Wednesday, 21 June 2017

International Music Day - Quilts for Musicians

'Happy Note' digital pantograph by Crystal Smythe
'Happy Note' digital pantograph by Crystal Smythe
Happy International Music Day!
Are you busy making a quilt for a musician?  One of the digital pantograph patterns in my catalogue is 'Happy Note' designed by Crystal Smythe which features musical instruments such as the trumpet, violin, guitar, piano keys and saxophone. 
There are loads and loads of novelty quilting patterns available for a range of hobbies which can sometimes be the perfect finishing touch for a personal gift.  With a fun novelty pattern like this I would choose a plain backing, so that the pattern shows up nicely on the back - two quilts in one!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sue's Modern Blue Square Quilt

Blue Square Quilt, made by Sue , quilted by Frances Meredith
Blue Square Quilt, made by Sue, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is beautiful quilt made by one of my long arm quilting customers, Sue.  It is a special quilt for a new family member and it will be heading for a new home abroad.  I love the modern style of this quilt and I think the soft grey background makes a great alternative to white or cream.
Persian Blue, Glide Thread
Persian Blue, Glide Thread
Sue had chosen a lovely range of blue batiks for this quilt and squares in the pattern really showcased them well.  Those beautiful colours helped us choose this lovely Persian blue Glide Thread for the stitching.  Sue also asked if I could make a label for the back of the quilt and I was able to use this thread for that also.
Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Here is a photo of the quilt on the APQS long arm quilting frame.  It is such a treat to see the quilt coming together as it does its work.  Sue chose one of my favourite digital pantograph designs, 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker.  It has swirls which are evenly spread and gives it a great even texture.
'Bird's Eye' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph designed by Barbara Becker
I am lucky that so much talent and inspiration come through my door and I think this quilt pattern has just been added to my bucket list.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt by Pippa, custom quilting by Frances Meredith

Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
If you visited the Wye Knots exhibition last month in Monmouth you would have seen Pippa's Antique Wedding Sampler quilt on display, which I custom quilted for her.  It is a design by Di Ford published in her book 'Primarily Quilts'.  Pippa always brings me lovely quilts and this one was another opportunity to focus on some custom quilting.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt made by Pippa
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
This quilt has a lot of applique, so I reached for my invisible thread and stitched in the ditch around each block.  Immediately this makes the applique 'pop' out, giving it the look of trapunto and highlights Pippa's excellent workmanship.  To enhance this even further I used a filler stitch in the background.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
There were some large blank triangles around the edge of this quilt which I stitched with a digitized design, Bethany Pearls by Donna Klein.
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
Antique Wedding Sampler Quilt, custom quilting by Frances Meredith
I loved the soft combination of colours that Pippa used in her version of the Antique Wedding Sampler quilt.  When you are custom quilting you really get to know a quilt well and get to understand how a designer puts their ideas together.  I can't wait to see what masterpiece Pippa is busy working on.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Modern Tumbler Quilt by Natalie using Modern Curves quilting pattern

'Tumbler Quilt' by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Tumbler Quilt' by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Here is another of Natalie's lovely quilts.  It is made from an amazing selection of modern prints which she picked up on a trip of a lifetime to the Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.  It is such a great quilt that I hope that she has chosen to show this in the Bristol Quilters exhibition coming up this weekend.
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
With a modern set of prints, this quilt demanded a modern approach to the quilting.  We used a digital quilting design called 'Modern Curves' by Anita Shackleford.  This pattern never fails to make an impact and it looks great on this quilt.
'Split Pea' Glide thread
'Split Pea' Glide thread
As part of the quilting service that I offer, I have a lovely selection of threads to choose from and for this quilt we chose a vibrant green Glide thread called 'Split Pea'.
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
'Modern Curves' digital quilt pattern by Anita Shackleford
And don't forget the back.  Natalie pieced together some strips of fabric which also looked great with 'Modern Curves' quilting pattern.  I am so lucky to see so many great quilts!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie and Bristol Quilters Quiltfest 2017 Exhibition

Bristol Quilters Exhibition 2017
Bristol Quilters Exhibition 2017
It is exhibition time again.  Bristol Quilters will be displaying their quilts at Badminton School, Bristol BS9 3BA between 1st - 3rd June 2017.  See the details in the flyer above.
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
I understand one of the quilts on display will be this lovely colourful cotton reel quilt made by Natalie.  It is made out of a Kaffe Fassett Jelly Roll.
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Cotton Reel Quilt by Natalie, quilted by Frances Meredith
Instead of a white thread, it was quilted with a light grey thread which sits quietly in the shadow of the quilting ditch.
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
Natalie wanted an all over digital pattern which gave the impression of the cotton reels unravelling, so we went with this simple meander called 'Bam'.  It gave a lovely even coverage on the quilt and sometimes simple is the most effective.
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick
'Bam' digital pantograph designed by Jessica Schick

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Quilts UK Malvern 2017 - Round Up

Frances Meredith of Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting,  Awards Ceremony Quilts UK, Malvern 2017
Frances Meredith of Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting,
Awards Ceremony Quilts UK, Malvern 2017
Here I am proudly displaying one of my awards from the Quilts UK Malvern 2017 show at the weekend.  My red and white 'Nearly Insane' quilt was awarded The Quilt Room Award for Piecing, the Sue Belton Award for a Sampler Quilt and a Judges Merit. Thank you to the Judges and everyone for their kind comments.
'Nearly Insane' quilt by Frances Meredith and 'Sew A Row' quilt by Chris Taylor
It was lovely to say 'hello' to everyone and lovely to see some of my long arm quilting customers displaying their quilts too.  I was pleased to see my quilt hanging alongside Chris Taylor's 'Sew A Row' Quilt which I quilted for her last year.  It was lovely to see it again as it has to be one of my favourite quilts I have had the pleasure of quilting.
'Kaffe's Medallion' by Sheila Chapman, quilted by Frances Meredith
Sheila Chapman had her 'Kaffe's Medallion' quilt on display in the Large Wall Hangings category.  This was meant to use up all her Kaffe Fassett scraps, but I know there are still plenty left for some more quilts!
'Val's Quilt' by the Wye Knots, quilted by Frances Meredith
Finally, our quilting group the Wye Knots also won a rosette in the Charity Fund Raising category for our quilt which is now being given to the charity 'Hands Around the World' for a raffle.

Well done to everyone who entered a quilt into the show.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Malvern Quilts UK 2017 - Referendum Quilt

'Referendum' quilt by Frances Meredith
This is one of my own quilts which you will see on display at Quilts UK, Malvern 2017.  I have called it 'Referendum' and it is LW09 in the Large Wallhanging category.  It had been sitting in my cupboard for quite a while, but I did have a plan of how I wanted to quilt it in my head, but it never managed to elbow its way through the customer quilts I was doing at the time. 
Last year, I stayed up the whole night to watch the results of the Referendum here in the UK.   In the week that followed they managed to cram a lot in and it was difficult to pull myself away from the unfolding political events being reported on the television and to concentrate on much else.  As they say 'a week is a long time in politics'.  In the end I decided that this quilt was the perfect antidote to it all.    
'Camilla Star Diamond' by Donna Klein
'Camilla Star Diamond' by Donna Klein
This quilt uses one diamond block pattern, called Camilla Star designed by Donna Klein.  The diagonal lines were stitched in the ditch and each diamond was placed individually, rather than using the computer to do an edge to edge pattern all over the quilt.  I chose a fairly plain backing fabric so that the quilting pattern shows up nicely on the front and the back. I think it comes under the category 'semi-custom' work.  I hope that by showing different techniques on my own quilts my customers can see the potential of what we can be achieved when they bring their quilts to Fabadashery Long Arm quilting.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Marlene's first quilt!


This is Marlene's first quilt.  She has pieced it by hand and with such a large project, brought it to Fabadashery Long Arm quilting to be finished. Choosing fabric for your first quilt can be exciting and overwhelming.  She chose some lovely fabrics from one of the latest Moda collections, Dogwood Trail II, with the help of the ladies at the Patchwork Basket in Newent.
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
The quilt came together quite quickly and having browsed through some of the quilts I had done for other customers on this blog, she chose the 'Allouette' digital pantograph pattern which completely transformed the quilt top.  Marlene was over the moon!
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
'Allouette' digital pantograph by Natalie Gorman
The quilt was 105" x 90", so as well as completing the quilting for this large quilt, Marlene also took advantage of my quilt binding service, where I attach the binding and you have the pleasure of taking the final stitches in your masterpiece.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

En Provence Mystery 2016 Quilt made by Catherine

'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
Did you join in the annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt?  I have just put an En Provence Mystery quilt on my long arm quilting machine and it reminded me that I hadn't shared one I quilted last month.This is Catherine's version of the 2016 Mystery Quilt, En Provence.  Catherine followed Bonnie's colour scheme, but what you probably can't appreciate on the web is that she made all the pieces half size!
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
'En Provence' Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt made by Catherine
With smaller pieces there were lots of seams which would have been a real struggle to hand quilt or even navigate on a domestic sewing machine.  Here at Fabadashery Long Arm quilting, my APQS Millie makes light work of even the bulkiest seams.
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern stitched on plush fleece
On the back of the quilt Catherine chose a deep pile plush fabric which was beautifully soft.  Again, working with this fabric on a domestic machine would have been a struggle, but by mounting it on a large quilting frame the long arm made light work of it.  The pattern you can see is a lovely swirly digital pattern called 'Nightlight', designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran.
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran
'Nightlight' digital quilting pattern designed by Patricia Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lynne's Charity Shop Quilt Challenge!

Lynne's quilt
Lynne is a lady who likes a challenge.  This quilt started as a half started quilt project found in a Charity Shop.  The grey fabrics had been partly pieced and Lynne added the solid colours to make up the borders and the sashing to create this amazing quilt.
Lynne's quilt
Lynne's quilt
Lynne was determined to use every last scrap and used the grey pieces to make up a piano key border.
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
I finished off the quilt top by using my long arm quilting machine to stitch out this modern quilt pattern called 'Square Peg, Round Hole', which you can see quite clearly on the back of the quilt.
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
'Square Peg , Round Hole' Digital quilting pattern by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
I am very lucky in my job to see all the creative work of my customers and to hear the stories behind each quilt!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Wye Knots Quilting and Patchwork Exhibition 2017 - Charity Quilt for Hands Around the World


Wye Knots Patchwork and Quilting Show 2017
Wye Knots Patchwork and Quilting Show 2017
I am part of the Wye Knots Quilting group based in Monmouth, Wales, and we have our exhibition coming up between 20th - 22nd April 2017.  I will have a couple of my quilts on display and if you would like to come and meet me, I will be stewarding on the Thursday.  It is being held in the Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP25 3DY between 10am- 4pm.
Fundraising Quilt for Hands Around the World
Each year as a group we make a fundraising quilt which will also be on display.  This year it will be heading to Hands Around the World, a charity based in Monmouth, which seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill sharing, support and friendship.  My role is to quilt it on my long arm quilting machine and for this fun scrappy quilt I used  a pattern with lots of whirls and swirls called Turbulence designed by Apricot Moon.

'Turbulence' pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Turbulence' pantograph by Apricot Moon

Monday, 10 April 2017

Traditional Pinwheel Quilt in 1930's fabrics with a traditional Baptist Fan finish

With the possibilities offered by my APQS computerised quilting machine and the range of amazing patterns available, sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose something suitable for a quilt.  When Natalie arrived with this beautiful pinwheel quilt which she had made for a friend it called for something more traditional.
Pinwheel Quilt made by Natalie
The prints are all 1930's reproduction fabrics in lovely bright colours and after some deliberation, Natalie chose a traditional Baptist Fan pattern which was a utilitarian quilt pattern used a lot in the late 19th century.
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph on a traditional Pinwheel Quilt
'Baptist Fan' digital pantograph on a traditional Pinwheel Quilt
Here you can see the Baptist Fan pattern stitched out using the digital pattern whilst it was on the quilting frame.  We used a Glide thread in an off-white 'Linen' colour, which kept the overall feel of the quilt fresh.
'Baptist Fab' Digital Pantograph designed by Jessica Schick

Friday, 7 April 2017

National Robotics Week - Quilts for Electronic Enthusiasts!

'Boltz' Pantograph designed by Kyla Trammel and Patricia Ritter
'Boltz' Pantograph designed by Kyla Trammel and Patricia Ritter

Tomorrow is the start of National Robotics Week.  If you are making a quilt for an electronics enthusiast, this digital quilting design featuring a robot called 'Boltz', might just be the perfect pattern to finish off your quilt top!

You can see this and other digital patterns which I hold in my catalogue on my Pinterest page .

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt

Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
Wow! Look at this amazing Farmer's Wife Quilt made by Penny.   I love scrappy quilts and I love sampler quilts, so I was delighted when she brought it to Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting to be quilted.  Penny started the quilt as part of Farmer's Wife Quilt Along which as been sweeping the internet since the summer of 2015.  She completed 99 blocks ahead of schedule using the scraps from her stash, including special fabrics which have personal memories.  The combination of colours just have so much exuberance and joy.
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
When I am brought a quilt with a lot of 'white space' it is usually a candidate for some special custom quilting. After thinking of some quilting ideas, on this occasion I stitched in the ditch of each  Farmer's Wife block, added a frame and then applied the same free-motion pattern to the background, so no computerized patterns on this quilt.
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt
With all the bright, modern fabrics, this fun circular 'filler' quilt pattern worked a treat, without interfering with the stars of the show, which were the pieced blocks. After, getting to know this quilt better, the Farmer's Wife quilt is definitely on my bucket list of quilts to do. 
Farmer's Wife Quilt quilting ideas Fabadashery Frances Meredith
Penny's Farmer's Wife Quilt

Monday, 20 March 2017

French General quilt made by Mercedes

'Josephine' quilt made by Mercedes
'Josephine' quilt made by Mercedes
I think one of the reasons so many of us enjoy having quilts in our lives are the choice of beautiful fabrics available.  This lovely quilt is handmade by Mercedes really showcases different fabrics mainly from the French General fabric ranges.  It is a large quilt which has over seventy different fabrics which blend so beautifully together, a delight to have in any home.
'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph by Anne Bright
'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph by Anne Bright
With a quilt where the fabrics blend well, an all over digital quilting design is the perfect choice.  Mercedes chose this elegant 'Paisley Feather' digital pantograph designed by Anne Bright, which went well with the flourishes and floral patterns.
French General matching threads
With so many colours in the quilt, the next decision was which thread to choose.  I hold a large range of different colour threads and from this selection Mercedes chose a bronze coloured thread which blended across the quilt beautifully.

Mercedes describes her work as 'handmade designs inspired by traditional Welsh, French and Amish heritage heirlooms', and has her own business making quilts which she sells in her Etsy shop .