Friday, 17 November 2017

Lynne's Modern Homestead Sampler Quilt - Art of Quilting Magazine

Lynne with her Homestead Sampler Quilt art of quilting magazine
Lynne with her Homestead Sampler Quilt
Congratulations to Lynne who has completed her Modern Homestead Sampler Quilt issued through 'The Art of Quilting' magazine.
'The Art of Quilting' Modern Homestead Sampler Quilt quilted by Fabadashery Long arm quilting
'The Art of Quilting' Modern Homestead Sampler Quilt
It was a huge quilt with eighty 6" quilt blocks, which would have been a challenge to fit under any domestic sewing machine, so Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting came to the rescue.  Loading it onto my large quilting frame made light work of it, especially because Lynne had stitched her quilt so beautifully. 
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Studio
The sampler blocks which Lynne had made were the stars of the show on this quilt, so we chose and all over pattern called 'Popcorn' using a very pale blue Isacord thread which was light enough to blend nicely on the white sashing and across the blocks without distracting from the pretty quilt.  The blue spotty fabric on the back was also provided as part of the kit and the pattern looks great there too.  Whenever I use this pattern on a quilt it always gives great results.
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' digital pantograph by Willow Leaf Studio




Sunday, 12 November 2017

365 Challenge quilt by Valerie Imm featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine

365 Challenge Quilt by Valerie Imm as featured in British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine November 2017
365 Challenge Quilt by Valerie Imm
as featured in British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
November 2017
If you have picked up the November 2017 edition of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine you may have read an article by Juliet Nice (p.78) introducing the UK Quilters United, following on from their amazing exhibition of the 365 Challenge quilt.  It caught my eye as the lead photo was of one of my customer's quilts!  Valerie had asked me to quilt her 365 Challenge quilt earlier in the year with the hope of getting it into the exhibition - and see where it is now!
British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, November 2017
British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine,
November 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

African quilt made by Catherine, quilted by Frances Meredith

Quilt using African fabrics made by Catherine
Quilt using African fabrics made by Catherine
This smile says it all - a smile of joy when you receive a heartfelt gift of a quilt. As a long arm quilter it is lovely to see photos of the quilts I play a small part in, completed and in the hands of the recipient. 
African quilt incorporating bible scriptures
African quilt incorporating bible quotes
Catherine wanted to make a special quilt for a friend, the Bishop of Woolwich, who is originally from Nigeria.  Choosing some bright African fabrics and some panels with special bible scripture quotes, she has managed to bring together all the elements into a wonderfully colourful and comforting quilt.
'Bird's Eye' quilt design designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye' quilt design designed by Barbara Becker
With the bright colours the quilting was never going to be able to compete for attention, so we chose a digital quilting pattern called 'Bird's Eye View' to quilt it evenly across the whole quilt using my long arm quilting machine. I think this pattern has to be one of my favourites.

Quilt using African fabrics made by Catherine
Quilt using African fabrics made by Catherine

Monday, 6 November 2017

En Provence 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt made by Eirwen

En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt by Eirwen Quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Quilting
En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt by Eirwen
Quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Quilting
Have you seen the Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt launch?  This year the quilt is On Ringo Lake.  The fabric colours have been revealed and the first clue will be released on the 24th November 2017.

Last year, Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt was called En Provence and throughout the year I have had the pleasure of quilting several, including this masterpiece by Eirwen.  Eirwen did the full size and managed to use just the fabrics in her stash.
n Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt by Eirwen Quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Quilting
En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt by Eirwen
Quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Quilting
Personally, the reason why I love the annual Mystery Quilt is because it is focused on using the scraps you have in your stash already.  In this photo you can see the variety of fabrics that Eirwen included in her En Provence quilt, which blend beautifully in the overall quilt.  With so many colours it can be difficult to decide what thread colour to use, but this Wheat Glide thread worked perfectly.
'Ginger Star' digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
The En Provence quilt was long arm quilted with a digital pantograph called 'Ginger Star' by Apricot Moon. 

The Mystery quilt usually runs form Thanksgiving until New Years Day, so if you are interested, head on over to Bonnie Hunter's blog.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Jean's Quilt for her Grandson

Jean's quilt for her grandson, quilted by Frances Meredith,
Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
It gets tricky at this time of year to show you some of the work I am doing as many of the lovely quilts I receive for quilting are gifts for Christmas, so I need to keep them all under wraps for now. However, this cheery quilt is a gift for a lucky grandson - I don't think it needs to be a special occasion for a Nanny to give a quilt to any of their grandchildren!
'Nightlight' pantograph, Frances Meredith Long Arm Quilting
'Nightlight' pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Jean chose a quilting pattern called 'Nightlight' designed by Patricia Ritter, which has lovely swirls and tiny little stars that pop out.  I used a bright orange thread worked well across the whole quilt and really stood out on the blue border.
'Nightlight' pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Nightlight' pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
If you have quilt tops which are needing to be quilted for Christmas as a gift there is still time to get it completed in time, just get in touch via email. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Custom Quilted Sampler Quilt made by Gilly, quilted by Frances Meredith

Foundation Pieced Sampler Quilt, 
This is the centre of a sampler quilt which I have custom long arm quilted for Gilly, who made it on a workshop with Sue Warren a few years ago.  Gilly made it in her favourite colours and backed it with a gorgeous co-ordinating Kaffe Fassett fabric.
Foundation Pieced Sampler Quilt quilted by Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Foundation Pieced Sampler Quilt, 
I have stitched in the ditch throughout the quilt to emphasise the different pieced blocks.  The cross-hatched detail always looks nice on a quilt and I used it both in the border and on the lighter fabrics.
Foundation Pieced Sampler Quilt quilted by Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Foundation Pieced Sampler Quilt quilted by Fabadashery Frances Meredith

Friday, 6 October 2017

Blue hand dyed quilt, with Circle Play digital pantograph

Jacqui's hand dyed quilt  with 'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Jacqui's hand dyed quilt
 with 'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
I always know that an interesting quilt is going to come through my door when Jacqui lets me know that she has a quilt top ready for me to long arm quilt.  Jacqui has hand dyed all the fabric for this quilt herself, which gives the colours in the quilt a lovely blended style.  Because they have been dyed and washed through, the fabric is also lovely and soft.
'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Jacqui is also open to trying different digitized patterns and this time she chose a circular quilting pattern called 'Circle Play' designed by Patricia Ritter.  I think it really worked well with the blue hand dyed fabric, reminding me of the bubbles in water and oceans.
Jacqui's hand dyed quilt  with 'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Jacqui's hand dyed quilt
 with 'Circle Play' digital quilt pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter