Monday, 26 July 2021

Festival of Quilts 2021

 If you are heading up to the Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK between 29th July and 1st August 2021, don't forget to look out for my quilts.

CT34 (Contemporary Quilts) - Serenity I

TN40 (Traditional Quilts) - Grassy Creek

GR3 (Group Quilts)  - Bristol Quilters Ruby Celebration  (see if you can recognise the block I contributed!)

Naturally, this year there are some guidelines in place to keep everyone as safe as can be, which include bringing evidence of your current COVID status, which you can find here.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - July 2021 drop -Off dates

Hello, I am back again after a little holiday and here are some dates in July 2021 when I am able to take in your lovely quilts.

Wednesday 21st July
Thursday 22nd July
Friday 23rd July
Tuesday 27th July
Wednesday 28th July
Thursday 29th July

Drop me an email frances@fabadashery.co.uk


Sunday, 27 June 2021

Trip Around The World Quilt, made by Camilla, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

You can find details about  quilting prices and preparing your quilt on my website http://fabadasherylongarmquilting.blogspot.co.uk/p/quilt.html .  If you are not sure about anything, bring along the fabric from you project and we can sort it out.  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 £10.00/m, Hobbs Polydown 10.00/m, Quilters Dream 100% Cotton £17.00 / m, Hobbs 100% Wool £18.00/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 payable to ‘Frances Meredith’ 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!
Trip Around the World Quilt, made by Camilla,
quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Many of my customers this year have been proud to say that they made their quilt 'completely from their stash!'  I believe this is one such quilt, a stunning Trip Around the World quilt made by Camilla.  I love the amazing mix of colours and the quilt pattern we chose was Modern Curves by Anita Shackleford.

Trip Around the World Quilt, made by Camilla, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Trip Around the World Quilt, made by Camilla,
quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting


Monday, 14 June 2021

New Quilting patterns Available - Card Trix, Denise's Spinners, Scottish Plaid

Here are a few more digital quilt patterns which have been added to my library - looking forward to seeing them quilted out on your next quilt!

Card Trix designed by Mary Eddy (Jelly Bean)
Card Trix
designed by Mary Eddy (Jelly Bean) 

 

Denise's Spinners designed by Denise Schillinger and Patricia Ritter l
Denise's Spinners
designed by Denise Schillinger and Patricia Ritter


Scottish Plaid designed by Patricia Ritter
Scottish Plaid
designed by Patricia Ritter

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Rosa Biddlecombe Quilt made by Jenny, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Rosa Biddlecombe Quilt made by Jenny
Rosa Biddlecombe Quilt made by Jenny

This quilt is known as the Rosa Biddlecombe quilt, designed by Margaret Mew.  Jenny has made a lovely job of this and tempted me to add this to my quilt bucket list.

Rosa Biddlecombe Quilt made by Jenny
Rosa Biddlecombe Quilt made by Jenny
For the quilting pattern we chose 'Squirts' designed by Anne Bright.  Despite its name it is a very elegant quilt pattern, which is great for quilts which have detail such as the bouquet appliqued at the centre of the medallion quilt.  Also, Jenny chose HOBBS 100% Wool, which I usually have available to buy, for the wadding, which has made it a beautifully light quilt.

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

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Liberty fabric quilt made by Karen, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Liberty Quilt made by Karen

Here is a lovely fresh quilt made by Karen.  It features the quilting fabric range from Liberty and Fabadashery Longarm Quilting helped to finish it with this pretty floral swirl pattern designed by Amanda Murphy. 

Amanda Murphy Quilting Design
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Liberty Quilt made by Karen

Mommy and Me Elephant baby Quilt, made by Maisie

 

Mommy and Me Elephant baby Quilt, made by Maisie
Mommy and Me Elephant baby Quilt,
made by Maisie
Here is another baby quilt Fabadashery Longarm Quilting has done lately, featuring a baby elephant and its Mum.  The 'Mommy and Me' design is by Colette Belt and Maisie has made this using some of her favourite green fabrics. Popcorn by Willow Leaf Studio gave this little quilt a great finish.

Popcorn digital quilting pattern by Willow Leaf Studio

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

June Drop-Off dates - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that I am now doing face-to-face consultations and here are some dates when I am available for you to drop off your quilt for longarm quilting

Tuesday 1st June
Wednesday 2nd June
Monday 7th June
Wednesday 9th June
Monday 14th June
Thursday 17th June
Friday 18th June
Monday 21st June

I have plenty of wadding available to buy and am happy if you want to send your quilt, rather than drop it off.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Pat's Baby Safari, fleece backed quilt - quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Pat's Baby Safari, fleece backed quilt
Pat's Baby Safari, fleece backed quilt 

 Sometimes the children's quilt panels you spy in our lovely quilt shops can be irresistible and offer a quick solution to the news of an imminent arrival.  Pat picked up this fun Baby safari panel with zebras, giraffes and tigers for one of her many grandchildren.

Pat's Baby Safari, fleece backed quilt
Pat's Baby Safari, fleece backed quilt 
To add a bit of fun, Pat found some soft white fleece to put on the back of the quilt and then we chose the 'Paw Prints' quilting pattern - did I say that the longarm quilting patterns come up beautifully on fleece.  A gorgeous little gift.

Paw Prints designed by Judy Vallely
Paw Prints designed by Judy Vallely

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Jacqui's hand-dyed baby mat - quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Jacqui's hand-dyed Baby Playmat
Jacqui's hand-dyed Baby Playmat

Here is another lovely quilt which is to be gifted to a new baby. This time Jacqui has used all her beautifully hand-dyed fabric to make a colourful play mat.  The hand dyed fabrics have been washed well and it leaves them beautifully soft.  Here you can see it being quilted on my APQS longarm quilting machine, using the ever-versatile 'Popcorn' quilting design.

Jacqui's hand-dyed Baby Playmat
Jacqui's hand-dyed Baby Playmat


'Popcorn' by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' by Willow Leaf Studio



 

Meg's Baby Quilt - In Rainbow Colours

 

Rainbow Baby Quilt made by Meg
Once the first 2020 Lockdown was announced, there was an assumption that there was going to be a 'Baby Boom'. Initially, it never materialised, but with the number of baby quilts coming through my doors, it looks as if there has been a rebound.  This delightful rainbow quilt, made by Meg, couldn't be more perfect for a new baby in the current times. 

Rainbow Baby Quilt made by Meg
Made with just squares and triangles, using a full spectrum of coloured fabric to form hearts, there was only one digital quilt pattern which matched up - 'Ginger Hearts' by Apricot Moon.

Rainbow Baby Quilt made by Meg
'Ginger Hearts' digital design by Apricot Moon

Saturday, 1 May 2021

New Quilt Patterns!

This year more than ever my customers have made the most of my blog and Pinterest pages to get ideas of patterns they want on their quilt and how it may look on theirs.  I charge the same price for all of my  longarm quilting patterns because my aim is to make your quilt look the best it can and I don't want that compromised by the pattern.

So here are some new ones.  The first is Cloisonne designed by Valerie Smith and Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz.  I have got to use this one already with spectacular results - can't wait to show you.  Also here 'Plumeria party' and 'Orange Blossom' designed by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches.

'Cloisonne' designed by Valerie Smith and Patricia Ritter 
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'Plumeria Party' designed by Christy Dillon
'Plumeria Party' designed by Christy Dillon


'Orange Blossom' designed by Christy Dillon
'Orange Blossom' designed by Christy Dillon

Jennie's On Point Orange, Green and Blue Quilt with Diagonal Plaid Bias pattern

Jennie's Quilt


I hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.  I am catching up on jobs and in between I started to browse through some photos of customer quilts.  So many quilts pass through the doors of Fabadashery Longarm Quilting that I don't always have the time to share them all on my social media.  Here is one made by Jennie, which used up some of her stash, which I think a lot of us have had to do that this year. 

Diagonal Plaid Bias Quilt design
Diagonal Plaid Bias Quilt design

The digital quilting pattern on this quilt is called Diagonal Plaid Bias.  It has the feel of a cross-hatch, but cleverly has softened edges to make for smoother stitching and is more forgiving when the lines don't match with the piecing.  Great for men's quilts too.
Diagonal Plaid Bias Quilt design
Diagonal Plaid Bias Quilt design

Friday, 23 April 2021

Pauline's Hoffman Dragonfly Quilt - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

Pauline's Hoffman Dragonfly Quilt
Pauline's Hoffman Dragonfly Quilt

I am always amazed at the variety of quilts that come through the Fabadashery Longarm Quilting door.  This Hoffman Dragonfly quilt, made by Pauline was 92" long, and was made from some fabric panels she had purchased whilst in America.  So what pattern should we use?

Pauline's Hoffman Dragonfly Quilt
Pauline's Hoffman Dragonfly Quilt
The choice was quite obvious - more dragonflies in the form of 'Dragon Wings'. A great choice is you want a light, nature inspired allover pattern.

'Dragon Wings' pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Dragon Wings' pantograph by Apricot Moon

Monday, 19 April 2021

Margaret's Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric Quilt Showcase

 

Margaret's Tim Holtz Eclectica Quilt
Margaret's Tim Holtz Eclectica Quilt
Something a bit different today.  A bit of grunge. Margaret brought me this quilt to quilt made out of Tim Holtz Eclectic fabrics, which she purchased from the Cotton Patch.  With such interesting fabrics she didn't want to cut them up small, in case they lost their impact, so kept the blocks big.  I will admit that we spent a good amount of time admiring the amazing designs (hooray for face-to-face consultations!) and the grungy patterns inspired me to get my Gelli plate out to do some printing.

Margaret's Tim Holtz Eclectica Quilt
Margaret's Tim Holtz Eclectica Quilt
Again, with such a fascinating collection of prints, the quilting needed to be subtle, so it did not detract and on this occasion we used Squirts by Anne Bright 

Squirts designed by Anne Bright
Squirts designed by Anne Bright
#timholtz #fabadasheryquilting #longarmquiltinguk

Friday, 16 April 2021

April 2021 - Longarm Quilting Face to face Consultation resumed

If you have been busy making quilt tops over lockdown, I am pleased to say that face-to-face longarm quilting appointments have resumed and I am looking forward to seeing you all again.

Here are some forthcoming dates I am taking in quilts.

Friday 23rd April
Monday 26th April
Wednesday 28th April
Friday 30th April
Wednesday 5th May

Contact: frances@fabadashery.co.uk


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Pat's Kaffe Fasssett Water Garden Quilt, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat,
quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 What a difference a year makes! This time last year as the pandemic hit, I was wondering what the future was for Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  However, we all changed our habits and I am pleased to say that lot of my customers decided to send their quilts to me for longarm quilting.  Pat sent her lovely 'Water Garden' quilt to me for the full service, preparing the backing, quilting it, trimming and adding the binding. When she opened her returned parcel, she just had the pleasure of finishing it off by hand sewing the binding, and adding the spare fabric back into her stash.

'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
'Water Garden' quilt made by Pat
This quilt is called 'Water Garden' and it features in Kaffe Fassett's book 'Quilts in Morocco'.  The quilting pattern Pat chose was 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker.  I think this pattern is perhaps one of the most useful ones in my library as the spacing between the lines is even, so it makes for a more restful design.
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker
I like this one so much, that I took a picture of the back of the quilt, which was a lovely batik fabric.

'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital quilt pattern
designed by Barbara Becker

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Di's Fruits of the Forest Kaffe Fassett Quilt

'Fruits of the Forest' Quilt, made by Di,
quilted by Frances Meredith

This is another homage to Kaffe Fassett by Di.  This quilt is called Fruits of the Forest and features in his book 'Quilts in Burano'.  As a longarm quilter my main aim is to look at the main focus of the quilt and use my longarm quilting machine to enhance it.  With pretty much every Kaffe Fassett quilt which comes through my door (and I have had MANY), the focus is always the alluring fabrics, with the quilting only having a small bit part in the show.
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger

The choice of digital patterns is wide open, so on this occasion I looked at the fabrics and took a lead from one of the swirly patterns and accompanied it with this swirly quilt pattern, 'Lalla Palooza' design by Denise Schillinger.  I managed to catch Lalla Palooza in all its glory on my APQS longarm machine, just as the sun comes around in the afternoon.

'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger
'Lalla Palooza' quilt design by Denise Schillinger

#kaffefassett #Fruitsoftheforest #quitlsinburano #fabadashery #longarmquilting


Monday, 22 March 2021

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt
Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt
I thought I would brighten up your Monday morning with this spectacular 'Bordered Diamonds' quilt, made by Di. Bold fabrics, bold shapes, pretty much everything we love about Kaffe Fassett quilt designs.  I have lost count of how many of his designs I have quilted on my APQS longarm machine, but they are always a delight to do.

Di's Kaffe Fassett Bordered Diamond Quilt, 
featuring Heatwave digital  quilt pattern
Di specifically asked for this pattern, Heatwave, designed by Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz.  The good news was that my quilt pattern library is growing so large that it was there waiting for her!

Heatwave digital quilt pattern

Friday, 19 March 2021

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, custom quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting by Frances Meredith

 

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt
Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt 
With the start of Spring, more of us are venturing out into the garden.  Margie is talented gardener herself, but she has also stitched this wonderful garden sampler quilt called 'Quilter's Patch Garden' designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Margie regularly sends me her quilts by post and when this one arrived I just knew it needed some custom quilting, using my Handi Quilter Avante. 

Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
I used a combination of free-motion techniques, such as Stitch in the ditch, feathers and paisley shapes, alongside some digital motifs to break up the larger areas.

Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
Custom Quilting by Frances Meredith
I love the tones of Edyta Sitar's fabric ranges and this particular pattern has lots of different patchwork techniques, like English Paper Piecing, Dresden plates, applique, foundation pieced shapes and curved seams.  It is the perfect pattern to learn new techniques in piecing, as well as an opportunity to experiment with longarm quilting techniques. And it is SO pretty.

Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt
Margie's 'Quilter's Patch Garden' quilt 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Helen's Autumn Bird Quilt, with Indian Summer quilting at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen's Bird Quilt

A guess Spring time is probably the best time to make your Autumn quilts.  Helen has made this beautiful bird quilt.  You can see from the detail that the shape of the bird is made up of simple triangles and in the quilt it is paired up with a lovely block.  

Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen's Bird Quilt
Helen chose some lovely autumn colours and often that can be the inspiration for the quilting pattern.  In this case, we chose 'Indian Summer, designed by Patricia Ritter, which features acorn and leaves.

'Indian Summer' digital quilt pattern designed by Patricia  Ritter