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Tension troubles on your quilting machine? Try these tricks...Tension troubles on your quilting machine? Try these tricks... - May 19, 2015
Balanced tension is the goal of every quilter. But it doesn’t take a magician to master it. With a few tricks up your sleeve you’ll be able to tackle it with ease.

Keep scale in perspective when sketchingKeep scale in perspective when sketching - May 12, 2015
Is your purse full of little scraps of paper with quilting design ideas doodled on them? Does your checkbook register look like an artist's pad?

Backing mysteries bustedBacking mysteries busted - May 5, 2015
Next time you choose a backing fabric, take these tips from our APQS team into consideration!

APQS Video Tutorial: Faster Pebble FillerAPQS Video Tutorial: Faster Pebble Filler - April 28, 2015
This faster Pebble Filler is a great filler for backgrounds and applique.

Checklist for choosing a longarm quilting machineChecklist for choosing a longarm quilting machine - April 21, 2015
If you’re considering buying a longarm machine, use this checklist to choose the right machine for you.

Quilting the Quilt: Quilting design ideas (Part II)Quilting the Quilt: Quilting design ideas (Part II) - April 14, 2015
In the previous issue of Love of Quilting, we showed you how to use motifs from fabrics to create quilting designs. Now we’ll show you how to use those designs you’ve found hidden in your fabric.

How to keep your machine oiledHow to keep your machine oiled - April 7, 2015
Touch the top four oiling wicks one at a time. If your finger is wet with oil, don't add more to that particular wick. If your finger is dry, add one to two drops of oil to the dry wick. Check the side wick in the same manner.

APQS Video Tutorial: Variations on Daisy FillersAPQS Video Tutorial: Variations on Daisy Fillers - March 31, 2015
The Daisy Meander is a pretty, sweet and forgiving simple filler design.

Pricing your longarm quilting services using the price-per-square-inch modelPricing your longarm quilting services using the price-per-square-inch model - March 24, 2015
While owning your own longarm quilting business can be all of that and more, starting up your small business can be intimidating. After all, we all want to be paid a fair wage for our labor but how do you determine what that should be?

What to look for when buying a used quilting machineWhat to look for when buying a used quilting machine - March 17, 2015
With the surge in machine quilting, many home sewing machine manufacturers have attempted to build their own version of a longarm machine with very mixed results.

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