No Longarm Guild Meeting in March

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Kentuckiana longarm quilt guild during design round table

The Longarm Guild will be taking a break in March because we’ll be too busy learning from Judi Madsen! The first day of Judi’s classes is on the same day as our usual guild meeting. We’ll be back in action on Wednesday April 5 at 10:00am here in the Quilted Joy showroom.   Would you like to receive email reminders for our next meeting? Click here to sign up for the Kentuckiana Longarm Guild newsletter. With that same sign up form you…

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Catching Up with the Renters!

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Our renters have brought in some amazing projects recently. Come take a look at what they've been getting quilted on our APQS longarm machines!

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…

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Video Tutorial: Orchid Blossom Filler

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Video Tutorial for the Orchid Blossom Filler free motion quilting design

Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, so if you’re still in a romantic mood you’ll love this free motion quilting design! I thought this free motion quilting filler design looked a like those delicate petals on an orchid, so I’ve named the design the Orchid Blossom Filler. It looks a little difficult, but it’s actually really easy. This is a great design to use if you want more practice on your S-curves and semi-circles. Try it out and let me know…

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Come Visit the Quilted Joy Booth at KY Quilter’s Day Out!

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Quilted Joy's booth at Quilt Show

If you’re in Kentucky, be sure to put Kentucky Quilter’s Day Out on your calendar for Saturday February 25. KY Quilter’s Day Out is the annual Gathering of the Guilds. Guilds from the Louisville area come together to celebrate their love of quilting and show off all the projects they’ve been working on in the past year. This event is perfect for new quilters looking for a group to join. All the guilds will be in one room where you can connect with…

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A Special Valentine Offer for the APQS Lenni Longarm Quilting Machine

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A member of Louisville Nimble Thimbles uses the APQS Lenni to wonky log cabin for Kosiar Chairities

Lenni wants to be your Valentine! Right now we have new 2017 APQS Lenni machines on new tables (10′ or 12′) with the amazing Bliss drive system and the APQS LIFETIME warranty for $2,000 cash off! Lenni is a 20″ throat longarm machine with a stitch regulator. He has a manual channel lock, adjustable ergo handles and he is ready to take a computer should you wish to add one to him at any point. Normally this dreamy package would…

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Tessellating Shapes Quilt

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Susan's quilt is a tessellating design made entirely of batiks. I quilted it with a neutral thread that blends well and a meandering design. Fun!

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…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 1

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 1

My mother is not a quilter and she refers to the batting as “fluffy stuff”. I’ve stood at my school reunions trying to explain what I do as a machine quilter and find myself explaining a quilt like an oreo cookie where I’m responsible to marrying the front fabric and the back fabric with the “squishy stuff” in the middle. However you think of batting, it can be overwhelming to make sense of the sometimes technical terms found on batting…

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We’re a Few Weeks Away from the Judi Madsen Camp!

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Judi Madsen Machine Quilting Camp at Quilted Joy

We’re less than a month away from the Judi Madsen Machine Quilting Camp! I’m so excited to have Judi here in the showroom, her classes are going to be so much fun and I know the students are going to love it! If you haven’t already signed up for Judi’s machine quilting camp, there are still spaces open in the second session on March 3-4. The first session has already sold out, but you can call us at 502-718-7148 if…

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Sometimes Simple is Better

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I was taught an important design rule: K.I.S.S. or "Keep It Simple Stupid!" It's easy to get caught up in overwhelming designs. Sometimes simpler is better.

Many years ago I was taught an important design rule: K.I.S.S. It stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid!” Maybe I need to come up with a nicer acronym, but the sentiment is definitely true. It’s easy to get caught up in big overwhelming design ideas. A few of my renters have shown that sometimes simpler is just better. There’s an obvious star in Vivian’s quilt, that adorable applique alligator. Or is it a crocodile? I can never tell the difference! She…

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New Quilts in the Studio!

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Beth's Sparkly Chicken Quilt on display at Quilted Joy

For me, hanging new quilts is like a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Especially since painting the walls in the longarm studio requires renting a scissor lift! Last May Liz was gracious enough to lend me a few of her quilts to display. They look beautiful hanging in the studio, but Liz is ready to have her quilts back! Members of the longarm guild that meets here are lending some of their quilts and we have some fresh…

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