Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sailing Boat Quilt made by Jan

Sailing Boat quilt made by Jan
Sailing Boat quilt made by Jan
Handmade quilts make great presents and this cheerful red, white and blue sailing boat quilt made by Jan is heading off to one lucky boy!  
'Nightlight' digital Pantograph,
designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran
Fabadashery longarm quilting helped out with the quilting using an allover digital pantograph - 'Nightlight', one of my most popular patterns, which has spirals and stars. The quilt is 60" x 70", has Hobbs Polydown 100% Polyester wadding and was quilted with a soft grey Bottom Line thread which travelled over the light and dark fabrics nicely.  

Monday, 18 June 2018

"My Quilting Journey" - talk at Chepstow WI on Thursday 28th June 2018



Date: Thursday 28th June 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Place: Chepstow Methodist Hall, Chepstow, NP16 5DA
Entrance: £4.00, (Chepstow WI Members FREE)
Contact: chepstowwi@gmail.com
Come and join me and Chepstow WI on Thursday 28th June, where I will be giving a talk about my quilting journey and my path to becoming a professional, award-winning  longarm quilter.  I will be talking about my interest in textiles and my journey to becoming a longarm quilter.  There will lots of quilts to see and I will be explaining what is involved in longarm quilting.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Quilt made by Margie

Here is another cheerful Kaffe Fassett inspired quilt made by Margie. See especially how she has cleverly used the Kaffe Sunburst print for her border.  For this quilt we chose a traditional Baptist Fan digital quilting pattern and to help speed up the finish, I also sewed on the binding as part of the Fabadashery longarm quilting service.
With the sun coming in, the texture of the Baptist Fan quilting really shows up well.
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph designed by J Schick

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Quilts UK, Malvern 2018 - Best Bed Quilt, Best Piecing, Best Sampler Quilt Awards - Dear Jane made by Frances Meredith

Quilts UK, Malvern 2018 - 
The last few months have been really busy, not only helping my customers to complete their quilts to show at the Quilts UK, Malvern 2018, but also adding the final touches to my Dear Jane quilt which I have been hand piecing since 2015.  I did the final stitches on the scalloped border just the day before I delivered it to the show!  As you can see the effort was all worthwhile as I was successful in receiving awards for Best Bed Quilt, Best Piecing Award and Best Sampler Quilt, as well as a Judges Choice certificate.
 Dear Jane quilt made by Frances Meredith
 Dear Jane quilt made by Frances Meredith
Yes, the quilt top is hand pieced using English Paper Piecing, but I relied on my APQS longarm quilting machine to custom quilt it, stitching in the ditch of every piece and designing my own pattern for the edge triangles.

'On Ringo Lake' Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt, make by Eirwen. Semi-custom quilting

'On Ringo Lake' Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt, make by Eirwen
If you visited Quilts UK, Malvern 2018 you would have seen Eirwen's beautiful 'Ringo Lake' Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt.  Eirwen used the same colour scheme and pieced the tiny patches perfectly.
'On Ringo Lake' Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt, make by Eirwen
'On Ringo Lake' Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt, make by Eirwen

Eirwen asked me to quilt each block separately, rather than an edge to edge pattern which would cover the whole quilt and I am glad she did.  So this is a semi-custom quilt.  Firstly, I stitched in the ditch along the sashing, using a ruler to keep the structure of the quilt.  Then I placed a very simple block pattern, 'Lana's Block', in the centre of each block.  Once this had been done I did a very simple curved ruler pattern in the sashing which seemed to pull the quilt together.  If you have some ideas of how you would like your quilt to be finished, be sure to let me know as I am always try out new things.
Quilt Block designed by Lana Cororan

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Little Coxwell Quilters - Quilt UK 2018 Display

'Little Caswell' made by Lynne, custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Little Caswell' made by Lynne, custom quilted by Frances Meredith
If you are heading up to the final day of the Quilts UK 2018 Malvern Show, take some time to admire the beautiful quilts on display by the Little Coxwell Quilters.  I have had the pleasure of custom quilting several quilts for the group, so it was lovely to see them again as a group.  Above is the 'Little Caswell' quilt made by Lynne and below Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt made by Pippa.  
Di Ford's Wedding Sampler quilt made by Pippa,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
The display of quilts by the group are delightful and well worth a look.

African Quilt in aid of The U Foundation, made by Natalie, winner at Quilts UK, Malvern 2018

African quilt made by Natalie,  winner of the Charity Fundraising category Quilts UK, Malvern 2018
African quilt made by Natalie,
winner of the Charity Fundraising category Quilts UK, Malvern 2018
Congratulations to Natalie for winning First Prize in the Charity Fundraising Category at Quilt UK 2018 at Malvern this weekend.  Natalie has made this quilt to contribute to the fundraising for the U Foundation, a charity which reaches out to help others in developing countries, particularly rural Africa.  
'African Samba' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'African Samba' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon

Natalie cleverly used the bright fabrics from Africa to create this stunning quilt and I helped to finish it off.  Appropriately we chose to quilt this large quilt on my longarm quilting machine using a digital quilt pattern called African Samba.  If you would like to find out more about the U Foundation or make a donation you can visit their website www.theufoundation.org

Detail - African quilt made by Natalie
Detail - African quilt made by Natalie

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends

Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends
Have you ever made a Signature Quilt?  Have you ever wondered how you would quilt a Signature Quilt?  A Signature Quilt seems like a great idea until you wonder how you will quilt it - this is where a longarm quilter can help out. Here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting I have had the pleasure of quilting several of these quilts and they are especially interesting to do because of the special messages that everyone has written.  They take a lot of organisation, the right fabric pens and a few rules. Obviously  not everyone follows the rules ...  but that just adds to the personality of the quilt.
Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends
This is the quilt pattern which Catherine cleverly incorporated all the signed blocks into.  The most important part of a quilt like this are the messages on each block, so the longarm  quilting needs to be minimised, so as not to interfere.  On this occasion we used a very fine Bottom Line thread, which is almost invisible.  The pattern chosen was the ever popular, Dragon Wings, which is not too dense and carried on the theme of dragonflies which featured in some of the fabrics.  This combination ensured that all the messages remained clear to read and the present could be used as a quilt, bringing comfort to a friend in need.
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph

Sunday, 29 April 2018

3-D Optical Illusion Quilt (Jan Hassard Workshop) made Dorothy, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop, made by Dorothy
Here is a picture of Dorothy's amazing 3-D Boxes quilt in the process of being quilted whilst on my longarm quilting machine. She made it at a workshop with Jan Hassard. Jan Hassard is based nearby to me in Bristol, UK, so I have had the pleasure of quilting several quilts which have been made as a result of her workshops, I have even done one of my own!
The designs are so striking that they deserve a striking  design, so the ever poplular 'Modern Curves', designed by Anita Shackleford, was used. Another stunning result!
'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop, made by Dorothy
'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop,
made by Dorothy

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Pat's Stack and Whack Quilt

Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
When I am working in my Longarm Quilting studio in the Spring and Summer, the light comes through the window, highlighting the quilt pattern of the quilt I am stitching.  At these moments I sometimes manage to take a photo, like this one of Pat's lovely quilt.  It is a Stack and Whack pattern which uses some of Pat's lovely floral fabrics
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
An allover digital quilting design done on a longarm quilting machine is a great way to finish a quilt with an irregular pattern, like a Stack and Whack quilt.  The quilt pattern she chose was 'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio.  It is a popular design and always looks delightful once quilted.
'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

People's Choice Winner - British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018 - Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith

People's Choice Winner
British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018
Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith
My Nearly Insane quilt has been out and about again, this time to the British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018 at Uttoxeter, UK.  I had a call on Friday to say that it had won second place in the Traditional Quilt Category and I was over the moon.  I headed up there on Sunday to pick up the quilt and attended the prize-giving, only to discover that I had won the People's Choice Award, based on the vote of those who had attended the show. Along with a silver platter and a cash prize I also received a copy of a book on the history of the needle industry.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Making a quilt for man? Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine

Making a quilt for man?
Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine
Have you ever struggled to make a quilt for a man?  Elaine has made this great quilt for a male family member, using up her charm square scraps and a great denim coloured sashing.
'Diagonal Plaid - Bias Cut' digital
pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Amongst my digital quilt design library, which you can view on Pinterest, I have an ever growing selection of designs which are simple, modern and great for a wide range of quilt styles.  For Elaine's quilt, we chose a simple, but graphic 'Diagonal Plaid' pattern which gives an overall look of crosshatch quilting. 
Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine
The overall size of the quit was 62" x 78", with Hobbs wadding and stitched with a Persian Blue Glide thread.
'Diagonal Plaid - Bias Cut' digital 
pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Here you can see the 'Diagonal Plaind' digital pantograph pattern stitched out on the back of the quilt - a great quilt of its own.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery

Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery
Sometimes the simplest quilt patterns can produce the most spectacular results when quilted with a digital pantograph.  I think it is partly because it offers a relatively blank canvas in which to introduce a new dimension of character.  Elaine made this quilt for a family member - wow, what a lovley gift!
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,  using Nightlight Digital Pantograph
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine, 
using Nightlight Digital Pantograph
Here is a close-up of the quilting on the purple squares.  I used a Warm Grey 4 Glide thread, which is a colour I use a lot on customer quilts as it blends so well with lots of colours.  Elaine purchased some Hobbs 80/20 wadding from Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, along with the grey circle backing fabric, which was a great match with the front of the quilt.
'Nightlight' digital pantograph  designed by Patricia Ritter
'Nightlight' digital pantograph
 designed by Patricia Ritter
The digital quilt pattern used on this quilt is 'Nightlight' designed by Patricia Ritter, one of the most popular patterns which I hold in my design library.
'Nightlight' digital pantograph  designed by Patricia Ritter
'Nightlight' digital pantograph
 designed by Patricia Ritter

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

'Sisters Choice' Quilt, made by Hazel, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
Do you have any UFO's in your cupboard?  Hazel had made this huge quilt featuring the Sister's Choice quilt block, several years ago and had even started to hand quilt it.  At 92" x 106" it was going to be a mamouth task.  However, the arrival of a new bed prompted her to pull it out of the cupboard and to seek help from Fabadashery Longarm Quilting to get it finished.
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
Within a few days I had quilted the quilt top for her and added the binding, allowing her to add the finishing touches of hand sewing down the binding and putting it on the new bed. 
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
To go with the traditional style of her home, Hazel chose the 'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph, stitched in a warm soft green thread, German Granite by Glide.
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
It is great to be able to help out!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Baby Duck Quilt made by Dilys, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,
 quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is a quilt I quilted for Dilys several months ago, so I expect the recipient has already received it and hopefully had good fun using it.
Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,
 quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dilys chose a simple pattern to go all over the quilt, 'Happy Times', a pattern which had the look of water, so the chicks look as if they are bobbing up and down!
  'Happy Times' digital pantograph  designed by Hermione Agee
'Happy Times' digital pantograph
 designed by Hermione Agee

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Half Square Triangle Quilt made by Sherry - quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Half Square Triangle Quilt made by Sherry
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
I love making half square triangle quilts and so I was delighted to see Sherry bring along this modern take on the HST.  It really shows how a choice selection of fabrics can be combined to make a stunning quilt.  It was just one of three quilts which she brought to me for longarm quilting last summer, which were destined for her grandchildren who live the other side of the world.
Sherry's Half Square Triangle quilt  featuring Dragon Wings quilting pattern
Sherry's Half Square Triangle quilt
featuring Dragon Wings quilting pattern
We had fun choosing the quilt patterns and thread colours for each and for this particular one we chose a bright neon orange thread. I have posted a short video of this quilt being stitched out on my Facebook page and you can view it at the very bottom of this blog.  The LED setting on my longarm machine highlighted the fluorescence of the thread and looked AMAZING!  On the rare occasion that the quilt is under the same particular lighting, the dragonflies should glow, but otherwise it will just look like ordinary orange thread.

  Isacord 1120 Neon Orange thread
Isacord 1120 Neon Orange thread
Here is the digital quilting pattern which we used, 'Dragon Wings', always popular and always gives great results on a quilt.
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Fancy Fox Quilt made by Sophie

Fancy Fox Quilt made by Sophie
Fancy Fox Quilt made by Sophie
Here is another Fancy Fox quilt that was made in good time as a gift for a new born, even though the baby decided to arrive early at Christmas time!  It is such a great pattern for kids and a great way to showcase a range of fun fabrics.  Sophie (and her Mum) made this out of a great selection of fabrics
Fancy Fox Quilt made by Sophie
For the digital quilting pattern we used one of the popular patterns of 2017, 'Nightlight' by Patricia  E Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran. This is such a popular quilt pattern that I expect to see lots more Fancy Foxes in the future!
'Nightlights' digital pantograph pattern
'Nightlights' digital pantograph pattern

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sampler quilt made by Pauline, custom quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery

Sampler Quilt made by Pauline,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Sampler Quilt made by Pauline,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
There is always a sense of satisfaction when you take a custom quilt off the frame.  After working on it in sections, all you want to do is view it in its full glory.  This was the case for this lovely quilt made by Pauline.
  Corner detail - Sampler Quilt made by Pauline,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Corner detail - Sampler Quilt made by Pauline, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
The quilt was stitched in the ditch around each block and then I filled the 'white space' with feathers and other decorative fillers.  
Sampler Quilt made by Pauline,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Sampler Quilt made by Pauline, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
I think Pauline was hoping to add the binding and exhibit it in the Severn Valley Quilters Exhibition which is being held this weekend in Thornbury, UK.  I can't wait to see it again.
Severn Valley Quilters 2018 Exhibition 23rd-24th February 2018, Thornbury, UK
Severn Valley Quilters 2018 Exhibition
23rd-24th February 2018, Thornbury, UK