Wednesday, 30 December 2020

6th Day of Christmas - Rebecca's First Quilt - Hand Pieced English Paper Piecing

Rebecca's First Quilt - Hand Pieced English Paper Piecing
Rebecca's First Quilt - Hand Pieced English Paper Piecing

Did you use the 2020 lockdown to do something new? Rebecca made her first quilt top - isn't it amazing!  It is all hand pieced using English Paper Piecing and you can see from the photo below how she chose to finish of the awkward shaped edges by mounting it on a frame of grey fabric.

Rebecca's First Quilt - Hand Pieced English Paper Piecing
Rebecca's First Quilt - Hand Pieced English Paper Piecing
I remember making my first quilt top and then only at the end wondering how on earth I was going to quilt it.  Rebecca sent her quilt top to me by post to be longarm quilted and browsed my Pinterest page to choose the quilting pattern.  This time she chose 'Fluffy Clouds' designed by Beeny Girl Quilts and within the week it was quilted and she had it back again
'Fluffy Clouds' designed by Beeny Girl Quilts
'Fluffy Clouds' designed by Beeny Girl Quilts

Rebecca and her young family will be able to enjoy it for years to come and have a positive memory of the year 2020.
'Fluffy Clouds' designed by Beeny Girl Quilts



Tuesday, 29 December 2020

5th Day of Christmas - Karen's Beach Quilt

Karen's Beach Quilt - lighthouse, seagull
Karen's Beach Quilt
Even though we have passed the shortest day and the days are getting longer, it seems a long time until we will be on a summer holidays.  Karen has captured the spirit of the summer and the seaside in this Beach Quilt, featuring a lighthouse, a seagull, and some fish which look like sardines!  The navy and white fabrics give a stunning finish to this design and Karen chose to complement it with a stunning quilting pattern - Modern Curves.


Monday, 28 December 2020

4th Day of Christmas - Paula's Modern Lone Star Quilt

 

Paula's Modern Lone Star Quilt
Paula's Modern Lone Star Quilt
This is Paula's second Lone Star Quilt, you can see the first one here, which she did in French General fabrics.  This time she has done it in modern fabrics - they look so different!  This quilt has a lot of 'empty space', so the quilting pattern is going to play quite a major role in the final look.  With the modern fabric, we went with a   modern circle pattern - Cosmos. It looked amazing as it stitched out on my APQS longarm quilting machine.

Cosmos Quilting Design by Keryn Emmerson
Cosmos Quilting Design by Keryn Emmerson

It was quite a large quilt and Paula had purchased a quality King Size Dorma sheet from Dunelm Mill, which came up beautifully.

Cosmos Quilting Design by Keryn Emmerson
Cosmos Quilting Design by Keryn Emmerson



Sunday, 27 December 2020

3rd Day of Christmas - Anita's Cheetah Quilt with Paw Prints, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting


Anita's Cheetah Quilt with Paw Prints
This is just one of the many quilts which I have been waiting to show you once Christmas gifting had been done.  This is Anita's first quilt.  It has a special 'cheetah' theme, so there were lots of big cat fabrics incorporated in it, as well as some fish for them to eat. (You know I love this sort of quilt!)

Anita's Cheetah Quilt with Paw Prints
Once I knew there was a theme to the quilt, I could not hold myself back in suggesting one of my 'Novelty November' quilt patterns 'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely and Anita was up for it.  It was another perfect match.  I particularly like the pink background fabric as it looked like the pink pads on the cat's paw.
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely

Anita also took advantage of my binding service and we added a quilt label with a special message and an embroidered cheetah! Glad to be of service.
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely



Saturday, 26 December 2020

2nd Day of Christmas - Pauline's Nine Sister's Fleece backed Quilt

'Nine Sisters' quilt made by Pauline
'Nine Sisters' quilt made by Pauline
Today I am sharing Pauline's quilt which she made for her son to use in his camper van.  The pattern is called 'Nine Sisters' designed by Cozy Quilt Designs and is Jelly Roll / 2.5" strip friendly. He had asked for a warm quilt, so you can see in the photo below that as well as the pieced quilt top this quilt has a fleece backing and 100% Hobbs Polydown wadding in the middle of it. This will be a big warm quilt!
A Warm Quilt Sandwich - top, polydown wadding and fleece
Pauline located some checked red and black fleece backing, which went well with the front of the quilt.  If you are thinking about having fleece on the back of your quilt, check the warp and the weft - as long as one has some tension in it, it can be mounted easily onto a longarm quilting machine. I have used it a lot on my own quilts and I love the result.
'Diagonal Plaid Bias' quilting on fleece backing

The quilting pattern we used on this quilt is called 'Diagonal Plaid Bias' designed by Patricia E Ritter.  It came up beautifully on the back of the quilt on the fleece.
'Diagonal Plaid Bias' quilting designed by Patricia Ritter

Nine Sisters' quilt made by Pauline
Nine Sisters' quilt made by Pauline



1st Day of Christmas - Sue's Quilt SOS Liberty strip quilt

 

Sue's Quilt SOS Liberty stripe quilt
Sue's Quilt SOS Liberty stripe quilt
You may have read about Sue's Quilt SOS quilt on my Facebook Page . This quilt is heading off to the charity Hestia, supporting people in crisis. I know when Sue dropped it off we spent quite a bit of time admiring the lovely Liberty Tana lawn prints which he had managed to get from Alice Caroline Liberty Prints.  This quilt is heading of to the Quilt SOS charity, so it had to be suitable to anyone who received it, but one this was for sure, it was made with love and it was sending love with it. With that in mind, the lovely Ginger Hearts quilting pattern seemed a great match.

Sue's Quilt SOS Liberty stripe quilt

'Ginger Hearts' designed by Apricot Moon



Wednesday, 2 December 2020

December 2020 - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting Drop-Off dates

There is still time to get your quilt tops done in time for Christmas here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.   If your friends and family are pestering you for Christmas present ideas, how about getting one of your quilt tops quilted?  You can see a guide to quilting prices on the tab above.

If you have a quilt ready for longarm quilting, then here are dates, including a Saturday, when I will be taking in quilts in the next few weeks. Please get in touch if you have a quilt you would like digitally longarm quilted - if I have your quilt, then I can quilt it! 

Thursday 3rd December
Friday 4th December
Saturday 5th December
Monday 7th December
Tuesday 8th December
Friday 11th December
Thursday 17th December
Friday 18th December

I think all of my customers have made their own masks, so please wear them and show them off when you come, and take the necessary precautions to keep us all safe.

Receiving and returning customer quilts via the post has become more frequent here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, so feel free to send me your quilts if it is easier and safer for you.


Monday, 30 November 2020

Novelty November - Transport Caravans and Trucks

 

Caravans by Nancy Haacke
Caravans by Nancy Haacke
I thought I would slip in one more Novelty November post before the end of the month. I hope it has piqued your interest and helped you think about how you can use a quilting pattern to personalise a quilt.  Get in touch if you have any ideas.
Today I have caravans and trucks on offer.

Trucks by HQ


Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Novelty November - Paw Prints and Chicken Feet

Paw Prints designed by Judy Vallely
Paw Prints designed by Judy Vallely
I think this is the quilting design which prompted me to share all the novelty quilting designs in #Novelty November. This is Paw Prints designed by Judy Vallely and I have managed to stitch it out on a couple of quilts already and it looked FANTASTIC!  If you allow a bit of artistic licence, then these paws can be for any animal you choose - cats, dogs, lions, tigers etc.
 
Chicken Tracks by Nancy Haacke
If your pets are feathered friends then here are chicken feet for your quilts.  These chickens are free range, but if you want to keep your garden chicken free I have some chicken wire to keep them safe.

Chicken Wire designed by Joann Hoffman


Thursday, 19 November 2020

Novelty November - Footwear, Cowboy Boots and Flip Flops

 

Here are the usual instructions You can find details about  quilting prices and preparing your quilt on my website http://fabadasherylongarmquilting.blogspot.co.uk/p/quilt.html Don’t forget •             Your quilt top •             Quilt backing ( I have some available to buy) •             Quilt wadding ( I have some available to buy - Hobbs 80/20 £9.00/m, Hobbs Polydown £9.00/m, Quilters Dream 100% Cotton £15.50 / m, Hobbs 100% Wool £14.00/m) •             2.5 “ binding  to go around the perimeter of your quilt, with at least 10” extra for joining if you require me to add it. •             I offer a £10.00 embroidered label service,  if you are interested bring along an A4 size piece of fabric for the label and the words you would like included. •             £20.00 deposit towards your payment (Cheque or cash or Bank Transfer)  My address is Wyvern, Beachley Road, Tutshill, Chepstow, NP16 7EG Tel 01291 629120 If you are using a SatNav, put house number 18, that is opposite us. I am based in Tutshill, near Chepstow which is on the A48 on the border of England and Wales, down the road from St John’s On The Hill School. The bridge is now FREE!  Directions from Gloucester: Get onto the A48 and head to Chepstow / South Wales. Keep on this road. When you are near you will see the National Diving and Activity Centre on your right and one mile down the road you will need to get ready to turn left towards Sedbury / Tutshill/ Beachley Barracks. Once turned right you will meet a rbt. Turn right towards Tutshill. As you drive over the bridge you will see houses set back with a grass verge on the right. We are the last one  (Wyvern) with a camper van in the drive, down the road from St John’s on the Hill school. I am on the England side of Chepstow in Tutshill, so if you have gone over a bridge and have Tescos on your left, you have gone too far.  Directions from Newport or Severn Bridge: Head to Chepstow and get onto the A48. Keep on this road. You will drive downhill to traffic lights and Tesco on your right. Continue straight ahead. You will go over a bridge and you will see a sign, Welcome to England. You will then go under a bridge, which eventually you will be driving on top of. Signal right and get ready to turn right towards Sedbury / Tutshill. Once turned right you will meet a rbt. Turn right towards Tutshill. As you drive over the bridge you just drove under you will see houses set back with a grass verge on the right. We are the last one  (Wyvern) with a camper van in the drive. The bridge is now FREE! Let me know when you want to pop over with it.
Flip Flops digital quilting pattern
by Theo van der Heijden

Today Novelty November brings you footwear.  Starting off with some memories of the summer with some Flip Flops and then an American spin with some Cowboy Boots. Looking forward to the day when these two get to have their Cinderella moment!

Cowboy Boots digital quilting pattern
by Theo van der Heijden


Monday, 16 November 2020

Novelty November - Christmas Holiday Garland Quilt

'Holiday Wishes' by Sherri Falls
'Holiday Wishes' by Sherri Falls
For Novelty November today I am sharing one of my own quilts which I managed to make over the summer and since I am including Christmas patterns I thought it would fit the bill for today. This quilt is a pattern from 'Holiday Wishes' by Sherri Falls.  I liked the simplicity of the design and wanted a quilt that I could cosy up in over the holidays.  I also had in mind that I wanted to try out a new digital quilting pattern - Holiday Garland designed by Patricia E Ritter, which has holly berries and a swirl.

Holiday Garland designed by Patricia E Ritter
Holiday Garland designed by Patricia E Ritter

I used a neutral thread, so that it did not dominate the front and so it would match the back. You can see from the photograph that I backed it with a plush fleece. so it is really cosy.  This particular one was a double fleece throw I picked up at Wilkinsons, so the fleece did not have any seams in it.

'Holiday Wishes' by Sherri Falls
I like to put something in the middle of my fleece backed quilts and on this occasion it was a thin, low loft polyester, which did not add too much bulk and would keep me warm.  I notice that some people are already putting up their Christmas decorations - so far all I have done is pull this out of the cupboard for use.






Saturday, 14 November 2020

Novelty November - Animals, Sheep, Bunnies and Kangaroos

Sheep digital quilting pattern (ANS)
More fun quilting patterns for you today.  Firstly, sheep, in fact you can have a whole herd of sheep on your quilt.
Kangaroo Hop  designed by Jessica Schick
Lots of the quilts I longarm get sent to different parts of the world, so how about Kangaroos for Australia?
Bunnies and Stars designed by HQ
And finally how about some cute Bunnies and Stars for a baby quilt?




Friday, 13 November 2020

Novelty November - Christmas , Christmas and more Christmas quilting patterns at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

Christmas Lights designed by Nancy Haacke
Christmas Lights designed by Nancy Haacke
It seems that there are endless quilt pattern choices for a Christmas / Holiday related quilt.  I think Christmas is a time when you can release let the 'kitsch' side off you.  Here are some more quilting patterns which are waiting in the wings for your Christmas themed quilt.  Firstly, Christmas Lights, designed by Nancy Haacke - wouldn't this be great in variegated thread?

Christmas Trees designed by Nancy Haacke
Christmas Trees designed by Nancy Haacke

Next are some decorated Christmas Trees and snowflakes.  This is quite a busy pattern, but don't forget that with the digital patterns they can be enlarged and reduced to make the pattern less dense or otherwise.  Finally, below is a simple snowflake pattern - cute.

Snowflakes by Handi Quilter
Snowflakes by Handi Quilter


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Novelty November - Mexican Sombreros and St Patrick's Day Luck of the Irish Quilting patterns

 

Sombreros quilting pattern by Vicki Malaski
Sombreros quilting pattern by Vicki Malaski
For Novelty November today I have brought you some hats.  Firstly, some Sombreros and maracas  for a musical Mexican flavour and secondly, an Irish top hat and lucky Irish clover for a traditional St Patrick's Day celebration. On the right quilt - these would be PERFECT!

St Patty's Day Irish quilting pattern  designed by Vicki Malaski
St Patty's Day Irish quilting pattern
designed by Vicki Malaski



Novelty November - Lizards and Frogs longarm Quilting Designs at Fabadashery Longarm Quilitng


Ribbit Frogs - Quilting Design
Ribbit Frogs - Quilting Design by Patricia E Ritter

Are you making a quilt for a herpetologist? According to Google, Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians including  frogs and lizards. Never fear, Fabadashery has  exactly the right quilting pattern for your quilt with these two fun quilting patterns  - Ribbit Frogs and Lounge Lizards - designed by Patricia E Ritter of Urban Elementz. 

Lounge Lizards - Quilting Design
Lounge Lizards - Quilting Design by Patricia E Ritter

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Novelty November - Christmas, Christmas and more Christmas - Holiday quilting patterns

It is just 7 weeks until Christmas, but don't worry, there is still time to get a quilt done for Christmas 2020 at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  If you have a Christmas themed quilt, here are some options.

'Ginger Ice' quilt design by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Ice' quilt design by Apricot Moon
Starting off with 'Ginger Ice' designed by Apricot Moon, featuring snowflakes.  This is from the same family as Ginger Stars, Ginger Flowers, and Ginger Hearts, which always quilt out so beautifully.

Next, here are some holly leaves and holly berries, called 'Feliz Navidad' designed by Patricia E Ritter and Natalie Gorman. Mairi used this on her Wonky Christmas Tree quilt last year - it looked great!
The Gift Giver designed by Crystal Smythe

Finally for today, here is The Gift Giver, designed by Crystal Smythe.  This features a Christmas Tree and a Gift Giver, who knows it may be Santa if you have been good!  Remember, if your quilt top is too busy to see this sort of pattern on the front, it will be seen on the back if you choose a plain backing.
 


Novelty November - Rugby Ball Quilt made by Margaret

So you have made a quilt for everyone in the family, what quilt can you make for sports mad men and women in your life? Margaret has great ideas and vision, and between us we can usually come up with something that we are both pleased with.  This time it was a rugby quilt for her grandson - who loves rugby.

'Play Football' digital designed by Apricot Moon
'Play Football' digital designed by Apricot Moon

The internet has loads of different digital quilting patterns which can be purchased and a quick look and I found this quilt pattern for a longarm quilting machine featuring rugby balls / footballs (depending on which continent you are in!)  With many of my customers living in Wales, I felt it would get plenty of use in the future. 

Margaret's Rugby Quilt

Margaret wanted to include some words and symbols on the quilt and I was able to help her out by using my Accuquilt Studio cutter and the use of a lightbox to create the imagery above.  The rugby balls  make great background and the reverse of the quilt had the team colours.  A great sporty quilting pattern.

'Play Football' digital designed by Apricot Moon
'Play Football' digital designed by Apricot Moon




Sunday, 1 November 2020

Novelty November - Happy Note, musical quilting pattern


'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe
'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe
Do you have a musician in your family?  I do and there was a request for a quilt! ... but no piecing .... no problem, I like a challenge.
'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe
Using a sheet for a quilt 
I knew I had a musical digital quilting pattern in my collection, so I thought I would do a whole cloth quilt with this quilt pattern all over it.  I started with a sheet from Dunelm, a Dorma 300 thread count sateen sheet in Seafoam - Popcorn and I knew it would be the perfect choice.  Then on the back I put a silver fleece throw from Wilkinsons (for £10!).  It all stitched out beautifully and was soft and cuddly.  I also put a thin polyester wadding in the middle.

'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe  (backing plush fleece)
'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe
(backing plush fleece)

Above you can see the back with the pattern stitched out on the fleece.  Another of the 'Novelty November' quilt patterns that are available to my customers featuring musical instruments including a saxophone, a piano, a trumpet, a cello and a guitar.  It is quite busy, but on the plain sheet it was perfect.
'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe
'Happy Note' quilt pattern designed by Crystal Smythe