Thursday, 21 September 2017

Horse Quilt


'Horseshoe and Stars' digital quilt pattern designed by Jessica Schick
'Horseshoe and Stars' digital quilt pattern designed by Jessica Schick
Choosing a pattern for a quilt can be difficult at times.  Luckily with this quilt made by Dilys there were some clues in the piecing.  Dilys had used some novelty fabric featuring horses for the centre of her blocks, so I was able to find this digital quilt pattern called 'Horseshoes and Stars' designed by Jessica Schick.
'Horseshoe and Stars' digital quilt pattern designed by Jessica Schick
Are you making a quilt for a horse lover?  

Monday, 18 September 2017

Cool Boy's Quilt made by Maria

Quilts for boys
Quilts for boys
Maria has twin grandchildren, a boy and a girl.  She made the quilt for her grandaughter last year, and this year she has been focussed on this fabulous quilt for her grandson.  It is often more tricky to make a quilt for a boy, but I think this pattern and the colours she has chosen look amazing.  It is mainly red, blue and green fabrics, but I noticed a few footballs slipped into some of the blocks.
Quilts for boys
Modern quilt for kids
You can also see that Maria made a scrappy binding for the quilt which I added as part of the service and finishes the quilt off perfectly.
'Modern Curves' digital pantograph designed by Anita Shackleford
'Modern Curves' digital pantograph designed by Anita Shackleford
To finish it off I used a popular digital quilting pattern, Modern Curves, designed by Anita Shackleford. I hope these grandchildren realise how lucky they are!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Rosettes from the Great Northern Show, Harrogate 2017

2017 Great Northern Show - Frances Meredith
2017 Great Northern Show - Frances Meredith
The postman has just been and I have just received my quilt and cushion that I entered into the 2017 Great Northern Show, Harrogate.  I received a Judges Merit for both, so a couple of pretty rosettes to add to the collection.

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day - Baby Quilt made by Wendy

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2017
National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2017

This Saturday is National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2017.  We all have them in our stash - so delicious that we dare not pull the ribbon to un-roll them.  I have made one quilt using a Jelly Roll, but as part of my long arm quilting business plenty pass through my hands.  You may have seen the Christmas Jelly Roll quilts made by Ann.

Wendy's Baby Quilt - 'Vintage Picnic' fabric
Wendy's Baby Quilt - 'Vintage Picnic' fabric
Wendy has made this delightful baby quilt made from a Bonnie and Camille fabric range called 'Vintage Picnic', which looks like a great pattern to use a Jelly Roll,
Wendy's Baby Quilt - 'Vintage Picnic' fabric
Wendy's Baby Quilt - 'Vintage Picnic' fabric
With the matching colours of the fabric range in a Jelly Roll you are sure to get the look of a cleverly co-ordinated scrap quilt.
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
To finish of the quilt I used one of my most popular computerized patterns, 'Ginger Hearts' designed by Apricot Moon.  Why is it so popular - because it always gives great results.
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon
'Ginger Hearts' digital pantograph by Apricot Moon

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Collection for a Cause Traditional Quilt with Allouette Pantograph made by Lesley

'Love' Collections for a Cause fabric
'Love' Collections for a Cause fabric
Sometimes the inspiration for a quilt is a lovely range of fabrics. This quilt made by Lesley uses the 'Love' collection by Howard Marcus for Moda.  The pattern she has chosen really shows off the gorgeous prints.
'Love' Collections for a Cause quilt made by Lesley
'Love' Collections for a Cause quilt made by Lesley
To keep with the elegance of the fabric prints, Lesley chose a digital quilt pattern called 'Allouette' which has lovely swirls and feathers, which flowed over the quilt beautifully.  It is one of my favourites and it always has adds an elegant touch to a quilt.
'Allouette' digital pantograph,
designed by Natalie Gorman and Patricia Ritter

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Back to School - Beginner's Sampler Quilt by Jenny

'Blooms' digital pantograph, designed by Anne Bright
'Blooms' digital pantograph, designed by Anne Bright
I can't believe it is September already, the summer has gone so quickly.  This time of year is 'Back to School' time, but the good news is that this means that your local quilt shop is probably launching its new programme.  
'Sampler Quilt' made by Jenny
Jenny completed this Beginners Sampler Quilt at Busy Bees Patchwork, Newport, over the past year - in fact she made two.  On this one she used a Janet Clare fabric range and made it bigger by adding a nice wide border.  I helped her to finish it off by long arm quilting it using this pretty floral quilting pattern called Blooms designed by Anne Bright. Busy Bees start their new courses on 12th September 2017 and places can be booked directly via their website.
  'Blooms' digital pantograph, designed by Anne Bright
'Blooms' digital pantograph, designed by Anne Bright

Monday, 28 August 2017

Two Christmas Jelly Roll Quilts by Ann, quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

Yes, I know, the C-word, but some of my customers are already getting their Christmas gifts prepared.  This pair of quilts are the same pattern, reproduced in different Christmas fabrics and both made by Ann.  It is a pattern using a Jelly Roll made at a class at The Cotton Angel in Monmouth.
Feliz Navidad digital pantograph by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
Feliz Navidad digital pantograph
designed by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
The first quilt has a pretty holly digital quilt pattern all over it called 'Feliz Navidad' designed by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman.
Feliz Navidad digital pantograph by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
Feliz Navidad digital pantograph
designed by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
The second quilt is the same Jelly Roll pattern, but made out of metallic Christmas prints. 

For this quilt Ann chose a digital quilt pattern called 'Ginger Ice' designed by Apricot Moon, which has snowflakes all over it.
Ginger Ice digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
Ginger Ice digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
I think Ann intends to hand on to both of thee quilts to decorate her home with festive cheer, but  they are both sure to get plenty of admiring comments over the Christmas period.

Ginger Ice digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon
Ginger Ice digital pantograph designed by Apricot Moon


Friday, 25 August 2017

Equilateral Triangle Quilt made by Suzanne, quilted by Frances Meredith

Equilateral Triangle Quilt hand stitched by Suzanne,
quilted by Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Here is another massive quilt hand stitched by Suzanne.  This one is for her Dad and it reached the ceiling when I hung it up.  I love the choice of colours, especially the dashes of red.
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph
The thought of quilting a large quilt can be overwhelming and this is where a long arm quilting service really is worthwhile.  Although it has taken just over a year to make, the quilting was done within days.  Suzanne also asked me to add the binding, so that she could finish it off by hand.  The quilting pattern used on this quilt is 'Bird's Eye View' designed by Barbara Becker and it gave a nice even finish to the overall quilt.
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph
'Bird's Eye View' digital pantograph

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

Quilts by Natalie and Lynne on display at the Festival of Quilts 2017,  quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting
Quilts by Natalie and Lynne on display at the Festival of Quilts 2017,
quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

I can't believe a week has gone by since the Festival of Quilts 2017.  It was great to see everyone.
If you are wondering what sort of quilting I do at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting, these two quilts which were on display near each other by my customers Natalie and Lynne, sum up the two extremes!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Win Free tickets to the Great Northern Quilt Show 2017

WIN FREE TICKETS!
Pop over to my Facebook page, @Fabadasheryquilting to win a chance to get a pair of FREE tickets to the 2017 Great Northern Quilt Show and the Great Northern Needlecraft Show being held between Friday 1st September and Sunday 3rd September in Harrogate, UK.
#grosvenorshows  #Greatnorthernquiltshow #competition #freetickets

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Oakhampton Quilt made by Jenny, designed by Karen Stiles of Somerset Patchwork, quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Long Arm Quilting

'Oakhampton' quilt detail
'Oakhampton' quilt detail
This is a detail of the 'Oakhampton' quilt, made by Jenny, designed by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork and quilted by Frances Meredith at Fabadashery Longarm quilting.  You can see this quilt on display at the 2017 Festival of Quilts, UK this week in the Two Person Category , No 407.
'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,
custom long arm quilted by Frances Meredith,

There are hundreds of clamshells in this quilt and Jenny had done such a great job it made me want to make a quilt with loads of clamshells - I will add it to my Wishlist.
'Oakhampton' quilt detail Karen Styles Somerset patchwork
'Oakhampton' quilt detail

'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,  custom quilted by Frances Meredith, designed by Karen Styles,  Somerset Patchwork
'Oakhampton' quilt made by Jenny Otto,
custom quilted by Frances Meredith,
designed by Karen Styles,  Somerset Patchwork

Little Caswell Quilt made by Lynda, quilted by Frances Meredith

'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
Sometimes a quilt walks in the door and you don't want it to leave.  This was the case with Lynda's amazing version of the Caswell quilt.  Lynda has a great eye for colour and uses fussy cutting to its best advantage.  She has put her own spin on it with a lovely applique border and by just doing a selection of the blocks. It's a great size.
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
This beautiful quilt required custom quilting which involved lots of stitching in the ditch around the applique and ruler work to add some structure to the overall quilt - but worth every stitch!
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,  designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Caswell Quilt' made by Lynda Johnson,
designed by Corliss Searcy, quilted by Frances Meredith
Lynda's quilt will be on display at the 2017 Festival of Quilts in the Two Person Category No 395.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Kathryn Kerr's 365 Challenge - Ultimate Sampler quilt made by Valerie

365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie
Have you been following the 365 Challenge quilt?  Valerie followed along in 2016 and has finished all the blocks in a blue and white colour scheme.  As you all know, I love a sampler quilt, so I was pleased when she brought it along to be quilted by Fabadashery Longarm quilting.  There is going to be a display of these quilts at the 2017 Festival of Quilts  and Valerie got in contact this week to say that her quilt has been chosen for part of the display. I am so thrilled for her.
365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie
Kathryn Kerr launched the challenge on her website at the beginning of 2016 and issued a new block everyday for a whole year.  It must have been quite a challenge to keep up, especially without knowing the final layout and design.
365 Challenge Quilt 2016, by Valerie

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fancy Fox Baby Quilt by Penny

'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny, designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny,
designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
Penny has done a lovely job on this baby quilt, a quilt design called 'Fancy Fox' by Elizabeth Hartman. Penny always has such a great selection of fabrics, that it is hard to choose which is my favourite fox!
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny, designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
'Fancy Fox' baby quilt made by Penny,
designed by Elizabeth Hartman, quilted by Frances Meredith
This cute quilt has already made its way as a new gift for a baby boy, but I know she is working on the 'Fancy Forest' pattern too.

'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
I used my longarm quilting machine to quilt this gorgeous pattern, 'Heatwave' designed by Patricia Ritter, which had a woodland feel about.  It came out beautifully on the front and on the batik fabric Penny chose to put on the back.
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter
'Heatwave' digital pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter

Monday, 24 July 2017

Kaffe Fassett Red Squares Quilt made by Shona

Here is another Kaffe Fassett quilt, made by Shona, which I have long arm quilted.  It is called 'Red Squares' and is from Kaffe Fassett's book 'Heritage Quilts'. 
Quilt Binding Service - Fabadashery Quilting
Quilt Binding Service - Fabadashery Quilting
Whilst having her quilt quilted, Shona also took advantage of my quilt binding service.  All you need to do is provide the binding fabric ready prepared in a long enough strip  and I can add it onto the quilt whilst it is on the frame.  The quilt is then trimmed and ready for you to hand sew the binding on the reverse. If your quilt is large I would recommend this service as it saves a lot of the struggle of getting a huge quilt back under your domestic machine. 

Also in this picture you can just about see the GORGEOUS Kaffe Fassett fabric which Shona chose for the back of the quilt.  The Kaffe Fassett fabrics tend to be lighter weight than others, so sometimes they are a good choice if you want to keep the weight of a large quilt to a minimum.  She also brought me a lightweight Quilters Dream cotton wadding, so for a large quilt it was not at all heavy.
'BAM' by Jessica Schick digital pantograph pattern
'BAM' by Jessica Schick digital pantograph pattern
These fabrics tend to speak for themselves so just an all over gentle meander using the 'Bam' digital pantograph was enough for this already beautiful quilt.

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.