Quilt For Joy
        Longarm Machine Quilting & Custom Quilt Creations

We are a mother and daughter duo who share the love of fabric, sewing and quilting. We design, create and quilt custom quilts and quilt tops. We do a variety of styles and quilting from traditional to modern.  

Barbara Plagge
I was born and grew up in Southeast Michigan, took nurses training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. I studied piano and sang in choirs all my life. I started sewing when a teenager and have been doing it ever since.  After marrying and having 3 children I sewed for them and even made our daughter's wedding gown.

In the 1970's I started to quilt and did all hand quilting for the first few years. Then I started quilting using my Viking sewing machine.  Quilting a large quilt on a domestic machine was sort of like wrestling and to viewpoint not fun.  But, there were too many quilts to made, for me to do it by hand.  In 2004 we bought "Millie," an APQS Millennium Longarm Machine. Shortly afterwards my daughter, Mary and I started our quilting business, "Quilt For Joy."

I mainly do freehand work.  I enjoy the freedom and expressivity of freehand work and have taken classes from some notable longarmers.  I also am doing fabric art work quilting.

Mary Galer
Quilting and creating fulfills something deep in my soul. I feel complete and satisfied when I can spend even just ½ hour in my sewing room. I love to look at fabric and touch fabric and dream about what I could make with it. It is a multi-sensory experience for me. But it hasn’t always been that way. In my teenage years, I wouldn’t even consider sewing, or if I did, I quickly became impatient and gave up. Somewhere in my 20’s, I started making clothes and then my mom introduced me to quilting, to which I quickly became addicted. I’ve been quilting for about 20 years now, and long arm machine quilting for 10 years. I love the whole process of putting a quilt together – picking out fabric, cutting the pieces, sewing the pieces together and quilting it. All in all, quilting brings me much joy!
I am married to a wonderful man and we celebrated our 28th anniversary in August. I have 3 boys and 1 girl (college grad – 9th grade) and a dog. Our family loves to camp and we try and spend at least one week camping each summer. Each person is creative in their own unique way, whether it’s sewing, photography, jewelry making, painting, woodworking, Lego building or computer programming. There’s never a dull moment in our house!

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