Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Lydney Quilters Exhibition June 2019, Lydney GL15 4LH

Lydney Quilters Exhibition June 2019, Lydney GL15 4HL
Lydney Quilters Exhibition June 2019, Lydney GL15 4HL
Just a reminder that Lydney Quilters have an exhibition on 15th-16th June 2019 at the Masonic Hall, Highfield Road, Lydney, GL15 4LH.  Accompanying the display will be refreshments and sewing supplies from The Patchwork Basket, Newent.  
Lydney is based in the Forest of Dean and can be accessed by the A48 from Gloucester, or by crossing the old Severn Bridge (NO bridge fee!) near Bristol and following the A48 to Lydney / Chepstow.
On 16th June the raffle will be drawn to win this beautiful Dresden Plate quilt, supporting Lydney Hospital and the Victoria Centre, Lydney. If you would like the chance to win, there is still time to buy a ticket.
1st Prize - Dresden Quilt made by Lydney Quilters

'Be Mine' digital quilting pattern. Quilt by Marlene.

 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.
 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.  
Just stitching out a new digital quilting pattern for the first time here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.  The quilt is another English Paper Pieced masterpiece in French General fabrics by Marlene.
 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.
 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.  
Here is the back, showing the pattern in all its glory.
 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.
 'Be Mine' designed by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth for Urban Elementz.  
This is the pattern you need to be looking out for if you want it on your next quilt top.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Irish Chain Hearts made by Gloria

Irish Chain Hearts quilt made by Gloria
Irish Chain Hearts quilt made by Gloria
I have had some lovely quilts here at Fabadashery over recent months.  This is Gloria's 'Irish Chain Hearts' quilt which is a combination of piecing and applique.  Gloria did a wonderful job, considering it was one of the first projects she has ever done.
Irish Chain Hearts made by Gloria
Irish Chain Hearts quiltmade by Gloria
Here is a detail of the quilting which was a digital pattern called 'Ginger Hearts', which seemed perfect for the hearts themed quilt.  You have probably seen it before on my site and it is one of the most popular patterns chosen by my customers.
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Quilts UK 2019, Malvern - Round Up

I have had a lovely day at Quilts UK, Malvern Show 2019 organised by Grosvenor Shows.  Over the past few months it feels as if I have been very busy working on quilts for this show and it was lovely to see them again, finished and with the binding on them, once they had passed through my hands for longarm quilting.
'Sunburst' LW05 by Carol Allen, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Sunburst' LW05 by Carol Allen, quilted by Frances Meredith
Firstly, here is Carol's 'Sunburst' quilt which received the Award for Piecing and a Judges Merit rosette.
'Dresden Plate' Charity / Fundraising Quilt by Lydney Quilters
'Dresden Plate' Charity / Fundraising Quilt by Lydney Quilters
This Charity / Fundraising quilt by Lydney Quilters won first place and a silver cup.  I stitched one of the Dresden plates and did the custom quilting. This quilt will be raffled at their exhibition 15th-16th June 2019.
 'Pendle Hill Meets Taj Mahal' by Barbara, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm quilting
 'Pendle Hill Meets Taj Mahal' by Barbara, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm quilting
Barbara won a rosette for her 'Pendle Hill Meets Taj Mahal' quilt based on a Di Ford quilt.
'Jody's DNA' Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Jody's DNA' Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Natalie won a Judges Merit rosette for her 'Jody's DNA 'Quilt
'Pat's Sunburst' quilt
Pat's 'Sunburst' quilt was a result of a blind Mystery Medallion quilt challenge which I organised at WyeKnot Quilters. I had the pleasure of quilting it for her.
  'Jane's Pinwheel' pieced and quilted by Frances Meredith
'Jane's Pinwheel' pieced and quilted by Frances Meredith
Finally, it was good to see my own 'Jane's Pinwheel' quilt up on display.  It is not an attention grabbing quilt, but one which I am going to be pleased to have on display in my own home.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Win this quilt - Dresden Quilt made by Lydney Quilters in aid of Lydney Hospital and the Victoria Centre, Lydney

'Dresden Quilt' made by Lydney Quilters
Would you like to have the chance of winning this quilt?  If you are attending Quilts UK this weekend you will see this quilt on display as part of the Charity Fundraising Category, where I am pleased to say it has won 1st prize! I have had the pleasure of being part of this Dresden Quilt through making one of the blocks and doing the longarm quilting for it. With a large white border I could not resist test running a fancy feather border. 
'Dresden Quilt' made by Lydney Quilters
'Dresden Quilt' made by Lydney Quilters
Lydney Quilters meet monthly and will be having their exhibition on 15th-16th June 2019 at the Masonic Hall, Highfield Road, Lydney, GL15 4LH, UK, where this quilt will be on display and you will be able to purchase raffle tickets for £1.00 each.  The money raised will go towards supporting Lydney Hospital and the Victoria Centre in Lydney. 
'Dresden Quilt' made by Lydney Quilters
'Dresden Quilt' made by Lydney Quilters


Monday, 29 April 2019

Japanese Quilt Antique Angel BOM made by Krina

'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
Antique Angel BOM Quilt made by Krina
I just had to share this quilt with you today. This quilt was a Block of the Month (BOM) offered by the Antique Angel Quilt shop several years ago.  It was made with Japanese cotton fabrics which have a deeper texture than normal quilting cotton.  Oh my, when it was quilted the texture came up beautifully and it was mesmerising to watch it stitch out.
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
My initial thoughts when presented with an appliqued quilt is to custom quilt it it, but on this occasion the right thread and the right pattern did the trick.  The pattern is 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker, the thread was Glide Husky.  The result was stunning.
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker

Friday, 26 April 2019

Hexagon Garden Jelly Roll quilt' made by Lorna

'Hexagon Garden' Jelly Roll Quilt made by Lorna
The first few month of 2019 have been very busy here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting and I can't believe that it will be May next week. Recently, Lorna brought me this Jelly Roll quilt for quilting.  The pattern is 'Hexagon Garden' and is a pattern by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  As I add new digital quilting patterns to my collection, I m always keen to see them stitched out and Lorna gave me the chance to see' Bubbles' for the first time.  You can see more of the patterns that I have available on my Pinterest Page.
'Bubbles' digital pantograph designed by Lorien Quilting

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Bonnie Hunter's 'Good Fortune' 2018 Mystery Quilt, made by Eirwen, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery

Bonnie Hunter's 'Good Fortune' 2018 Mystery Quilt,
made by Eirwen, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery
In the past I have managed to take part in several of Bonnie Hunter's annual Mystery Quilts.  You won't see one from me this year, but Eirwen has completed her 2018 'Good Fortune' Mystery quilt and did a great job at using up her scraps at the same time.
Bonnie Hunter's 'Good Fortune' 2018 Mystery Quilt, 
using Celery Glide thread
Trying to find a thread colour which will look good with red, orange, blue, green and cream is a tricky decision.  As I have built up my experience, I have found that green threads tend to blend well with many colours and are great on a scrappy quilt.  On this occasion I used Celery Glide thread.  I understand that the quilting pattern Bonnie Hunter used on her Good Fortune Mystery quilt was 'Arcadia', which is the pattern we used also, which you can see below.
'Arcadia' digital quilting pattern, designed by Patricia Ritter
I don't think this will be the last 'Good Fortune' quilt I will be quilting.

Friday, 29 March 2019

New Extra Wide Backing Fabrics available!

I have just added some new extra wide backing fabrics to my selection
Extra Wide White  on White (Ecru) John Louden @£15.00 / m    108” wide 100% cotton
Extra Wide White  on White (Ecru) John Louden @£15.00 / m

108” wide 100% cotton

Extra Wide Beige / Ecru Flutter, John Louden @£15.00 / m    108” wide 100% cotton
Extra Wide Beige / Ecru Flutter, John Louden @£15.00 / m

108” wide 100% cotton

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Curves Not Curves quilt made by Mairi, featuring Fluffy Clouds, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Fluffy Clouds' digital pantograph designed by Beany Girl Quilts
'Curves not Curves' quilt made by Mairi
This is the 'Curves Not Curves' quilt which Mairi has made for her daughter.  It is one of those quilts which has the optical illusion of curves, but is actually made up from squares and triangles, hence the name.  I love her fresh choice of colours, mainly Kaffe Fassett blues and greens along with a vast selection of different modern neutrals.
'Curves not Curves' quilt made by Mairi
'Curves not Curves' quilt made by Mairi
Mairi is one of my postal customers and used my Pinterest Pattern catalogue to choose a digital pattern for her quilt.  On this occasion she chose 'Fluffy Clouds'. 
'Fluffy Clouds' digital pantograph designed by Beany Girl Quilts
'Fluffy Clouds' digital pantograph designed by Beany Girl Quilts

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