Friday, 22 March 2019

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt made by Christine, featuring Flowerumpus Quilt pattern.

Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, made by Christine
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, made by Christine
Here is another hexagon, Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, made by Christine.  Christine is trying to use up her fabric scraps, but apparently this has only made a small dent into her stash ... I know the feeling. However, the result was so pretty and I am sure anyone would be happy to have this patchwork quilt in their home.
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, made by Christine, with Yellow Whisper Glide thread
Christine used a white on white fabric for her background.  I rarely use white thread when quilting a thread and on this occasion we chose 'Yellow Whisper' Glide thread on top and bottom, which went well with the border and on the backing fabric.
'Flowerumpus' digital quilting pattern
View from the back: 'Flowerumpus' digital quilting pattern
To add to the flower theme, the quilting pattern we chose was one of my new patterns, 'Flowerumpus', designed by Hermione Agee.  The picture above shows how the quilting came out on the back of the quilt. The only problem now is which side to use the quilt.

'Flowerumpus' digital quilting pattern
'Flowerumpus' digital quilting pattern, designed by Hermione Agee

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Purple and red Sampler Quilt made by Dorothy, quilted by Frances Meredith

Detail: Applique block, made by Dorothy
Detail: Applique block, made by Dorothy
Sampler quilts are a great way to work out which techniques you enjoy most in patchwork. This is the applique block which Dorothy included in her stunning Sampler Quilt, made on a course with Trease Lane at JB Sewing in Newport.  This sampler quilt included log cabin, curved seams, foundation piecing and traditional pieced blocks.
Sampler Quilt made by Dorothy
Sampler Quilt made by Dorothy
I love the way that Dorothy has alternated each sampler block with the same purple and red pieced block, it really brings unity to the quilt.  With lots of different things going on in one quilt, sometimes a simple allover meander is all it needs to stitch all the layers together, like this quilting pattern called 'Bam'. Dorothy also took advantage of my binding service - the red binding looks perfect!
'Bam' digital pantograph quilting pattern

Monday, 18 March 2019

Check out the new Search function at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting!

I have added a Search function on the sidebar on the right hand side of the blog.  If you have idea of the pattern you are considering for your quilt, why not put it in the search box and see what it looks like on other quilts I have done. For example, if you type in 'hearts', it will pull up all the posts with heart designs in it.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Today's Quilter 'Devon County' quilt, made by Margaret, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Devon County' quilt, made by Margaret
'Devon County' quilt, made by Margaret
Here is another 'Devon County' quilt which I have quilted for Margaret.  I have quilted a few quilts for Margaret and she managed to include plenty of the leftover scraps from those in this pattern. I quilted one for Karen a few months ago, it is always fun to see how everyone interprets a pattern!  If you subscribe to Today's Quilter, this quilt was featured in Issue 29 as a special souvenir supplement in late 2017.  The quilt is called 'Devon County' and was designed by Sally Ablett. I wonder how many more I will get to see?
'Devon County' quilt, made by Margaret
'Devon County' quilt, made by Margaret
The quilting pattern we used was called 'Nemesh Feathers' a digital quilting designdsigned by Bethan Nemesh, with some lovely swirls and feathers.

'Nemesh Feathers' designed by Bethan Nemesh, digital pantograph

Sunday, 24 February 2019

'Animal Parade' underwater creature themed quilt made by Valerie

Underwater creatures quilt made by Valerie, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Underwater creatures quilt made by Valerie, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This baby quilt has been made by Valerie for a new member of the family.  It is a pattern featured in the book 'Animal Parade - Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns' by Cheri Leffler.  Both Valerie and I were working to a tight deadline, but we managed it.  It will eventually head out to Australia where they will meet the new baby for the first time.  All the sea creatures are hand appliqued onto a pieced background and the bright orange against the blues really makes the quilt pop. 
'Seafoam' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Seafoam' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
When choosing the quilt pattern, Valerie chose this perfect quilting pattern called 'Seafoam' designed by Patricia Ritter, which has swirls and bubbles to match the underwater theme.  It looks great on the finished article.  I am sure that it will get plenty of use.
Underwater creatures quilt made by Valerie, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Underwater creatures quilt made by Valerie, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

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