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August 21, 2017
Marjorie’s Cross-Stitch Quilt from Quilted Joy


Every so often, a customer brings me a stamped cross-stitch top to quilt. These quilts often have been sitting in closets for years, waiting for attention, and it’s time to give them the love they deserve!

Cross Stitch Quilt

Marjorie’s top was 100″ by 100″ with the more recently added borders. She was so delighted to get it quilted at last and thought that an edge to edge design would be just perfect. An edge to edge design, which covers the entire top, is quilted without regard to block or border placement so this does mean that I quilted over her ...

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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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May 22, 2017
Celebrating 150 with Quilts from Quilting & Learning

150 years of quilting in Canada exhibitI've had a crazy busy week with Art with Fabric on Monday and then a two-day surface design course with Hillary Rice. I can't wait to write a post about my surface design experiments, but it'll have to wait a few days, cause today we're going to Celebrate - Fêtons 150 with some amazing quilts from the Ottawa Valley Quilter's Guild Show - Festival of Quilts 2017.

There was an exhibit of  "150 Years of Quilting in Canada" at the Festival of Quilts 2017. The quilt below fits right into our theme. The British Empire Quilt features ...

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March 28, 2017
Repairing an Old Damaged Quilt from From My Carolina Home

One of the things I do is repair well-loved quilts that no one else will touch. Most of the time, someone that is truly using a quilt will not care that it isn’t museum quality, they just want the worst of the damage repaired.   But many quilters won’t touch these, believing they are too damaged to be repaired.  In my experience, these quilt owners just want to be able to keep using a family treasure.  Such was the case with this quilt, brought to me by a lovely lady named Stephanie. She loved to wrap up in this ...

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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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January 27, 2017
Friday Finish: Puss in the Corner Baby Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This was such an easy quilt to make, but once I finished the top, it took forever to find time to quilt it.  Happy to say, it is now FINISHED!! 

Puss in the Corner baby quilt

I used soft, time-worn colors to emulate the vintage quilt I saw on Ebay that was my inspiration.  The background is Moda’s Bella solid in butter.  I’m obsessed with this color right now and want to make it the background of every quilt I

The quilting is randomly spaced straight lines.  If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have quilted it so heavily—it ...

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October 29, 2016
Vintage Finish - Trip Around the World from Pamela Quilts

Another vintage finish for this week - this was a twin size Trip Around the World Block that the owner desired to be sized up to a King size quilt!  It was a bit of a challenge because a king size quilt is pretty much a big square, so I needed to add a lot more border to the sides than to the top and bottom.

I started out by adding an 8inch section to each side using a matching piece of vintage fabric I scavenged from another top of my own.  I like that one much better without all the ...

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October 21, 2016
Vintage Finish - Double wedding ring from Pamela Quilts

Did you ever have a quilt that you just could not get excited about?  Something you couldn't sink your teeth into and work on with total joy?  One that had such issues that you just knew it was going to be a total disaster no matter what you did with it?  This is the story of one of those quilts!

This is a project that was passed on to me by my friend who has an alteration shop.  She had a customer come in with a stack of the pieced rings for a double wedding ring quilt - just the ...

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September 29, 2016
A Vintage Quilt for Fifty Cents? from Selvage Blog

Yes! A friend in my quilt guild recently bought this vintage feathered star quilt at the Bethlehem (CT) Fair for fifty cents! It's in very good condition too. And look at all those tiny triangles! I didn't think that happened any more!

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