Friday, 16 April 2021

April 2021 - Longarm Quilting Face to face Consultation resumed

If you have been busy making quilt tops over lockdown, I am pleased to say that face-to-face longarm quilting appointments have resumed and I am looking forward to seeing you all again.

Here are some forthcoming dates I am taking in quilts.

Friday 23rd April
Monday 26th April
Wednesday 28th April
Friday 30th April
Wednesday 5th May

Contact: frances@fabadashery.co.uk


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Pat's Kaffe Fasssett Water Garden Quilt, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat,
quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 What a difference a year makes! This time last year as the pandemic hit, I was wondering what the future was for Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  However, we all changed our habits and I am pleased to say that lot of my customers decided to send their quilts to me for longarm quilting.  Pat sent her lovely 'Water Garden' quilt to me for the full service, preparing the backing, quilting it, trimming and adding the binding. When she opened her returned parcel, she just had the pleasure of finishing it off by hand sewing the binding, and adding the spare fabric back into her stash.

'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
This quilt is called 'Water Garden' and it features in Kaffe Fassett's book 'Quilts in Morocco'.  The quilting pattern Pat chose was 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker.  I think this pattern is perhaps one of the most useful ones in my library as the spacing between the lines is even, so it makes for a more restful design.
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker
I like this one so much, that I took a picture of the back of the quilt, which was a lovely batik fabric.

'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Di's Fruits of the Forest Kaffe Fassett Quilt

'Fruits of the Forest' Quilt, made by Di,
quilted by Frances Meredith

This is another homage to Kaffe Fassett by Di.  This quilt is called Fruits of the Forest and features in his book 'Quilts in Burano'.  As a longarm quilter my main aim is to look at the main focus of the quilt and use my longarm quilting machine to enhance it.  With pretty much every Kaffe Fassett quilt which comes through my door (and I have had MANY), the focus is always the alluring fabrics, with the quilting only having a small bit part in the show.
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger

The choice of digital patterns is wide open, so on this occasion I looked at the fabrics and took a lead from one of the swirly patterns and accompanied it with this swirly quilt pattern, 'Lalla Palooza' design by Denise Schillinger.  I managed to catch Lalla Palooza in all its glory on my APQS longarm machine, just as the sun comes around in the afternoon.

'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt
Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt
I thought I would brighten up your Monday morning with this spectacular 'Bordered Diamonds' quilt, made by Di. Bold fabrics, bold shapes, pretty much everything we love about Kaffe Fassett quilt designs.  I have lost count of how many of his designs I have quilted on my APQS longarm machine, but they are always a delight to do.

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt, 
featuring Heatwave digital  quilt pattern
Di specifically asked for this pattern, Heatwave, designed by Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz.  The good news was that my quilt pattern library is growing so large that it was there waiting for her!

Heatwave digital quilt pattern

Friday, 19 March 2021

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, custom quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting by Frances Meredith

 

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt
Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt 
With the start of Spring, more of us are venturing out into the garden.  Margie is talented gardener herself, but she has also stitched this wonderful garden sampler quilt called 'Quilter's Patch Garden' designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Margie regularly sends me her quilts by post and when this one arrived I just knew it needed some custom quilting, using my Handi Quilter Avante. 

Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
I used a combination of free-motion techniques, such as Stitch in the ditch, feathers and paisley shapes, alongside some digital motifs to break up the larger areas.

Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
I love the tones of Edyta Sitar's fabric ranges and this particular pattern has lots of different patchwork techniques, like English Paper Piecing, Dresden plates, applique, foundation pieced shapes and curved seams.  It is the perfect pattern to learn new techniques in piecing, as well as an opportunity to experiment with longarm quilting techniques. And it is SO pretty.

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt
Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Helen's Autumn Bird Quilt, with Indian Summer quilting at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen's Bird Quilt

A guess Spring time is probably the best time to make your Autumn quilts.  Helen has made this beautiful bird quilt.  You can see from the detail that the shape of the bird is made up of simple triangles and in the quilt it is paired up with a lovely block.  

Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen chose some lovely autumn colours and often that can be the inspiration for the quilting pattern.  In this case, we chose 'Indian Summer, designed by Patricia Ritter, which features acorn and leaves.

'Indian Summer' digital quilt pattern designed by Patricia  Ritter

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Di's Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter 2020 Mystery Quilt

Di's Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter 2020 Mystery Quilt
Di's Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter 2020 Mystery Quilt
The Bonnie Hunter 2020 Grassy Creek Mystery quilts keep coming.  This time Di has done a smaller version, but has selected one fabric for each colour - in this case Moda Grunge.  She cleverly used two tones of grey.  It has a lovely clean and fresh look.  It is amazing how they all look so different.

Di's Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter 2020 Mystery Quilt
Di's Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter 2020 Mystery Quilt

The quilt pattern in this quilt is Ginger Snap, designed by Apricot Moon, which is a lovely simple, even all over pattern.  I know this is not the last Grassy Creek Mystery quilt to come my way, so look forward to seeing some more.

'Ginger Snap' designed by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Snap' designed by Apricot Moon