Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lynne's Charity Shop Quilt Challenge!

Lynne's quilt
Lynne is a lady who likes a challenge.  This quilt started as a half started quilt project found in a Charity Shop.  The grey fabrics had been partly pieced and Lynne added the solid colours to make up the borders and the sashing to create this amazing quilt.
Lynne's quilt
Lynne's quilt
Lynne was determined to use every last scrap and used the grey pieces to make up a piano key border.
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
I finished off the quilt top by using my long arm quilting machine to stitch out this modern quilt pattern called 'Square Peg, Round Hole', which you can see quite clearly on the back of the quilt.
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
I am very lucky in my job to see all the creative work of my customers and to hear the stories behind each quilt!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Wye Knots Quilting and Patchwork Exhibition 2017 - Charity Quilt for Hands Around the World


Wye Knots Patchwork and Quilting Show 2017
Wye Knots Patchwork and Quilting Show 2017
I am part of the Wye Knots Quilting group based in Monmouth, Wales, and we have our exhibition coming up between 20th - 22nd April 2017.  I will have a couple of my quilts on display and if you would like to come and meet me, I will be stewarding on the Thursday.  It is being held in the Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP25 3DY between 10am- 4pm.
Fundraising Quilt for Hands Around the World
Each year as a group we make a fundraising quilt which will also be on display.  This year it will be heading to Hands Around the World, a charity based in Monmouth, which seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill sharing, support and friendship.  My role is to quilt it on my long arm quilting machine and for this fun scrappy quilt I used  a pattern with lots of whirls and swirls called Turbulence designed by Apricot Moon.

'Turbulence' pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Turbulence' pantograph by Apricot Moon

Monday, 10 April 2017

Traditional Pinwheel Quilt in 1930's fabrics with a traditional Baptist Fan finish

With the possibilities offered by my APQS computerised quilting machine and the range of amazing patterns available, sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose something suitable for a quilt.  When Natalie arrived with this beautiful pinwheel quilt which she had made for a friend it called for something more traditional.
Pinwheel Quilt made by Natalie
The prints are all 1930's reproduction fabrics in lovely bright colours and after some deliberation, Natalie chose a traditional Baptist Fan pattern which was a utilitarian quilt pattern used a lot in the late 19th century.
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph on a traditional Pinwheel Quilt
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph on a traditional Pinwheel Quilt
Here you can see the Baptist Fan pattern stitched out using the digital pattern whilst it was on the quilting frame.  We used a Glide thread in an off-white 'Linen' colour, which kept the overall feel of the quilt fresh.
'Baptist Fab' Digital Pantograph designed by Jessica Schick

Friday, 7 April 2017

National Robotics Week - Quilts for Electronic Enthusiasts!

'Boltz' Pantograph designed by Kyla Trammel and Patricia Ritter
'Boltz' Pantograph designed by Kyla Trammel and Patricia Ritter

Tomorrow is the start of National Robotics Week.  If you are making a quilt for an electronics enthusiast, this digital quilting design featuring a robot called 'Boltz', might just be the perfect pattern to finish off your quilt top!

You can see this and other digital patterns which I hold in my catalogue on my Pinterest page .

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt

Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Wow! Look at this amazing Farmer's Wife Quilt made by Penny.   I love scrappy quilts and I love sampler quilts, so I was delighted when she brought it to Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting to be quilted.  Penny started the quilt as part of Farmer's Wife Quilt Along which as been sweeping the internet since the summer of 2015.  She completed 99 blocks ahead of schedule using the scraps from her stash, including special fabrics which have personal memories.  The combination of colours just have so much exuberance and joy.
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
When I am brought a quilt with a lot of 'white space' it is usually a candidate for some special custom quilting. After thinking of some quilting ideas, on this occasion I stitched in the ditch of each  Farmer's Wife block, added a frame and then applied the same free-motion pattern to the background, so no computerized patterns on this quilt.
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
With all the bright, modern fabrics, this fun circular 'filler' quilt pattern worked a treat, without interfering with the stars of the show, which were the pieced blocks. After, getting to know this quilt better, the Farmer's Wife quilt is definitely on my bucket list of quilts to do. 
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt

Monday, 20 March 2017

French General quilt made by Mercedes

'Josephine' quilt made by Mercedes
'Josephine' quilt made by Mercedes
I think one of the reasons so many of us enjoy having quilts in our lives are the choice of beautiful fabrics available.  This lovely quilt is handmade by Mercedes really showcases different fabrics mainly from the French General fabric ranges.  It is a large quilt which has over seventy different fabrics which blend so beautifully together, a delight to have in any home.
'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph by Anne Bright
'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph by Anne Bright
With a quilt where the fabrics blend well, an all over digital quilting design is the perfect choice.  Mercedes chose this elegant 'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph designed by Anne Bright, which went well with the flourishes and floral patterns.
French General matching threads
With so many colours in the quilt, the next decision was which thread to choose.  I hold a large range of different colour threads and from this selection Mercedes chose a bronze coloured thread which blended across the quilt beautifully.

Mercedes describes her work as 'handmade designs inspired by traditional Welsh, French and Amish heritage heirlooms', and has her own business making quilts which she sells in her Etsy shop .

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Shipton Quilters Exhibition April 2017, featuring a Jewel Box Quilt by Margaret

'Jewel Box Quilt' made by Margaret,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery
'Jewel Box Quilt' made by Margaret,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery
Quilters seem to be warming up for the quilt exhibition season at the moment and I have been helping some talented quilters get their entries finished by long arm quilting some of their quilts.  This lovely scrappy 'Jewel Box' quilt was made by Margaret who is a member of Shipton Quilters, based in the Cheltenham / Cirencester area, who have their 2017 exhibition coming up.
Shipton Quilters Exhibition
Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April 2017
Rendcomb College, Rendcomb, Cirencester, GL7 7HA
Their exhibition is being held in a few weeks on Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April 2017 at Rendcomb College, Rendcomb, Cirencester, GL7 7HA.  Here is the flyer with all the information for your diary.  They will also be holding a raffle to win this lovely house quilt.
Shipton Quilters Exhibition 2017
Shipton Quilters Exhibition 2017
If you are entering a quilt that I have quilted for you into an exhibition, let me know and I will try to give your group a shout out here on my blog.