Jodi’s Festival of Stars Quilt

Jodi's Festival of Stars Quilt, Longarm Quilting by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

I’m a big fan of block of the month quilts, especially for new quilters. Taking on a quilt in small, monthly bites keeps it manageable and motivating. Take a look at Jodi’s Festival of Stars quilt, a block of the month she picked up at a local quilt shop. It’s gorgeous and I immediately fell […]

A Modern Take on a Classic Sampler Quilt

Mary Jo's modern sampler quilt, quilting by Angela Huffman

There are a few quilts that every quilter should make at some point in their quilting career. Everyone should make a scrappy quilt, because of all the remnants that we gather over the years. What else are you going to do with them? Everyone should make a quilt for charity. It is just good for the soul. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nancy’s Patchwork Sampler Quilt

Patchwork Sampler Quilt

How sweet is this patchwork sampler quilt Nancy asked me to quilt for her? I’ve had the opportunity to see many different sampler quilts over the years. I still believe sampler quilts and blocks of the month are a great way to learn piecing. New quilters get the opportunity to learn in small bite sized […]

Mary Jo’s Sampler Quilt: a Good Example of a Classic Design

Mary Jo's Sampler Quilt with spring greens and butterflies

We have all seen a sampler quilt. These quilts contain many different blocks to create a beautiful modge podge of color just like Mary Jo’s sampler quilt. These quilts also had a purpose beyond being pretty. Before the internet and a plethora of quilting books and magazines, a quilter would make and keep a single […]

Playful and Colorful Renter Quilts!

Judy's Off Centered Around the World Quilt made with half square triangles, quilted at Quilted Joy

A lot of quilts come into this studio, but what really gets everyone “oohing” and “ahhing” tends to be bright and colorful quilts. What can I say, I love color! Quilts are excellent spaces to explore and use color to the extreme. These quilts were chosen for this post because the quilters had some fun […]

Our Renters Quilt Some Fancy Blocks

Jennifer's MASSIVE red, black, and white sampler quilt.

Everyone likes the classic quilt made up of simple square blocks. But fancy blocks can be a lot of fun, too. These quilts from my longarm renters break the mold on the simple square blocks. We’ve got stars and circles, and crazy log cabin creations. Debbie needed to make a sample quilt for a class […]

Cheri’s Minerals Quilt

Cheri is still a new quilter, but she's making some beautiful quilts! She asked me to quilt this gorgeous sampler with a geometric edge to edge quilting design. The final results are stunning!

Learning to quilt is so much fun. The different quilts we make are a road map of how far we’ve come. Sometimes these projects are very impressive on their merit, but then add in the fact that the creator was still new to quilting and learning, and they are that much more amazing! Today I’ve […]

Carol’s Card Trick Quilt

Carol brought me this lovely Card Trick quilt for quilting. Her piecing design was fairly simple, so she wanted to keep the quilting simple too. Take a look at her lovely quilt!

The Card Trick is one of the newer traditional blocks. With the oldest known examples dating from some time in the 70’s, the Card Trick has been a favorite for a couple of decades. Though not from the pioneer days of quilting, it is fast becoming a classic and will be considered a “traditional” block […]

Jodi’s Blue Starry Sampler

Jodi made a beautiful blue, green, and gold sampler quilt and asked me to quilt it for her. We looked at her fabrics for inspiration to choose the perfect edge to edge design.

Samplers are a type of quilt that has been around for a while. Originally, before there were books of patterns and the internet, women would stitch together a single block as a way to store a pattern. Many people have found stacks of these blocks in attics bound by string, some stitched on one side […]

Variety is the Spice of Life

Melanie's memorial quilt made with her dad's shirts and fabrics that reminded her of him.

The great thing about quilting is that you never have to make the same quilt twice. Even when you mean to, they will often grow and develop into different designs. Melanie had intended to make five identical memorial quilts, one for each of her siblings and herself. Instead she had five slightly different quilts with […]

The Color of Quilts

Chevron Quilt

Besides stitching, there is real beauty in a quilt when you look at color and what fabrics were chosen to complete an effect. We have the pleasure of seeing all sorts of designs and color schemes from the artists that rent our machines. For Janet’s rental certification class, she brought in this beautiful pink quilt. […]

New Bethanne Nemesh Books Available in the Store!

Sampler Quilt Smackdown: Secondary Quilting Designs for all Block Quilts by Bethanne Nemesh. Available at QuiltedJoy.com

If you follow Bethanne Nemesh on Facebook you’ve seen her teasing new books for a while now. (By the way, if you’re not keeping up with Bethanne on Facebook, you really need to start! She’s an amazing quilter and is always sharing pictures of such beautiful quilts.) Well, those books are finally here! She debuted […]

Mountain Memories

Karee's abstract sampler quilt. Longarm quilting by Angela Huffman with the Lake Susan Pantograph - QuiltedJoy.com

Karee was practicing with triangles when she made this abstract sampler quilt. If you look closely you can see some familiar blocks, like pinwheels and friendship stars, stretched out and warped just enough to look new and different. We think she made this with a specialty ruler for playing with triangles. If you know which […]

Karee’s Sampler Quilts

Longarm quilter Angela Huffman added a simple meander to Karee's two sampler quilts.

Karee was busy this summer and fall working on quilts for Christmas. These two sampler or block of the month quilts were two of five(!) quilts I quilted for her in just the last few months. On this blue and purple quilt, it looks like Karee was playing a lot with triangles and half square […]

Mystery Quilt Part 2

Here’s some more shots from the Mystery sampler quilt I just finished up for a client. Be sure to click over and see the first post about this quilt for more photos of the different areas. I’m so impressed by the creativity shown in the layout of this sampler quilt. The piecer gets lots of […]

Mystery Sampler Quilt Part 1

I have a number of really great quilt shops in my area. I’m fortunate that I get to quilt many of the tops created in classes that they offer. This quilt top was made in a mystery quilt sampler course over at the Smocking Shop. I’ve never participated in a mystery quilt but I think […]

Sleepy Field of Flowers

Floral Sampler Quilt

This quilt is from a new client and it reminds me of a sleepy field of flowers. Its watercolor palate is very calming, isn’t it?                   My client is a relatively new quilter and has a friend that owns a quilt shop. Her friend’s quilt shop is […]