APQS Quilting Blog

Quilting with templatesQuilting with templates - September 16, 2014
When quilters hear the word “template” we usually think about a thin piece of cardboard or clear plastic which we trace around to create a patchwork shape for our quilt. However, if you own a longarm quilting machine...

Great APQS Longarm Giveaway winner update: Finding space for a longarmGreat APQS Longarm Giveaway winner update: Finding space for a longarm - September 9, 2014
Lots of quilters stop by our booth at quilt shows and dream of a perfect quilting studio including a longarm machine. Many lament about not having the space for one.

Finding a path for crosshatchingFinding a path for crosshatching - September 2, 2014
Crosshatching is a useful technique for any quilter. Straight line crosshatching is traditionally found behind applique and even a small amount of crosshatching can dress up a quilt top.

TLC tips for older quiltsTLC tips for older quilts - August 26, 2014
If you're trying to save an older quilt from the cutting pile, these tips from well-known quilters may help you extend the life of your special treasure...

How to do a pantograph [with VIDEO]How to do a pantograph [with VIDEO] - August 19, 2014
With literally thousands of pantograph designs available today, you can quilt anything from a simple swirling pattern to an elaborate cityscape scene across your quilt.

Miniature quiltsMiniature quilts - August 12, 2014
Mini quilts are a wonderful way to accomplish a particular pattern or technique without investing lots of dollars into fabric and batting.

Don’t forget about straight line quilting …Don’t forget about straight line quilting … - August 5, 2014
Our machines move so freely that it is easy to forget how to effectively use straight line quilting to add drama and emphasis to a quilt top.

Quilting the Quilt: Quilts in motionQuilting the Quilt: Quilts in motion - July 29, 2014
To keep the viewer’s attention focused on your masterpiece longer, use one of the following techniques to add movement to your work.

How do you properly use rulers when you quilt?How do you properly use rulers when you quilt? - July 22, 2014
Ruler work is a quick way to make a quilt spectacular but it can be intimidating. The most important thing to remember is safety. The last thing you want is to hear the heart sickening sound of the hopping foot crunching on Plexiglas while using your APQS

Quilting more than one quilt at a timeQuilting more than one quilt at a time - July 15, 2014
Imagine how quickly you could knock out quilts if you could get more than one on the frame at a time! Well, it IS possible if you use a single backing fabric for both quilts.

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