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.


Last week, we spoke about how Chris and I were able to finish some quilts and bring them to life.  This time I want to brag on some of our renters who have done wonderful work in such a short time to bring their own quilts to life!

Allison has been the most prolific, completing one of her quilts just about every week since we opened.  She has experimented with free hand designs from the front of the machine as well as pantos and she is chomping at the bit for us to teach her out to use Quilt Path, the computerized system on our APQS machines. Sadly, she is moving away but has promised to schedule a full rental day with us every few months. She will be missed. 


Cindy has really impressed us too with her rapid development.  Her first quilt was done very well with a simple yet eye appealing swirly pattern.  Over the next few quilts, she studied designs in books and online and was bound and determined to break out of her swirls mode.  Look what she did!


Just one more brag.  Look at this modern quilt quilted with irregular but contrasting circles to all the pointy triangles. And this was just her third rental session!


Don’t these rapid success stories make you want to try your hand at completing your own quilts? Come take one of our Rental Certification Classes and start doing this yourself.   Go to www.overthetopquilting.com/classes.


That is one of the sayings associated with our longarm company APQS and we’ve seen the value of it over and over again.

Right after we opened the new location for Over The Top Quilting Studio, we were enthusiastically greeted by quilters in the new neighborhood, happy to have us nearby to finish their quilts.  That first month we were inundated with (mostly) ladies who were very excited to take some of their precious but unquilted tops to us for completion.

 Among them was this one which had been laying around for quite a long time. We got to work on it as soon as we could and quickly discovered that it was severely ‘out of square’, meaning that it was quite lumpy and bumpy and suffered from the curse of longarm quilters, wavy borders. After analyzing it, we contacted the owner and warned her that even doing our best, there would be the need for the creation of pleats in the borders and imperfect areas in the interior. Her reaction:  do the best you can since anything that’s completed is better than having it lie around in a drawer, never to be used.  We could not agree more.

Right around that same time, this hand pieced Double Wedding Ring top came in with a similar request, Please make it come alive in memory of the long gone creator. Although I can’t show you the finished product, use your imagination to see how it came alive.  A single floral pattern was quilted in the centers, while a flow-y but simple design was inserted in the melons. Most of the arches were left untouched but the 4 point intersection had a lovely star-like design in them. Needless to say, the owner was very happy to have it completed in such a classy fashion. You’ll just have to take my word for it since we neglected to take a final photo.  

If you have a quilt that is begging for completion, either have us do it for you or come to the studio and learn how to do it yourself on our APQS machines.

Remember, Done is really Good!


Can you believe that this lovely wall hanging was done by Celia on her new APQS free motion, sit-down Longarm machine, George? Celia and George only came together in March and she immediately put him to work on this interesting and creative piece she made for her bird-loving brother in law. 

I was particularly drawn to the hummingbird feeder depiction.  Maybe it’s because I am rarely able to attract any of those beautiful creatures to my own feeders or maybe it’s because Celia was able to make them come alive through her inventive yet simple quilting. 

One more favorite panel is this one of the ingenious squirrel who seems to think that a bird feeder is solely put there for his dining pleasure! 

Come into the Studio to test out our George. 



Cindy Cell

Have you ever wanted to complete your own quilts using a longarm machine?  We can help you with that!

Take our Rental Certification Class, finish a charity baby quilt, get some goodies and you are ready to finish your own quilt top, just like Cindy did.  Didn’t she do a beautiful job? Her freehand design is so perfectly spaced and perfect for her simple practice piece. It will be well loved, too, when we donate it to an organization which support new born babies in need.

Go here to get details and to sign up.


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