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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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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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