Imogene’s Rail Fence

Rail Fence Quilt Variation

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 […]

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 […]

A Blooming Nine-Patch!

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 […]

Introducing Microquilter!

MicroQuilter Neutrals Stitch in the Ditch Collection

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!!!

APQS Longarm Quilting Machine Rentals at QuiltedJoy.com

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

Together We Grow - A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

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!

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 […]

Lots of Renter Activity!

Here are a few more of the amazing quilts our renters have quilted recently here at Quilted Joy. Come and see what they've been up to!

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 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 […]

Tessellating Shapes Quilt

Susan's quilt is a tessellating design made entirely of batiks. I quilted it with a neutral thread that blends well and a meandering design. Fun!

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

When you rent one of our APQS longarm machines, you also may use our collection of design boards. Here are a few recent examples of design board quilts.

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

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 […]

Cardinals, Cardinals Everywhere!

This quilt, made by Karee for a grandchild, was all about the U of L Cardinals. Of course, I had to use Glide in the color Cardinal to quilt it!

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

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 […]

A Family of Newly-Minted Longarm Renters

This family of quilters wanted to learn to use longarms together, so they spent a Saturday with us. What a fun family occasion!

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

Our renters are learning new techniques and new skills in the low-risk zone of rental at Quilted Joy. Our staff are here to help you explore new ideas!

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

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 […]

October Renter Roundup

Here are a few more renters with their works of art! Come to Quilted Joy to rent a longarm machine like these quilters have and finish those UFOs!

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 shows off her winning quilt from Row by Row 2016

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

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 […]

Bethanne Nemesh Workshops Wrap-Up

Students learning from Bethanne Nemesh at Quilted Joy

For three wonderful days, Bethanne Nemesh shared her wisdom and creativity with quilters here at Quilted Joy.  The longarm machines were all humming (two to a table!) and the classroom was packed for each of the five classes. In Hands-On Nemeshing, students learned how to create freehand backgrounds based upon feathers, pebbles, and other motifs.  Bethanne […]