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