Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Quilts UK Malvern 2017 - Round Up

Frances Meredith of Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting,  Awards Ceremony Quilts UK, Malvern 2017
Frances Meredith of Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting,
Awards Ceremony Quilts UK, Malvern 2017
Here I am proudly displaying one of my awards from the Quilts UK Malvern 2017 show at the weekend.  My red and white 'Nearly Insane' quilt was awarded The Quilt Room Award for Piecing, the Sue Belton Award for a Sampler Quilt and a Judges Merit. Thank you to the Judges and everyone for their kind comments.
'Nearly Insane' quilt by Frances Meredith and 'Sew A Row' quilt by Chris Taylor
It was lovely to say 'hello' to everyone and lovely to see some of my long arm quilting customers displaying their quilts too.  I was pleased to see my quilt hanging alongside Chris Taylor's 'Sew A Row' Quilt which I quilted for her last year.  It was lovely to see it again as it has to be one of my favourite quilts I have had the pleasure of quilting.
'Kaffe's Medallion' by Sheila Chapman, quilted by Frances Meredith
Sheila Chapman had her 'Kaffe's Medallion' quilt on display in the Large Wall Hangings category.  This was meant to use up all her Kaffe Fassett scraps, but I know there are still plenty left for some more quilts!
'Val's Quilt' by the Wye Knots, quilted by Frances Meredith
Finally, our quilting group the Wye Knots also won a rosette in the Charity Fund Raising category for our quilt which is now being given to the charity 'Hands Around the World' for a raffle.

Well done to everyone who entered a quilt into the show.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Malvern Quilts UK 2017 - Referendum Quilt

'Referendum' quilt by Frances Meredith
This is one of my own quilts which you will see on display at Quilts UK, Malvern 2017.  I have called it 'Referendum' and it is LW09 in the Large Wallhanging category.  It had been sitting in my cupboard for quite a while, but I did have a plan of how I wanted to quilt it in my head, but it never managed to elbow its way through the customer quilts I was doing at the time. 
Last year, I stayed up the whole night to watch the results of the Referendum here in the UK.   In the week that followed they managed to cram a lot in and it was difficult to pull myself away from the unfolding political events being reported on the television and to concentrate on much else.  As they say 'a week is a long time in politics'.  In the end I decided that this quilt was the perfect antidote to it all.    
'Camilla Star Diamond' by Donna Klein
'Camilla Star Diamond' by Donna Klein
This quilt uses one diamond block pattern, called Camilla Star designed by Donna Klein.  The diagonal lines were stitched in the ditch and each diamond was placed individually, rather than using the computer to do an edge to edge pattern all over the quilt.  I chose a fairly plain backing fabric so that the quilting pattern shows up nicely on the front and the back. I think it comes under the category 'semi-custom' work.  I hope that by showing different techniques on my own quilts my customers can see the potential of what we can be achieved when they bring their quilts to Fabadashery Long Arm quilting.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Marlene's first quilt!


This is Marlene's first quilt.  She has pieced it by hand and with such a large project, brought it to Fabadashery Long Arm quilting to be finished. Choosing fabric for your first quilt can be exciting and overwhelming.  She chose some lovely fabrics from one of the latest Moda collections, Dogwood Trail II, with the help of the ladies at the Patchwork Basket in Newent.
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
The quilt came together quite quickly and having browsed through some of the quilts I had done for other customers on this blog, she chose the 'Allouette' digital pantograph pattern which completely transformed the quilt top.  Marlene was over the moon!
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
The quilt was 105" x 90", so as well as completing the quilting for this large quilt, Marlene also took advantage of my quilt binding service, where I attach the binding and you have the pleasure of taking the final stitches in your masterpiece.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

En Provence Mystery 2016 Quilt made by Catherine

'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
Did you join in the annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt?  I have just put an En Provence Mystery quilt on my long arm quilting machine and it reminded me that I hadn't shared one I quilted last month.This is Catherine's version of the 2016 Mystery Quilt, En Provence.  Catherine followed Bonnie's colour scheme, but what you probably can't appreciate on the web is that she made all the pieces half size!
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
With smaller pieces there were lots of seams which would have been a real struggle to hand quilt or even navigate on a domestic sewing machine.  Here at Fabadashery Long Arm quilting, my APQS Millie makes light work of even the bulkiest seams.
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern stitched on plush fleece
On the back of the quilt Catherine chose a deep pile plush fabric which was beautifully soft.  Again, working with this fabric on a domestic machine would have been a struggle, but by mounting it on a large quilting frame the long arm made light work of it.  The pattern you can see is a lovely swirly digital pattern called 'Nightlight', designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran.
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran

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