For my latest APQS video tutorial I wanted to play with piano keys and bead board a little bit. If you haven’t tried quilting either of these designs in a border yet, I recommend you give them a try! It gives your borders a really beautiful look and they’re super easy to quilt. In the […]
Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, so if you’re still in a romantic mood you’ll love this free motion quilting design! I thought this free motion quilting filler design looked a like those delicate petals on an orchid, so I’ve named the design the Orchid Blossom Filler. It looks a little difficult, but it’s actually really […]
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 […]
Are you struggling with feathers on your longarm machine? If so try leaf shapes and fern shapes instead. God made leaves in all different shapes and sizes so they’re very forgiving! In this video tutorial I demonstrate the fern twist, an easy border and corner design.
Some folks get really intimidated by free motion feathers. They can be challenging because the eye can easily tell when the traditional feather shape isn’t symmetrical. A great “beginner” feather uses leaf or fern shapes on a spine instead of a feather. Over at Judy’s blog, she has a wonderful tutorial on how to make […]
Sometimes figuring out what to put in a sashing space can be difficult. Take a look at this fast, easy design you can do on either a sit-down or a stand-up quilting machine:
You may have tried the typical paisley filler design, but have you tried making oysters? This one would be good for a modern quilt:
Take a look at this freehand filler video tutorial you can use for both sit down and stand up quilting. It goes fast and is super simple!
Have you ever gotten to the bottom of your quilt top on your longarm only to discover you don’t have enough backing fabric? Did you know you can add fabric to the backing while on the longarm? Shelley S. made a video showing how to do it!
Here’s another new video tutorial for you. This one shows how to make a chubby leaf in a sashing space. This motif is one you’ll use over and over!
Ready for a easy custom design you can use in borders and sashings?
Take a look at how to make one of my favorite fillers!
I get lots of new quilters into the showroom who are renting the machines to finish their quilts. Many are surprised at how full and wavy their outer borders are. The culprit? They didn’t measure their borders and instead just slapped them down and sewed them on and wacked off the excess. (Yes, I’m guilty […]
This is a multi part post showing my design process for a high end custom quilt. This is part one. You can see the end result of the design work below by clicking here. It won first place! Karen is one of my favorite customers. She must have extra hours in her day because she […]
The first part of my two part article is in this month’s edition of Machine Quilting Unlimited. The second part will be in the January edition. The article is about how to select a pantograph for your quilt top. The second part will be about how to design your own pantograph using elements from the […]
One of the things I highly recommend adding to your longarm machine is Leader Grips which is a rod snapping system that makes it so FAST to load a quilt onto a long arm quilting machine. On my previous Millennium I used Red Snappers but this time I decided to go with Leader Grips instead. […]
You’ve seen the pebbles filler by now. Take a look at how the look changes when you add a cat’s eye marble to it!
Here’s a video tutorial I did for APQS. It is super easy and would be great for beginning free motion machine quilters who are using both sit down and stand up machines.
I just finished another APQS video tutorial and I thought you might be interested. It is a great one for those looking to dip their toes in the custom quilting waters. The key is to look at the piecing seams in a quilt top as guidelines and registration marks. Use the piecing seams as your […]
I’m happy to announce that Quilted Joy is joining with DigiTech Patterns to bring you video tutorials! The first one is how to use Line Pattern (sometimes called point to point in other computerized systems) with the DigiTech 8 point star patterns. Click here to learn more about the Intelliquilter Computerized Quilting System.
Have you heard the term “Edge-to-Edge” quilting? Do you know what a pantograph is? When people talk about “all-overs”, what do they mean? Here’s a tutorial video to help make sense of it all!
Here are a couple of sashing technique tutorial videos I’ve done recently for APQS Quilted Joy Blog Stop by QuiltedJoy.com for design inspiration, quilting options and pricing on new or used APQS quilting machines.
Here’s a video tutorial I did showing how I use a master panto layout with Intelliquilter. Be sure to watch it in HD and full screen as the clarity is awesome. Click here to learn more about the Intelliquilter Computerized Quilting System.
Here’s a video I did recently showing an effective curling ribbon design that is basically just a double meander that has crossed over itself.