Thursday, 17 August 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

Quilts by Natalie and Lynne on display at the Festival of Quilts 2017,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Quilts by Natalie and Lynne on display at the Festival of Quilts 2017,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

I can't believe a week has gone by since the Festival of Quilts 2017.  It was great to see everyone.
If you are wondering what sort of quilting I do at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting, these two quilts which were on display near each other by my customers Natalie and Lynne, sum up the two extremes!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Win Free tickets to the Great Northern Quilt Show 2017

WIN FREE TICKETS!
Pop over to my Facebook page, @Fabadasheryquilting to win a chance to get a pair of FREE tickets to the 2017 Great Northern Quilt Show and the Great Northern Needlecraft Show being held between Friday 1st September and Sunday 3rd September in Harrogate, UK.
#grosvenorshows  #Greatnorthernquiltshow #competition #freetickets

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Oakhampton Quilt made by Jenny, designed by Karen Stiles of Somerset Patchwork, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

'Oakhampton' quilt detail
'Oakhampton' quilt detail
This is a detail of the 'Oakhampton' quilt, made by Jenny, designed by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork and quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm quilting.  You can see this quilt on display at the 2017 Festival of Quilts, UK this week in the Two Person Category , No 407.
'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,
custom long arm quilted by Frances Meredith,

There are hundreds of clamshells in this quilt and Jenny had done such a great job it made me want to make a quilt with loads of clamshells - I will add it to my Wishlist.
'Oakhampton' quilt detail Karen Styles Somerset patchwork
'Oakhampton' quilt detail

'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith, designed by Karen Styles,  Somerset Patchwork
'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith,
designed by Karen Styles,  Somerset Patchwork

Little Caswell Quilt made by Lynda, quilted by Frances Meredith

'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
Sometimes a quilt walks in the door and you don't want it to leave.  This was the case with Lynda's amazing version of the Caswell quilt.  Lynda has a great eye for colour and uses fussy cutting to its best advantage.  She has put her own spin on it with a lovely applique border and by just doing a selection of the blocks. It's a great size.
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
This beautiful quilt required custom quilting which involved lots of stitching in the ditch around the applique and ruler work to add some structure to the overall quilt - but worth every stitch!
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
Lynda's quilt will be on display at the 2017 Festival of Quilts in the Two Person Category No 395.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Kathryn Kerr's 365 Challenge - Ultimate Sampler quilt made by Valerie

365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie
Have you been following the 365 Challenge quilt?  Valerie followed along in 2016 and has finished all the blocks in a blue and white colour scheme.  As you all know, I love a sampler quilt, so I was pleased when she brought it along to be quilted by Fabadashery Longarm quilting.  There is going to be a display of these quilts at the 2017 Festival of Quilts  and Valerie got in contact this week to say that her quilt has been chosen for part of the display. I am so thrilled for her.
365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie
Kathryn Kerr launched the challenge on her website at the beginning of 2016 and issued a new block everyday for a whole year.  It must have been quite a challenge to keep up, especially without knowing the final layout and design.
365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fancy Fox Baby Quilt by Penny

'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny, designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny,
designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
Penny has done a lovely job on this baby quilt, a quilt design called 'Fancy Fox' by Elizabeth Hartman. Penny always has such a great selection of fabrics, that it is hard to choose which is my favourite fox!
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny, designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny,
designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
This cute quilt has already made its way as a new gift for a baby boy, but I know she is working on the 'Fancy Forest' pattern too.

'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
I used my longarm quilting machine to quilt this gorgeous pattern, 'Heatwave' designed by Patricia Ritter, which had a woodland feel about.  It came out beautifully on the front and on the batik fabric Penny chose to put on the back.
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter

Monday, 24 July 2017

Kaffe Fassett Red Squares Quilt made by Shona

Here is another Kaffe Fassett quilt, made by Shona, which I have long arm quilted.  It is called 'Red Squares' and is from Kaffe Fassett's book 'Heritage Quilts'. 
Quilt Binding Service - Fabadashery Quilting
Quilt Binding Service - Fabadashery Quilting
Whilst having her quilt quilted, Shona also took advantage of my quilt binding service.  All you need to do is provide the binding fabric ready prepared in a long enough strip  and I can add it onto the quilt whilst it is on the frame.  The quilt is then trimmed and ready for you to hand sew the binding on the reverse. If your quilt is large I would recommend this service as it saves a lot of the struggle of getting a huge quilt back under your domestic machine. 

Also in this picture you can just about see the GORGEOUS Kaffe Fassett fabric which Shona chose for the back of the quilt.  The Kaffe Fassett fabrics tend to be lighter weight than others, so sometimes they are a good choice if you want to keep the weight of a large quilt to a minimum.  She also brought me a lightweight Quilters Dream cotton wadding, so for a large quilt it was not at all heavy.
'BAM' by Jessica Schick digital pantograph pattern
'BAM' by Jessica Schick digital pantograph pattern
These fabrics tend to speak for themselves so just an all over gentle meander using the 'Bam' digital pantograph was enough for this already beautiful quilt.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Kaffe Fassett Medallion Quilt by Sheila

Sheila is a big Kaffe Fassett fabric fan.  She thought she would use up her remaining scraps by making this medallion quilt, but at the end she discovered she still had plenty left!  Sheila chose the 'Popcorn' digital pantograph as an all over pattern.
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx
With the sun shining on it the 'Popcorn' quilt pattern looks so pretty.
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Meet the Quilter - Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport, Programme Launch Saturday 15th July 2017

If you would like to come and meet me or discuss ideas for quilting your quilt, I will be based in the Duffryn Community Centre, Newport NP10 8TE on Saturday 15th July 2017 from 10am - 2pm.  I will have a selection of quilts on display and my diary if you would like to make an appointment.
I look forward to seeing you there.

PS: The Community Hall is where you will find all the tea and cakes!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Doreen's Purple Dresden Plate Quilt

One of the great joys about my job as a long arm quilter is that every day my lovely customers bring me lovely quilts.  Along with the quilt comes a story and it is often accompanied by the number of years that the quilt has been waiting in the cupboard to be quilted. Doreen's striking Dresden Plate quilt is a present for her daughter and as I understand her daughter has been waiting a VERY long time for it.
Doreen has made some lovely quilts over the years, but she reached a point when she decided that she no longer wanted to do the quilting and that was where I was able to help her out. 
We choose an all over digital pantograph design called Birds Eye View which echoed the central design and I even had a variegated thread (Superior Threads Rainbow Crown Jewels #838) which matched perfectly with her fabrics. It looked really smart.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Project Linus South East Wales - Quilts

This a pile of quilts heading to the Project Linus South East Wales tomorrow.  Jan and Sue do a great job of distributing them to those in need of a quilt and the least I can do is put a few on the machine and get them quilted. It is also a chance to test out a few new patterns. 
Butterfly Charm Digital Pantograph
designed by Lorien Quilting

Butterfly Charm Digital Pantograph
designed by Lorien Quilting
'Easy Peasy' digital pantograph
designed by Hermione Agee

'Easy Peasy' digital pantograph
designed by Hermione Agee

Monday, 26 June 2017

Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese, Fabadashery Quilting
Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese
This is a Jelly Roll Race quilt made by Liese, which she made in double quick time.  Liese found this pattern on YouTube - a Missouri Star video which claims you can use a whole Jelly Roll make a quilt top in less than hour!
With a quilt like this, the choice of quilting patterns is endless.  Liese asked for something with birds on it and I found this little digital pantograph quilt pattern called 'My Chicky Babe' designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.  So cute!
'My Chicky Babe' digital pantograph designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.
'My Chicky Babe' digital pantograph designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.
#Jellyrollrace

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

International Music Day - Quilts for Musicians

'Happy Note' digital pantograph by Crystal Smythe
'Happy Note' digital pantograph by Crystal Smythe
Happy International Music Day!
Are you busy making a quilt for a musician?  One of the digital pantograph patterns in my catalogue is 'Happy Note' designed by Crystal Smythe which features musical instruments such as the trumpet, violin, guitar, piano keys and saxophone. 
There are loads and loads of novelty quilting patterns available for a range of hobbies which can sometimes be the perfect finishing touch for a personal gift.  With a fun novelty pattern like this I would choose a plain backing, so that the pattern shows up nicely on the back - two quilts in one!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sue's Modern Blue Square Quilt

Blue Square Quilt, made by Sue , quilted by Frances Meredith
Blue Square Quilt, made by Sue, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is beautiful quilt made by one of my long arm quilting customers, Sue.  It is a special quilt for a new family member and it will be heading for a new home abroad.  I love the modern style of this quilt and I think the soft grey background makes a great alternative to white or cream.
Persian Blue, Glide Thread
Persian Blue, Glide Thread
Sue had chosen a lovely range of blue batiks for this quilt and squares in the pattern really showcased them well.  Those beautiful colours helped us choose this lovely Persian blue Glide Thread for the stitching.  Sue also asked if I could make a label for the back of the quilt and I was able to use this thread for that also.
Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Here is a photo of the quilt on the APQS long arm quilting frame.  It is such a treat to see the quilt coming together as it does its work.  Sue chose one of my favourite digital pantograph designs, 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker.  It has swirls which are evenly spread and gives it a great even texture.
'Bird's Eye' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
I am lucky that so much talent and inspiration come through my door and I think this quilt pattern has just been added to my bucket list.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt by Pippa, custom quilting by Frances Meredith

Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
If you visited the Wye Knots exhibition last month in Monmouth you would have seen Pippa's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt on display, which I custom quilted for her.  It is a design by Di Ford published in her book 'Primarily Quilts'.  Pippa always brings me lovely quilts and this one was another opportunity to focus on some custom quilting.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
This quilt has a lot of applique, so I reached for my invisible thread and stitched in the ditch around each block.  Immediately this makes the applique 'pop' out, giving it the look of trapunto and highlights Pippa's excellent workmanship.  To enhance this even further I used a filler stitch in the background.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
There were some large blank triangles around the edge of this quilt which I stitched with a digitized design, Bethany Pearls by Donna Klein.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
I loved the soft combination of colours that Pippa used in her version of the Antique Wedding Sampler quilt.  When you are custom quilting you really get to know a quilt well and get to understand how a designer puts their ideas together.  I can't wait to see what masterpiece Pippa is busy working on.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Modern Tumbler Quilt by Natalie using Modern Curves quilting pattern

'Tumbler Quilt' by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Tumbler Quilt' by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is another of Natalie's lovely quilts.  It is made from an amazing selection of modern prints which she picked up on a trip of a lifetime to the Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.  It is such a great quilt that I hope that she has chosen to show this in the Bristol Quilters exhibition coming up this weekend.
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
With a modern set of prints, this quilt demanded a modern approach to the quilting.  We used a digital quilting design called 'Modern Curves' by Anita Shackleford.  This pattern never fails to make an impact and it looks great on this quilt.
'Split Pea' Glide thread
'Split Pea' Glide thread
As part of the quilting service that I offer, I have a lovely selection of threads to choose from and for this quilt we chose a vibrant green Glide thread called 'Split Pea'.
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
And don't forget the back.  Natalie pieced together some strips of fabric which also looked great with 'Modern Curves' quilting pattern.  I am so lucky to see so many great quilts!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie and Bristol Quilters Quiltfest 2017 Exhibition

Bristol Quilters Exhibition 2017
Bristol Quilters Exhibition 2017
It is exhibition time again.  Bristol Quilters will be displaying their quilts at Badminton School, Bristol BS9 3BA between 1st - 3rd June 2017.  See the details in the flyer above.
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
I understand one of the quilts on display will be this lovely colourful cotton reel quilt made by Natalie.  It is made out of a Kaffe Fassett Jelly Roll.
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Instead of a white thread, it was quilted with a light grey thread which sits quietly in the shadow of the quilting ditch.
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
Natalie wanted an all over digital pattern which gave the impression of the cotton reels unravelling, so we went with this simple meander called 'Bam'.  It gave a lovely even coverage on the quilt and sometimes simple is the most effective.
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick