Gifts of Time are How Our Longarm Renters Say I Love You to Friends and Family

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Dear Daughter Quilt by Rebecca Mae Designs

Finding the perfect gift is an art form. You have to spend a considerable amount of time thinking about them and what sort of things they might like and or need. Sometimes the sweetest gifts are the gifts of time. When you give a handmade item, you have amplified the real gift you have given them……

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Two Sweet Pinwheel Quilts from the Longarm Machine Renters

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Colleen's Patchwork Paddock Quilt

Pinwheel blocks are such fun to put together. As common as a pinwheel is, there are still multiple variations. There is the classic pinwheel which are half square triangles rotating the same direction around a center point like in Colleen’s quilt below. And there are variations like the pinwheels in Rhonda’s quilt. However you make…

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Using a Design Board to Create that Perfect Circle

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Awesome Ocean quilt, quilted at Quilted Joy, using the bubbles design board

Free motion quilting is faster, though not often easier than following a predetermined design on a pantograph or design board. Making your design shapes consistently the same size can be tricky. But the design element that can be downright impossible without some sort of aid is the circle. Even with a pantograph, circles can be…

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Our Longarm Machine Renters Play With Circles

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Blue Batiks Orange Peel Quilt

Let’s be honest, straight lines are so much easier to piece and so we see most quilts made with straight lines. But the circle is a beautiful shape and belongs in quilting as well. Not all of these quilts were made with round seams. In fact, applique can be the easiest way to create a…

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Three Memorial Quilts from our Longarm Renters

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Hand embroidered blocks on a memorial quilt for a school

Some of us are hoarders. We like to keep things that have long past their usefulness. But how do you throw away something that reminds you of happy times? How do you throw away something you’ve held onto for decades? Some of us just can’t do it. But then the question is what do we…

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Three Fabulous Jelly Roll Quilts from our Longarm Renters

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Kathleen displays her Jelly Roll Race Quilt with red, white, and blue nautical themed fabrics at Quilted Joy after her longarm quilting machine rental

Precut fabrics can be a lot of fun and a fast and easy way to add to your stash or make a gift. Jelly rolls in particular are great for beginner quilters or more experienced quilters looking for a quick project. There are lots of fun ways to play with those 2.5″ x 44″ fabric strips.…

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Gender Neutral Quilts from the Renters

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Kathleen's ombre wall hanging, quilted at Quilted Joy

Every quilt has a theme. Whether it is done with the color, or the quilting pattern or a print in the fabric, every quilt has a vibe that appeals to one person or another. For whatever reason, it is very common and very easy to make a feminine or girly quilt. Pinks, flowers, hearts, etc.…

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Floral Quilts are Blooming!

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Margie's floral quilt was a gift for a young woman going through chemotherapy

Flowers are blooming here at Quilted Joy. Floral motifs are so popular with fabric designers, so it is not uncommon for us to see many beautiful quilts sporting a floral design. They can be as unique and elegant as there are unique and elegant blossoms in the world. Here are a handful of some of…

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