Samplers Full of Stars
I’m always talking about shapes in quilts. Whether it’s circles, rectangles, or triangles. Any art student will tell you that any design or picture is essentially made of these basic shapes. But a standard composite shape that many quilts are made of is the star. Now when I say a star, there are lots of […]
These Renters Like Big Blocks!
There are a lot of quilts that made up with a lot of tiny blocks. They can be beautiful and intricate. But sometimes, you can cover a lot of real estate by making just a few really big blocks. What a great way to showcase fabric that you really love. The larger blocks can really […]
Our Renters Quilt Some Fancy Blocks
Everyone likes the classic quilt made up of simple square blocks. But fancy blocks can be a lot of fun, too. These quilts from my longarm renters break the mold on the simple square blocks. We’ve got stars and circles, and crazy log cabin creations. Debbie needed to make a sample quilt for a class […]
Pretty as a Picture
When we think of quilts we often think of shapes being manipulated into interesting designs that don’t necessarily look like anything, they just look interesting. These quilters created things that you can actually recognize. And they are beautiful! Erin made this quilt called Halloween Haberdashery. Erin is a local blogger, houseonhillroad.com and the quilt was […]
Renter Roundup – Chickens, 54-40 or Fight, and the Fence Rail
Time to catch up with the renters! We get to know our renters more and more each time they finish a quilt on one of our APQS machines. Tracie is an excellent example. She has quilted several quilts recently and we’ve noticed a certain tendency towards…CHICKENS!!! Backyard chicken farming has been very popular in the […]
Our Renters Try Curves and Spirals
We love our renters – they make studio time so much fun! Helen came in for her rental certification. She brought in a small version of a jelly roll race quilt, made with 2 1/2″ strips. As part of the rental certification, we teach you how to use a pantograph or design board as you […]
Baby Quilts, T-shirts, & More!
Each of our longarm renters is at a different place in his or her quilting journey. Some are just getting started while others have been making quilts their whole lives. As a result I get to see a smorgasbord of quilts, styles, skill levels and more. Read on for four quilters working on very different quilts. Jean is quickly becoming one […]
Let’s Boogey with Design Boards!
“How hard is it to quilt with a longarm machine?” It’s a question I hear a lot. Also the phrase, “I could never do that.” I would like to take a moment to reassure everyone, longarm quilting does not have to be hard. Yes, custom and show level quilting takes a lot of work and […]