagon rosettes and put the quilt top together up to the red hexagon border, but had stopped when she had to deal with the irregular edge.  Not only did I quilt it, but I was able to offer a finishing service which included adding the navy border, quilting it and adding the binding.
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,  finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's, 
finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
It is hard to think back to the 1970's and realise how different the quilting landscape was in those days. Whilst dress making fabric shops may have been more plentiful, quilting fabric was not as common and as accessible as it is today. Included in Sue's quilt were some contemporary Laura Ashley fabrics which would now be classed as vintage!

Laura Ashley fabrics in traditional hexagon quilt
Laura Ashley fabrics in traditional hexagon quilt
It finished up being quite a large quilt and I used a digital pantograph quilting pattern called 'Popcorn' to quilt it.  It was a real pleasure to be able to help Sue finally finish her 1970's hexagon quilt.  If you have a quilt top lingering in the cupboard that you or a family member has made, please get in touch to see how I can help. 
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Stuido
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Stuido

Monday, 3 September 2018

Chambray Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
Wow, look at the quilting on this lovely quilt made by Jan!  Jan picked up a quilt kit called 'Chambray' from Totally Patched made in a linen look cotton. With just a gentle contrast in the fabric, the quilt was perfect for an allover digital pattern and is the sort of quilt you could use anywhere.
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is it once I had removed it from the longarm quilting frame - this is one of the best bits of my job!
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith

The digital quilting pattern is called 'Nemesh Feathers' and is designed by Bethanne Nemesh.  Below is how it looked on the back. 
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh

'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Dresden Pate Wedding Quilt made by Camilla, quilted by Frances Meredith

'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla, Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla,
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
The wedding season is truly upon us and now the special dates have passed I can start to show some of the lovely quilts which have been gifted.  This is a lovely Dresden Plate quilt made by Camilla.  The twenty plates are made from Liberty fabrics and are sashed with a lovely soft blue fabric.
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla, Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla,
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Camilla chose swirly, feathery quilting pattern called 'Wave On Wave' designed by Patricia Ritter, and we chose a Warm Grey Glide thread to stitch out the pretty pattern.  As it was a wedding present, Camilla also took advantage of my Quilt Label service to record the special event. 
'Wave On Wave' digital Pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Wave On Wave' digital Pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

'Labour of Love' Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny Otto, custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Labour of Love' Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
This is Jenny's Clamshell quilt which was on display at the 2018 Festival of Quilts in the Two Person Category.  Whenever I passed it there was always a crowd of people swarming all over it in amazement of her skills.  I really do think that Jenny is a contender for the 'Clamshell Queen' crown.
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Jenny asked me to quilt this masterpiece for her, asking for just Stitch in the Ditch around each clamshell.  Although I do have a computerized facility on my APQS Longarm machine, this job needs to be hand-guided, to stitch exactly along the seam line.  I stitched it in Monopoly invisible thread using rulers, so the quilt was all about the Jenny's clamshells and not the quilting.  If you look at the back, you can see my work!
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Competition Time - Win a pair of Tickets to the 2018 Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate


Competition Time!
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting has a pair of tickets to giveaway to the Great Northern Quilt Show which is on Friday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2018.

There are several ways of winning

1. Follow this blog, by using the link on the right-hand side
2. Visit the Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Facebook page where you will find a post about the Competition,Like AND Share the post, with a Comment with the work WIN
3. Become a Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Facebook Follower
The winners will be announced on Friday 24th August 2018
Closing Date: Midday GMT Thursday 23rd August 2018

Friday, 10 August 2018

Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
It is nearly over a year since I quilted this beautiful quilt for Alyson and this week it can be seen on display at the 2018 Festival of Quilts,UK in the Two Person Category, No IO44.  Do be sure to take a look at it if you are visiting.  I took a lovely picture of the lovely texture created from the free- motion quilting around the applique whilst it was still on my long arm frame.
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is a medallion quilt with clever use of striped fabric for the vase for the flowers and a wonderful pinwheel border.
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting