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April 20, 2018
You need an engineering degree for this from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So the long arm was disassembled and sent away for its upgrade and spa treatment. It almost didn't get the upgrade, but all that got worked out. Then it was supposed to be delivered on Friday last week, but arrived on Monday instead right in the aftermath of the ice storm!

Two big boxes arrived. I waited two hours before I had the courage to open them up. I knew that it was going to take some time to get the machine back up and running as I had set it up by myself when I first got the ...

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April 4, 2018
Adventures In Longarm Quilting Continue! Beginner Ruler Work, SID, Winding Bobbins, and Tips for Terrific Tension from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello and Happy Easter!  Despite a busy weekend full of rehearsals and multiple Easter worship services, I did manage to snatch about an hour a day for working on my Tabby Mountain quilt.  I'm almost done with the ruler work, and it's SO MUCH FUN!!!

It's the Second to Last Row of Solid Triangles!  Yay!!
I am really happy with how the straight quilted lines are enhancing my solid triangles, and it's amazing how much better I'm getting at quilting the long diagonal lines without my ruler slipping.  Each time I advance the quilt, the ...

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March 28, 2018
YAY!!! I DID IT!! I WOUND MY OWN BOBBIN with my APQS Turbo Terror! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This is going to be one of those posts where you all get to shake your heads and have a chuckle at my expense.  When I brought my APQS Millenium home in early April of last year, I stocked up on a variety of colors of Fil-Tec Glide thread cones and Magna Glide magnetic prewound bobbins to get me started, and there was a Magna Glide prewound already in the bobbin case on Day One.  Of course you don't HAVE to use prewound bobbins in APQS machines -- in fact, the Millenium and Freedom models both come standard with a ...

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March 27, 2018
To-Do Tuesday: Monofilament Stitching In the Ditches With the Disco Kitties from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Quilting Away on Tabby Mountain
And now it is Tuesday.  Does anyone remember Once Upon a Time, A Long, Long Time Ago, the last time I posted weekly goals for the To-Do On Tuesday linky party?  Some of you may not be old enough to remember back that far, all the way back to March 6th when I posted the following goals that I was planning and fully expecting to finish in ONE week:
  1. I need to design and embroider a quilt label and decide whether it goes on the front of the quilt or on the back.
  2. I need ...

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March 26, 2018
HEY, YOU GUYS! I Am Hosting the TGIFF Linky Party This Friday! Finish Up So You Can Link Up! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So are we all familiar with the TGIFF -- "Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday" -- Linky Party?  It's a floating linky party that is hosted by different bloggers each week, and I get a chance to be the Hostess With the Mostest right here at Cheeky Cognoscenti this coming Friday, March 30th!  Woo hoo!!  

I am so excited, I just might vomit.  You see, the TGIFF Linky Hostess has to write a post about his or her OWN finish to kick off the party, and as my longtime readers can attest, I am so much better at starting than I ...

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March 14, 2018
Will You Join Me for the APQS Road Show? from Quilted Joy

Are you ready to take the next leap in your quilting journey? Join me at the Quilted Joy showroom on Saturday April 7, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm, for a special seminar about all the wonderful APQS machines! Come and test-drive each model firsthand to find the perfect fit for you and your quilting goals. What better way to discover how a longarm can make your quilting more fun, fulfilling, and even profitable?

The APQS Road Show will be visiting Quilted Joy on Saturday April 7, 2018 1-4pm

Designed for quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine, this seminar includes valuable information about owning your first longarm.

  • Discover resources for templates, batting, freehand instruction ...

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March 4, 2018
Would You Like to Welcome Lenni into Your Home? from Quilted Joy

Right now we have brand new APQS Lenni machines on new tables (10′ or 12′) with the amazing Bliss drive system and the APQS LIFETIME warranty for $2,000 cash off! Lenni is a 20″ throat longarm machine with a stitch regulator. He has a manual channel lock, adjustable ergo handles and he is ready to take a computer should you wish to add one to him at any point.

Normally this dreamy package would be $11,900 but we’ve got it for only $9,900.

If you’d like to welcome your very own Lenni into your home ...

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January 20, 2018
You Guys!! Look What I Quilted Yesterday! My Math Quilt Is Ready for Binding! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Our so-called "winter storm" shut down the entire city of Charlotte for three whole days, y'all.  And apparently all it takes for me to get over my Quilter's Block is three unexpected days off from EVERYTHING, spent in my pajamas, in my studio, watching YouTube tutorials.  I started -- and finished -- quilting my first real quilt on my longarm machine.  This particular quilt has been a WIP (Work In Progress) for me for two and a half years, inspired by doodling that my son Lars did on graph paper in his 8th grade math notebook.  Hence the black math ...

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January 18, 2018
Behold: A Southern Blizzard! "Snowed In" With the Best Beginner Longarm Quilting Tutorials from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, Wisconsin and Minnesnowta readers -- get ready to laugh yourselves silly.  School is canceled today in Charlotte, North Carolina -- in the middle of exam week -- because of treacherous weather conditions that they are calling Storm Three:

Storm Three Pounds My Neighborhood with a Sprinkling of Snow Dandruff
Not only is school closed today, but businesses are closing as well.  My in-box is full of emails from the eye doctor, interior design showrooms, etc., notifying me that they are all closed due to the "storm."  All of my appointments today have been canceled, even tonight's church choir rehearsal, and I ...

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January 4, 2018
What’s In a Name? from Quilting with Care

Happy 2018! It is a new year, and we have so many things on the agenda for the shop. I’m not a huge New Years Resolution person, but I am really hoping to find time to blog more this year.   With that said, I am also helping to continue learning more on Millie, and […]

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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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