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.

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!