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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 20, 2017
American Flag Quilt...finished from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Finished up this awesome quilt for a friend.  It was a fun little quilt top to quilt.  I also got the binding completely finished on it as well. 
 A close up of the quilting...
 It was backed with fleece which really shows the quilting.  I love the texture that fleece gives.
 Richard was off yesterday and did a few much needed things around the house.  Then he and Hunter went to pick up his bow (archery).  He had to have a new string and stuff on it.  Once he got home he target practiced for hours.  LOL!  

Then in the ...

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June 19, 2017
The American Flag Quilt... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Last night I got this awesome American Flag quilt loaded on the frame.  I got the quilting started but it was very hot up there so I stopped. 
 This belongs to a friend of mine.  It's not real big so it shouldn't take me just a few minutes to quilt it.  I'll finish it up this morning before it gets too hot up there and then I will remove it and do the binding today as well.
 I am quilting this with my Becker's Stars or Becker's Shooting Stars panto.  I don't exactly remember ...

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The Mermaid - Part Two from Becca's Crazy Projects

I made the time to get coloring with the Inktense Blocks and Inktense Pencils.
I colored with the blocks directly onto dry fabric and used the pencils to fill in finer lines and areas I wanted especially dark or intense.
When the fabric is dry, blending on fabric isn't that easy so I tried to lay down layers that could be blended when wetting the fabric.
Working with the blocks is messy business. Take this into consideration if you don't want "artist hands". The inks aren't staining on skin and clean up was as simple as soap ...

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June 17, 2017
Trimming up... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday I trimmed up my SIL's hexie quilt so that I could start on the binding.  I really didn't have to trim that much off.  I was planning on doing a scalloped edge on it but the hexies just didn't fall right and it would not come out even.  So I will be doing a straight edge.
 Trimming the other side...
 This is how the edges turned out before binding.  This morning I will sew the binding strips together and get them sewn on and then do the handwork. 
 Another pic of this beautiful quilt that she ...

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June 16, 2017
Monkeying Around - A Baby Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I call this colorful quilt Monkeying Around. I had a stack of coordinating prints in fun colors and Darling Husband requested a baby quilt for a friend that just become a new father for the second time. Babies are stressful. Making quilts for them shouldn't be. I cut a stack of 8.5" by 8.5" squares and set them up in a simple diagonal pattern.

The bad news is that the top was wider than 40" so I had to piece the backing. I like to say that I rarely piece a quilt backing, but it isn't ...

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Another one finished... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Another customer quilt finished!  I don't have to do the binding on this one so it is ready to head back to it's owner in NC.  I loved this quilt.  I guess the colors were just soft and reminded me of spring.  I kept thinking that the whole time that I was quilting it. 
 I quilted it with the Mint Julep panto.  It is one of my favorites. This was a large quilt something like 98x98. 
I didn't get my kraut finished yesterday but I will today.  :(  I was busy quilting, mom went to visit her uncle ...

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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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The Mermaid - Part One from Becca's Crazy Projects

I took loads and loads of photos of this project so I'm breaking it up into a couple posts. The only thing I didn't take a photo of was the line drawing before I quilted over the lines.

First, I love this mermaid design from Urban Threads Embroidery. Second, I wanted to use my new Inktense blocks and pencils to make something really fun. I printed the hand embroidery design super-sized and used Crayola Ultra-Clean Fine Line Washable Markers to trace the design onto my fabric.
I loaded the fabric onto the long arm with muslin and low-loft ...

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This is going to be a busy day! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday was a good productive day!  I got about half of this beautiful king size quilt top quilted!
 I am using a panto called, Mint Julep.  I love this panto and it is a big one...somewhere around 15" or so.  I don't remember exactly without looking at it. 
 I hope to get it finished today and off the frame.  I don't have to do the binding on this one.  I usually end up doing the binding on 90% of the quilts that I quilt and I do it by hand.  So that keeps me busy too.  I ...

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June 13, 2017
Finally!...this baby is off the frame! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Finally!...this baby is off the frame!  Shew....it was on there way too long but all my fault.  This is the beautiful Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by my SIL, Kellie. 
 She worked on it on and off for about 2 years.
 I don't remember the exact size but it is a large Queen.  All fabrics in this quilt are from the Paisley Park collection and Warm & White batting.  This baby is heavy!
 A pic of the back.  I quilted it with the Lush Leaves panto.  Now to square the edges and get the binding on it ...

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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 11, 2017
Quilting and Camping from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 My weekend pretty much consisted of this!  LOL!  I had to pick it out because I had a big pleat in the backing.  No clue how I did that.  I've been longarming for about 9 years and this is a first and I'm hoping my last.  LOL!  I'm a little past the halfway point on it now.
 A closeup...
 Richard was off this weekend so Friday night he and Hunter spent some much needed father/son time together.  They went camping!  I stayed home and picked out that quilt.  LOL! 
 They set up camp in the middle ...

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June 8, 2017
GRRR.... I'm so aggravated. from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I can't begin to tell you how aggravated that I am right now!  I should have had this quilt finished days ago.  If you remember, I am on a tight schedule this month.  Look what I am doing now...picking it out!  Yep! 
 I've been a longarmer for 8 or 9 years now and never have I ever had a pleat on the back until now!  Wouldn't you know, it had to happen now.  I don't understand how on earth that I did that.  You can see it in the pic below, it's huge!  Yes ...

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June 6, 2017
Fancy Fox...Block 1 from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 So here is my first block of the Fancy Fox quilt.  Very fast and easy!  I am making this for a customer as she wants it for her grandson due in a few months.  I got it all cut out yesterday and did one block just to see how it was going to go.  Very easy block so it shouldn't take me long to piece the top.  I'll work on it a block or two at a time during the evenings.
 A little peak of my SIL, Kellie's quilt on the longarm.  I didn't get much ...

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June 5, 2017
Quilting Delay... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Oh what a day!  Shew....my plan was to get half of this hexie quilt quilted yesterday and that didn't happen.  I mentioned before that I am on a very tight schedule this month so I really didn't need this delay.  :(
 After getting it loaded on the longarm all I was getting was thread breaks.  I quilted a pass of about 18" and broke thread 8 times during that.  I was just sick!  Long story short, I am quilting it with Warm & White batting and I had the wrong side of the batting up!  Yep!  Picked it out ...

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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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Busy Day... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~


I worked hard yesterday getting everything ready to load this beautiful quilt top on the longarm.  This is the beautiful hexie quilt made by my SIL, Kellie.  I didn't have it loaded on in this pic so I will post a full pic of it soon.  All fabrics in this quilt are from the Paisley Park line.
 I carefully cut, pinned and pieced the backing for it.  I'm always nervous that I will cut it wrong. 
 This is the yardage that she got for the backing.  It is from the same Paisley Park line and also used in ...

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June 2, 2017
Bright and Cheery from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I finished quilting this lovely customer quilt yesterday.  It's so bright and cheery. 
 She hand pieced this during her downtime at work.
 I believe she made this for her daughter.  It's made from lots of bandana fabric.  They really show up against the black sashing.
 This quilt measures something like 74x85.  Today I will work on the binding and then HOPEFULLY piece another backing. 
 This quilt is backed with black fleece and quilted with the Petal Flower panto.  The quilting really shows up on the fleece.  Oh and I also used cotton batting. 
 Up next is a beautiful ...

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June 1, 2017
Lots of quilting from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I bought this cute little fox pattern a few days ago as I need it for a customer quilt.  This is the pattern that she picked out for her soon to be born grandson. Mine will be done in oranges.  :)  Looking at the pattern directions it should go pretty fast.  I will be getting started on that in a few days.
 After dealing with some minor health issues for a couple of weeks, I finally got a customer quilt loaded on the frame.  It's so bright and fun!  She also hand pieced it.  I got it loaded on the ...

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