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November 15, 2017
The under 45 quilter from Professional Quilter

The 2017 Quilting in America™ study took a specific look at a group of younger quilters, those under the age of 45. The complete study indicated an average age for the dedicated quilter of 63, down from 64 in 2014. Over time the average age had been increasing. This was the first time that the study delineated results for this subgroup.

The study reveals some important observations about this younger group of quilters. They are more likely to be an occasional quilter and less committed to the craft, largely based on time and work constraints. Here is what the studied ...

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October 18, 2017
...Meanwhile, Longarm Quilting Practice Continues from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Getting Better, But Not There Yet
So I've been working on that cheater cloth practice quilt some more.  It's definitely more challenging than just practicing different quilting motifs on solid fabric.  I've been experimenting with different thread types and colors, and changing up the way I quilt each printed 54-40 or Fight and Dresden Plate block.  The quilting really does change the way each one looks, so it's nice to be able to just try out different things from block to block without worrying about having to rip anything out so all the blocks can be ...

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October 3, 2017
Variety Is the Spice of Life! from Quilted Joy

I’ve written before about how much we enjoy the variety of quilts that our renters bring in to quilt. This post will reflect some of that variety – have fun!

1600 inch quilt

First, we have a jelly roll quilt pieced and quilted by Judy. Some call this design the “1600-Inch Quilt” because it uses a jelly roll, typically 40 strips which are approximately 40 usable inches long. Judy quilted this top with the Funky Fleur de Lys pantograph and lavender thread.

1600 inch quilt

Campbell Ridge Elementary School

Next, Pat S. brought in this top which was created by the fifth grade class of Campbell Ridge Elementary School as ...

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September 21, 2017
Feelin’ Groovy, Renter Style! from Quilted Joy

Sometimes it’s fun to just focus on how the renters are using the design boards. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are boards with grooves carved in a design. A stylus attached to the longarm machine runs through the groove and moves the machine along the lines of the pattern. This is a great way to get consistent quilting results!

Longarm Quilting Machine Rental

Bonnie pieced together some of her scraps to make her top for her rental certification class. This is a perfectly reasonable approach, by the way. You will be practicing in your rental certification class, so we recommend ...

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September 15, 2017
Friends and Family, Renting Together from Quilted Joy

Quilting is an activity that many friends and family members share with one another. We love it when people come in together to rent – the atmosphere is full of excitement and fun!

Summer in the Park Quilt

Valerie and Judy are neighbors, friends, prolific piecers, and frequent renters here at Quilted Joy. In fact, they are here quilting as I’m writing this! Judy recently brought in this top, a Missouri Star Quilt Co. design called Summer in the Park, and quilted it using white thread and the Cascade pantograph. I love the blues, greens and golds together and the secondary patterns created when she ...

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September 13, 2017
Four-Patch Frenzy! from Quilted Joy

Four Patch Frenzy Quilt

Susan pieced this top, a design called Four-Patch Frenzy, after watching a tutorial by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company. She recently asked me to quilt it for her.

Four Patch Frenzy Quilt

Aren’t these fabrics fun? It looks like either the border coordinated with the block fabrics or that the block fabrics were chosen based upon the border. See the fabrics with the hexies and the fabrics with spools? Don’t the bird fabrics remind you of the bird that is in the logo for Missouri Star Quilt Company?

Four Patch Frenzy Quilt

I just love the black and white four-patches and how they contrast ...

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September 9, 2017
More Beautiful Summery Quilts from the Renters from Quilted Joy

They just keep coming! The theme of today’s post is summertime quilting.

Pinwheels Quilt

Melissa is a relatively new renter at Quilted Joy, but she is definitely not new to the world of quilting and sewing. You may know her popular blog, Polka Dot Chair. She quilted this top earlier this summer and blogged about it here: Polka Dot Chair Summer Pinwheel Quilt. We’ll let her speak for herself! Melissa is a fabric designer with Riley Blake and her passion shows in every project she quilts here.

Turn Twenty Quilt Batiks

Fammie’s quilt is made up of summery blue and green batiks. This ...

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September 7, 2017
Sarah’s Bed Runner – A Different Shape of Quilt from Quilted Joy

Bed Runner Quilt

Usually, customers bring in what we would call “bed shaped” quilts to be quilted edge to edge. Throws, fulls, twins, queens, and the occasional king quilt are all rectangular but not long and skinny. Sarah recently pieced a bed runner for a family member which was a change of pace for me as the quilter!

Bed Runner Quilt

Why do people make bed runners? There are quite a few reasons: to keep the feet warm, to give pets a defined place to lay, to protect the bed from shoes left on during a nap, to test out a specific block, or just to ...

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