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June 22, 2017
Here Are a Few More Renter Quilts! from Quilted Joy

Here are a few more renter quilts from this spring…

Hearts Baby Quilt

This sweet heart crib-sized top was made by Kym. She had such fun animal prints with foxes and elephants. She chose to continue the theme of hearts by quilting it using our Heart Fancy pantograph. The white thread she selected keeps the top soft and light. Adorable quilt, Kym!

Hearts Baby Quilt

Contemporary Rail Fence Variation Quilt

Lauren pieced this contemporary top in bright fall colors. Initially, the backing was too small so she had to change her rental to a different day so she could add more fabric to the backing. (Remember, you need four extra inches ...

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June 15, 2017
My Daily Thread Scribbles, a Few Snafus, Yet Steady Improvement from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  If you've come here looking for inspiring photos of lovely projects, I'm sorry to have to disappoint you.  I've just been plodding away at the enormous practice quilt I loaded on my new APQS Millenium longarm machine.  I bought a package of 80/20 cotton/poly 120" square King batting from JoAnn's and pieced three different colored fabrics together to create the top, with solid muslin for the backing, and I'm "scribble quilting" this practice piece a little bit each day until the entire thing is full of quilted doodling.  Hopefully when this ...

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June 14, 2017
Snowball Variation from Quilted Joy

Let’s have fun analyzing and admiring this wonderful snowball variation quilt that Arlene brought in recently to be quilted!

Snowball Block Variation Quilt

This is a snowball variation on point.  If you look at this picture at an angle, you will see that the snowball block – the one with the biggest area of color – alternates across each row with a nine-patch with sashing.  I really like how the addition of that sashing in the nine-patch creates the image of complexity over the quilt.

Snowball block variation quilt

Snowball block variation quilt

Arlene made this top in calm, restful colors – blues, greens, and greys.  It is made entirely of batiks printed with ...

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June 12, 2017
Renters Getting Those UFOs Quilted! from Quilted Joy

I love seeing our renters finish their tops into quilts.  Sometimes the most satisfying finishes are the projects that have been on hold for a while, years or even decades.  Here are a few of those recent projects – enjoy!

Virginia Reel Quilt

Renee brought in this vintage top that was pieced by a family member.  It is made of Virginia Reel blocks, which are pairs of flying geese units set so that they create a spiraling impression.  If you look closely at the quilt, you will see ginghams and stripes and flowers in a style not used often these days.  This may have ...

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June 10, 2017
A Blooming Nine-Patch! from Quilted Joy

One of Ali’s friends persuaded her recently to try quilting, and now she’s hooked! She fell in love with the blooming nine-patch design, bought the book, and gave it a try. We love the results! Because she wasn’t ready to quilt a quilt this size on her domestic machine, Ali brought it to Quilted Joy for quilting.

Blooming Nine Patch

Ali used all batiks in this quilt. I think there are nine different batiks in this quilt, or perhaps eleven? They blend so beautifully! Ali chose one of our batik wide backings, Rippled Reflections in tropical blue, for this quilt ...

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June 7, 2017
One More Pineapple Block, and Quilted Longarm Scribbles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good Morning!  I haven't worked on my California King sized Pineapple Log Cabin quilt in so long that I actually had to think about what I was doing while I paper pieced this block!  

Block 31 of 42, 17 3/4"
So now I have 31 blocks finished and only 11 more to go for my planned 6x7 layout.  I had lost a little enthusiasm for this enormous quilt when I thought that I'd either be wrestling to quilt it on my regular sewing machine or sending it out for someone else to quilt.  But now that I ...

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June 4, 2017
Molly’s First Quilt from Quilted Joy

Molly is a thirteen-year-old from here in Louisville who wanted to learn how to piece a quilt top.  After it was finished, she and her mom brought it to Quilted Joy to pick out backing and a quilting design so that I could quilt it for her.

Purple Chevron Quilt

Purple Chevron Quilt

Looking at the top, I’m guessing that Molly loves purple.  Those chevrons are in four shades of purple.  We had the perfect backing fabric for this quilt – Cracked Ice in a color called Wisteria which happens to have all these shades of purple.

Cracked Ice 108" wide back fabric in Wisteria

Purple Chevron Quilt

Molly chose an edge-to-edge design called Toss Up for ...

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May 31, 2017
Spring Renter Roundup from Quilted Joy

We’ve been so busy with renters that we haven’t been keeping up with posts about their projects! This post will be a little longer – interesting quilts and stories ahead!

Overeall Sam Quilt

Vickie recently came in for her rental certification. She is trying to finish several quilts that an elderly relative pieced and appliqued and originally wanted me to quilt them, but soon realized it would be more fun to do them herself! This Overall Sam quilt is her quilt from class. Vickie last quilted thirty years ago – the type of quilting that one does with a hoop and quilting between ...

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May 29, 2017
First Practice Quilt Loaded Onto the Frame (Finally!) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I've had this beautiful APQS Millenium longarm quilting machine on a 12' frame in my studio since April 18th, just sitting there forlornly while I focused my attention on reorganizing my studio, working on my interior design clients' projects, and taking care of my husband following his heart surgery.  My husband was starting to express concerns about whether I was EVER going to turn on the new machine, but you can't do any test sewing on a longarm machine until you get something loaded onto the frame!  I FINALLY got a practice quilt loaded onto my frame yesterday ...

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Introducing Microquilter! from Quilted Joy

Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at $11.50 per cone.

MicroQuilter Thread quilted on wholecloth
Quilt sample pieced and quilted with MicroQuilter thread by Elizabeth Kodner for a class taught by Judi Madsen.

Microquilter is a very versatile lightweight thread. In the longarm world, its obvious use is for small, dense fillers. It’s perfect ...

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May 25, 2017
A Very Special Hand-Pieced Quilt from Quilted Joy

Usually, when a customer brings me a contemporary or modern quilt to be quilted, it has been machine-pieced.  This quilt is the exception to the rule – it has been hand-pieced.  Why hand-pieced?  You’ll understand soon…

Contemporary Log Cabin Quilt

Sarah, who recently moved to the Louisville area from Wisconsin, brought this quilt to me a few weeks ago.  As you can see, it is a log cabin design using wider logs.  She said that her family picked out the fabrics and even cut out the pieces.  She then pieced the blocks, then sewed together the rows, then completed the center.  All by hand ...

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May 23, 2017
Still More Renter Finishes from Quilted Joy

Our renters do such amazing work and bring in great tops to quilt – here are a few examples!

Jelly Roll Quilt with Applique Dresden Plate Flowers

Lynn and Debby are sisters who had some familiarity with longarm machines but went through rental certification so that they’d be comfortable with our APQS longarm machines.  Lynn, who is local, then brought in this jelly roll race quilt to quilt the next day.  I absolutely love her appliqued Dresden plates – they take the concept of the jelly roll race quilt to a new level!  She chose the Square Spirals pantograph and loved the even, angular texture and interest that it ...

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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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