Special Occasion Quilts LLC

Custom Quilts that Show Your Love

About the Artist
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About the Artist                        
I would like to tell you a little about me...
I am Julia Graves, and I have been sewing since I was ten. I have always loved fabric and sewing and needle arts in general and the whole creative process!

I did my apprenticeship as a quilter by making a quilt for each of my nieces and nephews (I should have counted them all before I made this promise to them – I’ve made 32 so far!). Each quilt was unique and made specifically with the person in mind and helped me expand my repertoire of color schemes and quilting styles.

I also made several quilts for special people that incorporated memories, encouraging statements, and/or signatures to let them know how much they were cared for. Some examples include a memory quilt for my mother’s 75th birthday, a get well quilt for a friend diagnosed with cancer, a heart quilt created by my Sunday School class for a class member’s sister who was going through rehab, and a wall hanging quilt commemorating our church and our sister church in Russia. See the photo gallery for photos and stories behind these quilts.

Why Special Occasion Quilts

From these experiences, I decided to start Special Occasion Quilts, LLC so that I could help others create a one-of-a-kind expression of their caring. Each Special Occasion quilt is designed and created to express the essence of the recipient and the love in the relationships. It is a great joy to see how touched people are when they receive something crafted specially for them.
Why Did I Become an APQS Dealer?
I have had several people rent my longarm machine and decide they too wanted to own the best longarm in the world...  So I decided to become a dealer.  I can help you decide which model is best for you and teach you how to operate and maintain it.

What is my Quilting Involvement?
I am a member of the following guilds:

My charity quilting includes:
  • Quilts of Valor and other groups making quilts for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Komen Foundation for breast cancer
  • Georgetown Pediatric Oncology for children with cancer

What Kind of Longarm Training have I Had?
I keep up with the latest trends and techniques in quilting.  My training includes:
  • Private classes with Karen McTavish in Heirloom Quilting, Trapunto and McTavishing
  • Hands on classes with Myrna Ficken on Creating Spaces and Fillers
  • Hands on classes with Linda Taylor on Fabulous Feathers
  • Machine Quilt Expo classes with DeLoa Jones, Sue Patten, Sally Terry, Gina Perkins and Dawn Cavanaugh
  • Guild class with Sharon Schamber, winner of Best in Show at Houston
  • APQS Factory maintenance training

I also do Custom Quilting on Your Quilt Top
My specialty is custom freehand quilting that brings out the beauty of your quilt top.
I am located in Leesburg Virginia.  See Contact Us page for hours, location and directions.  I am in the D.C. every week and can arrange for drop off and pick up.
Customer testimonials
Sharon P. (cusom quilt) - Julia surpassed all my expectations!  My daughter's t-shirt quilt is beautiful and beautifully quilted.
Claire C. (custom quilt)  - Julia did an amazing job - the quilt was just perfect for my son!
Carmie S. (custom quilting) - I love the detail - the quilting tied in with the "4 houses" on the quilt
Pat J. (longarm student) - Julia has a very soothing and calming voice and she helped me a lot during the class.

Fern B (custom quilting) - The quilt is gorgeous!  You did a fabulous job.  The designs you selected are perfect for the quilt.