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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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June 24, 2017
A Quilt for a Special Baseball Player from Quilted Joy

Sandy’s grandson loves baseball. In fact, he plays baseball for St. Xavier Catholic High School here in Louisville. When it was time for Sandy to make a quilt for her grandson, there was only one theme which would be perfect – baseball!

Baseball Quilt

This quilt is large at 100″ by 100″.  It includes printed fabrics, all of which have a baseball theme, and woven plaids. There is also the white background fabric, giving us lots of negative space to dream about. Sandy and I agreed, though, that keeping the quilting simple and gender-neutral would be important.

Baseball Quilt

Baseball Quilt

The solution? One of my ...

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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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