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

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Drop off Dates - August 2019

If you have a quilt ready for allover quilting at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, August is a great time for you to drop it off.  Here are some dates, including a Saturday

Monday 12th August
Tuesday 13th August
Wednesday 14th August
Friday 16th August
Saturday 17th August
Thursday 22nd August
Friday 23rd August

Ideally, drop me an email and I we can arrange a convenient time for us both.  Please note, I am currently not taking in custom quilts, but I am happy to add you to my waiting list.  

Email: frances@fabadashery.co.uk
Tel: 01291 629120



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.

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