Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Postal Service

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Postal Service
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Postal Service
Here are this weeks quilts packed up and ready to be returned to my lovely customers.  I know a lot of quilters are using this special time to finish some UFO's, so if I can be of any help in getting them quilted, please get in touch. 

Monday, 6 April 2020

Grand Traverse Bay quilt made by Sharon, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Grand Traverse Bay quilt made by Sharon
Grand Traverse Bay quilt made by Sharon
This is a lovely half square triangle quilt made by Sharon. It is made from beautiful blue and gold fabrics from a Moda Minick and Simpson collection called Grand Traverse Bay, with traditional paisleys motifs . Half square triangles are so satisfying to make.
'Squirts' digital quilting pattern by Anne Bright
'Squirts' digital quilting pattern by Anne Bright
This is a photo of the back which shows the quilting pattern - 'Squirts' by Anne Bright.  Despite its quirky name, it is quite an elegant pattern, with an Italian cord quilting look to it.  It is one one of my favourites.
'Squirts' digital quilting pattern by Anne Bright
'Squirts' digital quilting pattern by Anne Bright

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Covid-19

Quilting continues here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  Several of you managed to get your quilt to me before the shut down and others are sending me their quilt tops by post (in fact the postman has just dropped off another!).  

If you are concerned you don't have all the bits and pieces necessary, rest assured that I have plenty of wadding available to buy - Hobbs Wool, Hobbs 80/20, Hobbs Polydown and Quilters Dream Cotton.


I also have a limited selection of backing fabrics available, mainly white on white, white on ecru and cream on cream, white or calico.


And I have plenty of thread ...

If you have any queries or questions, drop me an email with a photo of your quilt and we can go from there.

Please keep to the Government guidelines, keep washing your hands and keep safe.

Traditional Welsh Quilt with a modern touch, made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith

Traditional Welsh Quilt with a modern touch, made by Jan
Traditional Welsh Quilt with a modern touch, made by Jan
The quilting continues here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  Today I thought I would delight you with this beautiful Welsh quilt made by a lovely Welsh lady, Jan.  This was a big double bed quilt and the combination of a traditional pattern and the Modern Curves digital quilt pattern takes it to another level.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Quilting Thread

Glide Thread
I just want to reassure my longarm quilting customers that I have plenty of supplies and that I have just received a new delivery of thread to replenish my stocks from Pinhole Quilting.  The wide range of beautiful colours available are not always the ones which are in demand - hence my colour selection - Light Grey, Mocha (I get through a lot of this!), Cleopatra, Yellow Whisper, Khaki, Slate (I get through a lot of this too ..) and finally Baby Blue.  As many of you know, the full choice I have is much larger!
Pinhole Quilting have the full range of Glide Threads in the UK and their delivery is fast!

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Kaffe Fassett quilt made by Jennie, quilted by Frances Meredith

Quilt made by Jennie. Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.
Quilt made by Jennie.
Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.
Before Christmas I was busy quilting customer quilts and at one time I had five quilts which were made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  We find them irresistible! This particular one was made by Jennie - I love her use of the border fabric.
Quilt made by Jennie.
Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.
With regard to quilting, I often take the view with quilts made out of these fabrics that 'anything goes'.  The reason we have made the quilt is because we love the fabrics and any quilting is going to take second place.  On this occasion we chose an elegant pattern called 'Allouette'. Don't forget - the beautiful quilt pattern will show up on the back!
'Allouette' Digital pantograph
'Allouette' Digital pantograph, designed by Natalie Gorman

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Margie's colourful quilt, featuring Amusement and Celery green Glide thread

Margie's colourful quilt
Margie's colourful quilt
Happy St Patrick's Day! 
Today I am sharing Margie's lovely bright modern quilt.  Margie sends her quilts to me, I get back in touch with ideas, I quilt it and I send it back to her.  It works!
I tried to find an appropriate green quilt to share today, but instead I am showcasing Glide Celery green thread.  When you have many colours in a quilt like Margie's it is hard to choose which is best colour thread.  In these situations, I usually reach for green thread as it seems to have magical qualities, which blend in with many shades.

'Amusement' quilt design by Sarah Ann Myers
'Amusement' quilt design by Sarah Ann Myers

This is the back of the quilt, showing a fun quilting pattern called 'Amusement', stitched out in Glide Celery thread.  The green is quite pale which shows on the white backing fabric enough to make it interesting.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Fancy Forest Quilt made by Denise, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Fancy Forest' quilt made by Denise
Denise is awaiting a new member to the family and has made this 'Fancy Forest' quilt, designed by Elizabeth Hartman.  I have always seen these quilts made in modern solids, but Denise raided her stash and has made it out of fabric she had. Whether it is a baby boy or a baby girl, I think this quilt will suit either.
'Ginger Hearts' quilt pattern by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' quilt pattern by Apricot Moon

To finish it off, Denise chose to send her love with hearts, Ginger Hearts on this occasion.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Traditional Tumbling Blocks quilt finished with a modern twist, made by Rachel, quilted by Frances Meredith

Tumbling Blocks Quilt made by Rachel,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Tumbling Blocks Quilt made by Rachel,
quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is another one for my bucket list (I even have the fabric bought!).  Rachel has made this lovely Tumbling blocks quilt in beautiful teal blues and creams.  One of the challenges of making a single shape block quilt is how to finish the edges.  Often they are irregular, so they can either have their edge finished with the irregular edge ( a lot of fiddly hard work ..), you can cut of the edges straight and deal with it like any other quilt (but you have to be OK with cutting off some of the hard work you have done), or mount the whole quilt onto a border with applique, which is what Rachel has done here. 
Tumbling Blocks Quilt made by Rachel,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Tumbling Blocks Quilt made by Rachel, 
quilted by Frances Meredith
For the long arm quilting, Rachel chose the ever popular Modern Curves, which gave a traditional style quilt pattern an ultra-modern finish.  It looks amazing!  Rachel took advantage of  my quilt binding service and it was returned by post.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting March 2020 - Quilt Drop -Off Dates

So far 2020 has offered us plenty of reasons to stay indoors and I imagine that many of you have been taking advantage of this to make some quilts.  Here are some dates when I will be taking in quilts in the next few weeks. Please get in touch if you have a quilt you would like longarm quilted.  Please note that I currently have a waiting list for custom quilting.
In addition, to these dates, do not forget that I offer a postal service and I have several customers from all over the UK who regularly send me quilts.

Friday 13th March
Monday 16th March
Friday 20th March
Monday 23rd March
Thursday 26th March
Friday 27th March

Monday, 9 March 2020

William Morris 'Firecracker' quilt (Sewing Quarter), made by Pat, quilted by Frances Meredith

'Firecracker' quilt with William Morris Fabrics.
Made by Pat, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilitng
Sometimes the best way to learn a new skill is to buy a kit and this is exactly what Pat did when she decided to make her first quilt.  She purchased this 'Firecracker' quilt kit from The Sewing Quarter TV channel and set to work.  What I really love about this quilt is that it is one which is easy to live with, not too bright, not to big, but a quilt which would go in any home and be used every day. Perfect.
'Firecracker' quilt with William Morris Fabrics. 
Made by Pat, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilitng
For the quilting, we chose a soft brown Mocha Glide thread and an elegant digital pantograph called 'Squirts' by Anne Bright.  I think I have mentioned before how much I love this pattern.  Below I have given you a glimpse of the back, which by the way was a good quality 100% cotton sheet bought from Dunelm - it was gorgeous!  Pat also took advantage of my binding service, which meant she could get it finished in double quick time.
'Squirts' digital quilt pattern by Anne Bright
'Squirts' digital quilt pattern by Anne Bright


'Squirts' digital quilt pattern by Anne Bright
'Squirts' digital quilt pattern by Anne Bright

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others - feature display at Spring Quilt Festival, Duxford, 6th - 8th March 2020

'Dear Jane' quilt made by Frances Meredith

Just a reminder that my quilts 'Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others' will be one of the feature displays at the Spring Quilt Festival, Duxford, next weekend, 6th - 8th March 2020.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Little Coxwell Quilters Exhibition March 2020, Uffington SN7 7RA

Little Coxwell Quilters 2020 Exhibition
Little Coxwell Quilters
2020 Exhibition
EXHIBITION CANCELLED
If you love traditional quilts, fine craftsmanship and some of the best quilt eye candy you can get, put 28th - 29th March 2020 in your diary to visit the Little Coxwell Quilters exhibition, in Uffiington, SN7 7RA (between Swindon and Oxford).  
Little Coxwell Quilters 2020 Exhibition
Julia's Caswell Quilt
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting has had the pleasure of quilting many of the members quilts and they are always hard to give back because they are so beautiful, like this gorgeous Caswell Quilt made by Julia, custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  The profits will be in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Severn Valley Quilters Exhibition February 2020 - Customer quilts made by Maggie, Pauline and Lorna

Modern Quilt made by Maggie and quilted by Frances Meredith
Modern Quilt made by Maggie and quilted by Frances Meredith
Over the past few days Severn Valley Quilters, based in Thornbury near Bristol, had their bi-annual exhibition.  I was on stewarding duty all day, but managed to get a good look at all the quilts before the doors opened to a very busy day of visitors.  On display were some of Fabadashery Longarm Quilting customers quilts including this stunning, modern quilt made by Maggie.
Modern Quilt made by Maggie and quilted by Frances Meredith
Modern Quilt made by Maggie and quilted by Frances Meredith
With such a striking design, a striking quilt pattern was in order, and Modern Curves designed by Anita Shackleford did the usual magic.
Linen, 'Pathway to the Stars' Quilt made by Pauline,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Linen, 'Pathway to the Stars' Quilt made by Pauline,
 quilted by Frances Meredith
Next, was a huge quilt made by Pauline.  The fabric is linen and the beautiful texture it gave was enhanced by the quilting.
Linen, 'Pathway to the Stars' Quilt made by Pauline,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Linen, 'Pathway to the Stars' Quilt made by Pauline,
 quilted by Frances Meredith
On this occasion, an allover pattern 'Ginger Stars' Designed by Apricot Moon.
'Ginger Stars' designed by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Stars' designed by Apricot Moon
And finally, Lorna had her lovely hexagon quilt on display which I featured on this blog a few months ago, showcasing the lovely Bubbles pattern.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others - feature display at Spring Quilt Festival, Harrogate, 21st - 23rd February 2020

'Butterfly Quilt' made by Frances Meredith
Just a reminder that my quilts 'Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others' will be one of the feature displays this forthcoming weekend at the Spring Quilt Festival, Harrogate, 21st - 23rd February 2020.
You will be able to see this Butterfly Quilt, which I hand pieced and hand quilted, many years ago, but which has had plenty of use since.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Petal Power Quilt made by Sue, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Petal Power' designed by Kristina Brinkerhoff ,  made by Sue, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Petal Power' designed by Kristina Brinkerhoff ,
made by Sue, quilted by Frances Meredith
This pretty, modern quilt was one of the quilts I did for Sue which was being gifted as a Christmas present. By now I imagine that it is in full use and being enjoyed by the recipient.  This pattern is called 'Petal Power' and is designed by Kristina Brinkerhoff.  The pattern was featured in 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' Issue 71, 2019. 
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph
Sue chose a lovely fresh aqua coloured backing fabric, which shows her pattern choice nicely - Ginger Spring by Apricot Moon.
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Irish Chain Quilt in traditional Feedsack fabrics, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Irish Chain quilt made by Kath,
 quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Who doesn't love a traditional Irish Chain quilt?  I have one of my own and it is one of my favourite quilts which I have made.  When this arrived at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting it just made me want to make another!  Kath has done a lovely job with this one using traditional Feedsack fabrics against a simple white background.  To ensure the quilt got finished, Kath took advantage of my quilting binding service.
Irish Chain quilt made by Kath,
 quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
For this gift, Kath chose the ever popular Ginger Hearts digital quilting pattern with a cream Glide thread which flowed nicely into her soft yellow binding.
'Ginger Hearts' digital quilting design by Apricot Moon

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Win this Quilt - Shipton Quilters 2020 Exhibition

Shipton Quilters 2020 Charity Quilt
Shipton Quilters 2020 Charity Quilt

EXHIBITION CANCELLED
How would you like to win this quilt?  This beautiful quilt has been made by Shipton Quilters, based in Gloucestershire and is being raffled as one of the activities of their 2020 Quilt Exhibition being held 4th -5th April 2020 at Redcombe College, GL7 7HA.  
Shipton Quilters 2020 Charity Quilt
Shipton Quilters 2020 Charity Quilt
The quilt has been made to raise funds for the charities - Maggie's (Cheltenham), Medical Detection Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. . If you would like to support these charities, and to have the chance to win this quilt, you will be able to buy tickets at their exhibition in April, or beforehand through the Secretary.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Quilt pattern testing - 'Bubble Bath'

'Bubble Bath' digital quilt pattern
'Bubble Bath' digital quilt pattern
I slipped on a charity quilt between my customer quilts today, here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  I thought this quilt would be a great opportunity to try out this new digital quilting pattern which is now in my library - 'Bubble Bath' by Naomi Hynes.  I love how it looks on this fresh quilt. The sun even stayed out enough for me to take a decent picture - yes, Spring is really on it's way.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others - feature display at Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly, 24th - 26th January 2020

'Pies and Tarts' quilt made by Frances Meredith
Just a reminder that my quilts 'Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others' will be one of the feature displays at the Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly, 24th - 26th January 2020, this weekend.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others - feature display at Newark Quilt Show 17th - 19th January 2020

'Nearly Insane' quilt made by Frances Meredith
Just a reminder that my quilts 'Some Scraps Are Bigger than Others' will be one of the feature displays at the Newark Quilt Show 17th - 19th January 2020.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Christine, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
I thought I would kick off the year with this super bright quilt made by Christine.  Using Kaffe Fassett and Westminster fabrics, this pattern really shows them off to their best.  These fabrics seem to be ever popular and my longarm customers keep bringing me lovely colourful quilts.
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dazzling Kaffe Fabric quilt made by Jennie, 
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
As I have said before, these quilts are not about the quilting, but the colourful fabrics and any quilting is going to take a back seat.  This means that pretty much any digital pattern will look great on them and on this occasion we used 'Bubbles' by Lorien Quilting.
'Bubbles' digital pantograph by Lorien Quilting
'Bubbles' digital pantograph by Lorien Quilting

Monday, 6 January 2020

Happy New Year - Dates for Quilt Drop Off

Stars for Epiphany Quilt
Stars for Epiphany Quilt
With everyone's Christmas quilts done, the Christmas break was a a time for me to quilt some of my own quilts, including this one 'Stars for Epiphany', which seems appropriate for today. 
Today I have also been updating my diary with the local quilt shows which are happening in 2020.  This year seems to be a BIG year for quilt shows, and many customers have already been in touch asking for their longarm quilting to be done for their quilt show deadline.  So if you require me to quilt a quilt for you, please get in touch sooner, rather than later.  Here are some dates I am taking in quilts

Tuesday 7th January
Wednesday 8th January
Thursday 9th January
Friday 10th January
Monday 13th January
Monday 20th January
Wednesday 22nd January (PM only)
Thursday 23rd January
Monday 27th January
Friday 31st January