Molly’s First Quilt

Purple Chevron Quilt

Molly is a thirteen-year-old from here in Louisville who wanted to learn how to piece a quilt top.  After it was finished, she and her mom brought it to Quilted Joy to pick out backing and a quilting design so that I could quilt it for her. Looking at the top, I’m guessing that Molly […]

Spring Renter Roundup

Lots of great renter stories! Today's post includes memorial quilts, a comfort quilt, a first-time user of any type of sewing machine, and more!

We’ve been so busy with renters that we haven’t been keeping up with posts about their projects! This post will be a little longer – interesting quilts and stories ahead! Vickie recently came in for her rental certification. She is trying to finish several quilts that an elderly relative pieced and appliqued and originally wanted […]

Introducing Microquilter!

MicroQuilter Neutrals Stitch in the Ditch Collection

Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at […]

A Very Special Hand-Pieced Quilt

Contemporary Log Cabin Quilt

Usually, when a customer brings me a contemporary or modern quilt to be quilted, it has been machine-pieced.  This quilt is the exception to the rule – it has been hand-pieced.  Why hand-pieced?  You’ll understand soon… Sarah, who recently moved to the Louisville area from Wisconsin, brought this quilt to me a few weeks ago.  As […]

Still More Renter Finishes

Our renters bring in such interesting projects! In this post, we see tops ranging from jelly roll quilts to block-a-day quilts. Enjoy!

Our renters do such amazing work and bring in great tops to quilt – here are a few examples! Lynn and Debby are sisters who had some familiarity with longarm machines but went through rental certification so that they’d be comfortable with our APQS longarm machines.  Lynn, who is local, then brought in this jelly roll race […]

Susan’s Wonderful Fall Colors Quilt

Fall Colors Quilt. Quilting by Quilted Joy

Susan appears to love fall colors, judging from this quilt! The fabrics look like they’re from a designer named Sandy Gervais who designs gorgeous collections for Moda. She almost always includes teal in her collections. The piecing in this top is very simple, and the quilting needed to be simple, too. Susan opted for an […]

Time for A Post-Derby Renter Roundup!!!

APQS Longarm Quilting Machine Rentals at QuiltedJoy.com

Derby is over and summer is coming soon.  Here are a few renter projects from the past few months to whet your appetite for summer quilting… Angelique made this very colorful bargello top and quilted it here recently.  She wanted to quilt it from the front of the machine and did a simple meander in the […]

This Finish Has Been A Long Time Coming

Applique Block of the Month Quilt

Beverly took a class on applique a number of years ago and this beautiful top was the result.  I was delighted to help her finish it! This design was taught as a block of the month, so there are a number of different blocks.  Some are pieced and some are applique.  Beverly didn’t want me […]

Adorable Baby Quilt Alert, Part Two!

Modern Baby Girl Quilt

You may remember Jackie’s super-cute seahorse baby quilt for a boy from my blog post in January.  A few weeks later, she brought in this equally cute baby quilt top for a girl and asked me to quilt it the same way. Like the seahorse quilt, Jackie wanted this top quilted using the Wisteria edge-to-edge […]

Together We Grow…A Very Special Quilt

Together We Grow - A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

Two and a half years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church decided to work on a project that would be inclusive in its participation yet diverse in its individual contributions.  More than sixty members of the congregation participated, learning everything from fabric dyeing to surface embellishment.  This is their very special quilt. Pat Sturtzel and […]

A Snowy Walk in the Park

Snowy Walk in the Park Quilt

If your winter and spring have been like ours here in Louisville, you’ve seen the weather jump rapidly from below freezing to warm and sunny to snow flurries, sometimes all in twenty-four hours. Michelle may have had weather on her mind when she picked the fabrics for this top that she brought in for me […]

April Showers Bring Beautiful Quilts

Longarm Quilting Machine Renters at Quilted Joy

As I’m writing this, it’s a cold, rainy April day here in Louisville. There’s nothing better to do on a rainy day than stay inside and quilt – except perhaps to catch up with the renters! Dorothy quilted this top a few weeks ago. The pattern is so bold and eye-catching that it took some thought […]

Civil War Reproduction Sixteen-Patch Quilt

Civil War Reproduction Fabrics 16 Patch Quilt

This very traditional top was brought to me for quilting by Anita. It is a sixteen-patch pattern, meaning that each block has four columns and four rows, so sixteen squares per block. Most of the fabrics in this quilt were designed by Jo Morton, a much-loved Civil War reproduction fabric designer. The colors are warm […]

A Gorgeous Collection of Purples!

Gorgeous Purple batiks quilt

Wow!  Pamela brought in this gorgeous purple quilt for me to quilt a few weeks ago. Pamela is a dyer, but these are all commercial fabrics – almost all of them batiks.  Does she have an amazing stash or did she have an epic purple shopping trip?  Either way, the variety of purples, from a light lavender to a […]

Lots of Renter Activity!

Here are a few more of the amazing quilts our renters have quilted recently here at Quilted Joy. Come and see what they've been up to!

One thing we love here at Quilted Joy is the huge variety of quilts our renters and customers bring in.  We love the colors, the styles, and the stories behind the quilts – and every quilt is different. Margie quilted this quilt a few weeks ago.  At first, it looks random, but if you look at […]

Busy Busy Renters!

The elves were busy at Quilted Joy during the holiday season. Here are a few of the projects that were quilted here recently!

The holidays are always a busy season at Quilted Joy.  So many quilters are busily working on presents for their family and friends or finishing up UFOs to meet annual goals.  We think it’s safe to post pictures now, so let’s see what they were working on! Colleen has become the master of efficiency.  She brought in five table […]

A Valuable Example of Value Placement

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

Jan was visiting Pinterest recently and saw a quilt that inspired her to play with value.  By “value”, I mean light vs medium vs dark shades of colors.  Placing light fabrics so that they contrast with dark fabrics can create an entirely new secondary pattern within a quilt.  This has been used traditionally with log […]

Catching Up with the Renters!

Our renters have brought in some amazing projects recently. Come take a look at what they've been getting quilted on our APQS longarm machines!

Pam brought in this lovely wallhanging a few weeks ago to quilt.  The design is by Jinny Beyer and is called Stained Glass Star.  Aren’t those blues, greens and golds gorgeous together?  Pam even used Jinny’s famous border prints in this project to tie it all together.  It took a couple of rental sessions, but […]

Tessellating Shapes Quilt

Susan's quilt is a tessellating design made entirely of batiks. I quilted it with a neutral thread that blends well and a meandering design. Fun!

Here is a contemporary quilt that I recently quilted for Susan.  This is an interesting design because each block is a tessellation.   A tessellation is a shape which interlocks with itself when turned different ways.  According to the rules, it cannot be a square, and in this case, the shapes are kind of like […]

More wonderful renter projects

Today's renter update includes quilts made for family members, whether human or furry, as well as contemporary quilts quilted on our APQS longarms!

We have some wonderful renter quilting to share with you! Jean brought this colorful top in to quilt for a friend.  Each of those triangles is a bandana worn by a dog that her friend has owned.  Jean embroidered the dogs’ names on the solid black fabric around the edges.  Because she wanted to make […]

Factory Certified Used Machines Just Released!

APQS Millie Available Now

APQS just released a new batch of factory certified used longarm machines! These machines are fully inspected at the factory and come with a one year factory warranty – some of the newer used machines have a longer warranty but those are listed below. And all come with a NEW table, your choice of size! Don’t forget […]

The Road Show is Coming Next Week!

APQS Road Show at Quilted Joy on Dec. 10, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm

Join us at Quilted Joy on Saturday December 10, 1:00pm-4:00pm, for a special seminar about all the wonderful APQS machines! Come and test-drive each model firsthand to find the perfect fit for you and your quilting goals. What better way to discover how a longarm can make your quilting more fun, fulfilling, and even profitable? Designed […]

Introducing the Spot On Bracket for Computerized Quilting

Spot On Laser Bracket for APQS longarm quilting machines with LED light panel for use with computerized systems

I’m so stinkin’ excited to show you this product made specifically for the APQS world of computerized quilting! For years I’ve been frustrated while quilting with my computerized systems. Every time I needed to set the boundaries for a motif I was lowering my needle at each corner of my blocks to make sure I was going to click in […]

Video Tutorial: Meandering Comma Curl

Video Tutorial for the Meandering Comma Curl free motion quilting design

My latest video tutorial for APQS is a fun twist on a meander or loopy meander, called the Meandering Comma Curl. For this simple meander design I added a fun comma curl or puff to the quilting line. You’ll love how flexible this design can be depending on how big or small you quilt it. I […]