Video Tutorial: Candle Wick Filler

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Candle Wick Free Motion Quilting Filler Design

I’ve got another fun video tutorial for you today! I’m calling this free motion filler design the Candle Wick filler. What I love about this dense filler is how complicated it looks, but really it’s super simple! You start with the “e” shape, add a leaf, then echo around with daisy petals. The way all the elements come together reminded me of a flickering candle flame. Do you see something totally different in those shapes? Watch the video below to see it…

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Together We Grow…A Very Special Quilt

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Together We Grow - A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

Two and a half years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church decided to work on a project that would be inclusive in its participation yet diverse in its individual contributions.  More than sixty members of the congregation participated, learning everything from fabric dyeing to surface embellishment.  This is their very special quilt. Pat Sturtzel and Lori Sargent, the coordinators of the project, reserved much of one week to quilt it.  There is so much to talk about that I’m pretty sure I’ll…

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A Snowy Walk in the Park

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Snowy Walk in the Park Quilt

If your winter and spring have been like ours here in Louisville, you’ve seen the weather jump rapidly from below freezing to warm and sunny to snow flurries, sometimes all in twenty-four hours. Michelle may have had weather on her mind when she picked the fabrics for this top that she brought in for me to quilt. This pattern’s name is “A Walk in the Park”, but Michelle decided to add the “Snowy” to the title when she realized that…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to be stabilized, others may need to be loaded a certain way if you are using a stand up quilting machine, but you can make them…

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April Showers Bring Beautiful Quilts

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Longarm Quilting Machine Renters at Quilted Joy

As I’m writing this, it’s a cold, rainy April day here in Louisville. There’s nothing better to do on a rainy day than stay inside and quilt – except perhaps to catch up with the renters! Dorothy quilted this top a few weeks ago. The pattern is so bold and eye-catching that it took some thought to find the perfect quilting design. She decided upon the continuous spiral design board, which has larger and smaller spirals that echo the motion of…

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Civil War Reproduction Sixteen-Patch Quilt

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Civil War Reproduction Fabrics 16 Patch Quilt

This very traditional top was brought to me for quilting by Anita. It is a sixteen-patch pattern, meaning that each block has four columns and four rows, so sixteen squares per block. Most of the fabrics in this quilt were designed by Jo Morton, a much-loved Civil War reproduction fabric designer. The colors are warm and inviting and really are the stars of the quilt. Because of this, Anita asked that we quilt the top simply with a meander and…

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Join Us for the APQS Road Show!

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APQS Road Show at Quilted Joy on April 22, 2017

Join us at the Quilted Joy showroom 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…

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One Pantograph, Three Quilts

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See how different one pantograph looks depending on what a quilt top looks like. Here are three quilts all using the Heart Fancy panto to different effect!

This is a slightly different renter roundup post.  Here, I want to show you just how different one pantograph can look depending upon what your top is like.  All three of these quilters used the Heart Fancy pantograph, and you will see how different it looks depending upon the top itself. I often talk about letting the fabric be the star of the quilt.  In this traditional lattice quilt, Vivian has used a very densely-patterned floral fabric that doesn’t really leave…

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A Gorgeous Collection of Purples!

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Gorgeous Purple batiks quilt

Wow!  Pamela brought in this gorgeous purple quilt for me to quilt a few weeks ago. Pamela is a dyer, but these are all commercial fabrics – almost all of them batiks.  Does she have an amazing stash or did she have an epic purple shopping trip?  Either way, the variety of purples, from a light lavender to a fairly deep eggplant, is impressive and makes the quilt so much fun.  There are also many different textures, from nearly solid to speckled to geometric…

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Longarm Guild: Organization

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Kentuckiana longarm guild

The Longarm Guild will be meeting next Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00am at the Quilted Joy showroom. Trina volunteered to present a program on organization! During the meeting we’ll also have the sign up sheet out again. We still have a couple of months looking for volunteers to present a short program. We want to have a good mix of topics for our monthly program, so you could choose to share quilting designs, present a tool or template, or tell us why you love a particular brand of…

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