Thursday, 21 February 2019

French General quilt with Leaves and Ribbons quilting, made by Marlene

French General quilt with Leaves and Ribbons quilting,
made by Marlene, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Marlene only recently took up quilting as a pastime, but now she has the bug, she is prolific.  Her current love is French General fabric with its elegant soft reds and greys. This quilt was made by hand and was was designed by Marlene herself.  In this photo you can see that the binding is already on the quilt. As part of Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, I offer a quilt binding service.  You can provide the fabric / or cut binding  and I will machine apply it to the quilt and trim it down so that you can finish the reverse of the quilting by hand, which is the bit Marlene enjoys doing.
'Leaves and Ribbons' digital pantograph quilt pattern
'Leaves and Ribbons' digital pantograph quilt pattern
With elegant colours, Marlene chose an elegant quilting pattern from the Fabadashery Longarm Quiling library called 'Leaves and Ribbons', which shows up nicely on the neutral backing fabric. The left over fabric from this project is in line for the next quilt.
'Leaves and Ribbons' digital pantograph quilt pattern

French General quilt with Leaves and Ribbons quilting,  made by Marlene, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
French General quilt with Leaves and Ribbons quilting, 
made by Marlene, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Verna's Oakshott Eight Point Star Quilt - Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Detail - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics.  Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Detail - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics.
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Being a longarm quilter for a profession always offers creative challenges. When a quilt walks through the door for custom quilting and there is a lot of blank space it offers a lot of design opportunities and a chance to push myself.  Verna brought this striking quilt to me made out of Oakshott fabrics and before I could put it on the frame I had to work out a plan for what I needed to do.  Sometimes this takes longer that the actual quilting, but the planning is always worth the effort.
Detail - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics.  Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Detail - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics. 
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Above is a detailed picture of the centre of the quilt where I have replicated the eight-pointed star block in dense quilting.  I used this design technique to draw the eye into a focal point and it was the centre piece to a four pointed star that I designed for the quilting, to sit behind the main piecing that Verna had done.  The photo does not show off the special quality of the Oakshott fabrics, but with the texture of the quilting, it really brought it alive.
Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics.  Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics. 
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
And below is a picture of the back of the quilt where you can probably see more of the quilting that was done and shows the overall quilting design which I added to the quilt.  You can see the colour thread changes and the structure that quilting can add to a quilt.  I think this quilt maybe heading to a new home, but for now I think Verna is hanging on to it.
Back - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics.  Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting
Back - Verna's Eight-Pointed Star quilt in Oakshott Fabrics. 
Custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashry Longarm Quilting

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Lewis and Irene Baby Quilt for Ted

Over the Christmas period my quilting friend Penny welcomed baby Ted to her family.  My other quilting friend Suz, made this adorable baby quilt out of Lewis and Irene fabric strips for the occasion and I popped it onto my APQS longarm quilting machine to finish it off with the ever popular 'Modern Curves' quilting design by Anita Shackleford.  Simple but fun.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Modern Mystery Quilt - Tikki of London, made by Margie

Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Here is another lovely masterpiece made by Margie, one of my postal customers.  This quilt was part of a Modern Mystery quilt through the UK quilt shop Tikki London, based in Kew Gardens Village. The finished quilt is modern, bright & colourful with lots of low volume prints.  To keep the modern theme we had to go for the ever popular 'Modern Curves' digital pantograph.
Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting df
Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This quilt was quilted before Christmas and was gifted as a present - what an amazing gift to open on Christmas morning!  When a customer quilt comes in I usually don't know what is coming, modern or traditional, but it is always great to see another quilt finished!
#TikkiLondonBOM1
Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting df
Modern Mystery' quilt through Tikki London,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quiltin
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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 ...