12 rolled up baby quilts

12 rolled up baby quilts

That’s how we celebrated our one year anniversary at the APQS Austin Showroom at Over The Top Quilting Studio. We opened up all 5 APQS machines to anyone willing to quilt one of the Austin Area Quilt Guild charity quilts for Baby Bundles.  We completed 44 new baby quilts in addition to the 16 already recently quilted, used almost 50 yards of backing and batting, 6 spools of thread and 35 bobbins. Everyone who participated, both experienced longarmers to newbies, loved the concept and the studio was abuzz with excitement. Take a look at the video to see and hear the fun.

Over The Top Quilting Studio APQS Showroom Day of Giving

“Please make three memorial quilts made from my husband’s ties”.  That is how this project got started when Doris dropped off a bagful of ties and lots of memories.

Doris' Gene Memory

She wanted all three quilts to be different in design but wanted as many of the ties as possible to be used in each quilt.  Originally, we thought the 39 ties would be adequate but soon discovered that each tie, even when deconstructed and opened up, does not have a lot of fabric.

Tony's MemoryThe designs we came up with required the addition of cotton fabric to fill it out.  We used a soft beige complementary color.  Doris loved them and that’s all that counts!  

Gene Memory

Memory/memorial quilt making is always a joy and a challenge. We are so touched to be allowed to honor the person and to help keep their memory alive. It always amazes us how a tub full of clothing can be turned into an article of comfort and renewed love and joy. When someone allows us to share in the life of their loved ones, we take that responsibility very seriously and do our best to honor them with the quilt design, the colors used and of course, the final quilting, which brings the whole project together.

Some of our projects have included quilts made from sparkly jeans, men shirt pockets, wool coats, and baseball caps! We’ve made wall hangings, lap quilts, king size quilts and even pillows. Go to overthetopquilting.com/memorymemorial-quilt-gallery/ for examples of our work.


I blew it. I did not catch the misprint of our upcoming teacher Tracey Russell’s business. It’s Whirls n Swirls Quilting not Whirls n Twirls Quilting!   Tracey, please excuse me.   Everyone else, just come on and sign up for Tracey’s classes. 

Tracey Russell is coming to Central Texas in January, 2016 to teach 4 quilting classes.11056075_10153443190416233_5539174541362394557_n

Tracey Russell is an internationally renowned longarm quilter, teacher, and owner of Whirls N’ Swirls Quilting. Tracey will teach her classes here at Over The Top Quilting Studio on January 22nd and January 23rd, 2016.

This exciting and innovative teacher is an energetic, productive, and exciting personality in the longarm quilting community – an expert and innovator on APQS’ longarm machines – a creative and entertaining teacher. She just finished a personal challenge to create 100 quilt designs in 100 days and is currently writing a book describing that experience.

Tracey is coming to Texas from her home turf of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada – near Toronto. In her 4 classes, she will share her knowledge, insights, and excitement about longarm quilting. We’ll also hear her inspiring, and funny, perspectives on life, family, and quilting.

Susan and Chris

Susan and Chris

We are honored to have her at our studio where we in Central Texas can learn from, and be inspired by, this outstanding longarm quilter.

You can Register for one or more of Tracey’s classes. Class size is limited and may fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Because of Tracey’s popularity, we will maintain an overflow list.

To learn more about Tracey – and why you want to meet her – visit her on Facebook.

 The baby seems to be happy with the final result which made the math challenge worthwhile!


Finding the angle

Jeanne really challenged us with this one!  She wanted this elephant quilt wall hanging to be quited with lines indicating rain showers on the entire piece, including a very specific backing. But the lines of rain needed to be at a strict 60 degree angle. Geometry to the rescue.

IMG_5886We used the formula for a 30/60/90 triangle which helped me know the proper positioning of the quilt top on the backing/batting. It was necessary to ‘pad’ Jeanne’s quilt top with triangles which ’tilted’ the piece on our longarm machine so the 60 degree angle lines were straight-across lines,  Although it looked weird when loaded on the longarm leaders, the quilt was at the angle Jeanne wanted and gave me a perfectly straight line (using my APQS Millennium channel lock!). Thank you Euclid or Pythagoras (I don’t remember which).



Have you ever had to use geometry to get a quilt done in a unique way?



Double Wedding Ring - custom quilting

Double Wedding Ring – custom quilting

Double Wedding Ring (DWR) quilts have been around for ages. But look at this updated, more modern version using batiks and intricate machine appliqué in the borders. Isn’t it spectacular?

IMG_5780Actually, it didn’t start out that way.  The borders were very full and wavy. We added two layers of batting to both create a trapunto effect while eating up some of the excess space.IMG_5859 IMG_5858

Before this was no more than just raw fabric and a pattern, Mary asked us to bring it to life to celebrate her daughter’s wedding. With the help and guidance of our friend Brenda from Red Barn Quilting, Chris and I collaborated on this beauty. I did all the detailed center and melon work using our APQS Quilt Path computerized system while Chris did her freehand feather magic in the borders. 

A true work of love, in many senses. 



All who loves sunflowers will fall in love with this quilt! Raye designed this king size quilt herself and gave us the privilege of quilting it for her. It was a gift to her daughter. Note the intensive use of batiks throughout the top. She wanted it quilted in as elegant way as possible, with different designs in each of the separate area.s and borders, no trivial feat.



She was quite pleased with it, as were we.


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