Saturday, 19 May 2018

Little Coxwell Quilters - Quilt UK 2018 Display

'Little Caswell' made by Lynne, custom quilted by Frances Meredith
'Little Caswell' made by Lynne, custom quilted by Frances Meredith
If you are heading up to the final day of the Quilts UK 2018 Malvern Show, take some time to admire the beautiful quilts on display by the Little Coxwell Quilters.  I have had the pleasure of custom quilting several quilts for the group, so it was lovely to see them again as a group.  Above is the 'Little Caswell' quilt made by Lynne and below Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt made by Pippa.  
Di Ford's Wedding Sampler quilt made by Pippa,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith
The display of quilts by the group are delightful and well worth a look.

African Quilt in aid of The U Foundation, made by Natalie, winner at Quilts UK, Malvern 2018

African quilt made by Natalie,  winner of the Charity Fundraising category Quilts UK, Malvern 2018
African quilt made by Natalie,
winner of the Charity Fundraising category Quilts UK, Malvern 2018
Congratulations to Natalie for winning First Prize in the Charity Fundraising Category at Quilt UK 2018 at Malvern this weekend.  Natalie has made this quilt to contribute to the fundraising for the U Foundation, a charity which reaches out to help others in developing countries, particularly rural Africa.  
'African Samba' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'African Samba' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon

Natalie cleverly used the bright fabrics from Africa to create this stunning quilt and I helped to finish it off.  Appropriately we chose to quilt this large quilt on my longarm quilting machine using a digital quilt pattern called African Samba.  If you would like to find out more about the U Foundation or make a donation you can visit their website www.theufoundation.org

Detail - African quilt made by Natalie
Detail - African quilt made by Natalie

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends

Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends
Have you ever made a Signature Quilt?  Have you ever wondered how you would quilt a Signature Quilt?  A Signature Quilt seems like a great idea until you wonder how you will quilt it - this is where a longarm quilter can help out. Here at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting I have had the pleasure of quilting several of these quilts and they are especially interesting to do because of the special messages that everyone has written.  They take a lot of organisation, the right fabric pens and a few rules. Obviously  not everyone follows the rules ...  but that just adds to the personality of the quilt.
Signature Block Quilt, made by Catherine and friends
This is the quilt pattern which Catherine cleverly incorporated all the signed blocks into.  The most important part of a quilt like this are the messages on each block, so the longarm  quilting needs to be minimised, so as not to interfere.  On this occasion we used a very fine Bottom Line thread, which is almost invisible.  The pattern chosen was the ever popular, Dragon Wings, which is not too dense and carried on the theme of dragonflies which featured in some of the fabrics.  This combination ensured that all the messages remained clear to read and the present could be used as a quilt, bringing comfort to a friend in need.
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph

Sunday, 29 April 2018

3-D Optical Illusion Quilt (Jan Hassard Workshop) made Dorothy, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop, made by Dorothy
Here is a picture of Dorothy's amazing 3-D Boxes quilt in the process of being quilted whilst on my longarm quilting machine. She made it at a workshop with Jan Hassard. Jan Hassard is based nearby to me in Bristol, UK, so I have had the pleasure of quilting several quilts which have been made as a result of her workshops, I have even done one of my own!
The designs are so striking that they deserve a striking  design, so the ever poplular 'Modern Curves', designed by Anita Shackleford, was used. Another stunning result!
'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop, made by Dorothy
'3-D Boxes' optical illusion quilt, Jan Hassard Workshop,
made by Dorothy

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Pat's Stack and Whack Quilt

Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
When I am working in my Longarm Quilting studio in the Spring and Summer, the light comes through the window, highlighting the quilt pattern of the quilt I am stitching.  At these moments I sometimes manage to take a photo, like this one of Pat's lovely quilt.  It is a Stack and Whack pattern which uses some of Pat's lovely floral fabrics
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
Pat's Stack and Whack quilt with 'Popcorn' digital quilt pattern.
An allover digital quilting design done on a longarm quilting machine is a great way to finish a quilt with an irregular pattern, like a Stack and Whack quilt.  The quilt pattern she chose was 'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio.  It is a popular design and always looks delightful once quilted.
'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio
'Popcorn' by Clothwerx for Willow Leaf Studio

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

People's Choice Winner - British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018 - Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith

People's Choice Winner
British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018
Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith
My Nearly Insane quilt has been out and about again, this time to the British Quilt & Stitch Village 2018 at Uttoxeter, UK.  I had a call on Friday to say that it had won second place in the Traditional Quilt Category and I was over the moon.  I headed up there on Sunday to pick up the quilt and attended the prize-giving, only to discover that I had won the People's Choice Award, based on the vote of those who had attended the show. Along with a silver platter and a cash prize I also received a copy of a book on the history of the needle industry.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Making a quilt for man? Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine

Making a quilt for man?
Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine
Have you ever struggled to make a quilt for a man?  Elaine has made this great quilt for a male family member, using up her charm square scraps and a great denim coloured sashing.
'Diagonal Plaid - Bias Cut' digital
pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Amongst my digital quilt design library, which you can view on Pinterest, I have an ever growing selection of designs which are simple, modern and great for a wide range of quilt styles.  For Elaine's quilt, we chose a simple, but graphic 'Diagonal Plaid' pattern which gives an overall look of crosshatch quilting. 
Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine
The overall size of the quit was 62" x 78", with Hobbs wadding and stitched with a Persian Blue Glide thread.
'Diagonal Plaid - Bias Cut' digital 
pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
Here you can see the 'Diagonal Plaind' digital pantograph pattern stitched out on the back of the quilt - a great quilt of its own.