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.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery

Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,  quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,
quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery
Sometimes the simplest quilt patterns can produce the most spectacular results when quilted with a digital pantograph.  I think it is partly because it offers a relatively blank canvas in which to introduce a new dimension of character.  Elaine made this quilt for a family member - wow, what a lovley gift!
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine,  using Nightlight Digital Pantograph
Purple Charm Square Quilt made by Elaine, 
using Nightlight Digital Pantograph
Here is a close-up of the quilting on the purple squares.  I used a Warm Grey 4 Glide thread, which is a colour I use a lot on customer quilts as it blends so well with lots of colours.  Elaine purchased some Hobbs 80/20 wadding from Fabadashery Longarm Quilting, along with the grey circle backing fabric, which was a great match with the front of the quilt.
'Nightlight' digital pantograph  designed by Patricia Ritter
'Nightlight' digital pantograph
 designed by Patricia Ritter
The digital quilt pattern used on this quilt is 'Nightlight' designed by Patricia Ritter, one of the most popular patterns which I hold in my design library.
'Nightlight' digital pantograph  designed by Patricia Ritter
'Nightlight' digital pantograph
 designed by Patricia Ritter

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

'Sisters Choice' Quilt, made by Hazel, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
Do you have any UFO's in your cupboard?  Hazel had made this huge quilt featuring the Sister's Choice quilt block, several years ago and had even started to hand quilt it.  At 92" x 106" it was going to be a mamouth task.  However, the arrival of a new bed prompted her to pull it out of the cupboard and to seek help from Fabadashery Longarm Quilting to get it finished.
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
'Sisters Choice' Quilt Block, Made by Hazel
Within a few days I had quilted the quilt top for her and added the binding, allowing her to add the finishing touches of hand sewing down the binding and putting it on the new bed. 
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
To go with the traditional style of her home, Hazel chose the 'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph, stitched in a warm soft green thread, German Granite by Glide.
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
'Paisley Feathers' digital pantograph
It is great to be able to help out!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Baby Duck Quilt made by Dilys, quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,
 quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
This is a quilt I quilted for Dilys several months ago, so I expect the recipient has already received it and hopefully had good fun using it.
Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Baby Duck Quilt, made by Dilys,
 quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
Dilys chose a simple pattern to go all over the quilt, 'Happy Times', a pattern which had the look of water, so the chicks look as if they are bobbing up and down!
  'Happy Times' digital pantograph  designed by Hermione Agee
'Happy Times' digital pantograph
 designed by Hermione Agee

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Half Square Triangle Quilt made by Sherry - quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting

Half Square Triangle Quilt made by Sherry
quilted by Fabadashery Longarm Quilting
I love making half square triangle quilts and so I was delighted to see Sherry bring along this modern take on the HST.  It really shows how a choice selection of fabrics can be combined to make a stunning quilt.  It was just one of three quilts which she brought to me for longarm quilting last summer, which were destined for her grandchildren who live the other side of the world.
Sherry's Half Square Triangle quilt  featuring Dragon Wings quilting pattern
Sherry's Half Square Triangle quilt
featuring Dragon Wings quilting pattern
We had fun choosing the quilt patterns and thread colours for each and for this particular one we chose a bright neon orange thread. I have posted a short video of this quilt being stitched out on my Facebook page and you can view it at the very bottom of this blog.  The LED setting on my longarm machine highlighted the fluorescence of the thread and looked AMAZING!  On the rare occasion that the quilt is under the same particular lighting, the dragonflies should glow, but otherwise it will just look like ordinary orange thread.

  Isacord 1120 Neon Orange thread
Isacord 1120 Neon Orange thread
Here is the digital quilting pattern which we used, 'Dragon Wings', always popular and always gives great results on a quilt.
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
'Dragon Wings' digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon