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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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February 11, 2017
Tessellating Shapes Quilt from Quilted Joy

Here is a contemporary quilt that I recently quilted for Susan.  This is an interesting design because each block is a tessellation.   A tessellation is a shape which interlocks with itself when turned different ways.  According to the rules, it cannot be a square, and in this case, the shapes are kind of like the letter “H”.  M.C. Escher is one artist who is particularly famous for this.  The pattern “Tessellating Tabbies” by Jinny Beyer is a fun example of this concept in a quilt.

Susan's quilt is a tesselating design made entirely of batiks. I quilted it with a neutral thread that blends well and a meandering design. Fun!

Susan’s quilt is made entirely of batiks and includes all of the colors ...

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February 7, 2017
Quilter’s Hideaway is Open! from Quilting with Care

I do not even know how to begin telling you about this past weekend. I’ve talked to several people about how to start this post, what to write, how to translate what is in my head out into words. I guess I should start with a deep breath.  *breathe in*   *breathe out*  I’m somewhere lost in […]

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January 31, 2017
Millie, the machine, Earned Overtime This Weekend from Quilting with Care

Happy Monday! Today feels like Wednesday, or maybe Thursday without the added excitement that tomorrow is Friday.  It just has the drag that we are pushing through another week.  The get up and go of a Monday following a relaxing weekend is nowhere in sight.  I’m tired.  The reason I’m tired is exciting, though.  We […]

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January 25, 2017
How to Sew Using a PlayStation and TV from Quilting with Care

I promise I haven’t lost my mind… yet. But I did recently borrow my husband’s PS4 for a sewing project. Don’t run away, yet. You can too! As long as there is a gaming system with internet or even a smart TV in your house, this post will apply to you. Are you ready? It […]

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January 16, 2017
The Little Engine That Could from Quilting with Care

19 days! There are only NINETEEN days until our grand opening.  Between picking up fabric, ordering notions, planning greatness, and so much more, I have barely had any time to sit at my machine and have a sew date.  “Soon” I keep telling myself… soon.     Soon the shop opens. Soon I will be able […]

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January 12, 2017
More wonderful renter projects from Quilted Joy

We have some wonderful renter quilting to share with you!

Jean's quilt was made with dog bandanas. She even embroidered the names of all the dogs Such a great way to remember man's best friend!

Jean brought this colorful top in to quilt for a friend.  Each of those triangles is a bandana worn by a dog that her friend has owned.  Jean embroidered the dogs’ names on the solid black fabric around the edges.  Because she wanted to make sure the dogs and their attire remained the stars in this quilt, Jean selected the meander design board and a thread that blended well.  We are all animal lovers here at Quilted Joy, so this project was special to us all.  What a beautiful gift ...

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January 2, 2017
Moving, Quilting, & Sew Much More from Quilting with Care

2017 is the year we unlock the doors to Quilter’s Hideaway.  Every day we are one step closer and yesterday was no exception.   Millie moved into her new and final home at the shop yesterday.   Before we moved her I wanted to play with quilting a quilt using a custom design instead of […]

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January 1, 2017
2016- Walking Down Memory Lane from Quilting with Care

2016- A year of finished quilts and dreams in the making.   2016 was a big year.  I started this blog, finished a handful of quilts from my WIP stack (hopefully you were able to, too), Millie joined our family, and we made the decision to open the quilt shop– Quilter’s Hideaway.  2016 was a […]

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December 27, 2016
Packing Away Christmas from Quilting with Care

My husband started taking Christmas down yesterday. I on the other hand retreated to the sewing machine and pretended that he wasn’t taking it down. I sure love Christmas and all the Christmas lights and Christmas trees, but I’m ready for what’s next.  In 38 days our doors open, and we celebrate our grand opening. […]

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December 12, 2016
Santa & Sew Parties from Quilting with Care

Do you have any fun Christmas or holiday traditions? I thought I would share a few of the fun things we did this weekend and a little about how WIP Week wrapped up.  Over the weekend we had our good friends come over and we went to see Santa, ate dinner together, and even made […]

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December 2, 2016
Factory Certified Used Machines Just Released! from Quilted Joy

APQS just released a new batch of factory certified used longarm machines! These machines are fully inspected at the factory and come with a one year factory warranty – some of the newer used machines have a longer warranty but those are listed below. And all come with a NEW table, your choice of size! Don’t forget Bliss can be added to any of our standup quilting machines for $1,000 and Deluxe tables can be upgraded to include the Automatic Quilt Advance for $1,350. All you need is a $500 fully refundable deposit to hold your machine (most ...

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November 28, 2016
The Road Show is Coming Next Week! from Quilted Joy

Join us at Quilted Joy on Saturday December 10, 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?

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 manuals, wholesale contacts, thread, etc.
  • Find out where to buy pantograph patterns, books, and stencils ...

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November 11, 2016
Introducing the Spot On Bracket for Computerized Quilting from Quilted Joy

I’m so stinkin’ excited to show you this product made specifically for the APQS world of computerized quilting! For years I’ve been frustrated while quilting with my computerized systems. Every time I needed to set the boundaries for a motif I was lowering my needle at each corner of my blocks to make sure I was going to click in exactly where that point should be. This may not seem like a lot of trouble, but when you’re setting dozens of points in a single pass of a queen sized quilt that’s a lot of time ...

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October 11, 2016
Video Tutorial: Meandering Comma Curl from Quilted Joy

My latest video tutorial for APQS is a fun twist on a meander or loopy meander, called the Meandering Comma Curl. For this simple meander design I added a fun comma curl or puff to the quilting line. You’ll love how flexible this design can be depending on how big or small you quilt it. I think it would be at home as both an all over edge to edge design or a filler behind applique. Watch the video below and give this one a try!

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September 7, 2016
Renter Roundup! from Quilted Joy

It’s time to check in with the renters again – what have they been up to?

Jean's Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt

Jean recently quilted this cute Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam quilt.  It began as a panel that she cut apart and set with sashing and borders.  She quilted it with a pantograph called Heart Fancy which captures the sweet love of these perennial characters perfectly.  Aren’t they adorable?

Pam's Storm at Sea Quilt

Pam brought her “A game” when she came to rent and quilted two quilts in one day!  Her first quilt, a Storm at Sea in varying shades of orange, called for some curving quilting lines ...

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