Cats, and Frogs, and the Wizard of Oz

Anu-Paul-Frog-Quilt

Art often uses motifs from nature. What we see all around us can often be very inspiring. Many of our longarm machine renters will bring in quilts featuring leaves, flowers, and other plant life. But animals should not be forgotten in this scenario, especially our beloved pets. You can even theme a quilt to your favorite […]

Some Quilts Just Break the Mold

Danielle's Bright and Playful Quilt after her Longarm Quilting Machine Rental

I like to group quilts together with similar characteristics to write about. But sometimes we get a couple of quilts that sort of break the mold. Here are some beautiful unique quilts that were just too hard to group with others. What do you think of them? Carol Breaks the Mold Having just said these […]

Floral Quilts are Blooming!

Margie's floral quilt was a gift for a young woman going through chemotherapy

Flowers are blooming here at Quilted Joy. Floral motifs are so popular with fabric designers, so it is not uncommon for us to see many beautiful quilts sporting a floral design. They can be as unique and elegant as there are unique and elegant blossoms in the world. Here are a handful of some of […]

Split Rail Quilts from the Renters

AnnaMaria made this Split Rail Fence quilt with pastel batik fabrics.

Split rails are a type of quilt that involves a set of strips cut into a square to form a block. The arrangement and orientation of those blocks then forms the design of the quilt. As simple as this may sound and as easy as they are to create, the designs and the options you […]

Our Renters are Pretty in Pink

Nancy's modified rail fence quilt with fun farm fabrics

Rainbows and lots of contrasting colors can be fun, but sometimes you just want a pink quilt. These are some creations that are pretty in pink. Lynn made this quilt for her niece. If you look closely, the fabrics have cats on them. I like the use of the Circle design board we have here […]

Three Ways to Go

How fun is Judy's Pins and Paws quilt? She quilted it with a bubbles design board at Quilted Joy

There is never just one way to do something right, especially with artistic endeavors. Multiple choices should be seen as multiple opportunities to try something new. With longarm quilting there are so many choices to be made like thread, color, density, and design. In fact, our renters have three different ways to quilt their quilts. […]

Strips Become Log Cabins in Surprising Ways

Angela Huffman, APQS dealer, quilts modern and wonky log cabins

We are constantly thinking about the different units that we use in piecing; squares, half square triangles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, and strips. The poor strip is just that – a strip who hasn’t been made into anything yet! The strip just sits there waiting to be cut up into smaller pieces. Except when the lowly strip […]

Keeping It Simple

In the latest post about Quilted Joy's renters, we see some ladies who keep their quilting simple to let the piecing shine

After spending hours cutting fabric and piecing it together, sometimes my renters don’t want the quilting to be the star. Or sometimes they’re on a time limit and just need something quick and easy. Read on for a few different ways folks have kept their quilting simple! I love, love, love this baby quilt Colleen worked on […]

Newbie Renters Get Colorful

See what our APQS longarm renters have been up to lately!

This is Gravity, which was a block-of-the-month at The Cozy Quilter last year.  It is composed of so many colors that Debbie focused on adding texture with the design boards, choosing to use the Baptist’s fan over much of the quilt with an accent section of large and small spirals.  Debbie used a rainbow Fantastico […]

Let’s Boogey with Design Boards!

Many of Quilted Joy's renters like using design boards to easily quilt complex looking designs.

“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 […]