Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Kaffe Fassett Medallion Quilt by Sheila

Sheila is a big Kaffe Fassett fabric fan.  She thought she would use up her remaining scraps by making this medallion quilt, but at the end she discovered she still had plenty left!  Sheila chose the 'Popcorn' digital pantograph as an all over pattern.
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx
With the sun shining on it the 'Popcorn' quilt pattern looks so pretty.
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx
'Popcorn' pantograph by Clothwerx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Meet the Quilter - Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport, Programme Launch Saturday 15th July 2017

If you would like to come and meet me or discuss ideas for quilting your quilt, I will be based in the Duffryn Community Centre, Newport NP10 8TE on Saturday 15th July 2017 from 10am - 2pm.  I will have a selection of quilts on display and my diary if you would like to make an appointment.
I look forward to seeing you there.

PS: The Community Hall is where you will find all the tea and cakes!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Doreen's Purple Dresden Plate Quilt

One of the great joys about my job as a long arm quilter is that every day my lovely customers bring me lovely quilts.  Along with the quilt comes a story and it is often accompanied by the number of years that the quilt has been waiting in the cupboard to be quilted. Doreen's striking Dresden Plate quilt is a present for her daughter and as I understand her daughter has been waiting a VERY long time for it.
Doreen has made some lovely quilts over the years, but she reached a point when she decided that she no longer wanted to do the quilting and that was where I was able to help her out. 
We choose an all over digital pantograph design called Birds Eye View which echoed the central design and I even had a variegated thread (Superior Threads Rainbow Crown Jewels #838) which matched perfectly with her fabrics. It looked really smart.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Project Linus South East Wales - Quilts

This a pile of quilts heading to the Project Linus South East Wales tomorrow.  Jan and Sue do a great job of distributing them to those in need of a quilt and the least I can do is put a few on the machine and get them quilted. It is also a chance to test out a few new patterns. 
Butterfly Charm Digital Pantograph
designed by Lorien Quilting

Butterfly Charm Digital Pantograph
designed by Lorien Quilting
'Easy Peasy' digital pantograph
designed by Hermione Agee

'Easy Peasy' digital pantograph
designed by Hermione Agee

Monday, 26 June 2017

Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese, quilted by Frances Meredith, Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese, Fabadashery Quilting
Jelly Roll Quilt by Liese
This is a Jelly Roll Race quilt made by Liese, which she made in double quick time.  Liese found this pattern on YouTube - a Missouri Star video which claims you can use a whole Jelly Roll make a quilt top in less than hour!
With a quilt like this, the choice of quilting patterns is endless.  Liese asked for something with birds on it and I found this little digital pantograph quilt pattern called 'My Chicky Babe' designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.  So cute!
'My Chicky Babe' digital pantograph designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.
'My Chicky Babe' digital pantograph designed by Naomi Hynes and Patricia Ritter.
#Jellyrollrace

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.