Quilted Joy’s Longarm Renters are Ready for the Fourth

Cheri shows off her quilt after renting a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

Patriotic quilts have been a part of our common history since the country began. And there is no slowing down now. With the fourth of July just around the corner, it is not a bad time to plan a quilt for it. The Star-Spangled Banner is only one of the twenty-nine flags in the world that […]

Bobby’s Patriotic Sampler Quilt

Bobby's Patriotic Sampler Quilt, longarm quilting by Angela Huffman

Women, and some men, have been making patriotic quilts since the United States began. When we make a quilt with red, white, blue, stars, stripes, or eagles, we have made a patriotic quilt. Quilts of Valor and other similar organizations give patriotic themed quilts to veterans as a show of gratitude for their service. Bobby […]

Cheri’s Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilt

Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilt

Cheri is a loving grandmother and a quilter which means those grandchildren are each getting a very nice gift. She decided to make a set of tumbler block quilts for her grandsons. If I remember correctly, they each picked out the colors for their own quilt. This grandson choose a patriotic theme with colors of […]

Quilting Buddies Come to Quilted Joy

Friends rent longarm quilting machines at Quilted Joy to make the quilting even more fun!

Quilting can be a very solitary activity. But isn’t everything better when you can do it with a friend? Here at Quilted Joy, we have five longarm quilting machines that we rent. We will often get pairs of ladies that come in together to quilt. They each have their own machine, and they’ll chat and […]

Cheri’s Patriotic Tumbler Block Quilts for Twin Grandsons

Patriotic Themed Tumbler Block Quilts

Parents and grandparents of multiples can probably relate to Cheri’s dilemma. She wanted to make quilts for her grandsons. Normally, this would be a fun and easy project. But because her grandsons are twins, the quilts can’t be exactly the same and they also can’t be too different. Cheri, I can certainly appreciate your struggle! […]

Patriot Quilt for Love of Quilting Show

Patriot Quilt Designed and Quilted by Angela Huffman

What is the oldest UFO (Unfinished Object) in your quilting studio? For me, it was this quilt which I made in the aftermath of 9/11. I was so distraught during this time of heartbreak in our country. The only way I knew how to channel all of that grief was through quilting. I decided to […]

Jodi’s Easy Breezy Stars Quilt

What's not to love about an easy, breezy quilt for summer or spring? Jodi's fun pinwheel stars quilt looks so fun with bright colors and a fun floral and swirly pantograph quilting design.

Today I’ve got a fun quilt from Jodi that would be perfect for summer or spring. I’m in love with the colors in Jodi’s quilt. They’re just so lighthearted! Wouldn’t this be perfect in a lake or beach house? There were so many great options for the edge to edge quilting designs. Something with lots […]

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 […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

You’ve made your quilt top and you’re ready to start quilting, but first you need help choosing the right backing fabric. What do you choose? The days of using a plain sheet are long gone! There are so many choices available to quilters in color, pattern, and even size. I’m often telling my customers there […]

A Quilt to Remind Us of Our Freedom

Carol was moved to make this quilt following the attacks on 9/11. Fifteen years later it's finally complete.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s freedom, we honor the courageous men and women dedicated to preserving it. Let’s not forget the sacrifices they made on our behalf. Carol’s quilt helps us to remember the unselfish dedication that our military has for the people of the United States. Like so many of us, Carol was moved […]

Bonnie Is Feeling a Bit Like Betsy Ross With Her Patriotic Quilts

How to Machine Quilt a QOV Bonnie has brought me a number of quilts lately and they are all patriotic themed designs. She is quilting for the Quilts of Valor project with her bee. Choosing a quilting motif to go on top of a patriotic quilt like this can be a challenge. I have a […]

Patriotic Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Isn’t this patriot quilt great? I love the layout of the top. I’m not sure where my client got her pattern but I really love it. I used a Stars and Stripes panto that undulates across the top and looks like the flag waving.