Design-a-Long 2022: The Winning Layout! And, Vote On the Best Quilting Plan.
Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite layout of our Birds in the Air block! See the winner, and Vote for the best quilting Plan in Part 2 of Angela’s Design-a-Long
Imogene’s Rail Fence
Today’s quilt, by Imogene, is a Rail Fence design. The center is based upon strip sets, and Imogene added several borders to add interest. What makes this quilt really interesting is that it is made entirely of neutrals! Because the color scheme is so simple, Imogene wanted her quilting not to overpower the quilt. We […]
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 […]
A Blooming Nine-Patch!
One of Ali’s friends persuaded her recently to try quilting, and now she’s hooked! She fell in love with the blooming nine-patch design, bought the book, and gave it a try. We love the results! Because she wasn’t ready to quilt a quilt this size on her domestic machine, Ali brought it to Quilted Joy for […]
Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at […]
Time for A Post-Derby Renter Roundup!!!
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 […]
Together We Grow…A Very Special Quilt
Two and a half years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church decided to work on a project that would be inclusive in its participation yet diverse in its individual contributions. More than sixty members of the congregation participated, learning everything from fabric dyeing to surface embellishment. This is their very special quilt. Pat Sturtzel and […]
A Gorgeous Collection of Purples!
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 […]
Lots of Renter Activity!
One thing we love here at Quilted Joy is the huge variety of quilts our renters and customers bring in. We love the colors, the styles, and the stories behind the quilts – and every quilt is different. Margie quilted this quilt a few weeks ago. At first, it looks random, but if you look at […]
Busy Busy Renters!
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 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!
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 […]
Tessellating Shapes Quilt
Here is a contemporary quilt that I recently quilted for Susan. This is an interesting design because each block is a tessellation. A tessellation is a shape which interlocks with itself when turned different ways. According to the rules, it cannot be a square, and in this case, the shapes are kind of like […]
Using Design boards As a Renter
Let’s catch up with the renters a bit, shall we? This time, we’ll focus on quilts that were quilted using the design boards. These grooved boards make it very easy to follow a pattern with your quilting, whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced. We have single-block boards and full-width sets in a variety of […]
Seahorses for a Baby Boy
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 […]
Cardinals, Cardinals Everywhere!
Cardinals are frequently seen as a motif around Christmas – on stained glass ornaments, on greeting cards, and in our own back yards. Here, we see cardinals making an appearance as a gift. You may recall Karee’s sampler quilt, about which I recently posted. She chose a unique setting for her blocks, which is something […]
More wonderful renter projects
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 […]
A Family of Newly-Minted Longarm Renters
Charity asked us earlier this year if we could accommodate a somewhat larger certification class than usual. (We try to limit the class to two students so each gets plenty of personal attention from the teacher.) With a little scheduling work, we were able to say yes, so… Say hello to Charity, her mother, her […]
Challenge Yourself to Try Something New Today
It’s so easy to find something you’re good at and stick with it. Whether it’s a certain piecing technique, quilting with a design board, or using your computerized quilting system. It’s called our comfort zone for a reason! I wanted to remind you how important it is to break away from the normal routine and […]
Contemporary Double Wedding Ring
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 […]
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 […]
October Renter Roundup
Pat was in earlier this summer to quilt this stunning log cabin quilt. Her family makes quilts to commemorate each wedding and birth in the family. About 20 family members worked on this quilt. Her nephew and his bride selected the center fabric for each block, and the family contributed the rest of the fabrics. Pat […]
We Have a Row-by-Row Winner!
Karen Larkin of Louisville is our Row by Row 2016 winner! Here is her winning quilt, which will hang in our shop for a while. Karen became certified as a longarm renter on a Tuesday, then came in two days later to rent a Freedom to quilt her quilt. Aside from a couple of T-shirt quilts, […]
Flower Swirls on a Reversible Quilt
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 […]