Melanie’s Butterfly Quilt

Melanie's Butterfly quilt, with longarm quilting by Quilted Joy

Art and craft hobbies are something we do because we enjoy them. Which means that we tend to create things right up until we can’t anymore. What this means is that our loved ones are often left with not only beautiful creations made with our hands, but with half completed creations as well. That happened to Melanie. She […]

Shirley’s Christmas Quilt

Shirley's Christmas Quilt, longarm quilting by Quilted Joy

One of the common rules of holidays is that the Christmas holiday does not start until after Thanksgiving. Why can’t we enjoy every holiday fully and not brush past the fall celebrations in favor of the more flashy winter ones? But as any fiber artist will tell you, Christmas decorations must be started long before November if […]

Applique By Our Longarm Machine Renters Will Blow Your Mind

Valerie's Original Applique Whale Quilt after longarm quilting at Quilted Joy

A skill that every quilter should at least try, if not master, is applique. While it has its own inherent challenges, it can allow you to do so many cute and interesting things that you would ordinarily not be able to do as easily. And in many cases, it is just the easier route compared […]

Custom Quilting an Applique Quilt Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

Kathy's Floral Applique Quilt, custom quilted by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

I’ve had the pleasure of quilting many quilts for Kathy over the years, like this polka dot pineapple block quilt and this extraordinary Dresden plate quilt. I’m always in awe of the way she plays with color, prints, and shapes. This next quilt by Kathy was no exception! When she brought it into the shop […]

Kimberly’s Sea Creatures Quilt

Ocean Odyssey Sea Creatures Quilt by Kimberly, quilting by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

Many of the quilts I quilt for customers receive an edge to edge design or a meander. But every once in awhile a quilt walks in the door that simply demands a bit of custom quilting. Kimberly made this adorable Ocean Odyssey Quilt by Lunch Box Quilts with lots of fun sea creatures. An edge to edge […]

Free Motion Quilting is Fun for our Renters

Of all the different ways to quilt, free motion quilting is fun for our longarm quilting machine renters. You decide what the design will be and make your vision come to life.

There are a variety of different ways to quilt a quilt. First, you can use a design board or groovy board which is a board with grooves carved into it that guides the long arm with a stylus. Then there are paper pantographs, which are long pieces of paper with a design you follow with […]

Techniques for Quilting Around Applique

Techniques for Quilting Around Applique, QuiltedJoy.com, Paper Dolls Quilt with machine quilting by Angela Huffman

I recently recorded an episode of the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting program all about techniques to use when quilting around applique quilts. The featured quilt for this episode was one I did for Pam that was just adorable. She made this for her lucky grand daughter and I’m ready to be adopted. 🙂 […]

Painting with Fabric

Debbie's paper pieced Animals quilt with blocks from Quiet Play Designs

Art can be made with a variety of mediums. Besides oil paints and watercolors, an artist can use tile, glass, metal, wood, or fabric. These following examples are quilts created by our renters, and they are real works of arts! Nancy and Mary are sisters who come in to quilt together. Standing at the machine […]

For the Boys

Judy made this incredible Nashville Predators quilt for her son. Such an amazing quilt!

Girls can be so easy to quilt for. Floral patterns, pink and purple fabrics, as well as blues and geometrics, everything works for a girl’s room. But what to do for the boys? Here are a couple of beautiful masculine quilt designs that these boys are really going to love! Judy’s son is a huge […]

Bettye’s Vintage Valentine Block of the Month Quilt

When I met with Bettye she casually said she had an applique quilt she wanted me to quilt for her. Bettye doesn’t normally share her quilts during Show and Tell so my ears perked right up. I knew she was a fabulous piecer but I’d never seen her applique. I wasn’t prepared for this top […]