February Renter Retrospective

image of Gina holding up her log cabin quilt

Can you believe that another month has passed us by? Where is the year going so fast? It is time for a renter retrospective. We got to see a lot of lovely quilts this month. I love the creativity of our renters. They always surprise me with what they bring in. There are so many great patterns out there, […]

Longarm Renters Show Colorful Fabrics Filling a Plain Background

Colleen shows off her modern mountain quilt after her longarm rental at Quilted Joy

Quilts with bright beautiful colors are very common. If you are going to go through the trouble of making a quilt, why wouldn’t you chose some incredible colors to do it with? But the shapes you are sewing can be lost if every fabric in the quilt is equally bright and beautiful. It would be lovely to look […]

Soft and Bright Pastels from our Longarm Renters to brighten your day!

Colleen shows off her sweet treat quilt after renting a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

These quilters all brought in quilts with soft and bright pastel colors in their fabrics. Some of the quilts are simple and some are intricate and complex. But all are sweet in pinks, sky blues, yellows and greens. I think these are loads of fun. Oh how we miss our renters! We have not been […]

Cats, and Frogs, and the Wizard of Oz


Art often uses motifs from nature. What we see all around us can often be very inspiring. Many of our longarm machine renters will bring in quilts featuring leaves, flowers, and other plant life. But animals should not be forgotten in this scenario, especially our beloved pets. You can even theme a quilt to your favorite […]

Our Longarm Renters Use Applique to Make Anything They Imagine!

Lisa's Camper Quilt after longarm quilting at Quilted Joy

We love our longarm renters. They are so much fun and bring in some very pretty quilts for us to admire. We’ve seen everything from bargello to wholecloth, classic blocks to modern marvels. Some of my favorites are the creative applique quilts. Applique can literally be anything. There is very little that limits what you can add […]

Different Styles of T-shirt Quilts

Pamela rented a longarm quilting machine to quilt this Rafting themed Tshirt Quilt

There are lots of different styles of T-shirt quilts and they are all the rage today. You can get a t-shirt at any event, sometimes included with the price of admission. Keeping all those shirts can really take a lot of room in your storage spaces and for what? You might never wear them again. The following […]

Striking Latticework sets a quilt apart

AnnaMaria's Latticework quilt after quilting it on a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

Many of us have homes that are made of brick or stone. And when you talk about your house or the appearance of that house, we say, it is brick or stone. But it’s not just brick, is it? There is mortar that holds it all together. That mortar is important. You could sew the blocks right […]

A Quilter Can Always Change Their Stripes

Carol shows off her ombre stripes quilt after renting a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

We’ve all seen jelly roll quilts. The precut 2 ½” strips are super easy to use and come in so many great colors. A jelly roll race is always fun, but these longarm machine renters have brought us some quilts that are a little different. These ladies prove there can be more to stripes than just […]

Seasonal Flair Adds to the Home

Umbrella quilt, quilted at Quilted Joy

There are people out there that decorate for every holiday. They even have “fall” and “spring” decorations that keep their home ever changing and fresh. I wish I was that person. I manage to decorate for Christmas, but not much more. If I could keep it simple, I would probably do a better job of it. One way […]

A Little Bit of Everything

Memorial Quilt with Dresden Plates made from Clothing

One of the things that I love best of quilting is the amount of variety. Quilting as a medium can incorporate any color, any shape, and any theme that the human mind can consider. Because quilts can be so versatile, we see quilts that are traditional or modern, sophisticated or whimsical, and subtle or flashy. We can […]

Diagonals are On Point to Being Great Quilts

There are only so many shapes that you can use in quilting. Once you’ve used them all, what is there to do? Now we get to play with how we place them. Squares are just squares until we put them on their points, then they are diamonds. With the use of color, we can place […]

Happy Anniversary to our Newer Paper Pantographs!

It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but it has been a year since we’ve added a whole new set of paper pantographs to our studio. We kept all the old pantographs at the studio and most of them are still available on our website, but it is always nice to refresh our selection […]

Unusual Shapes Make Charming Quilt Tops

The thing about quilting, is that it’s all about shapes. I know I have spoken on this many times, but there is no way around it. A quilt is made up of shapes, colors, and 2 dimensional line designs in the quilting. While the largest majority of quilts consist of standard shapes like the square […]

Itty Bitty Pieces Make Spectacular Quilt Tops

Dennis shows off his bright primary colored Pinwheel Block Quilt

The following longarm machine renters created quilts using itty bitty little pieces. It can take a lot of time to piece a quilt. Using larger pieces can cut some of that time out. But the result of all those little pieces is amazing! Judy works with itty bitty pieces Judy made these sweet little quilts […]

Sampler Quilts are a Mix of Skills and Fabrics that is Fun to Behold

Colleen's Bee Happy Sampler Quilt by Lori Holt

Sampler quilts have always been a favorite of mine. I love the playful way the different patterns draw your eye across the field. I believe I have mentioned this before, but some of the first sampler quilts were more functional than we knew. Before there was the internet or even quilting magazines and books, quilters […]