Quilting with Marianne Fons

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Angela Huffman and Marianne Fons on the set of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting

To all of my Kentucky friends, new episodes of Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting will be back on KET (Kentucky’s local PBS station) this Saturday morning at 11:30am EST. I had the honor to guest host this episode with Marianne Fons herself. This was the first episode we taped with me as the guest, so I’m sure you can imagine how nervous I was! And then I had to sew in front of Marianne, yikes! Thankfully everything went smoothly and…

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The APQS Road Show is Coming to Quilted Joy on April 22!

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APQS Road Show at Quilted Joy on April 22, 2017

Join us at Quilted Joy on Saturday April 22, 1:00pm-4:00pm, for a special seminar about all the wonderful APQS machines! Come and test-drive each model firsthand to find the perfect fit for you and your quilting goals. What better way to discover how a longarm can make your quilting more fun, fulfilling, and even profitable? Designed for quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine, this seminar includes valuable information about owning your first longarm. Discover resources for templates, batting,…

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Lots of Renter Activity!

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Here are a few more of the amazing quilts our renters have quilted recently here at Quilted Joy. Come and see what they've been up to!

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 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…

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Susan’s Floral Rail Fence

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Susan's floral rail fence quilt has me dreaming of spring! Her busy fabrics needed a simple quilting design that would let the piecing sing!

Here in Kentucky we may have missed the blizzard in the northeast, but it has definitely been very cold! I’ve been spoiled by the warmer weather the last few months, and it isn’t fun being reminded that it’s still winter. To ignore those wintery blues, here’s a fun floral quilt to help us dream of spring! Susan brought me this sweet Rail Fence quilt. Isn’t it fun the way she turned her blocks to create a pinwheel look? I love all…

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Get to Know the Sweet APQS Lenni

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APQS Lenni

Check out the video below to get to know the sweet APQS Lenni, the younger brother to our top of the line longarm quilting machines. 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…

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Thank you, Judi!

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Angela Huffman and Judi Madsen

Last week, Judi Madsen visited Quilted Joy to teach for four very busy days.  She arrived in the middle of a storm system that brought severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and tornadoes, weather that they do NOT see in Utah – what a welcome!  Judi taught eight different classes over two days, then did it all over again for a second set of students.  Specific topics ranged from custom borders to background fills to addressing sampler quilts. During her workshop, Judi demonstrated extensively on our Freddie, showed…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Fiber Types

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Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. You may have encountered 100% cotton batting and 100% polyester batting but there are many other fiber types to play with too. Heck, you can even find Alpaca batting! For this article we are going to talk about the most common types of batting and why you might choose one type over another.

In our previous articles we defined some of the terms you’ll hear in the batting world. Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. You may have encountered 100% cotton batting and 100% polyester batting but there are many other fiber types to play with too. Heck, you can even find Alpaca batting! For this article we are going to…

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Busy Busy Renters!

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The elves were busy at Quilted Joy during the holiday season. Here are a few of the projects that were quilted here recently!

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 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…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

In the last Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting post, I started talking about some common batting terms. Today I’ve got a few more terms you’ll often hear about batting. There are many different ways all the little fibers that make up a batting can be held together. There are different terms used to describe each of these processes and when selecting a batting for your project it is important that you understand the words the manufacturers use to describe the…

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A Valuable Example of Value Placement

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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!

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. I…

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