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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More new renters and quilts!

Catch up with Quilted Joy's renters to see the beautiful quilts they're working on at the APQS longarm studio

Nancy and Kim belong to the same guild and recently learned to use an APQS  longarm machine together at our studio.  They had such a great time that they’ve both been back since to quilt more tops! Here is Nancy’s rental certification class quilt.  This is often called a signature quilt – see the diagonal […]

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 […]

Catching Up with the Renters…

Catch up on the latest quilts our renters are working on at Quilted Joy!

As I’m writing this, it’s raining outside which means that quilters are indoors and quilting!  Here are some of our recent renters’ quilts… Polly completed her rental certification class recently, quilting this broken star top.  Her placement of light, medium and dark fabrics give the star a three-dimensional look.  Polly selected a cranberry Omni thread […]

Selecting Edge-to-Edge Designs

Selecting an Edge-to-Edge Design for your Quilts

Do you have a difficult time selecting the best paper pantograph pattern for your quilts? Trying to decide which pattern will look best can be so challenging! Back in late 2013 I wrote a two part article for Machine Quilting Unlimited outlining how to pick the best possible patterns for your quilt tops. The second part […]