Renters Give Free Motion a Try!

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Catch up with Quilted Joy's latest longarm machine renters and the beautiful quilts they're working on!

Colleen made this quilt with Thimble Blossom's Fireworks quilt pattern and Moda's Color Me Happy fabric collection

Colleen is always working on such cute quilts! This one is Thimble Blossom’s Fireworks pattern and using Moda’s Color Me Happy fabric collection. Originally she made this for her nephew as a wedding gift, but after piecing together a couple of blocks she thought it might be too traditional for a young couple. She put together a more modern quilt for them instead, you can see it here! Personally, I think Colleen couldn’t have gone wrong with either quilt! Colleen loves this quilt and will be using it in her guest room. She wanted a fun floral pantograph, so she choose the Feathered Flower pantograph.

2015 Row by Row quilt completed during an APQS longarm rental at Quilted Joy

This next quilt is Colleen’s 2015 Row by Row quilt. She and her husband love to travel, and Colleen loves to visit quilt shops while they’re travelling. We loved hearing about where each of her rows came from and what brought her to that part of the country. The barn came from a shop in Middlebury, IN where they also did a bike trail. The windmill was from an Amish shop near Shipshewana, IN. The other rows came from shops on their first trip to the Rockies with their grandkids. Because some of the rows had flaps and specialty fabrics Colleen decided to free motion quilt a simple meander. Her lines were beautifully spaced and the quilt as a whole looks wonderful!

2015 Row by Row quilt completed during an APQS longarm rental at Quilted Joy

Strips quilted with "e's" and "l's."

The pattern in Emily’s quilt reminds me a lot of audio waves with all the alternating lengths of the patterned fabrics. Emily saw Colleen meandering on her Row by Row quilt and decided she should give free motion a try too. Instead of meanders, Emily used her seams as guides and quilted “e’s” and “l’s”. This is a great first step in free motion quilting that I recommend and teach. Emily’s quilt looked amazing!

LuAnn free motion quilted a simple meander on this quilt

Luann made this quilt in a class with a group of friends a long time ago. In fact, one of her friends has been calling wanting to know if she’s quilted it yet. Her friends can rest assured knowing it’s finally done! Luann wanted to use one of our design boards, but this quilt has flanges throughout the top. When you drive the machine from the back you can’t watch what’s happening from the front. This meant Luann had to give free motion quilting a try; and she did a great job! We let her warm up on some scrap fabric first and get a feel for the movement. When she was ready we moved her to her quilt and let her have fun making loops all over her quilt. She even outlined the bottle caps! This quilt will look great on her wall!

Pat's first quilt on a longarm machine!

Pat recently came in for her rental certification class. She brought in a quilt top that she pieced 9 years ago. The top was made of two blocks, a nine patch and a snow ball. It’s amazing how two blocks can work together to make a stunning quilt! Pat used the Posey Paisley design boards to quilt the quilt. Great job Pat!

Pat's first quilt on a longarm machine!

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