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.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Quilt in Two Days Workshop with Sue Warren at Busy Bees, Newport

'Quilt in Two Days' Workshop with Sue Warren Quilted at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
'Quilt in Two Days' Workshop with Sue Warren
Quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
It has almost become a tradition at Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport to host Sue Warren for her 'Quilt in Two Days' workshop. Yes, get a quilt top together in two days and along the way have fun stitching with others.  This is the pattern that Sue will be helping you with and the quilt is currently on display in Busy Bees shop.  The workshop is on 7th-8th April 2017 and to book a place you can book directly via their website.

'Starburst' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Starburst' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Sue used my long arm quilting service to get it quilted and she chose the digital pantograph 'Starburst' by Patricia Ritter.  Sue used Dreampoly for the wadding.
'Starburst' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Starburst' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
I can't always promise to get a quilt back to you within two days, but I have managed 24 hours before, so it is always worth a call if you are in a hurry!

Friday, 3 March 2017

'Great Gulls Quilt' by Sandra (Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare for Moda)

'Gull Quilt' by Sandra, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery
'Gull Quilt' by Sandra, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery
As I had said before, the Janet Clare fabric ranges are very popular and this 'Great Gulls Quilt' pattern was designed by Janet Clare herself.  It was made by one of my longarm quilting customers, Sandra, and it showcases the Hearty Good Wishes Moda fabric range by Janet Clare.  Sometimes we are drawn in by the fabrics which are SO lovely that a quilt like this is a real opportunity to enjoy them in their full glory.
'Happy Times' digital pantograph by Hermione Agee
Sandra chose an all over digital pantograph pattern called 'Happy Times' designed by Hermionee Agee.  This is one of my favourite patterns as it seems to suit every occasion.  It is a great pattern as the quilting is evenly balanced and it adds a simple texture without overwhelming a quilt, letting the piecing and the fabrics take the leading role.  This quilt is heading to Cornwall where Sandra has had lots of 'Happy Times'.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Star A Day Quilt (Somerset Patchwork) made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork Made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork
Made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith
Do you like to work small?  This is a Star A Day quilt made by Pippa in her favourite antique reproduction fabrics, which she brought in recently to my Fabadashery Long Arm quilting service.  It is difficult to show on the internet, but each of the Le Moyne star blocks are just 3" square and made up of 20 pieces.  It is a great quilt to use up your scraps!
'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork Made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork
Made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith
With such detailed piecing this delightful quilt deserved some special attention, so it was custom quilted with a combination of ruler work which quilted the grid and stitched around the Le Moyne stars, with a digital block pattern stitched in the alternating blocks.
'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork
Made by Pippa, quilted by Frances Meredith
The pattern is called 'Star A Day' by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork and has been a popular project on the internet over the past few years.  Pippa completed ninety stars for this quilt to make a 39" x 43" quilt.  It used 80/20 wadding.  

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wallflower quilt made by Pauline

On a soggy February day there is nothing more delightful than quilting a cheerful quilt.  This quilt, made by Pauline, is Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern, Wallflower.  Her choice of bright fabrics contrasting against the aqua solid background make this such a fresh-looking quilt.  You can't help but smile.
'Wallflower' quilt design by Missouri Star Quilt Company. Made by Pauline
'Wallflower' quilt design by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Made by Pauline
Here it is in all its glory.  It looks amazing.  It was quite a big quilt at 86" x 99" and for the quilting Pauline chose an allover digital pantograph pattern 'Ginger Flower' by Apricot Moon.  The backing fabric was a green floral pattern and we used a So Fine variegated green thread for the stitching.
'Ginger Flower' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Flower' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
Pauline plans to add a binding made up from all the colourful scraps which will make a lovely finishing touch to the quilt.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

French General Pom Pom de Paris quilt by Loretta

French General Pom Pom de Paris quilt by Loretta
French General Pom Pom de Paris quilt by Loretta
This lovely scrappy quilt is made by Loretta, one of my customers from Wiltshire.  It is a Layer Cake pattern made from a French General fabric range, Pom Pom de Paris.
'Allouette' digital pantograph quilt pattern
'Allouette' digital pantograph quilt pattern
It may be scrappy on the front, but on the back Loretta chose a lovely soft green plain fabric, which showed off the elegant feathery quilt pattern, Allouette.  She choose the 'Allouette' pattern mainly because of  its French sounding name to go with the Pom Pom de Paris fabric.
'Allouette' digital pantograph quilt pattern
'Allouette' digital pantograph quilt pattern
If you are thinking of getting your project quilted with an allover pattern, which is stitched digitally by a computer, a plain fabric for the back is a good choice, as the pattern will be stitched evenly.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Nearly Insane Quilt - Patchwork and Quilting Magazine February 2017

If you have picked up this months (February 2017)  'British Patchwork and Quilting' magazine, you will see my that my Nearly Insane quilt has made it into print again after its success at the West Country Quilt Show in November 2016.
All the details are on page 20, along with a little picture of my prize-wining cushion.  Enjoy

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Butterfly Quilt by Ann Stuart of Busy Bees Patchwork, custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

Butterfly Quilt by Ann Stuart Custom quilting by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Butterfly Quilt by Ann Stuart
Custom quilting by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
I have been flicking through the latest British Patchwork and Quilting magazine (February 2017) where there was an article about an applique workshiop being held at Busy Bees Patchwork in Newport, to make this beautiful Butterfly Quilt.  This quilt is made by Ann Stuart, who will be running the class, and I was reminded that I had quilted it for her several months ago.  If you have visited the shop you may have seen it hanging up and you will be able to see the detail of the flowery custom quilting that I did on it.
Butterfly Quilt by Ann Stuart Custom quilting by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Butterfly Quilt by Ann Stuart
Custom quilting by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Ann Stuart will be running a workshop on this special applique technique on Saturday 18th February 2017, 10am - 4pm at Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport, UK 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Joan's Quilt - Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

Quilt by Joan, quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Quilt by Joan, quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Here is another of those quilts which I was busy stitching before Christmas.  This one was made by Joan for her granddaughter as a Christmas present.  It is such a pretty quilt, with lovely fresh colours. 
Quilt by Joan, quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Quilt by Joan, quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
We took our lead for the quilting pattern from the pretty floral fabric which Joan used throughout her quilt.  We used a digital pantograph called 'Daisy Chain Allover' designed by Darlene Epp. Joan provided her own wadding and we used a Glide thread for the stitching in a soft linen colour.
'Daisy Chain Allover' digital pantograph by Darlene Epp
'Daisy Chain Allover' digital pantograph by Darlene Epp



Monday, 9 January 2017

Choosing a quilting pattern (Pinterest) - Dragonflies on a Children's Scrap Quilt

Sheila's quilt featuring 'Dragon Wings' quilting design
Sheila's quilt featuring 'Dragon Wings' quilting design
I have a growing collection of digital pantographs in my collection and you can view them in one of my Pinterest boards.  Out in the internet there are designs to suit any occasion if required.  One of my most popular pantograph quilting patterns is 'Dragon Wings', a design featuring dragonflys.  It is a great design if you don't want a quilt heavily quilted and the dragonflys have a habit of just showing a glimpse of themselves amongst the pretty fabrics, just as they do in the countryside.
Sheila's quilt featuring 'Dragon Wings' quilting design
Sheila's quilt featuring 'Dragon Wings' quilting design
Here is another one of Sheila's quilts which she made for one of her many grandchildren for Christmas, which features the Dragon Wings digital pantograph by design Apricot Moon.
Dragon Wings digital design by Apricot Moon
Dragon Wings digital design by Apricot Moon

Monday, 2 January 2017

Getting a Memory Quilt Quilted by a Longarmer

Memory Quilt 1 by Jacquline
Bargello Quilt
Memory Quilt 1 by Jacquline
Have you ever made a memory quilt?  Collecting special fabrics  and old clothes together which hold special meaning make a really unique quilt.  I really enjoy quilting these as they are a fascinating cornucopia of historical materials and memories.  Often or not the 'special' fabrics don't abide by the quilting rules, but that is what makes them special.  Jacqueline brought me two memory quilts which she made and are intended as gifts for family members this Christmas.  They included the white brocade of Grandma's wedding dress, some upholstery fabrics and even some stretch material - the whole gamut!
Memory Quilt 1 by Jacquline
Bargello Quilt
Memory Quilt 1 by Jacqueline
With a random set of fabrics, Memory quilts can be a challenge to piece together, let alone quilt on a domestic machine, but using a longarm quilting service can make light work of it.  Ideally, the backing should be one, evenweave fabric to add support to the overall quilt and help stabilise the mix of fabrics on the front which you have pieced.
Memory Quilt 1 by Jacqueline
Modern Curves by Anita Shackleford
The first of Jacqueline's quilts was a Bargello quilt, backed with a two-tone plain fabric.  The quilting pattern used was 'Modern Curves' by Anita Shackleford.  This was a great choice because the long lines complimented the bargello piecing and on the back it had a modern feel, great for the young person receiving it - two quilts for the price of one! 
Coin Quilt
Memory Quilt 2 by Jacqueline
The second quilt was a 'Coin Quilt'  which made great use of all the scraps of fabric.  I particularly loved the way the light highlighted the sheen of the brocades and satins in this quilt.
Memory Quilt 2 by Jacqueline
'Coin Quilt'
Memory Quilt 2 by Jacqueline
The quilting pattern on this quilt was 'Ginger Flowers' by Hermione Agee and again, it was chosen specially for the person who was receiving it.
'Ginger Flowers' by Hermione Agee
'Ginger Flowers' by Hermione Agee
These two quilts are truly individual and SO special.  The idea of making a Memory Quilt is such a wonderful idea, which sometimes can loose its appeal when you start stitching it together because the fabric personalities.  Do not despair, pull it out of the cupboard, there is someone who can finish the quilting for you here at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting.