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 […]

Using Design boards As a Renter

When you rent one of our APQS longarm machines, you also may use our collection of design boards. Here are a few recent examples of design board quilts.

Let’s catch up with the renters a bit, shall we?  This time, we’ll focus on quilts that were quilted using the design boards.  These grooved boards make it very easy to follow a pattern with your quilting, whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced.  We have single-block boards and full-width sets in a variety of […]

Seahorses for a Baby Boy

This quilt for a lucky baby boy and his parents sports tiny seahorses and lots of leaves.

Jackie brought me this top to quilt for her.  Don’t you love the seahorse fabric?  To give you an idea of the scale of the printed design, this is a baby quilt!  It will be a gift for a very lucky little boy. Jackie said she’s relatively new to quilting.  Even as a beginner, she has […]

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 […]

A Family of Newly-Minted Longarm Renters

This family of quilters wanted to learn to use longarms together, so they spent a Saturday with us. What a fun family occasion!

Charity asked us earlier this year if we could accommodate a somewhat larger certification class than usual.  (We try to limit the class to two students so each gets plenty of personal attention from the teacher.) With a little scheduling work, we were able to say yes, so… Say hello to Charity, her mother, her […]

Truly a Work of Art!

This work of art is made up of artwork printed on fabric "blocks" which were made into a top. See how Angela quilted it to bring out the art!

Here’s a special Christmas gift from a very proud granny! All of those blocks in Linda’s quilt are reproductions of her grandson’s art projects from school. Isn’t that so fun? Linda said her grandson’s art teacher takes pictures of all the kids’ projects and uploads them to a website. Parents and grandparents can then go […]

How to Prepare a Quilting Plan for a Scrappy Quilt

This customer quilt has lots of busy floral fabrics. Angela talks about the thought process when preparing a quilting plan for this scrappy quilt.

Virginia recently brought this top in for me to quilt.  Look at all these gorgeous floral fabrics!  With so much going on visually, developing a quilting plan can be challenging.  Here’s how we made choices for this quilt. First, Virginia knew that she wanted the quilting to have an overall nature theme with all those […]

Challenge Yourself to Try Something New Today

Our renters are learning new techniques and new skills in the low-risk zone of rental at Quilted Joy. Our staff are here to help you explore new ideas!

It’s so easy to find something you’re good at and stick with it. Whether it’s a certain piecing technique, quilting with a design board, or using your computerized quilting system. It’s called our comfort zone for a reason! I wanted to remind you how important it is to break away from the normal routine and […]

Contemporary Double Wedding Ring

This contemporary double wedding ring quilt needed the right combination of pantograph and thread to allow its beauty to shine through!

Lynn recently brought in this contemporary double wedding ring top to be quilted.  This is a family gift to a couple who recently married. The quilt top appears to be Metro Rings, a design from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  This pattern uses strip sets constructed of jelly roll strips.  The strip sets are then cut into the curved […]

Renter Comfort

Our renters bring in such a wide variety of projects to quilt! Learn how our machines are able to accommodate a wide variety of physical needs.

Here’s what our renters have been doing recently… Rena came in for her longarm certification class and quilted this keepsake quilt for a friend.  The friend assembled clothing that she had purchased for her grandchildren into a very creative top.  Don’t you just love the caterpillars made from round scraps?  Bibs and shirts and socks […]

October Renter Roundup

Here are a few more renters with their works of art! Come to Quilted Joy to rent a longarm machine like these quilters have and finish those UFOs!

Pat was in earlier this summer to quilt this stunning log cabin quilt.  Her family makes quilts to commemorate each wedding and birth in the family.  About 20 family members worked on this quilt.  Her nephew and his bride selected the center fabric for each block, and the family contributed the rest of the fabrics.  Pat […]

Which Color Thread Should I Use in High-Contrast Quilts?

Quilters make many choices when quilting their quilts. Here, Angela discusses how to pick the perfect thread to quilt a high-contrast quilt.

Question from a Quilted Joy Blog reader: “I was hoping you could discuss in your blog thread choices for high contrast quilts. I keep getting red and whites, black with various colors but also white, scrappy and no two match. How do I choose threads for high contrast quilts?” -Kelli There are so many quilt […]

We Have a Row-by-Row Winner!

Karen shows off her winning quilt from Row by Row 2016

Karen Larkin of Louisville is our Row by Row 2016 winner!  Here is her winning quilt, which will hang in our shop for a while. Karen became certified as a longarm renter on a Tuesday, then came in two days later to rent a Freedom to quilt her quilt.  Aside from a couple of T-shirt quilts, […]

Flower Swirls on a Reversible Quilt

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

Karee brought us this top a few weeks ago to quilt for her.  She was trying to use up some stash and had several fabrics that worked perfectly together.  In fact, she had enough for a front and a back – a reversible quilt! Karee’s top consisted of mostly floral fabrics with a few polka dots for […]

Bethanne Nemesh Workshops Wrap-Up

Students learning from Bethanne Nemesh at Quilted Joy

For three wonderful days, Bethanne Nemesh shared her wisdom and creativity with quilters here at Quilted Joy.  The longarm machines were all humming (two to a table!) and the classroom was packed for each of the five classes. In Hands-On Nemeshing, students learned how to create freehand backgrounds based upon feathers, pebbles, and other motifs.  Bethanne […]

Renter Roundup!

We have a very busy longarm machine rental program - come see what our renters been working on lately and be inspired!

It’s time to check in with the renters again – what have they been up to? Jean recently quilted this cute Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam quilt.  It began as a panel that she cut apart and set with sashing and borders.  She quilted it with a pantograph called Heart Fancy which captures the sweet […]