Thursday, 31 October 2019

Frolic 2019 Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery Quilt

Frolic 2019 Mystery Quilt fabric selection
Frolic 2019 Mystery Quilt fabric selection
This is my favourite time of year - Bonnie Hunter has just released the fabric details for her 2019 Mystery Quilt, which this year is called 'Frolic'.  As she mentions in her post, her Mystery Quilts are a chance to build your quilting and piecing skills.  The quilts are scrappy and the aim is to use up fabric you already have in your stash.  The Mystery Quilt is free to follow and runs between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

I have pulled these colours from my stash.  I  am fine for the raspberry and and greens, but very low on blue.

Last year a couple of my longarm quilting customers did the 2018 Good Fortune Mystery Quilt with great results.

Will you be joining in the Frolic 2019 Mystery Quilt?

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Fabscraps Vintage Elegance Quilt made by Jilly, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Fabscraps Vintage Elegance Quilt made by Jilly, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Fabscraps Vintage Elegance Quilt made by Jilly,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Jilly has made this marvellous quilt using a 'Vintage Elegance' quilt kit from Fabscraps, purchased on Create and Craft. The finished result is a lovely quilt which can be used for lots of things and this particular design would blend in anywhere.  I am a big fan of kits. There are times in your life when you don't want the extra effort of designing, you just want to make something, or you just want to master a new technique - that is when kits come into their own.  They are usually the kickstart for the next exciting quilt project.
Fabscraps Vintage Elegance Quilt made by Jilly, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Fabscraps Vintage Elegance Quilt made by Jilly,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
To finish off the quilt, Jilly chose a the ever-popular 'Ginger Hearts' quilt pattern from the  Fabadashery Longarm Quilting design library. Knowing that this large quilt had been quilted, Jilly is now ready for the next stage of her quilting journey.
'Ginger Hearts' digital quilting pattern by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' digital quilting pattern by Apricot Moon

Friday, 18 October 2019

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Drop Off dates

Just a reminder that if you require your quilt tops longarm quilted before Christmas 2019  please get in touch to arrange a date to drop them off or let me know when I can expect them. It you require custom quilting I am happy to add you to my waiting list.

Here are some dates in the next few weeks when I am taking in quilts, including a Saturday
Monday 21st October
Friday 25th October
Saturday 26th October
Tuesday 29th October
Wednesday 30th October
Thursday 31st October
Friday 1st November
Email: frances@fabadashery.co.uk
Tel: 01291 629120

Sunday, 13 October 2019

'Country Sampler' quilt made by Barbara

'Country Sampler' Quilt
'Country Sampler' Quilt
This is Barbara's 'Country Sampler' quilt which she made as part of a workshop with Jennifer at Sew Forest of Dean.  She made a lovely job of it and had really appreciated the guidance that Jennifer gave her throughout the project.  I never tire of sampler quilts as they are a great way to find out what techniques we enjoy the most.  Some times we are so keen to move onto the next project that taking advantage of your local longarm quilting service is a great way to make sure projects get finished.
This quilt is heading with love to a family member, so it had to be hearts!
'Ginger Hearts' quilting digital design by Apricot Moon

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Eirwen's Log Cabin Quilt

'Bubbles' quilting pattern on Eirwen's log cabin quilt.  Quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Bubbles' quilting pattern on Eirwen's log cabin quilt.
Quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
All my wonderful customers are keeping me busy on my longarm quilting machine at the moment. Eirwen usually leaves it to me to decide what quilting to put on her quilts.  On this occasion I used my new Sea Green Glide thread with  a'Bubbles' quilting design.  The Sea Green blended nicely with the colours she used for her log cabins and then added interest to the lighter areas.  
'Bubbles' quilting pattern on Eirwen's log cabin quilt.  Quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Bubbles' quilting pattern on Eirwen's log cabin quilt. 
Quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Bubbles' quilting pattern
'Bubbles' quilting pattern

Monday, 30 September 2019

Modern Yellow Ochre Quilt made by Penny

Modern Yellow Ochre Quilt made by Penny
Modern Yellow Ochre Quilt made by Penny
It's a while since I have shown a quilt featuring the 'Modern Curves' quilting pattern that is so popular.  Here Penny has made a striking modern quilt using ochre yellow fabrics from the same range. The quilting really adds to the modern feel.
Modern Yellow Ochre Quilt made by Penny
Modern Yellow Ochre Quilt made by Penny

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Firestorm Quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, featured in Quiltmania, made by Valerie

'Firestorm' quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, made by Valerie,  Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Firestorm' quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, made by Valerie,
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
The quilt pattern, called the Firestorm Quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, was featured in Quiltmania magazine. Valerie liked this quilt so much she made two! I also really enjoyed quilting this quilt because it was made out of MODA Flannel fabric, which is beautifully soft.  It's lovely texture quilted beautifully and really made me want to make a flannel quilt too.
'Firestorm' quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, made by Valerie,  Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Firestorm' quilt designed by Bonnie Sullivan, made by Valerie, 
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
The quilt was for a male relative and to quilt it Valerie chose this simple Paisley pattern called 'Kiss'.
'Kiss' digital pattern by Melonie J Caldwell and Patricia Ritter
'Kiss' digital pattern by Melonie J Caldwell and Patricia Ritter

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sampler Quilt - GCSE Texiles Project, a family affair

Sampler Quilt - GCSE Texiles Project, a family affair
Sampler Quilt - GCSE Texiles Project, a family affair
I really love to hear the stories behind the quilts which my customers bring me. This sampler quilt started off as Emily's GCSE Textiles project many, many years ago.  Mum took it up as a project and more recently finished the quilt top.  It measures 98" x 114".  It was an epic project and once a quilt top becomes this large, it makes sense to consider having it longarm quilted.  Fabadashery Longarm Quilting also offers a partial binding service which adds the binding to the quilt and trims it down, leaving just the final binding seam - giving you the pleasure of finishing off the whole project.
Sampler Quilt - GCSE Texiles Project, a family affair
Sampler Quilt - GCSE Texiles Project, a family affair
The quilting on this sampler quilt was called  Diagonal Plaid Bias.
Diagonal Plaid Bias Digital Pattern
Diagonal Plaid Bias Digital Pattern

Sunday, 22 September 2019

'Jitterbug' Jelly Roll quilt, made by Cath

'Jitterbug' Jelly Roll quilt pattern made by Cath,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Jitterbug' Jelly Roll quilt pattern made by Cath,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This weekend has been celebrating National Jelly Roll Day, so I thought I would share with you one of the recent Jelly Roll quilts I have had the pleasure of quilting for Cath. The Jelly Roll pattern is called 'Jitterbug' by Pam & Nicky Lintott, which was featured in Issue 33 of Today's Quilter 2018. 
'Jitterbug' Jelly Roll quilt pattern made by Cath,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Jitterbug' Jelly Roll quilt pattern made by Cath, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
The pattern Cath chose for the quilting was 'Dragon Wings' digital quilt pattern by Apricot Moon. Always lovely on any quilt.
'Dragon Wings' digital quilt pattern by Apricot Moon
'Dragon Wings' digital quilt pattern by Apricot Moon

Sunday, 1 September 2019

West Country Quilt and Textile Show 2019 - Customer Quilts

I had a lovely day at the 2019 West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol this weekend. I was lucky enough to win a prize for one of my own quilts, but it was perhaps even more wonderful to see so many of my longarm customers entering their quilts into the show.  It seemed that every corner I turned there was a quilt which I had had the pleasure of quilting. Enjoy
'Funky Dresdens' made by Christine Porter,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Funky Dresdens' made by Christine Porter,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Made by Natalie Taylor,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Made by Natalie Taylor,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Happy's Quilt' made by Lorna Henshaw, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Happy's Quilt' made by Lorna Henshaw,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Quilt by Ann Boyce,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Quilt by Ann Boyce,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Shipton Quilters Charity Quilt,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Shipton Quilters Charity Quilt,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Dear Jane Quilt - West Country Quilt and Textile Show 2019 - Best Piecing

'Dear Jane' quilt made by Frances Meredith
'Dear Jane' quilt made by Frances Meredith
My Dear Jane quilt has been out and about again, this time to the West Country Quilt and Textile Show 2019.  I am pleased to say that it won a rosette for 'Best Piecing'.  It was lovely to chat to those of you who are in the middle of your Dear Jane journey - keep going, it will be worth it!
'Dear Jane' quilt made by Frances Meredith
'Dear Jane' quilt made by Frances Meredith

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Lone Star Quilt in French General fabrics, made by Paula, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Lone Star quilt made by Paula in French General Fabrics
Lone Star quilt made by Paula in French General Fabrics
Following on from my last post, the Blazing Star quilt made by Ruth, Paula brought me another  lovely Lone Star quilt made out of French General fabrics. The Lone Star is a stunning quilt to make and if you are interested in making one of your own, Chris Williams is running a Lone Star workshop at Busy Bees Patchwork in Newport this September.
Lone Star quilt made by Paula in French General Fabrics
Lone Star quilt made by Paula in French General Fabrics
Whenever I receive a quilt with large white spaces like this one, I know the quilting is going to show up well and inspired by the quilting of Ruth's quilt, Paula decided to go with the same Bird's Eye View quilting pattern for her quilt.  Another great tip, Paula had chosen a good quality Dorma sheet for her backing, no joins necessary and it had a lovely soft touch, especially if you were going to use it on a bed.  
'Birds Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Birds Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker

Friday, 9 August 2019

Blazing Star Quilt made by Ruth (Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month)

'Blazing Star' quilt made by Ruth
Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month
It is hard to believe it was a week ago that the 2019 Festival of Quilts was in full swing.  One of the exhibits reminded me of this quilt which Fabadashery Longarm Quilting did for Ruth - Blazing Star, the 2017 Block of the Month quilt on Craftsy / Bluprint.  This little internet picture belies the true size of this quilt which was 96" x 96" and Ruth was wise enough to ask me to add the binding which saved her a battle on her sewing machine once it had been quilted.
The digital quilt pattern we chose was 'Birds Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker and we used a Glide Warm Grey 6 thread which matched the beige background fabric and carried well across the quilt on the front and the back, which you can see in the picture below.
'Birds Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Birds Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker
This is one of my go-to patterns, especially if you don't want fancy flowers and swirls on a quilt.  I like its regular irregularity!
Birds Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker
'Birds Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker

Monday, 29 July 2019

Beautiful Irish Chain with Stars quilt made by Val

Purple Star quilt made by Val, quilted by Frances Meredith
Purple Star quilt made by Val, quilted by Frances Meredith
This beautiful quilt has been made by Val for a family member, living abroad.  She made a lovely choice of fabrics, which made the stars shine in their Irish chain setting - what a delightful gift to receive.  Val is a very talented quilter, but this is the first quilt she has had professionally longarm quilted.  She was so delighted, she said she will be back for more.   
Purple Star quilt made by Val, quilted by Frances Meredith
Purple Star quilt made by Val, quilted by Frances Meredith
When you are sending off a quilt to someone you love, somehow a heart quilting pattern seems the most appropriate, and Val went with the ever populr 'Ginger Hearts' pantograph.  This pattern always comes out beautifully and always has a lovely result.
'Ginger Hearts' designed by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' designed by Apricot Moon

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham 2019 - Choosing a Longarm Quilter?

So you have finished you quilt top. What next? How to quilt it?  Sometimes when piecing is our favourite part of the quilt making process and we have taken many hours over it, it can be intimidating to know how to quilt it. If you are a loss of what to do, a longarm quilter may be able to help out.  But how do you know which longarm quilting services to choose?

This week at the Festival of Quilts there is a great opportunity to see a wide selection of longarm quilted quilts in the Two Person Category (J), which this year is located in the hall to the far left of the main entrance, next to the Quick and Easy Workshops.  Take a look at the different styles and skills and you will probably have a personal preference for the style which you would prefer on your quilt.

I am pleased to say that a few of my talented customers have entered their quilts in the Two Person Category this year, so do go and have look

JO19 "Stonefields" by Jenny Otto and Frances Meredith

JO43 "Jody's Birthday Quilt" by Natalie Taylor and Frances Meredith

JO53  "Birds of a Feather block together" by Barbara Gillespie and Frances Meredith

And if you want to see what I have been up to  (and how I quilt my own quilts), you can see my entry in the Traditional Quilt section

FO66 "Jane's Pinwheel" by Frances Meredith

I pre-ordered my Festival of Quilts Official Show Guide and Competition Catalogue, so I am spending the weekend, planning what I need to see. I will be up there for a few days, so if you see me, say 'hello' !

#festivalofquilts #foq2019 #festivalofquilts2019

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Liberty Tana Lawn Quilt, made by Sue, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 Liberty Quilt made by Sue, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quiltin
Liberty Quilt made by Sue, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Here's a lovely, light, summer quilt made by Sue. It is made from Liberty Tana lawn fabric and to quilt it just a light quilting pattern, Dragon Wings. What a delightful little quilt.
'Dragon Wings' quilting pattern by Apricot Moon

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Australian Quilt made by Sheila, featuring Kangaroos

Australian Quilt made by Sheila
Australian Quilt made by Sheila
Over the years I have longarm quilted several quilts which have had a travel theme, often using fabrics which were purchased on a special holiday abroad. This quilt has been made by Sheila using fabric with an Aboriginal / Australian theme - she has even managed to design a map of Australia as one of the blocks!
Kangaroo Hop quilting pattern designed by Jessica Schick
Kangaroo Hop quilting pattern designed by Jessica Schick
With such a busy quilt top, the quilting pattern is going to struggle to be seen, but this is where the backing fabric can play a key role.  To keep with the theme I hunted out some Australian themed digital quilting patterns and one of the best was this one 'Kangaroo Hop', designed by Jessica Schick, which features  kangaroos hopping all over the quilt - perfect.
Kangaroo Hop quilting pattern designed by Jessica Schick
Kangaroo Hop quilting pattern designed by Jessica Schick

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Interwoven Stars Quilt made by Sian Fisher, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Interwoven Stars Quilt made by Sian Fisher
Interwoven Stars Quilt made by Sian Fisher
Look at this amazing quilt made by Sian, using just one patchwork block pattern - the Interwoven Star.  Sian brought this large quilt to me at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting to be quilted and she choose the ever popular 'Popcorn' quilt pattern to finish it.

Interwoven Stars Quilt made by Sian Fisher
Sian and her mother, Hilary, are both very accomplished stitchers and are now sharing their skills at workshops throughout South Wales.  On their website at www.passion4patchwork.co.uk , you can book onto their forthcoming workshops being run at JB Sewing in Newport.
'Popcorn' digital quilting pattern by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' digital quilting pattern by Willow Leaf Studio

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.