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 […]

Summertime Quilting for the Renters

Longarm Machine Rental

Wow, are there a lot of renter quilts to talk about! Let’s start with a wild West theme… Carol made this top from a cowboy-themed panel, coordinating fabrics and borders. She wanted the focus to be on the Western-themed prints and chose the meander design board and a light neutral thread. Super cute! For her […]

A Gorgeous City Sampler – Tula Meets Kaffe!

City Sampler Quilt

One of my long-time customers, Kathy, recently asked me to quilt this top for her. Liz, one of my longarm rental supervisors, squealed “ooh, a City Sampler!” when she saw it. (Liz’s is still in her to-be-quilted pile.) This quilt was designed a few years ago by Tula Pink and is the focus of the […]

Asterisk Not Needed Here!

Asterick Quilt

Beverly brought this fun top in for me to quilt.  No asterisk needed here – it’s cute without qualification! We did a little research on this, as we’re often asked about the patterns and fabrics selected by our quilting customers for their tops.  The pattern, Asterisk, was published in Quiltmaker magazine in 2010 and is […]

Four More Newly Minted Renters!

Longarm Machine Rental Louisville, KY Quilted Joy

We love that new students complete our rental certification course all the time. Seeing the joy on their faces after they quilt their first quilt on our APQS longarm machines makes our day. Here are some recently-certified renters and their quilts! Stella brought this sweet top in for her certification class. It is based upon […]

A Quilt for a Special Baseball Player

Baseball Quilt

Sandy’s grandson loves baseball. In fact, he plays baseball for St. Xavier Catholic High School here in Louisville. When it was time for Sandy to make a quilt for her grandson, there was only one theme which would be perfect – baseball! This quilt is large at 100″ by 100″.  It includes printed fabrics, all of which have […]

Here Are a Few More Renter Quilts!

Here at Quilted Joy, we seek to inspire you to try new ways to finish your quilt. See how these five renters quilted their quilts, then come give it a try!

Here are a few more renter quilts from this spring… This sweet heart crib-sized top was made by Kym. She had such fun animal prints with foxes and elephants. She chose to continue the theme of hearts by quilting it using our Heart Fancy pantograph. The white thread she selected keeps the top soft and light. Adorable […]

Snowball Variation

Snowball Block Variation Quilt

Let’s have fun analyzing and admiring this wonderful snowball variation quilt that Arlene brought in recently to be quilted! This is a snowball variation on point.  If you look at this picture at an angle, you will see that the snowball block – the one with the biggest area of color – alternates across each row […]

Renters Getting Those UFOs Quilted!

Longarm Quilting Machine Renters at Quilted Joy

I love seeing our renters finish their tops into quilts.  Sometimes the most satisfying finishes are the projects that have been on hold for a while, years or even decades.  Here are a few of those recent projects – enjoy! Renee brought in this vintage top that was pieced by a family member.  It is made […]

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 […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to […]

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 […]

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 […]