Longarm Renters Gone Wild

Michelle shows off her original beach quilt after quilting it at Quilted Joy

These longarm renters at Quilted Joy have gone wild with their quilts using nature as an inspiration. As artists we can receive inspiration from many different sources, one of which is obviously nature. What we do with that inspiration is what makes us artists. Sometimes inspiration can take us into the wild. A couple of the following quilts […]

Christmas Already?

Cathy shows off her Christmas Trees Panel Quilt after quilting it at Quilted Joy

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first person to say we should not rush the seasons and I don’t believe that it is appropriate to put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Christmas is a beautiful and wonderful time of year, but that doesn’t mean I want four plus months of it. But those of […]

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 […]

How Would You Quilt It? Gail’s Cats Panel Quilt

How Would You Quilt It? Gail's Cat's Panel Quilt

Every month during our Quilted Joy Clubhouse live meetings, we spend a few minutes looking at how I might quilt a quilt top. These quilt tops are not my own. Instead they came from unquilted tops shared in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse Facebook Group. (Click here to join in the fun over in the group!) […]

Panels are a New Quilter’s Best Friend

Anu's Suzybee Panel Quilt after quilting it on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Panels are a new quilter’s best friend. You can quickly and easily create something beautiful without much additional effort. They are also great to learn how to quilt on. Because they require so little effort and time to create a top, you don’t feel nervous about quilting it. If you mess it up, what did it cost […]

Quick and Easy Panel Quilts for Gifts

Animal Panel Quilts

There are some events that you can see coming. The birth of your first grandchild, a wedding of a sibling, or the fiftieth wedding anniversary of your parents are all big events that deserve an extra special gift. Quilts can be those gifts and you will typically have the time to really do something amazing. […]

Cutting apart a Panel can Make for Creative Art

Mary's Dr. Seuss Quilt after renting a longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Some people look at panels and think “This is cheating. It takes no skill at all to make a quilt with a panel. It is someone else’s art.” I think you can look at the following quilts and agree that those statements could not be further from the truth. Panels are extremely useful and beautiful […]

Peggy’s To the Moon and Back Baby Quilt

Peggy found the perfect fabric panel for her baby quilt with cute little animals and the phrase, "I love you to the moon and back." See how Angela quilted this adorable little quilt!

There are so many adorable panels available that are perfect for a baby quilt, and sometimes you don’t need to make a heavily pieced quilt for baby. This is Peggy’s baby quilt, and isn’t it adorable? It’s a quilt panel themed after the saying “I love to the moon and back.” The little owls, sheep, […]

Our Renters are Quilting Their Christmas Quilts!

Christmas Panel Quilt

Christmas is just around the corner and nothing is homier than a beautiful handmade quilt. Here are two examples that came through our shop recently. Both have such warm Christmas colors and traditional piecing done beautifully. Pat made a Christmas four patch on point using Buggy Barn fabric with a Kansas Troubles border. With all […]

It’s Time for a Renter Roundup

Quilts of Valor Patriotic Quilts

The longarm renters here at Quilted Joy have been hard at work on lots of different quilts. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been quilting! Pat is all set for Christmas! Is it just me or do the cornerstones look like ribbon and a bow on a present? This quilt will certainly keep Pat […]

Colorful Quilts to Brighten Your Day

Big Star Quilt

Is there a certain type of quilt that when you see it, you just can’t help but smile? For me it’s quilts with bold, bright colors! Those bright colors seem to spread hope and joy like a ray of sunshine. Here’s a few bright quilts from my renters. This is Mary’s Lone Stars quilt. I […]

Jubilee Tree: Done!

Jubilee Tree

              I just pulled this off the frame.  It is a sample for a class I’m teaching in September.   The center block is a panel.  It is faux trapunto due to the loft of the poly batt under the motif with the dense echo filler in the background. […]

Jubilee Tree

Jubilee Tree by Clothworks

I got another top done! The center of the quilt is a panel called “Jubilee Tree” by Clothworks.  I adapted a pattern distributed by the manufacturer which was going to be difficult to reproduce consistently and, therefore, difficult to teach.  I’ll be teaching this top as a class in September.  It will be a great […]