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 […]

The Wonder of One Block Wonders

Cheri's One Block Wonder quilt after renting a longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Since Maxine Rosenthal published her One Block Wonder book, it has become a very popular quilt style. The technique takes a single fabric and creates hexagons that resemble a view through a kaleidoscope. The concept is quite simple, but the results look amazing and so complicated! Check out how our longarm machine renters were able to […]

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 […]

Some Quilts Just Break the Mold

Danielle's Bright and Playful Quilt after her Longarm Quilting Machine Rental

I like to group quilts together with similar characteristics to write about. But sometimes we get a couple of quilts that sort of break the mold. Here are some beautiful unique quilts that were just too hard to group with others. What do you think of them? Carol Breaks the Mold Having just said these […]

Pinwheels and More

Valerie's modern Dresden quilt is gorgeous! She free motion quilted this on a longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy.

The pinwheels are probably one the most recognizable quilt blocks. They’re easy to piece and super fun to play with layouts and colors. These renters have decided to keep with tradition and create these beautiful pinwheel block quilts. Karen made this quilt top a long time ago and then just lost interest in it and […]

Molly’s First Quilt

Purple Chevron Quilt

Molly is a thirteen-year-old from here in Louisville who wanted to learn how to piece a quilt top.  After it was finished, she and her mom brought it to Quilted Joy to pick out backing and a quilting design so that I could quilt it for her. Looking at the top, I’m guessing that Molly […]

Strips Become Log Cabins in Surprising Ways

Angela Huffman, APQS dealer, quilts modern and wonky log cabins

We are constantly thinking about the different units that we use in piecing; squares, half square triangles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, and strips. The poor strip is just that – a strip who hasn’t been made into anything yet! The strip just sits there waiting to be cut up into smaller pieces. Except when the lowly strip […]

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, […]