Did you catch our July 2021 Quilted Joy Clubhouse online meeting? 2021 is our year of grid designs with the help of our ladybug friend! This month our ladybug went on a roller coaster ride through our grid! If you missed the livestream it’s available to watch (or re-watch!) whenever you’d like. Find it on the Quilted Joy Youtube channel or on the Quilted Joy Clubhouse page on our website!
Our main program for this month’s meeting was a grid quilting design that has our adventurous ladybug on a roller coaster. Watch the video below to see Angela quilt this fun and forgiving design, and so much more!
Grid Quilting – Ladybug on a Roller Coaster
Throughout 2021 we’ve gone on lots of adventures with our ladybug friend in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse meetings. She’s travelled around the rooms of our home, she’s done the hokey pokey, she’s jumped off the high dive, and more! Now, we’re following our ladybug as she takes a roller coaster ride in our grid quilting. Of course, I’m just using the ladybug as a way to make grid quilting more fun, approachable, and memorable!
For this design, our ladybug is hopping on the big adult roller coaster – like the ones you’ll find at Cedar Point or King’s Island. She’s not riding those silly kid coasters, she’s riding roller coasters with those massive first hills that’ll scare you to death! To quilt your roller coaster in the grid, you’re going to quilt a big hill and slide back in. The key is the tall first hill and sliding back down. When you take this design through your grid, you’ll follow the same path through your (grid)house that we’ve been following throughout our Year of the Grid. Draw a nine patch on some paper and practice this design along with me! Be sure to watch the video to see how I used this design in a nine patch and a border.
Looky Loo Studio Tour – Courtney’s Bonus Room Update!
Courtney M. gave us a peek inside her sewing rooms for our Looky Loo Studio tour. She’s set up in her upstairs with her sewing area in the bonus room and her APQS Lucey on 12 foot table in the spare bedroom. Courtney had lots of great sewing room “hacks,” like her back-to-back work tables from tractor supply as a cutting table. And who doesn’t love happy puppy dogs popping in to visit? Thanks again Courtney for letting us take a peek into your sewing studio!
New Arrivals at Quilted Joy – Frozen Melodies 108″ Wide Quilt Backings
It may only be July, but the Christmas fabrics are already arriving! We just received the Frozen Melodies 108″ wide quilt backings in the shop and we are in love!
Aren’t these quilt backing fabrics fabulous?! These fabrics have a gorgeous snowflake and swirls print. We have these in four color ways – red, grey, deep blue, and frosty blue. I think my favorite is the grey color way, and wouldn’t the red version pair perfectly with our Santa & Sunshine Limited Edition Glide thread pack? No matter which ones you love, they all make me excited for some wintery quilting with a warm latte during a snowstorm.
How Would You Quilt It – Rhonda’s Medallion Quilt
Take a look at Rhonda’s gorgeous quilt! After the meeting livestream, she commented that the quilt pattern is Whispering Tulip by Diane Nagle from the March/April 2015 issue of McCall’s quilting, with a few modifications. I especially loved the colors and all the solid fabrics. If you want your quilting to show off, solid fabrics are a great choice!
Be sure to watch the meeting to see how I used the quilting to give the quilt a medallion look by breaking down the quilt into different sections and creating new shapes and highlighting the pieced blocks and applique. Thank you for posting this quilt Rhonda. We can’t wait to see how you decide to quilt it!
Show and Tell
We love to wrap up the QJ Clubhouse meetings with a little show and tell. There are so many talented quilters in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse on Facebook and they share lots of amazing quilts. It’s fun to put a spotlight on their hard work!
The Quilted Joy Clubhouse live meetings occur on the first Wednesday of each month at 1pm Eastern. Our next Clubhouse meeting will be August 4, 2021 at 1pm Eastern/Noon Central and we’ll be looking at how to quilt grid designs within the clamshell shape. If you’d like to watch live, you can find us on Facebook in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse or subscribe to the Quilted Joy Youtube channel to be notified about our videos. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. The video will remain available on both Facebook and Youtube afterwards so you can watch whenever you want!
Hope to “see” you at the next live meeting!