Tricolored Quilts, Simple but Stunning

Karen shows off her cat block quilt after renting a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

There are a lot of very colorful quilts out in the world. Who doesn’t love bright colorful quilts? But there is also beauty in simplicity. Now you can simplify with your piecing or your quilting. But you can also simplify the numbers of colors in your quilt and keep the complicated piecing or fancy quilting. Check out these tricolored […]

Mesmerizing Two Color Quilts

Karen shows off her snail trail quilt after longarm quilting it at Quilted Joy

Every year the Kentucky State Fair chooses to highlight a particular category of quilt. The style they choose is then its own category for the fair. In 2019 the category was two color quilts. There is something mesmerizing about many of these two color quilts. They are beautiful in their simplicity and intriguing in their complexity. […]

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 […]

Longarm Renters Show Off Beginner to Advanced Quilting Levels

Starla's Slanted Star Quilt, quilted on a longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

There are many things that I feel make quilting one of the best hobbies to have. What we make is very useful. It can even save a life from hypothermia! Can a cross stitch do that? I don’t think so. There is room for all levels. A beginner can make a lot of mistakes and […]

Longarm Renters Have Fun with Geometry

Jennifer quilted this Maze quilt on a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

What I love about quilting is the sheer volume of potential patterns that can be used in a top. I have seen quilts made from photographs, from graphic artist’s designs, and from landscapes. If you can see it or even imagine it, you can create it in fabric. The longarm machine renters who come in to the […]

Cats and Dogs and Butterflies, Oh my!

Themed quilts can be very fun to make. Most quilts have color schemes. But a real theme, an idea outside of mere color, can be fun to incorporate. Using a single fabric line, so the designs on the fabric coordinate can be one way to do this. But incorporating the outline of objects in the […]

Fabric Stash Busting Ideas From Our Longarm Machine Renters

Vickie Longarm Machine Certification Class

I heard a joke once about people like me. You would not expect a coin collector to use his collection at a vending machine. You would not expect a stamp collector to mail a letter with his stamps. So why do people ask me what I’m going to make with my fabric? All joking aside, […]

Beverly’s French Braid Quilt

Beverly's French Braid Quilt, quilted by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

There are some quilt patterns out there that just defy explanation. You know the ones, where you see them and instantly know that they are way too hard for you to even attempt to try. But then you look closer and see that the construction of the block is actually simpler than you first imagined. […]

Three Memorial Quilts from our Longarm Renters

Hand embroidered blocks on a memorial quilt for a school

Some of us are hoarders. We like to keep things that have long past their usefulness. But how do you throw away something that reminds you of happy times? How do you throw away something you’ve held onto for decades? Some of us just can’t do it. But then the question is what do we […]

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 […]

For the Boys

Judy made this incredible Nashville Predators quilt for her son. Such an amazing quilt!

Girls can be so easy to quilt for. Floral patterns, pink and purple fabrics, as well as blues and geometrics, everything works for a girl’s room. But what to do for the boys? Here are a couple of beautiful masculine quilt designs that these boys are really going to love! Judy’s son is a huge […]

Three Ways to Go

How fun is Judy's Pins and Paws quilt? She quilted it with a bubbles design board at Quilted Joy

There is never just one way to do something right, especially with artistic endeavors. Multiple choices should be seen as multiple opportunities to try something new. With longarm quilting there are so many choices to be made like thread, color, density, and design. In fact, our renters have three different ways to quilt their quilts. […]

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 […]

Spring Renter Roundup

Lots of great renter stories! Today's post includes memorial quilts, a comfort quilt, a first-time user of any type of sewing machine, and more!

We’ve been so busy with renters that we haven’t been keeping up with posts about their projects! This post will be a little longer – interesting quilts and stories ahead! Vickie recently came in for her rental certification. She is trying to finish several quilts that an elderly relative pieced and appliqued and originally wanted […]

A Snowy Walk in the Park

Snowy Walk in the Park Quilt

If your winter and spring have been like ours here in Louisville, you’ve seen the weather jump rapidly from below freezing to warm and sunny to snow flurries, sometimes all in twenty-four hours. Michelle may have had weather on her mind when she picked the fabrics for this top that she brought in for me […]

Baby Quilts, T-shirts, & More!

Catch up with Quilted Joy's renters and the quilts they're working on!

Each of our longarm renters is at a different place in his or her quilting journey. Some are just getting started while others have been making quilts their whole lives. As a result I get to see a smorgasbord of quilts, styles, skill levels and more. Read on for four quilters working on very different quilts. Jean is quickly becoming one […]

Renters are Getting Into the Groove!

See what the longarm renters at Quilted Joy have been up to lately!

First up we have Carol who worked on two quilts in one day. Carol used to have her own longarm machine, but after downsizing to a smaller home she sold it. She was so happy to get back into the longarm world when she discovered our rental program! Carol said she has a huge pile […]

Generous Quilters

Quilters are a generous bunch and this group of Quilted Joy's longarm machine renters are no exception. See the beautiful quilts they're gifting away! QuiltedJoy.com

Quilters are a generous bunch, and this group of renters is no exception! Fammie made this lovely blue batik quilt for her son’s Christmas gift. The pattern is made up of squares and rectangles. I like how they aren’t spaced evenly, the piecing and her color choices create a lot of movement throughout the top. […]

Quilting Friends Come Together at Quilted Joy

Four friends joined us in the Quilted Joy showroom to take their rental certification class together - QuiltedJoy.com

We had a group of four friends drive all the way from Bardstown, KY to take their rental certification together. This meant we had a full house with almost every machine running! Normally I won’t have this many quilters in for the certification. I learned pretty quickly that with all the new skills we’re covering, […]

A Christmas Quilt and Newbie Renters

Our renters are always working on such fun quilts! - QuiltedJoy.com

Now that it’s December, it’s definitely time to get into the Christmas spirit! Or at least just a little bit :). When Coleen pulled out this quilt top, Kelsey was ecstatic!   Watching A Christmas Story multiple times during its 24 hour marathon on TV is one of Kelsey’s family traditions, so that leg lamp focus panel had her spouting […]