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June 22, 2021
2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now from Pieced Brain

2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now

Here are 2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now! Both with jewel tones – perfect as gifts or to add color to your home decor. Choose from a panel quilt or a row-by-row design, or make the two projects.

Swan Lake Quilt #1

I designed two quilts (click on their names to download them) for the Swan Lake collection by David Stavitzski for Blank Quilting. The fabrics will be in stores in July, so read on for all the details because they are a must-have! The more I look at the prints, the more I remember the cloisonné earrings I love ...

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June 7, 2021
Longarm Renters Gone Wild from Quilted Joy

These longarm renters at Quilted Joy have gone wild with their quilts using nature as an inspiration. As artists we can receive inspiration from many different sources, one of which is obviously nature. What we do with that inspiration is what makes us artists. Sometimes inspiration can take us into the wild. A couple of the following quilts were made with patterns, but each needed the creative input of an inspired artist to complete.

“Cora” a Laura Heine pattern

Jane shows off her Cora the Owl quilt after renting a longarm machine at Quilted Joy

A popular collage artist that people are following these days is Laura Heine. Her quilts have gone wild and because of ...

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April 30, 2021
Rainbow Scrap Updates and a Panel Challenge from Needle and Foot

It is the end of the month and I scrambled to get a few things done for April. Seems the April came to a close much sooner than it was supposed to as I wasn’t really ready.

Yesterday was a housecleaning day. The obscure chores just get pushed back until finally the oven stinks whenever it is heating up and there is no choice but to clean it. That was not a fun chore but it is done and the oven is all ready to go again! I also had to give some of my houseplants a bath. The ...

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April 27, 2021
A Small Panel Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

The best news is that this fabric is no longer languishing and neglected.

Instead, it is a cute, usable quilt.


ps–Finished size about 39″ x 52″

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March 11, 2021
Ask the Panel from quiltaholic

I love panel quilts. They allow you to get on with quilting without having actually to make a complicated quilt and they give you scope for experimentation without worrying about messing up a quilt that took hours to piece or wasting time on a bit of calico that you don’t know what to do with when it is finished.

I also once went on a thread painting course that was a bit of a waste of time but when I started to use a longarm I realised that panel quilts were the ideal material to practise on.

On this ...

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February 23, 2021
Bloom with Grace from Needle and Foot

A while back, when the Bloom With Grace fabric first arrived in my shop, I knew I wanted to use some to make a Mercyful Quilt. It seemed so perfect for bringing comfort to a grieving family. The colors are gorgeous and the sentiment is very sweet. I took a panel and cut the four main blocks apart. Then it sat. This seems to happen quite often in my sewing room!

After a bit, I cut borders from some of the coordinates in this line. I added these to the four blocks and alternated the colors when I placed the ...

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January 19, 2021
Project Updates from Needle and Foot

Somehow almost two weeks have passed since the last post. Not sure how that happened, but here we are. I have actually been in the sewing room quite a bit so I will do a quick update on what has been in the works.

First and foremost, I have been working on a cute baby quilt for my niece. It is just about done – I have a few more inches of binding to stitch down and then into the wash it goes. Once she receives it, I will share it here. I am 99% sure she doesn’t read the ...

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December 28, 2020
A Fast Pig from Wedding Dress Blue

The panel came to me in a bag of hand-me-down fabric years ago. I am not a lover of panels, but this one really wanted to be a quilt.

And now it is, a top at least.

To be quilted after the first of the year.

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October 3, 2020
Christmas Already? from Quilted Joy

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first person to say we should not rush the seasons and I don’t believe that it is appropriate to put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Christmas is a beautiful and wonderful time of year, but that doesn’t mean I want four plus months of it. But those of us who are in a crafting lifestyle know that the season does need to start a little earlier in our sewing rooms if we want to be done in time to enjoy our creations during the season. So in ...

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September 23, 2020
Tiger Tracks from Jean Swenson

Tiger Tracks

September 2020

I enjoy experimenting with different quilt techniques and methods, and wanted to try doing an attic window quilt. When I started looking around to purchase a panel, this gorgeous creature caught my eye! However, when he got home and onto my design wall, it quickly became apparent that 1) he was too beautiful to cut up and 2) he would be alarmingly close to my attic window, if I had an attic window </p>
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August 24, 2020
Dinosaur quilt for kids – a free quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Dinosaur quilt for kids – a free quilt pattern

Dinosaurs and construction sites: a perfect combination for kids room decor! Get this free dinosaur quilt pattern for a panel and fun dinosaur fabrics.

Dino Punk Quilt #1 – Download the pattern!

Blank Quilting is shipping to stores its Dino Punk fabric collection designed by Holly Glaspey. I love these fabrics! This collection features very original dinosaurs in a steampunk style and comes with a 24-inch panel and fabrics with gears, a patch design, treads, and a tool argyle. The quilt I designed for them measures 45-1/2” x 65-1/2” and the blocks finish at 5-1/2″.

The corner blocks ...

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July 3, 2020
Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners from Pieced Brain

Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners

Welcome family and friends with this Easy quilting panel Fall pattern I have just released! The border has simple blocks so you can make this quilt in one day. It is perfect for a beginner quilter who is just learning the craft, and ideal for veteran quilters who want a new, but quick, Fall quilt.


Homecoming was made with the Happy Fall Y’all fabric collection by Timeless Treasures. It measures 34-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ and the block size is 2.5″. I chose a simple border because I wanted the messages on the panel to stand out ...

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March 30, 2020
Cats, and Frogs, and the Wizard of Oz from Quilted Joy

Art often uses motifs from nature. What we see all around us can often be very inspiring. Many of our longarm machine renters will bring in quilts featuring leaves, flowers, and other plant life. But animals should not be forgotten in this scenario, especially our beloved pets. You can even theme a quilt to your favorite book or television show. The possibilities are endless. The following renters have brought in some beautiful quilts, with themes such as Cats and Frogs and the Wizard of Oz!

Cheri’s Cats

Cheri's cat quilt after longarm quilting it at Quilted Joy

First off are the cats. Cheri made this cute cat quilt for ...

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February 2, 2020
Quilts for Kids from Magpie Quilts

Along with making quilts for my Etsy shop, I also have kids and grandkids to make quilts for. All the babies received a baby quilt when they were born. And when they outgrew the crib, they each get a quilt for their big beds. This dinosaur quilt was made for the 3rd grandson and he chose dinosaurs. 
 A panel is a pretty easy quilt to finish and I added a few borders until I had a decent sized quilt, added a Minky back and sent it to my friend Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts for quilting.
 It goes without saying ...

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January 18, 2020
How Would You Quilt It? Gail’s Cats Panel Quilt from Quilted Joy

Every month during our Quilted Joy Clubhouse live meetings, we spend a few minutes looking at how I might quilt a quilt top. These quilt tops are not my own. Instead they came from unquilted tops shared in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse Facebook Group. (Click here to join in the fun over in the group!)

For the September 2019 livestreamed meeting, I was excited to design a quilting plan for a panel quilt shared by Gail. Watch the video below that begins at our How Would You Quilt it segment. You can also click here to watch the meeting from ...

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December 31, 2019
Panels are a New Quilter’s Best Friend from Quilted Joy

Panels are a new quilter’s best friend. You can quickly and easily create something beautiful without much additional effort. They are also great to learn how to quilt on. Because they require so little effort and time to create a top, you don’t feel nervous about quilting it. If you mess it up, what did it cost you? You can always buy another panel and try again! Check out these quilts that some of our longarm quilting machine renters have quilted and you’ll see what I mean.

New Custom Quilter

Anu's Suzybee Panel Quilt after quilting it on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Meet Lewe the Ewe from Suzybee. Anu ...

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December 22, 2019

We've been having fun!  DH and his friends have been busy bringing Christmas cheer to local nursing homes, rehab centers and senior residences, playing music, telling jokes and having fun interacting with the residents.
In our community, we've had a Christmas sing-a-long, and decorated golf cart parade, food and toy drives for the local community, and we have caroling planned for Sunday evening, with 22 homes to visit, to let our neighbors know that we are thinking about them too. 
My southern quilting group has been busy, with large and small finishes being shared each week.  We had ...

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