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Judy free motion quilted this gorgeous quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

As we all know, quilts are made up of blocks or units that are frequently the same design if not the same fabrics or colors. How you arrange those blocks does a lot to the overall effect of the quilt. The following renters chose to have concentric squares drawing your eye to the middle. Each individual block may be simple, but the resulting quilt looks complicated and beautiful.

Angie used the APQS George at Quilted Joy to quilt this gorgeous quilt!

Angie rented our George machine for a few hours a day over three or four Saturdays to sit down quilt this big quilt! George doesn’t require the rental certification class because he’s just like quilting on your domestic machine at home except with a larger throat. Subsequently, he can only be used for free-motion quilting, not pantographs or design boards. She stitched in the ditch but only on the seams that followed her concentric squares into the middle. You can also see the subtle diamonds in the border. This was a lot of work and she did an amazing job.

Judy free motion quilted this gorgeous quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

This was a quilt that Judy made for a friend. The dark fabrics are all batiks that contrast so strikingly with the light turquoise and the white of the remaining fabric. I like the split rail / log cabin effect of the batik fabrics with the half square triangles really breaking it up into the concentric squares.

Judy free motion quilted this gorgeous quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy

Judy quilted this free motion with double bubbles or olive pits (a loop with in a loop). This is a fun design that’s a super easy way to dress up a simple meander line. I like the fluid motion of her quilting against the angular design of her quilt top. Click here for a video tutorial about how to quilt the double bubbles!

Debbie free motion quilted her flannel quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy.

This is Debbie’s flannel quilt. The individual blocks are just fun and easy half square triangles. The simple nature of the blocks does not take away from the beautiful effect of the quilt. The kaleidoscope feel comes from the arrangement of the colors. Each layer spiraling out from the center are grouped by color, not tone. There is a dark ring made of black and gray fabrics, as well as yellow, red, and green rings. Add to that the fact that all the fabrics are flannels, not just the backing, and you have one very cuddly quilt.

Debbie free motion quilted her flannel quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine at Quilted Joy.

Debbie free motion quilted this quilt with a variety of filler designs. If you look close you’ll find loops, curls, and even feathers! What a fun quilt to have on a cold winter night.

On your next quilt, after the blocks are all stitched, play around with the placement a little. Try and see how many different effects you can get just by turning a block ninety degrees or more.

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