Tuesday 28 May 2024

Drop-Off Dates - June 2024 Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Summer Meadows' by Frances Meredith
The end of May and beginning of June are usually when all the hedgerows are in full bloom and as I have been out and about they have reminded me of the textile art that I did back in the early 2000's, a journey which eventually led getting a longarm quilting machine and starting Fabadashery Longarm Quilting. 

If you have a quilt top ready for quilting, here are the dates I am taking in quilts for June 2024, including a Saturday and some talks.

Monday 3rd June - Talk  - Weston Quilters, Winterstoke Hundred Academy
Tuesday 4th June - PM only
Wednesday 5th June - PM only
Thursday 6th June - PM only
Friday 7th June
Saturday 8th June
Monday 10th June
Tuesday 11th June 
Wednesday 12th June
Thursday 13th June - Talk - Churchdown Quilters
Friday 14th June - PM only
Monday 17th June
Tuesday 18th June - PM only
Wednesday 19th June AM only
Monday 24th June
Tuesday 25th June
Wednesday 26th June
Thursday 27th June
Friday 28th June - PM only

 

Saturday 18 May 2024

Quilts UK Malvern 2024 - Frances Meredith Chilhowie Quilt

 

'Chilhowie' by Frances Meredith
As well as my customer quilts on show at Quilts UK, Malvern 2024, I did also manage to enter one of my own quilts.  This is my Chilhowie quilt, the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt of 2022, which I did in red, white and blue to celebrate the Coronation.  If you at the Malvern Quilt Show today or tomorrow, it is BQ03, on the first row on the far left of the competition tent.

Thursday 16 May 2024

Quilts UK, Malvern Show 2024 - Fabadashery Customer Quilts

Today I visited the Quilts UK, Malvern Show 2024, where five of my customers had entered their quilts. It was lovely to see them complete with their binding done and hanging for all the visitors to see.  The show continues until Sunday 19th May at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.  Firstly, I was delighted to see that Sue Watters had received a rosette for her 'Welbourn' quilt, which I custom quilted for her. 

Sue Watters 'Welbourn' Quilt
Sue Watters 'Welbourn' Quilt
Next was Alyson's 'Book Nook' quilt, which I featured in my Twelve Days of Christmas review.  It is a pattern by Pen and Paper patterns.

Alyson's 'Book Nook' Quilt
I was also pleased to see Helen's 'My Heirloom Quilt' which I quilted a few years ago.  It was a large quilt which I custom quilted and Helen had beautifully pieced. Beautiful colours which would belong in any home.
Helen's 'My Heirloom Quilt'
Next is Natalie's beautifully vibrant Kaffe Fassett fabric quilt, 'Memories of Mum's Conservatory', which was in the Bed Quilt category.
Natalie's 'Memories of Mum's Conservatory'
Another Kaffe Fassett fabric quilt was entered by Sheila.  It featured the Koi Polloi fabric, so we chose a fun quilting pattern with Koi fish on it. 

Sheila's 'Marmite Quilt'
Sheila's 'Marmite Quilt'
And finally, Sue entered a second quilt which I had custom quilted for her a few years ago.

Sue Watters 'Star Quilt'
Sue Watters 'Star Quilt'

Sunday 12 May 2024

Angela's Chubby Star Quilt - Layer Cake Quilt

Angela's Chubby Star Quilt - Layer Cake Quilt
Angela's Chubby Star Quilt - Layer Cake Quilt

Angela has made this Chubby Star quilt using a black, white and tones of grey Layer Cake.  I love how the pattern has an optical illusion effect.  The pattern is available from White Gecko Crafts based in South Wales and a great way to use up one of those lovely Layer Cakes sitting in your stash.
Angela's Chubby Star Quilt
Angela's Chubby Star Quilt
With lots of bouncy flowers in the fabrics, Angela chose 'Popcorn' as the quilting pattern - one of my 'magic' patterns, because it looks good on most things.

'Popcorn' digital design by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' digital design by
Willow Leaf Studio

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Sue's Underwater Ocean Quilt

 

Sue's Underwater Ocean Quilt
Sue's Underwater Ocean Quilt
Sue has made this underwater themed quilt for a special friend, using a background similar to Northcott Stonehenge fabric and then appliqueing shapes from another underwater themed fabric to create her own original quilt.  In addition to the applique, Sue created stencils to to add her own seaside motifs to the border.

Sue's Underwater Ocean Quilt
Sue's Underwater Ocean Quilt
Having done a lot of textile art in the past, it was lovely to see all these techniques in one quilt - you could really see that Sue has enjoyed making it. There was a lot to bring together with the quilting, but we found a suitable flowing quilting pattern called 'Coquina' by Patricia Ritter and used a Fil-Tec Glide Thread called Sea Green to bring the colours out from the centre.  

'Coquina' digital quilting pattern by Patricia E Ritter
'Coquina' digital quilting pattern by Patricia E Ritter

The quilting pattern came out beautifully on the back of the quilt too.
'Coquina' digital quilting pattern by Patricia E Ritter
'Coquina' digital quilting pattern by Patricia E Ritter

Monday 6 May 2024

Emma's Red and White Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Emma's Red and White Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt
Emma's Red and White Hand Stitched
Hexagon Quilt
Here is Emma's red and white hexagon quilt, which she has completed over several years.  The joy of small, hexagon, English Paper Piecing is that you can carry it with you when you are out and about and gradually it builds and builds until you have a beautiful heirloom quilt like this. Knowing each stitch intimately usually means that the quilt has a lot more meaning to you.

Emma's Red and White Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt
Emma's Red and White Hand Stitched
Hexagon Quilt
However, there comes a time when you have to put the small pieces together and all the quilt top becomes larger and larger - slightly less easy to carry around and a challenge to quilt.  This is where Emma sought the longarm quilting services of Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  The quilt top was definitely the star of the show, so a subtle low key thread colour and a simple pattern was required.  The pattern we chose was Squirts by Anne Bright.  Also, because the quilt was very large, Emma chose 100% Hobbs Wool wadding, to make it as light as possible.

'Squirts' quilting design by Anne Bright

Sunday 28 April 2024

May 2024 - Longarm Quilting Drop-Off Dates, Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

If you have been working on a quilt over the last few months and it is ready for quilting, May is a great time to drop your quilts off to Fabadashery Longarm Quilting.  May is a busy month, with Bank Holidays and of course Quilts UK, Malvern Show 16th-19th May, where I have a quilt on display and I know a few of my customers have some delights on show as well.  Do look out for them.
Contact me at frances@fabadashery.co.uk to arrange a time to drop off your quilt

Thursday 2nd May
Friday 3rd May
Tuesday 7th May
Wednesday 8th May
Friday 10th May
Monday 13th May
Tuesday 14th May (quilt drop off at Malvern Showground 12pm-2pm)
Wednesday 15th May
Friday 17th May
Tuesday 21st May
Wednesday 22nd May
Friday 24th May


Mel's New York Beauty Quilt, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

 

Mel's New York Beauty Quilt, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Mel's New York Beauty Quilt,
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
For your quilting inspiration today, here is Mel's New York Beauty quilt, in lovely soft colours of blues and neutrals.  New York Beauty quilts are usually foundation pieced and involve a lot of intricate piecing, especially dealing with the curved seams.  To echo the circles, Mel chose a simple circular  quilting pattern called 'Bubbles', designed by Lorien Quilting.

Mel's New York Beauty Quilt,  quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Mel's New York Beauty Quilt,
 quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting


'Bubbles' quilting design by Lorien Quilting
'Bubbles' quilting design by Lorien Quilting

Friday 26 April 2024

Shirley's Celtic Knot Medallion Quilt

Shirley's Celtic Knot Medallion Quilt
Shirley's Celtic Knot Medallion Quilt
Here is Shirley's beautiful and unique Celtic Knot quilt in just three fabric colours, black, brown and white.  With all the detailed applique and knotwork, it took us some time to work out what quilt pattern would complement it the most.  After looking through the wide choice we have on offer, we ended up with 'Bam' by Jessica Schick in a light tan thread, which echoed the curves of the knots, but didn't detract from the detailed stitching.

Shirley's Celtic Knot Medallion Quilt
Shirley's Celtic Knot Medallion Quilt
At Fabadashery Longarm Quilting I charge the same price for all patterns which leaves you open to choose the best quilting solution for your quilt, whether a complex pattern or just a simple one like this one.  We just want it to be the best for your quilt.

'Bam' digital quilt pattern by Jessica Schick
'Bam' digital quilt pattern by Jessica Schick

Monday 25 March 2024

Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - April 2024 Drop-Off Dates

 

'Simply Sunflowers' quilt design

Here are the Drop-Off dates for April 2024. I have included a Saturday amongst the Drop-Off dates, as this was popular in March and hopefully can accommodate those of you who are busy from Monday to Friday. Get in touch if you have a query or question Email: frances@fabadashery.co.uk

Monday 25th March
Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
Monday 15th April
Tuesday 16th April
Wednesday 17th April
Thursday 18th April
Friday 19th April
Saturday 20th April
Monday 22nd April
Tuesday 23rd April
Wednesday 24th April
Thursday 25th April
Friday 26th April
Monday 29th April

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Quilt Exhibition, St Francis of Assisi Church Bridgwater, TA6 4JA 23rd March 2024


I have been helping some of the congregation of St Francis of Assisi Church, Bridgwater, finish their quilts, which they will be displaying this month.

Quilt Exhibition, St Francis of Assisi Church Bridgwater, TA6 4JA 23rd March 2024

Friday 1 March 2024

March 2024 Drop-Off Dates - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

(Updated 13/03/24)If your quilt is ready for quilting, here are the dates I am taking in quilts for longarm quilting in March, including Saturday 16th March. Drop me a message at frances@fabadashery.co.uk

Friday 1st March
Monday 4th March
Tuesday 5th March (PM only)
Wednesday 6th March
Friday 8th March
Monday 11th March
Tuesday 12th March (PM only)
Wednesday 13th March
Friday 15th March
Saturday 16th March
Monday 18th March
Thursday 21st March
Friday 22nd March
Monday 25th March
Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
Thursday 28th March 

Thursday 29 February 2024

Happy St David's Day - Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt

 

Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Happy St David's Day! To celebrate, here is Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt, which features a springtime daffodil.  There are a couple of versions of the Farmer's Wife quilt and I believe this one is from the 1930's book by Laurie Aaron Hird.  

Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Shirley's Farmer's Wife Quilt
A sampler quilt like this is fun to do, but there are lots of ways it could be quilted.  On this occasion, Shirley chose a neutral thread to stitch out 'Bird's Eye View' pantograph by Barbara Becker.  The pattern is simple and with the right thread, made sure all Shirley's piecing took centre stage.
'Bird's Eye View' pantograph by Barbara Becker

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Rosemary's Embroidered Wedding Quilt - Quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Rosemary's Embroidered Wedding Quilt
Rosemary's Embroidered Wedding Quilt

If you enjoy stitching and quilting, you may also have dipped into the world of embroidery machines. Rosemary has stitched this personal wedding quilt for a family member, using monograms on her embroidery machine and combining some unusual fabrics. I have quilted several embroidered quilts on my APQS longarm machine and a little careful thought about the right thread and the right pattern can make for an amazing quilt.

Rosemary's Embroidered Wedding Quilt
Rosemary's Embroidered Wedding Quilt
On this occasion, we used Cleopatra, a golden Glide thread combined with the 'Ginger Hearts' quilting pattern - an even, light pattern which was a perfect choice for a wedding quilt.
'Ginger Hearts' by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' by Apricot Moon

Thursday 25 January 2024

Sheila's Batik Star Quilt - Quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Sheila's Batik Star Quilt
Sheila's Batik Star Quilt
Sheila is working through her batik fabric stash, making beautiful quilts like this.  Sheila has many grandchildren and great grandchildren, many of whom get to receive her beautiful creations.  This striking quilt top deserved a striking quilting pattern, so on this occasion we went for 'Cosmos' designed by Keryn Emmerson.  A great modern finish to a colourful quilt.

Sheila's Batik Star Quilt
Sheila's Batik Star Quilt


'Cosmos' by Keryn Emmerson

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Lesley's Pink Baby Quilt, quilted at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Lesley's Pink Baby Quilt
Lesley's Pink Baby Quilt
Lesley had to make a quick baby quilt and reaching into her fabric stash, she was able to pull out these lovely fabrics and make this delightful quilt. The wadding is Hobbs Polydown, a polyester wadding which will be soft and cuddly and cope with a spin in a washing machine.

Lesley's Pink Baby Quilt
Lesley's Pink Baby Quilt
The pattern is stitched in a neutral thread Glide thread, Warm Grey 4, which blends beautifully with the fabrics.  The pattern is 'Popcorn' designed by Willow Leaf Studio.
'Popcorn' by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' by Willow Leaf Studio

Monday 22 January 2024

February 2024 Drop-Off Dates - Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Here are the dates when I am available to take in your quilts for longarm quilting for the last week of January and February 2024.  My pricing is listed on my website and I have large stocks of different types of wadding on sale.  I will be on the door at the Severn Valley Quilt Show, Thornbury, on Saturday 17th February, if you want to pick up or drop off any quilts to me there.  Otherwise contact me at frances@fabadashery.co.uk

Monday 22nd January
Tuesday 30th January
Wednesday 31st January
Thursday 1st January
Monday 5th February
Thursday 8th February
Friday 9th February
Monday 12th February
Tuesday 13th February
Thursday 15th February
Saturday 17th February (SVQ Quilt Show)
Monday 19th February
Tuesday 20th February
Wednesday 21st February
Thursday 22nd February
Friday 23rd February
Monday 26th February
Tuesday 27th February
Wednesday 28th February
Thursday 29th February
Friday 1st March

Sunday 7 January 2024

* NEW * Digital Patterns for 2024 at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting - Elizabeth and Posies

A New Year and some new patterns added to my longarm digital pattern library.

Elizabeth E2E, by My Creative Stitches
 

Posies by TK Quilting



Thursday 4 January 2024

Day 12 Fabadashery Twelve Days of Christmas - Brighton Quilt, made by Natalie

'Brighton' Quilt, made by Natalie
The first Saturday in the New Year is known as 'Sunshine Saturday', when there is a surge in summer holiday bookings. Natalie's Brighton beach hut quilt is a lovely reminder of the warm days which are to come this year.  To add to the beach theme, Natalie chose a digital pattern called 'Sally by the Seashore' designed by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches.

'Sally by the Seashore' digital pattern by Christy Dillon
'Sally by the Seashore' digital pattern by Christy Dillon

You can see the pattern, featuring shells and starfish, quite clearly on the back of the quilt, making it a quilt which can be used either side.
'Sally by the Seashore' digital pattern by Christy Dillon
'Sally by the Seashore' digital pattern by Christy Dillon

Day 11 Fabadashery Twelve Days of Christmas - Gill's Pink Capabara Quilt

Gill's Pink Capabara Quilt
Gill's Pink Capabara Quilt

Welcome to Day 11 of the Fabadashery Twelve Days of Christmas.  Today I am sharing a quilt which Gill made for a young family friend as a surprise.  Gill had asked for a 'mood board' of their favourite things, so that she could personalise the quilt.  It included a black kitten, pink things, capabaras and other things.  Gill was up for a challenge and managed to pull all these elements into one quilt (using the front and the back).  Gill sourced a design of a capabara and printed it onto fabric and blended it seamlessly into the whole quilt. Genius.

Gill's Pink Capabara Quilt
Gill's Pink Capabara Quilt

When it came to the quilting, obviously it had to tie into the 'brief'.  Gill had not managed to get the black kitten on the front, so she chose 'Paw Prints' a fun animal quilting pattern, to represent the paw prints of the pet. It was great to be part of this part of this quilting challenge!
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely
'Paw Prints' designed by Judy Vallely


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