May Bouquet of Quilts

April showers bring May Flowers and here we are with our May bouquet of quilts!  Our renters are awesome and bring in such lovely quilts for us to see, and this month was no exception.  I got to see some plaids, stripes, batiks and even some classic blocks.  Not only is it fun to be […]

The Use of Hearts in Quilting by our Longarm Machine Renters

Colleen's Hearts Quilt after her longarm machine rental at Quilted Joy

Have you ever looked and critically thought about the heart shape? Honestly, it doesn’t much look like an actual heart. I read once that the heart shape may have actually started as a leaf shape bringing to mind life and renewal. Regardless of where it comes from and what it initially meant, the heart is […]

Fast and Easy Panel Quilts!

Rena quilted this sweet Hello Kitty panel quilt for her daughter. The hearts quilting was the perfect touch!

When creating a gift for someone, we don’t always have the time to go into piecing something elaborate. Sometimes you just need a quilt that is going to be used to destruction. Panels are a great way to make something quickly without breaking the bank or your back. These ladies created some beautiful little quilts […]

Two Quilts with the Work of One

Half Square Triangle Quilt

There is nothing better than a big, thick, and heavy quilt on a cold winter morning. But not all quilts are kings. Sometimes our creative muses demand a wall hanging, or a new baby needs a blankie. The problem comes when you account for the two hour minimum rental time. If it only takes you […]

Lots and Lots of Renter Quilts

Longarm Quilting Machine Rental

I am continually amazed at the variety of tops that our renters bring in to quilt on our APQS longarm machines. Here are a few more from earlier this summer… Nancy made this variation on the “1600-inch” or jelly roll quilt with white 2 1/2″ squares between the ends of the strips. It is so […]

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 […]

One Pantograph, Three Quilts

See how different one pantograph looks depending on what a quilt top looks like. Here are three quilts all using the Heart Fancy panto to different effect!

This is a slightly different renter roundup post.  Here, I want to show you just how different one pantograph can look depending upon what your top is like.  All three of these quilters used the Heart Fancy pantograph, and you will see how different it looks depending upon the top itself. I often talk about […]

Quilting Friends Come Together at Quilted Joy

Four friends joined us in the Quilted Joy showroom to take their rental certification class together -

We had a group of four friends drive all the way from Bardstown, KY to take their rental certification together. This meant we had a full house with almost every machine running! Normally I won’t have this many quilters in for the certification. I learned pretty quickly that with all the new skills we’re covering, […]

Catch Up With Our Renters

Catch up on the latest rentals at Quilted Joy!

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ve probably noticed we’ve had lots of announcements lately. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and there’s still more to come! Consequently, it has put me a bit behind on adding our renters and customer quilts. I promise we’ll catch up eventually! For now, check out […]