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May 14, 2017
Susan’s Wonderful Fall Colors Quilt from Quilted Joy

Susan appears to love fall colors, judging from this quilt! The fabrics look like they’re from a designer named Sandy Gervais who designs gorgeous collections for Moda. She almost always includes teal in her collections.

Fall Colors Quilt. Quilting by Quilted Joy

Fall Colors Quilt quilted at Quilted Joy

The piecing in this top is very simple, and the quilting needed to be simple, too. Susan opted for an allover meander for this top so it would be comfy and soft. This also let the fun fabrics be the focal point of the quilt. I selected a taupe thread for the quilting because it blended best across the many different colors and shades ...

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May 12, 2017
That Left Turn at Albuequerque... Excuses for Neglecting Thoroughly Modern Millie from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ah, I KNEW I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuequerque!! 

Bugs Bunny in "Bully for Bugs" (1953)
So I don't have great things to show for myself today because I've been lost in rabbit holes, like Bugs Bunny in "Bully for Bugs."  I've been taking care of my husband, running errands, attending school orchestra concerts, overseeing drapery installations and specifying paint colors for my interior design clients, and doing lots of other things that really do need to get done.  But I've also been avoiding that left turn down the hall to my studio, where ...

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May 11, 2017
Time for A Post-Derby Renter Roundup!!! from Quilted Joy

Derby is over and summer is coming soon.  Here are a few renter projects from the past few months to whet your appetite for summer quilting…

Bargello quilt quilted on APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Angelique made this very colorful bargello top and quilted it here recently.  She wanted to quilt it from the front of the machine and did a simple meander in the bargello section with a grey thread that blended well.  She changed things up a little by quilting a loopy meander in the light grey border.

Lynn's For Keeps Quilt, quilted at Quilted Joy

Lynn completed this top through a block of the month program available last year at a local quilt shop ...

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May 9, 2017
This Finish Has Been A Long Time Coming from Quilted Joy

Beverly took a class on applique a number of years ago and this beautiful top was the result.  I was delighted to help her finish it!

Applique Block of the Month Quilt

This design was taught as a block of the month, so there are a number of different blocks.  Some are pieced and some are applique.  Beverly didn’t want me to quilt over her applique but did want a simple overall design on the quilt, so meandering was the best choice.

Applique Block of the Month Quilt

Applique Block of the Month Quilt

Look at the applique technique…it’s perfect.  The technique appears to be freezer paper applique.  I decreased the size of the meander ...

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April 29, 2017
Adorable Baby Quilt Alert, Part Two! from Quilted Joy

You may remember Jackie’s super-cute seahorse baby quilt for a boy from my blog post in January.  A few weeks later, she brought in this equally cute baby quilt top for a girl and asked me to quilt it the same way.

Modern Baby Girl Quilt

Like the seahorse quilt, Jackie wanted this top quilted using the Wisteria edge-to-edge design.  It shows well against her fabrics, most of which are tonal.  The scale of the design also works well with her block size and doesn’t overwhelm her floral fabric.

Modern Baby Girl Quilt

I quilted this top with a grey thread to help it blend softly ...

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April 19, 2017
In Good Times And in Bad, For Better Or For Worse: First Comes a Honey-Do Project, and Then Comes Surgery from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Salutations from the waiting room of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center!  I've been here since 5 AM.  They wheeled Bernie into the operating room and relegated me to this waiting room at 6:45, began his open heart mitral valve repair and maze ablation surgery at 8 AM, and although all of the updates have been that things are "going well" in there, I have no details and they were not finished yet as of 1:30 PM. 

5 AM Today, Before Changing into the Gown
So of course we had to take a Pre-Op Snuggling Selfie before he got ...

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April 15, 2017
Together We Grow…A Very Special Quilt from Quilted Joy

Two and a half years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church decided to work on a project that would be inclusive in its participation yet diverse in its individual contributions.  More than sixty members of the congregation participated, learning everything from fabric dyeing to surface embellishment.  This is their very special quilt.

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

Pat Sturtzel and Lori Sargent, the coordinators of the project, reserved much of one week to quilt it.  There is so much to talk about that I’m pretty sure I’ll miss something, but here goes!

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

First, Pat hand-dyed both the background for the top and the ...

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April 13, 2017
A Snowy Walk in the Park from Quilted Joy

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 to quilt.

Snowy Walk in the Park Quilt

This pattern’s name is “A Walk in the Park”, but Michelle decided to add the “Snowy” to the title when she realized that she was selecting white and blue fabrics, some of which look very wintry. Some of the fabrics have ...

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April 9, 2017
April Showers Bring Beautiful Quilts from Quilted Joy

As I’m writing this, it’s a cold, rainy April day here in Louisville. There’s nothing better to do on a rainy day than stay inside and quilt – except perhaps to catch up with the renters!

Batik Curved Piecing Quilt

Dorothy quilted this top a few weeks ago. The pattern is so bold and eye-catching that it took some thought to find the perfect quilting design. She decided upon the continuous spiral design board, which has larger and smaller spirals that echo the motion of the curved blocks in her top. She used a purple thread which contrasts well with the golds ...

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April 7, 2017
Civil War Reproduction Sixteen-Patch Quilt from Quilted Joy

This very traditional top was brought to me for quilting by Anita. It is a sixteen-patch pattern, meaning that each block has four columns and four rows, so sixteen squares per block.

Civil War Reproduction Fabrics 16 Patch Quilt

Most of the fabrics in this quilt were designed by Jo Morton, a much-loved Civil War reproduction fabric designer. The colors are warm and inviting and really are the stars of the quilt. Because of this, Anita asked that we quilt the top simply with a meander and a thread that blended as well as possible.

Civil War Reproduction 16 Patch Quilt

After trying many colors, including black, dark red, grey, and gold, we ...

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April 1, 2017
A Gorgeous Collection of Purples! from Quilted Joy

Wow!  Pamela brought in this gorgeous purple quilt for me to quilt a few weeks ago.

Gorgeous Purple batiks quilt

Pamela is a dyer, but these are all commercial fabrics – almost all of them batiks.  Does she have an amazing stash or did she have an epic purple shopping trip?  Either way, the variety of purples, from a light lavender to a fairly deep eggplant, is impressive and makes the quilt so much fun.  There are also many different textures, from nearly solid to speckled to geometric to leafy.  Using different shades and different textures are both excellent ways to create visual interest.

Gorgeous Purple Batiks quilt


With ...

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March 18, 2017
Lots of Renter Activity! from Quilted Joy

One thing we love here at Quilted Joy is the huge variety of quilts our renters and customers bring in.  We love the colors, the styles, and the stories behind the quilts – and every quilt is different.

Margie's Rental Certification Class Quilt

Margie quilted this quilt a few weeks ago.  At first, it looks random, but if you look at it long enough, you see that the squares are arranged into a repeating pattern.  See the groupings of eight squares around a tilted center?  This is the kind of detail that I would not see immediately if I were quilting this quilt for a customer ...

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March 16, 2017
8 + 2 + 1 = ? from Quilting with Care

8 + 2 + 1 = ? I’m a numbers person. I struggle with scrappy, I try to find a pattern even if it is hidden deep, I want some sort of order to things.  I look for numbers.  I think this is the only reason I can work up a pattern from a picture.  […]

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March 9, 2017
T-Shirt Quilts, Teacup Spinning, and Team Work from Quilting with Care

Do you ever feel like you are cramming a week’s worth of living into one weekend. It is the end of the week, but everything starts spinning in fast forward motion. I feel like I am on the teacup ride at Disney World with my husband and a family friend crammed into this little tea […]

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March 7, 2017
Busy Busy Renters! from Quilted Joy

The holidays are always a busy season at Quilted Joy.  So many quilters are busily working on presents for their family and friends or finishing up UFOs to meet annual goals.  We think it’s safe to post pictures now, so let’s see what they were working on!

Colleen quilted 5 wintery table runners at the same time using the APQS Freddie at Quilted Joy

Colleen has become the master of efficiency.  She brought in five table runners to quilt for family members for Christmas.  She planned carefully so that she could lay them out on a single piece of backing fabric and use the same panto all the way across.  We found a perfect pantograph ...

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February 28, 2017
Traveling through Hyperspace… Or Just a Weekend from Quilting with Care

Weekends used to mean a time to relax, clean house, catch up on laundry, and go grocery shopping.  Now, they mean sewing and being surrounded by fabric! I’m fine with this tradeoff, but my house might be included in the next State of Emergency Alert.  Long days doing what I love, and an extremely understanding […]

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February 23, 2017
A Valuable Example of Value Placement from Quilted Joy

Jan was visiting Pinterest recently and saw a quilt that inspired her to play with value.  By “value”, I mean light vs medium vs dark shades of colors.  Placing light fabrics so that they contrast with dark fabrics can create an entirely new secondary pattern within a quilt.  This has been used traditionally with log cabin and split nine-patch quilts, but it is often seen these days in creative arrangements of half square triangle units like in Jan’s quilt.

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

I must confess that I didn’t see this immediately!  As a longarm quilter, I am focussed on a limited ...

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A Long Overdue Update from Quilting with Care

Well, I jumped off the deep end for a moment and forgot to clue you all in. It’s been a little while since my last post.   On top of the quilt shop, I am still working a full time job. This week I had a business trip, so I did what every quilter would do […]

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February 18, 2017
Catching Up with the Renters! from Quilted Joy

Pam custom quilted this Stained Glass Star wall hanging at Quilted Joy

Pam brought in this lovely wallhanging a few weeks ago to quilt.  The design is by Jinny Beyer and is called Stained Glass Star.  Aren’t those blues, greens and golds gorgeous together?  Pam even used Jinny’s famous border prints in this project to tie it all together.  It took a couple of rental sessions, but she quilted it entirely freehand, using “Terry Twists” within the star and meandering designs in the background and the border.  You can really see all her quilting from the back of the quilt.  Beautiful work!

Pam custom quilted this Stained Glass Star wall hanging at Quilted Joy

Stephaine used the Lorien's Paisley pantograph to quilt her quilt at Quilted Joy

Stephanie quilted this top using the Lorien’s ...

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February 13, 2017
WIP Week Wrap Up from Quilting with Care

{WIP= Work In Progress} Wow! The week flew past, yet somehow I was able to finish a few things. I sure hope you were able to as well.  First, I worked on a class sample. Our first class is February 25th and it is a beginner quilt class on making a Disappearing Nine Patch; although, […]

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