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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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September 3, 2017
Let’s Catch Up With The Renters from Quilted Joy

Here are a few more recent finishes by our wonderful renters!

Sampler Quilt

Valerie pieced this interesting sampler from batik and white half-square triangle units. I’m not sure which pattern she used, but if you search for Triangle Gatherings, you’ll find a link to one half-square triangle quiltalong being offered by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. If you look at the blocks one by one, you’ll see that each one is made up of sixteen half-square triangles, turned various ways to make different patterns. No two blocks are alike! Valerie used a white thread and A Little Bit This ...

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August 29, 2017
DIY Longarm Machine Overhead Lighting, So I Don't Sew Through My Fingers! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ta da!  Look what my handy husband made for me this weekend!


DIY Long Arm Lighting, Courtesy of Bernie
After I horrified Bernie with the tale of a quilter who was quilting in poor lighting and stitched THROUGH HER THUMBNAIL with her longarm machine, my darling husband decided to move this project up to the top of his Honey Do list.  I took this photo before dawn this morning, right after I shooed my teenagers out the door for school, and the picture does not do justice to how my new lights illuminate this whole end of the studio.

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August 23, 2017
Lots and Lots of Renter Quilts from Quilted Joy

I am continually amazed at the variety of tops that our renters bring in to quilt on our APQS longarm machines. Here are a few more from earlier this summer…

1600 inch Jelly Roll Quilt

Nancy made this variation on the “1600-inch” or jelly roll quilt with white 2 1/2″ squares between the ends of the strips. It is so interesting to see what people come up with as a variation on the basic jelly roll quilt. Nancy used the Heart Fancy pantograph and light apricot thread to quilt her top. There were so many colors in her quilt Nancy wasn’t sure what ...

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August 17, 2017
Summertime Quilting for the Renters from Quilted Joy

Wow, are there a lot of renter quilts to talk about! Let’s start with a wild West theme…

Cowgirl Quilt

Carol made this top from a cowboy-themed panel, coordinating fabrics and borders. She wanted the focus to be on the Western-themed prints and chose the meander design board and a light neutral thread. Super cute!

Cowboy Quilt

For her rental certification, Clara brought a different cowboy panel. This quilt will be for her very young grandson, so she chose not to add borders to make it bigger. Actually, panels are the perfect size for rental certification and no piecing is required! Clara chose ...

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August 15, 2017
A Gorgeous City Sampler – Tula Meets Kaffe! from Quilted Joy

City Sampler Quilt

One of my long-time customers, Kathy, recently asked me to quilt this top for her. Liz, one of my longarm rental supervisors, squealed “ooh, a City Sampler!” when she saw it. (Liz’s is still in her to-be-quilted pile.) This quilt was designed a few years ago by Tula Pink and is the focus of the challenge on Instagram under the hashtag #100blocks100days2017. All 100 of the blocks are unique with a tendency towards modern design.

City Sampler Quilt

Part of the point of this design is fussy cutting and fabric placement. Kathy has a collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and dove into ...

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August 11, 2017
Busy Busy Renters! from Quilted Joy

Our renters are, as always, eager to get those projects finished! Here are a few recently-quilted quilts…

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt

Donna pieced this throw-sized top and wanted to use a design with good overall texture so the blocks would stand out. She chose the orange peel design boards for her quilt and used a light neutral thread for her quilting. The orange peel design boards are not only dependable, but quick to use as a quilting design so she was done in a flash.

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt

Underground Railroad Quilt

Julie is a relatively new quilter. What we love about new quilters is that they are willing to leap ...

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July 31, 2017
In Which Following a Paper Pantograph Pattern Turns Out to be Trickier Than it Looks from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ugh, ugh, and more ugh.  


First Attempt at Pantograph Quilting!
After spending the last few months practicing my freehand quilting skills on my new APQS Millenium longarm quilting machine, I finally slapped a pantograph pattern on the back of my frame and attempted to quilt this beautiful allover feathery paisley design by simply tracing along the printed lines.  If you look closely at the photo (click to enlarge), you may see a red dot of light on the paper design.  That's a laser light that I have lined up with my machine needle location on the quilt surface so ...

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July 28, 2017
Stars, Simple and Sweet! from Quilted Joy

North Star Quilt

We show lots of complicated quilts here on the blog, but simple and sweet deserves a place too. Terry made this quilt for friends and brought it to Quilted Joy for quilting. She wanted it to show her love for this couple, pure and simple.

North Star Quilt

As you can see, Terry used a two-color color scheme – red and cream. She only used two fabrics rather than making the quilt scrappy. This has two effects – it tends to bring focus to her excellent piecing skills and it gives the quilting an opportunity to shine.

North Star Quilt

We chose the Heart Fancy pantograph for Terry ...

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July 18, 2017
Lots and Lots of Quarter Circles! from Quilted Joy

Look at this interesting layout! Anita used a neutral color palette and quarter circle blocks, arranged strategically, to create really fun optical illusions of circles disappearing behind each other. She must have had a blast arranging her blocks!

Circles Quilt

Circles Quilt

Here at Quilted Joy, we have many wideback fabrics – over 130 total. Anita took advantage of our large variety when selecting a backing for her quilt and chose Moda’s Grunge fabric in grey. Although it calls itself grey, this fabric actually has grey, charcoal, and even a little tan so it is perfect to coordinate with all those neutrals.

Moda Grey Couture Grunge Fabric

Circles Quilt

Choosing a ...

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July 16, 2017
Lots and Lots of Eye Candy Quilted by the Renters from Quilted Joy

Today, I’d like to celebrate the wide variety of quilt styles that our renters quilt here at Quilted Joy. One of the best things about having the rental program is seeing everyone else’s quilts – it feeds our creativity and inspires us all here at the studio. Here are a few recently-quilted projects from the rental program.

Baby Kisses Quilt

Colleen must be the hippest grandmother (as well as one of the fastest piecers) in the galaxy. She brings in tops made from current fabric lines by popular designers such as Elizabeth Hartman and Lori Holt. This top is a version of ...

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July 12, 2017
Imogene’s Rail Fence from Quilted Joy

Today’s quilt, by Imogene, is a Rail Fence design.  The center is based upon strip sets, and Imogene added several borders to add interest.  What makes this quilt really interesting is that it is made entirely of neutrals!

Rail Fence Quilt Variation

Rail Fence Quilt Variation

Because the color scheme is so simple, Imogene wanted her quilting not to overpower the quilt.  We talked about various options and decided upon the budget value meander for this quilt.  A tan thread talked the most quietly across the lights, mediums and darks, so that is what we used.

Rail Fence Quilt Variation

Imogene prefers a specific feel to her quilts.  She likes them ...

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July 10, 2017
Renters Working on Their Free Motion Quilting Skills from Quilted Joy

Today, let’s take a look at some renters who are improving their free motion quilting skills by working from the front of the machine.

Wall Hanging Quilt

Connie quilted this patriotic star quilt with a free motion meander.  While we have a design board that does the same thing, she knows that working from the front of the machine to do an allover design is faster than using a design board or panto.  It looks great and you can choose your own scale of meander.

Wall Hanging Quilt

Baby Quilt from Grandma

Baby Quilt from Grandma

Gloria also used a free motion meander on this quilt for her new granddaughter.  One thing that ...

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July 6, 2017
Asterisk Not Needed Here! from Quilted Joy

Beverly brought this fun top in for me to quilt.  No asterisk needed here – it’s cute without qualification!

Asterick Quilt

We did a little research on this, as we’re often asked about the patterns and fabrics selected by our quilting customers for their tops.  The pattern, Asterisk, was published in Quiltmaker magazine in 2010 and is still available from them.  We don’t know exactly what fabric line Beverly used, but it looks like it’s a contemporary or modern fabric line.

Asterick Quilt

Beverly found her backing among our extensive selection of wideback fabrics.  She chose Tone on Tone Dotted Circles ...

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July 4, 2017
Four More Newly Minted Renters! from Quilted Joy

We love that new students complete our rental certification course all the time. Seeing the joy on their faces after they quilt their first quilt on our APQS longarm machines makes our day. Here are some recently-certified renters and their quilts!

Strip Set Quilt

Stella brought this sweet top in for her certification class. It is based upon strip sets which were cut into diagonal segments, rotated, and sewn into blocks. The soft purples and greens are so restful! The Periwinkle pantograph was perfect for her quilt, and she chose a light lavender thread that blended well with the purples, greens, and light ...

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