Thursday, 6 September 2018

Traditional Hexagon quilt made in the 1970's, quilted in 2018, made by Sue

Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,  finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,
finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
What is the oldest quilt top you have in your cupboard?  Sue had been carrying this quilt top around from house to house for over 40 years.  As a 70th birthday present her husband treated her to having it finished.   She has made all the hexagon rosettes and put the quilt top together up to the red hexagon border, but had stopped when she had to deal with the irregular edge.  Not only did I quilt it, but I was able to offer a finishing service which included adding the navy border, quilting it and adding the binding.
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's,  finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
Hexagon Quilt made by Sue in the 1970's, 
finished and quilted by Frances Meredith
It is hard to think back to the 1970's and realise how different the quilting landscape was in those days. Whilst dress making fabric shops may have been more plentiful, quilting fabric was not as common and as accessible as it is today. Included in Sue's quilt were some contemporary Laura Ashley fabrics which would now be classed as vintage!

Laura Ashley fabrics in traditional hexagon quilt
Laura Ashley fabrics in traditional hexagon quilt
It finished up being quite a large quilt and I used a digital pantograph quilting pattern called 'Popcorn' to quilt it.  It was a real pleasure to be able to help Sue finally finish her 1970's hexagon quilt.  If you have a quilt top lingering in the cupboard that you or a family member has made, please get in touch to see how I can help. 
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Stuido
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Stuido

Monday, 3 September 2018

Chambray Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
Wow, look at the quilting on this lovely quilt made by Jan!  Jan picked up a quilt kit called 'Chambray' from Totally Patched made in a linen look cotton. With just a gentle contrast in the fabric, the quilt was perfect for an allover digital pattern and is the sort of quilt you could use anywhere.
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is it once I had removed it from the longarm quilting frame - this is one of the best bits of my job!
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Chambray' Quilt made by Jan, quilted by Frances Meredith

The digital quilting pattern is called 'Nemesh Feathers' and is designed by Bethanne Nemesh.  Below is how it looked on the back. 
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh

'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh
'Nemesh Feathers' digital quilt pattern by Bethanne Nemesh

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Dresden Pate Wedding Quilt made by Camilla, quilted by Frances Meredith

'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla, Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla,
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
The wedding season is truly upon us and now the special dates have passed I can start to show some of the lovely quilts which have been gifted.  This is a lovely Dresden Plate quilt made by Camilla.  The twenty plates are made from Liberty fabrics and are sashed with a lovely soft blue fabric.
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla, Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
'Dresden Plate' wedding Quilt made by Camilla,
Quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Camilla chose swirly, feathery quilting pattern called 'Wave On Wave' designed by Patricia Ritter, and we chose a Warm Grey Glide thread to stitch out the pretty pattern.  As it was a wedding present, Camilla also took advantage of my Quilt Label service to record the special event. 
'Wave On Wave' digital Pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Wave On Wave' digital Pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

'Labour of Love' Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny Otto, custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Labour of Love' Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
This is Jenny's Clamshell quilt which was on display at the 2018 Festival of Quilts in the Two Person Category.  Whenever I passed it there was always a crowd of people swarming all over it in amazement of her skills.  I really do think that Jenny is a contender for the 'Clamshell Queen' crown.
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Jenny asked me to quilt this masterpiece for her, asking for just Stitch in the Ditch around each clamshell.  Although I do have a computerized facility on my APQS Longarm machine, this job needs to be hand-guided, to stitch exactly along the seam line.  I stitched it in Monopoly invisible thread using rulers, so the quilt was all about the Jenny's clamshells and not the quilting.  If you look at the back, you can see my work!
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Clamshell Quilt made by Jenny, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Competition Time - Win a pair of Tickets to the 2018 Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate


Competition Time!
Fabadashery Longarm Quilting has a pair of tickets to giveaway to the Great Northern Quilt Show which is on Friday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2018.

There are several ways of winning

1. Follow this blog, by using the link on the right-hand side
2. Visit the Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Facebook page where you will find a post about the Competition,Like AND Share the post, with a Comment with the work WIN
3. Become a Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Facebook Follower
The winners will be announced on Friday 24th August 2018
Closing Date: Midday GMT Thursday 23rd August 2018

Friday, 10 August 2018

Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
It is nearly over a year since I quilted this beautiful quilt for Alyson and this week it can be seen on display at the 2018 Festival of Quilts,UK in the Two Person Category, No IO44.  Do be sure to take a look at it if you are visiting.  I took a lovely picture of the lovely texture created from the free- motion quilting around the applique whilst it was still on my long arm frame.
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is a medallion quilt with clever use of striped fabric for the vase for the flowers and a wonderful pinwheel border.
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Porcelain Petals quilt , made by Alyson Wells, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pendle Hill Quilt made by Barbara, Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting - Custom Quilting

'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
Perhaps one of the most satisfying moments of my job as a longarm quilter is taking the quilt off the frame once it is finished.  This is especially the case if the quilt has been custom quilted.  They take a lot of time and a lot of mental and physical energy to do, but the results are always worth it.  This is Barbara's version of the Di Ford quilt design 'Pendle Hill.
'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
I quilted this quilt for Barbara last year and it is currently on display in the Two Person Category at the 2018 Festival of Quilts, No I005.
'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Pendle Hill' Di Ford quilt, made by Barbara, 
custom quilted by Frances Meredith


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Paintbox Crossing Quilt made by Tricia

Paintbox Crossing Quilt made by Tricia,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Paintbox Crossing Quilt made by Tricia,
quilted by Frances Meredith
This is a pretty quilt made by Tricia from a quilt kit available from White Cottage Country Crafts, Wolverhampton.  I have this pattern myself but am yet to make it!
Paintbox Crossing Quilt made by Tricia,  quilted by Frances Meredith
Paintbox Crossing Quilt made by Tricia,
quilted by Frances Meredith
The quilting pattern we chose was the ever popular Ginger Hearts designed by Apricot Moon.  On this occasion we used a Leather Brown Glide thread and as usual the pattern came out beautifully.  If you like hearts then this is a great pattern to go for.
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph, designed by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph, designed by Apricot Moon

Friday, 27 July 2018

Bonny's Vintage Fabrics quilt

Bonny's Vintage Fabric Squares Quilt,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Bonny's Vintage Fabric Squares Quilt,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is Bonny's first large quilt.  It is made up of squares of vintage fabrics, mainly from the 1960's and 1970's, hand stitched to create this beautiful homely quilt.
Bonny's Vintage Fabric Squares Quilt,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Bonny's Vintage Fabric Squares Quilt, 
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
With the relatively simple pattern and busy fabrics, this quilt could have taken all sorts of allover patterns, but we settled on this beautiful quilt pattern with feathers and flourishes called 'Nemesh Feathers'. I should have taken a picture of the back as well - it looked amazing!
'Nemesh Feathers' digital pantograph designed by Bethanne Nemesh
'Nemesh Feathers' digital pantograph designed by Bethanne Nemesh

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Orange Peel Quilt Busy Bees Workshop - February 2019

'Orange Peel Quilt'  Workshop on 2nd February 2019 - Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport
'Orange Peel Quilt'
Workshop on 2nd February 2019 - Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport
I had a lovely day at the Busy Bees Patchwork Programme Launch on Saturday and it was lovely to see lots of my customers.  Now the launch has happened I can reveal some of the behind the scenes work I have been doing for Ann and Becky.  Above you can see the Orange Peel quilt just as it came off the frame.  This will be a workshop at Busy Bees Patchwork , Newport, UK on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
I professionally longarm quilted this pretty quilt with an all over digital quilting pattern called 'Ginger Spring' by Apricot Moon, using the orange peel shape petals as inspiration. 
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Spring' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Chelsea Football Fan Quilt, made by Penny, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Chelsea Football Club loving fan Quilt made by Penny
Chelsea Football Club loving fan Quilt made by Penny
We all reach the stage when we have made a quilt for all the women in our life and then don't want the men in our life to feel left out.  Reaching this point Penny decided to design her own quilt for her Chelsea Football Club loving fan, using the colours of their football kit.  Once made up she brought it to Fabadashery Longarm Quilting for finishing.
Chelsea Football Club loving fan Quilt made by Penny
Chelsea Football Club loving fan Quilt made by Penny
The next decision was which quilting pattern to use on the quilt.  Luckily we spotted this hexagon shaped pattern which reflected the pattern on a football called Argyle. I have never used this pattern before but somehow it seemed to be the perfect pattern for this particular quilt.
 

'Argyle' digital pantograph by Urban Elementz
'Argyle' digital pantograph by Urban Elementz
Penny even manged to fine some Football fabric for the backing - a RJR fabric from 2011 called 'Sporty' by Dan Morris. 
'Sporty' Footballer fabric, RJR Fabrics by Dan Morris
'Sporty' Footballer fabric, RJR Fabrics by Dan Morris


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting at Busy Bees Programme Launch Saturday 21st July 2018, Newport, Wales


Busy Bees Patchwork are having their annual Programme Launch on Saturday 21st July 2018 and I will be in Duffryn Community Centre, between 10am - 2pm,  if you want to meet me  or chat about how to finish your quilts.
It is a great day as there are exhibitions of City & Guilds classes, the tutors for the 2018 - 2019 Programme and as always - tea and cakes!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Prairie Flower Quilt made by Angela

'Prairie Flower' quilt made by Angela, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Prairie Flower' quilt made by Angela,
quilted by Frances Meredith
This quilt design is called Prairie Flower and is made by Angela, who brought her quilt to me for quilting a few months ago.  I think Angela used a 'Grand Traverse Bay' Layer Cake by Minick and Simpson. The pattern is a great 10" Layer Cake pattern and there is a video tutorial of how to make it on the Missouri Star YouTube site. 
'Prairie Flower' quilt made by Angela, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Prairie Flower' quilt made by Angela,
quilted by Frances Meredith
I completed the quilting for Angela using the 'Ginger Hearts' digital quilting pattern.  One of my popular quilting patterns, especially when a quilt is gifted with love.
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph, designed by Apricot Moon

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cross the Scraps Quilt, made by Margie

'Cross the Scraps' quilt made by Margie,  Quilted by Frances Meredith
'Cross the Scraps' quilt made by Margie,
Quilted by Frances Meredith
Margie is one of my postal customers and she keeps sending me lovely quilts to quilt for her.  I fell in love with this one instantly and have already been out and about collecting fabrics to make one of my own.  It uses fabrics from the MODA 'American Jane' range and has a lovely scrappy feel to it.
'Cross the Scraps' quilt made by Margie,  Quilted by Frances Meredith
'Cross the Scraps' quilt made by Margie, 
Quilted by Frances Meredith
Margie had looked at my online Pinterest catalogue and had chosen 'Popcorn' for the pattern, an ideal choice and the final quilt looked absolutely gorgeous.  She also provided me with the binding, so that when it was returned to her she just had to hand finish the quilt. Seeing these photos just makes me want to get on and make mine!
'Popcorn' digital pantograph

Thursday, 28 June 2018

365 Quilt Challenge Sampler Quilt (Kathryn Kerr) made by Charlotte

'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte
'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
It was about this time last year that I first encountered my first '365 Challenge' quilt made by Val, which eventually ended up on display at the Festival of Quilts in 2017.  Charlotte had been making her '365 Challenge' quilt alongside Val, but their two quilts have come out very differently and offered the chance for very different quilting.
'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte
'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Charlotte had used a lot of neutral colours for her blocks which allowed space for some freehand custom feathers, as well as plenty of stitch in the ditch to bring out the patterns of the little blocks.
'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte
'365 Challenge' quilt made by Charlotte
I really enjoyed working on this quilt because of the variety of quilting that it allowed me to do.  Did you start the '365 Challenge' quilt? 

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