Video Tutorial: How to Audition Paper Pantographs on Your Quilt

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There are tons of ideas for how to audition quilting motifs on your quilt top, but what about auditioning paper pantographs on your quilt tops? There’s so much information included on a paper pantograph, it can be a little hard to picture what it will look like stitched out. In my latest video tutorial I’m showing […]

Variety Is the Spice of Life!

Campbell Ridge Elementary School

I’ve written before about how much we enjoy the variety of quilts that our renters bring in to quilt. This post will reflect some of that variety – have fun! First, we have a jelly roll quilt pieced and quilted by Judy. Some call this design the “1600-Inch Quilt” because it uses a jelly roll, […]

Friends and Family, Renting Together

Two quilts on one backing fabric

Quilting is an activity that many friends and family members share with one another. We love it when people come in together to rent – the atmosphere is full of excitement and fun! Valerie and Judy are neighbors, friends, prolific piecers, and frequent renters here at Quilted Joy. In fact, they are here quilting as […]

More Beautiful Summery Quilts from the Renters

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They just keep coming! The theme of today’s post is summertime quilting. Melissa is a relatively new renter at Quilted Joy, but she is definitely not new to the world of quilting and sewing. You may know her popular blog, Polka Dot Chair. She quilted this top earlier this summer and blogged about it here: […]

Sarah’s Bed Runner – A Different Shape of Quilt

Bed Runner Quilt

Usually, customers bring in what we would call “bed shaped” quilts to be quilted edge to edge. Throws, fulls, twins, queens, and the occasional king quilt are all rectangular but not long and skinny. Sarah recently pieced a bed runner for a family member which was a change of pace for me as the quilter! […]

Let’s Catch Up With The Renters

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Here are a few more recent finishes by our wonderful renters! Valerie pieced this interesting sampler from batik and white half-square triangle units. I’m not sure which pattern she used, but if you search for Triangle Gatherings, you’ll find a link to one half-square triangle quiltalong being offered by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. If […]

Busy Busy Renters!

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Our renters are, as always, eager to get those projects finished! Here are a few recently-quilted quilts… Donna pieced this throw-sized top and wanted to use a design with good overall texture so the blocks would stand out. She chose the orange peel design boards for her quilt and used a light neutral thread for […]

Stars, Simple and Sweet!

North Star Quilt

We show lots of complicated quilts here on the blog, but simple and sweet deserves a place too. Terry made this quilt for friends and brought it to Quilted Joy for quilting. She wanted it to show her love for this couple, pure and simple. As you can see, Terry used a two-color color scheme […]

Lots and Lots of Eye Candy Quilted by the Renters

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Today, I’d like to celebrate the wide variety of quilt styles that our renters quilt here at Quilted Joy. One of the best things about having the rental program is seeing everyone else’s quilts – it feeds our creativity and inspires us all here at the studio. Here are a few recently-quilted projects from 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!

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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 […]

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!

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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 […]

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 […]

Time for A Post-Derby Renter Roundup!!!

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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 […]

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 […]

April Showers Bring Beautiful Quilts

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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 […]

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 […]