APQS Video Tutorial: Daisy Paisley Meander - April 26, 2016
The Daisy Paisley Meander takes the paisley shape and puts a little daisy in the heart of the paisley and turns it on its side so you can use it for edge-to-edge and all-over-designs.
Quilt pattern: Shuffle Quilt [Free download] - April 19, 2016
The “Shuffle Quilt” pattern is a great solution for using up those layer cakes you have accumulated and would also put a good dent in the scrap pile if that is what you prefer.
How to organize your paper pantographs - April 12, 2016
Storing and organizing your collection of paper pantographs is important. After all, you want to protect the investment you’ve made into your paper pattern collection.
How to handle quilts with open seams - April 5, 2016
In this post, we’ll come face to face with that dastardly villain known as the “open seam.”
APQS Video Tutorial: Ribbon Candy Curl - March 29, 2016
In this tutorial, APQS Educator and Dealer Angela Huffmann shares a versatile design called Ribbon Candy Curl.
How to accomplish curved crosshatching - March 22, 2016
A contemporary alternative to straight cross hatching is curved crosshatching.
APQS Video Tutorial: How to bury thread - March 15, 2016
Learn how to bring up your bobbin thread, easily thread a needle, and tie a quilter's knot to keep your ends neat and tidy.
APQS' Build-a-Bed project at QuiltCon 2016 - March 8, 2016
Check out all the smiles from kids of all ages who helped APQS complete quilts for Morehead State University's Build-a-Bed program at QuiltCon 2016.
Video Tutorial: Clover Border or Sashing - March 5, 2016
Learn how to make a clover border - a simple, beginning custom design for a border.
Owning a quilting business - what thread colors should you have? - March 1, 2016
The good news is that while you might want hundreds of thread colors, you don’t need them to successfully start a longarm business!
APQS Video Tutorial: Fern Twist - February 23, 2016
APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares an alternative to feathers - the fern twist. The leaf shapes are much more forgiving and easy to master.
APQS Store owner part of unique program to introduce next generation to quilting - February 16, 2016
Connie Keller of APQS Dallas has found a unique way to introduce quilting and the magical powers of a longarm machine to a younger audience through the help of the University of North Texas.
Quilt pattern: Gene Yes! [Free download] - February 9, 2016
The touching story of the quilt pattern Connie is sharing with us today is about a quilting family member named Gene Stewart. Download the pattern for free at the end of the blog post.
How to get your longarm quilting business noticed - February 2, 2016
There are loads of quilters out there looking for a machine quilter to work on their tops. So how do you help them find you? How do you get your small business noticed?
APQS Video Tutorial: Rooster Plume - January 26, 2016
In this video tutorial APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman demonstrates a border and corner design that works great on a masculine quilt.
APQS Video Tutorial: Longarm ruler tips - January 19, 2016
Discover how to use longarm rulers to stitch in the ditch and guide your APQS quilting machine.
You can quilt that out: Dealing with puffy blocks on the longarm machine - January 12, 2016
The best solution for billowy blocks would be to take the quilt apart and adjust the piecing as necessary. However, that’s an option that isn’t a top priority once the borders are on and our minds are already on our next project.
No-mark method for stitching complicated quilting designs - January 5, 2016
With so many tales of caution about marks that won’t go away, or marks that went away and then came back later, the idea of marking a quilt top can be scary.
How to make great binding corners - December 29, 2015
Here are some easy steps for making your binding corners square and professional.
APQS Video Tutorial: Daisy Paisley Border - December 22, 2015
In this tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman takes the basic paisley shape and puts a little girly filler inside of it.
APQS Video: Take an up-close look at Millie - December 19, 2015
In this video, Angela Huffman, APQS Dealer and Educator, gives you a close-up tour of Millie and all its features.
5 ways to audition quilting ideas on a quilt top - December 15, 2015
There are many ways to audition quilting ideas on your quilt top. Here are five of the best...
How would YOU quilt the quilt - Quick and easy Christmas tree skirt (FREE PATTERN) - December 8, 2015
Just in case you need a little help decorating the tree, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh has created a quick tree skirt pattern that is sure to complement your holiday décor.
How to tackle wavy borders - December 1, 2015
Wavy borders that are too full for the quilt itself are one of the most common challenges facing a longarm quilter.
Watch how simple it is to set up an APQS longarm quilting machine - November 24, 2015
It's fast and easy to set up an APQS quilting machine, even one with a Quilt Path computerized quilting system.
APQS Video Tutorial: Paisley Border - November 17, 2015
The paisley is a common design that has stood the test of time.
Watch an APQS flash mob and help us honor veterans with Quilts of Valor - November 11, 2015
This Veterans Day, APQS is honoring veterans for their service by raising awareness of Quilts of Valor (QOV) and asking longarm quilters to volunteer their machine skills for a good cause.
Quilting the Quilt: Using border print fabrics in your quilting - November 10, 2015
Border print fabrics offer another quick alternative to traditional piecing or appliqué.
Longarm giveaway winner says winning Millie was better than winning a car - November 3, 2015
Debbie Paul of Murfreesboro, Tennessee almost didn’t win the Millie longarm quilting machine.
APQS Video Tutorial: How to attach binding using a longarm quilting machine - October 27, 2015
Discover how to quickly add the binding to your longarm quilting project while it is still on the frame.
APQS Video Tutorial: Comma Puff Border - October 20, 2015
This border and corner design is perfect for quilters who are new to longarm quilting and are looking for a custom quilting design.
How to handle a client consultation - October 16, 2015
Whether you quilt professionally or just for yourself, when you decide to say “yes” to someone who has asked you to quilt her quilt, lots of responsibility also comes your way.
Longarm giveaway winner transformed master bedroom into quilting studio - October 13, 2015
After winning a Lucey longarm quilting machine in the Great APQS Longarm Giveaway in 2013, Joyce Labree did what any passionate quilter would do – she transformed her master bedroom into a quilting studio.
How would YOU quilt the quilt – Georgene Huggett and Betty Reid - October 6, 2015
We asked Georgene Huggett and Betty Reid to quilt the same traditional quilt pattern for us. Take a look at how each dealer chose to interpret the quilt differently
APQS Video Tutorial: Groovy Buds Filler - September 29, 2015
The Groovy Buds filler is great for pre-teen or teen girl quilts. Learn how in the newest APQS Video Tutorial
Quilting the Quilt: Getting from here to there - September 22, 2015
Twenty years ago, machine quilting was considered “cheating” by a great majority of quilters, and it was rare to find a machine-quilted project among show winners. Now hand-quilted quilts make up only a small percentage of completed quilts.
Common questions about longarm machine financing - September 15, 2015
We asked Carrie Radloff, business development manager at Red Thread, to share answers to some of the most common questions they receive about financing a longarm quilting machine.
APQS Video Tutorial: George and applique - September 8, 2015
Discover how different quilting can impact your applique as we showcase five different quilting styles on applique blocks using George.
Tell us your APQS story: Beth Maitland-Banninger - September 1, 2015
Beth Maitland-Banninger’s entire adult life has been filled with the creative arts. For the past 30 years she has played the role of Traci Abbott on CBS TV’s “The Young and the Restless.”
How would YOU quilt the quilt – Susan Ponz, Connie Keller and Angela Clark - August 25, 2015
We asked Susan Ponz, Connie Keller and Angela Clark to quilt the same modern quilt pattern for us. Take a look at how each store chose to interpret the quilt with their color palette and quilting.
APQS Video Tutorial: Penguin Curl - August 18, 2015
In this Video Tutorial APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a border design that's a little more formal. It's got a fun name: Penguin Curl.
Pricing your longarm quilting services using the price-per-square-yard model - August 11, 2015
In this article we will look at how to price out your quilting service based on the total square yards found in a quilt top. Our previous article in this series focused on how to price out quilting based on the square inch.
How to join your binding ends for a beautiful finish [with video] - August 4, 2015
Lots of quilters cringe when it’s time to marry the beginning and ending binding strips together with a seam.
APQS Video Tutorial: Curl and Kick - July 28, 2015
In this video, Angela Huffman, APQS Dealer and Educator shares a modern border or sashing design we call the "Curl and Kick."
Quilting the Quilt: Write this down... - July 21, 2015
Machine quilting requires some practice before you tackle your first project. Even doing something as simple as writing the alphabet with your machine will help you develop the muscle memory to create your own spectacular quilts.
Longarm giveaway winner uses Freddie to make quilts for veterans - July 14, 2015
Corintha Russell believes winning a Freedom longarm quilting machine in the 2014 Great APQS Longarm Giveaway was meant to be.
Things to consider when buying a longarm quilting machine - July 7, 2015
Buying a longarm quilting machine is a big decision. We've pulled together some of our favorite blog articles that outline some important things to think about before buying a longarm quilting machine.
Strip cutting quickies - June 30, 2015
Here's a handy chart to use to help you cut the patches you need for your project using a 6" x 24" cutting ruler and long strips of fabric.
Tell us your APQS story! - June 23, 2015
Whether you’re a hobby quilter or a business owner, we want to hear your APQS story and celebrate your success.
How to create your longarm quilting business plan - June 16, 2015
Even if you never intend to quilt for anyone but yourself, it pays to spend a little time thinking about how you might structure a quilting business if you buckle in a weak moment and say “yes” to someone begging you to quilt for them.
Quilting the Quilt: Try these machine appliqué shortcuts - June 9, 2015
If you find yourself in a time crunch (or you just like to get things done fast) you can shave hours off your completion time with these machine appliqué shortcuts I call Quick-liqué.
APQS Video Tutorial: Swirls on a string - June 2, 2015
With this background filler design we're breaking all the rules.
Quilting Machines- How do they work? - May 26, 2015
A quilting machine is a bit of a throwback to the simple straight stitch machines of yesteryear - just much, much bigger.
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 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 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 Filler - April 28, 2015
This faster Pebble Filler is a great filler for backgrounds and applique.
Checklist 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) - 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 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 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 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 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.
"How-to" articles for beginners - March 10, 2015
We’re diving into some of our favorite “how-to” articles for longarm newbies!
Welcome to the APQS family: Why are education and service SO important to us? - March 3, 2015
One of the best things about the APQS family is once you become a member, you are a member for life.
APQS Video Tutorial: Meander with Hearts and Leaves - February 24, 2015
The meander is great for romantic quilts, like wedding quilts.
Service and maintenance tips - February 17, 2015
Purchasing an APQS longarm machine is an investment; and, as we learned in Accounting 101, you need to protect your investments!
Favorite quilty things - February 10, 2015
Everyone has their own favorite quilty things that make the creative process easier. We share some of our favorites in today's blog post.
How to quilt jelly roll quilts - January 27, 2015
Have you noticed that the fabric industry tantalizes us by using “foodie” terms to cleverly package their latest collections, like "jelly rolls" and "layer cakes?"
Quilting the Quilt: Quilting design ideas (Part I) - January 20, 2015
Learn how to use motifs in your fabrics to create your own quilting designs.
How to machine quilt a baby quilt - January 13, 2015
Making a baby quilt for a precious bundle of joy is the perfect way to celebrate a new life. Plus, it is a wonderful reason to shop for adorable fabrics.
APQS Video Tutorial: Flame Meander - January 6, 2015
This longarm quilting design is more masculine in nature and could easily be an all over edge-to-edge design.
How much maintenance does an APQS longarm machine need? - December 30, 2014
When quilters ask us what they should do to keep their machine working properly, they are often surprised by how little maintenance an APQS machine needs.
A thank you to quilters - there are angels among us - December 22, 2014
During the holidays we open our hearts to the magic of miracles.
Computerized quilting 101 - December 16, 2014
Dipping your toes into the world of robotics can be intimidating but the benefits of using a computer as a creative partner are incredibly exciting.
Quilting the Quilt: Quilt yourself a garden - December 9, 2014
Multicolor floral prints can make fabric selection for your next quilt super simple. In addition, they can even make quilting it as easy as a spring breeze!
What stitch length is best? - December 2, 2014
When you sew your quilting seams, most sewing machines have presets for common stitch lengths. However, your longarm allows you flexibility with your creativity.
What’s the difference between a sit-down longarm machine vs a domestic sewing machine for quilting? - November 25, 2014
The biggest differences you’ll find are the size of the throat space provide by the machine, the size of the motor and, of course, the warranty.
Quilting machines & the cost of maintenance and repair - November 18, 2014
One of the most common questions quilters ask us about APQS quilting machines is the cost of maintenance and repair.
Wholecloth history - November 11, 2014
When you read through a quilt show catalog, you'll probably see a category devoted to "whole cloth quilts." Learn more about wholecloth history...
Quilting the Quilt: The thread that binds or quilts - November 4, 2014
When deciding between cotton and polyester thread, consider the quilt’s intended use.
Common machine quilting problems & how to fix them! - October 28, 2014
Prospective customers often ask us what to expect for typical problems or repairs to their APQS longarm machine. As much as we’d like to think that everything will stay the same forever and nothing will ever go wrong, they are, after all, still machines.
Best threads to use in APQS machines - October 21, 2014
Thread shred, breakage, fuzzing, lint, and poor tension are all reasons to wonder if the thread you are ogling at the quilt shop is the right choice for your machine and your project.
Which APQS longarm machine is the best buy for me? - October 14, 2014
If you’re dreaming of owning your own longarm quilting machine but aren’t sure which APQS model to choose, it helps to explore your own quilting style and goals to find the best fit for you.
Quilting the Quilt: Sticks and stones - October 7, 2014
In our quest for the perfect quilting design it’s easy to be enamored with filigree and flourish when all we really need is sleek and simple. Straight lines and circles fill the bill!
10 tips for quick cutting - September 30, 2014
Use these tips to whip out your quilts in no time flat!
What is the difference between the 5 APQS longarm quilting machines? - September 23, 2014
Have you been dreaming about an APQS longarm quilting machine but aren’t certain which model suits you best? In this article we will explore the differences between our machines to help you determine which one is best for you.
Quilting 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 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 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 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] - 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 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 … - 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 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? - 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 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.
How to mark a quilt - July 8, 2014
Have you ever walked through a quilt show and felt the inspiration oozing out of the quilty masterpieces but have wondered how the quilter makes such incredible designs on the quilts?
How to turn a quilt - July 2, 2014
Turning a quilt is really very simple and fast to do IF you know the secret ingredient – bendable pins that recover their shape after winding around the rollers.
I see skies of blue, red roses too… - June 24, 2014
A quilter should have a palette of colored fabrics, just as an artist needs many paints.
How to load a quilt [part 2] - June 17, 2014
Now that you know more about the possible methods you can choose, let’s review the basic steps for quilt loading...
How to load a quilt – 3 basic methods [part 1] - June 10, 2014
Each quilt loading method has advantages and drawbacks, and there really is not a “right” way to load a quilt—only different ways.
Service tip: stitch regulator stutter [VIDEO] - June 3, 2014
If you discover that the stitches begin to change length or the machine starts to hesitate when the regulator is engaged, it may be time to adjust your machine's encoder wheels.
Pointing out the obvious... - May 27, 2014
When it comes to longarm quilting, there is no such thing as a "stupid" question
Broderie Perse ... what is that, anyway? - May 20, 2014
Broderie Perse gained popularity because it was thought to resemble Persian embroidery ... an expensive, opulent art form.
Quilting by the numbers - May 13, 2014
The Quilting in America 2010 Survey shows that the quilting market continues to grow at a steady rate, and is indeed valued at $3.58 billion.
Best Mother's Day gifts for quilters - May 6, 2014
Mother's Day is just around the corner...
Tips for using "unusual" fabrics for quilt backing - April 29, 2014
Read our tips on how to successfully use "unusual" fabrics for your backing.
2 common backing troubles - April 22, 2014
Today we are focusing on some of the backing troubles that can derail an otherwise wonderful quilt...
What tricks do I need to know about quilting on my George? - April 21, 2014
George uses the same pressure disk assembly as our larger machines, which gives you ultimate control over all types of threads—from metallic to ultra-fine silks.
Which class should I take? - April 15, 2014
If you’re lucky enough to attend some quilt shows this year, you’ll likely face the dilemma of what classes to take once you get there.
Spring cleaning for quilts - April 8, 2014
A quilt's condition will determine whether you can launder it safely.
Ask APQS - April 7, 2014
Our next installment of the "Ask APQS" series. This week - Quilt Path and dog ears.
How to pause your stitching - April 1, 2014
Our service department occasionally gets calls from customers wondering how to stop the machine from sewing when they try to readjust their rulers or move their feet.
Ruling the World: Getting the most from your templates - March 25, 2014
In the longarm industry, rulers and templates are always highly sought-after tools of the trade.
Ask APQS - March 24, 2014
No matter how precise I cut, sew, press my blocks, there is always some distortion when I assemble the quilt top. What am I doing wrong?
Tips for tension - March 18, 2014
In quilting there is only one word that is equal to a four letter word except it has 7 letters … TENSION!
Pantograph vs. free motion quilting - March 11, 2014
As a novice quilter, one of the hardest things to figure out is whether to use a pantograph for your quilting, or use the free motion approach.
Ask APQS - March 10, 2014
What rulers do you use the most?
In like a lion or a lamb? - March 4, 2014
Take this last month of winter while the weather is still keeping you indoors to become a "March Lion" and set some ferocious goals for yourself.
Thread cutter tips - February 25, 2014
Good care and maintenance can keep the thread cutter slicing just as you expect; and when it needs a little adjustment to keep working at peak efficiency, that's easy, too!
How to load a quilt by "fully floating" your quilt top - February 18, 2014
With a “full float,” the quilt’s top edge is basted to the backing and batting, but the bottom edge hangs down with the batting.
How to quilt feathers – 2 methods - February 11, 2014
When delving into the world of custom quilting there is one design element that virtually all quilters want to learn to create – feathers! The best part is, with a little practice anyone can create beautiful flowing feathers.
Quilting the Quilt: Mix and match border designs - February 4, 2014
A quilt border serves the same purpose as a picture frame—it keeps the viewer’s attention focused on what’s happening inside it.
Frugal fabric finds - January 28, 2014
We’ve put together some ideas on how you can indulge in your love of fabrics for a lot less than what you’d usually spend.
Prepare for "quilting emergencies" - January 21, 2014
During every class I teach to beginning longarm quilters, I bring up the subject of an "emergency preparedness plan".
Step-by-step process for thread breakage problems - January 14, 2014
When you're hard at work on a quilt, and your thread decides not to cooperate, your blood pressure can increase exponentially.
Better bindings all around - January 7, 2014
When it comes to binding quilts, you either love it or you hate it.
Get creative with your fabric stash - December 23, 2013
If you are truly a "quilter" you have a fabric stash. Once you reach your limit on available shelving, it's time to get creative.
Quilting the Quilt: Pantograph or custom - which should I choose? - December 17, 2013
When debating between custom and overall quilting for your quilt, you’ll save yourself lots of time and stress if you answer these questions to help you decide...
You can quilt that out, right? - December 3, 2013
For machine quilters who work for others, those are famous (or maybe infamous) words!
What's in your wallet - November 26, 2013
Your wallet can help you with your quilting and fabric purchases as well as save you money.
You can test quilting designs with vinyl - November 19, 2013
If you're struggling with how a quilting design might look in your quilt, here's a great way to audition your ideas.
Quilting the Quilt: Echo Quilting - November 12, 2013
Echo quilting is a technique that is often overlooked as a design element, but it can create dramatic results.
Houston Quilt Festival 2013 - November 5, 2013
We share some of our favorite pictures from this year's quiltling show in Houston.
Start over, start fresh! - October 29, 2013
Sometimes a person just needs to begin again.
To wash, or not to wash... - October 22, 2013
Among quilting circles, it's as polarizing as politics and religion ... do you wash your fabric or don't you?
Storage ideas for quilters - October 15, 2013
Quiltmaker Suzanne Nelson shares ideas to store all our beloved gadgets and gizmos.
What's the best way to store your quilts? - October 8, 2013
It's a good idea to store quilts in a space where you'd feel comfortable yourself.
Why is my block not square? - October 1, 2013
Inaccurate seam allowances, inaccurate cutting, and even careless pressing can add to the "attitude" our quilts develop about laying flat, square, and true.
What causes railroad tracks? - September 24, 2013
These railroad tracks aren't of the Amtrak variety … these tracks refer to those pesky "flat lines" of bobbin thread sometimes found on the back of your quilt.
Thread wisdom - September 17, 2013
With so many thread choices available, including thread type, TEX, weight, ply, twist, choosing the right color may be the simplest decision you'll have to make!
The color of emotion - September 10, 2013
Much research has been done regarding color and its effect on emotions. Hospitals paint their rooms blue to promote restfulness, and fast-food restaurants install red booths to evoke an "urgent" feeling.
Quilting ergonomics - September 3, 2013
Correct machine height and ergonomic features will allow you to quilt for many hours without fatigue and strain on your body.
Pin poke folklore - August 22, 2013
Flower head pins, corsage pins, T-pins; it doesn't matter how you attach your quilt to the frame. One of those pins is going to get you some time!
Sewing secrets revealed - August 20, 2013
In the spirit of sharing, here are some fun hints that just might make your sewing and quilting more efficient, but also more fun!
Taming thread woes - August 12, 2013
When your thread starts to snap, it doesn't take long before your nerves start to snap, too. Here are some things to try that will help you narrow down the trouble and get back to quilting without stress.
Quilting for others ... what should you know? - August 6, 2013
If starting a quilting business is one of your long-term goals, here are a few tips to get you started down the right path.
Sore finger first aid - July 30, 2013
Every now and then, we quilters have to pick up a needle and thread. How do you avoid sore fingers after a bout of hand sewing? Read some of our quilters' home remedies, and you might find a method that work for you!
Bobbin basics - July 19, 2013
Longarm quilting machines require much less bobbin tension than you may believe when compared to your home sewing machine.
Sign your work - July 16, 2013
Labeling your quilt appropriately establishes original authorship and recognizes individuals involved in the quilting project. Use these tips to help authenticate your next creation!
Right brain, left brain, no brainer - July 9, 2013
Learn how to create more consistent quilting designs by determining what type of quilting “thinker” you are.
What makes a balanced design? - July 2, 2013
The concept of balanced quilting seems easy to understand, but there are many aspects to address while finishing your quilt.
Quilting the Quilt: Traditional, Contemporary or Modern - June 26, 2013
Are you a traditionalist, or do you lean more toward contemporary? As the next quilting generation finds its voice, a new and different genre is emerging.
Scissors Savvy - June 25, 2013
When it comes to quilting and piecing, you should always have a good pair of scissors on hand. Read our tips to help you choose the proper scissors for the job and to keep your scissors in great shape.
I'm stuck...what do I do? - June 18, 2013
If you're wondering what to do with a quilt, check out the APQS Forum for quilting inspiration or ask yourself these questions to alleviate "quilter's block!"
Flat quilts can still get wavy borders - June 11, 2013
What can make an otherwise flat quilt get wavy borders? Read on to find out!
By hand or machine...which way to go? - June 4, 2013
Do you wash your fabrics by hand or machine? Either way, we've got great washing tips for you!
Thread breakage - May 28, 2013
If you are having trouble with your thread breaking on a recent project, use our step-by-step process to eliminate the obvious suspects before calling in the big dogs!
Blue Star banners - what are they? - May 21, 2013
If you know someone in the military, check out this short history and free pattern to honor your soldier!
Quilting the Quilt: Find Your Feather Style - May 17, 2013
From fluffy and fun to frilly and fancy, feathers are designs that quilters long to master.
Ten tips for cutting fabric quickly - May 14, 2013
Check out these ten tips to help with your efficiency in the piecing stage. You'll be whipping out quilts in no time at all!
Relieving quilter's guilt - May 7, 2013
Don't let "quilter's guilt" of an unfinished project rob you of the pleasure of sewing or quilting.
Quilting the Quilt: Fabulous Feather Formation - May 1, 2013
We are never satisfied with our own shapes and curves, and we pine after the style or gracefulness we’ve seen in other quilters’ feathers.
Wool applique on your longarm - April 30, 2013
Donating your old wool clothing to Good Will? Not so fast! Here's a few ways to re-purpose wool fabric in your quilts.
Inspiration station - April 23, 2013
Inspiration for your next quilt design can come from anywhere - all you have to do is look!
How you can secure starts and stops - April 16, 2013
If you are still using needles to bury the beginning and ending threads on your quilt, you are missing out on ways to be more efficient! Check out these two methods using your longarm machines.
Finding a balance in quilting - April 9, 2013
With show season upon us, use a critical eye when designing your quilts. Learn how to balance your quilt designs.
Up Close Quilting with Liz Porter - April 2, 2013
This month we’re back with an Up Close Quilting profile about Liz Porter, the other half of the dynamic quilting duo behind Fons & Porter.
Quilt show etiquette - April 2, 2013
Whatcha gonna do when the quilt police come for you?
Spring has sprung, clean your studio! - March 26, 2013
In the mood for a little bit of spring cleaning? Don't forget about your quilting studio
Create a quilt "repair kit" - March 19, 2013
Before you slice up the leftovers or shove the scraps into the garbage, consider making a "repair kit" for every quilt you make.
Banishing bulky seams - March 12, 2013
Whether you quilt for others or quilt yourself, you've most likely encountered a few mountains of fabric at patchwork intersections. Here are a few tips from the APQS team to help you avoid roadblocks or needle breaks from bulky seams!
Clever bobbin storage ideas - March 5, 2013
Is your bobbin collection an unorganized mess? Use these storage ideas from APQS to help keep your quilting area tidy!
Our new generation of quilting machines. - February 27, 2013
Our machine updates have made our machines even easier to use. Watch this video for more information.
Oh say...can you see? - February 26, 2013
Is your eyesight not what it used to be? If the answer is yes and you feel it's affecting your ability to quilt, it might be time to make some adjustments!
Add luster, luminosity and depth to your quilts - February 19, 2013
You can add richness to your quilts using fabrics that create the illusions of luminosity, luster and depth.
Hearty advice for quilters - February 12, 2013
Celebrate Valentine's Day by giving a special valentine to the person closest to your heart...YOU!
Up Close Quilting with Marianne Fons - February 7, 2013
The APQS Up Close Quilting Series is starting 2013 by featuring the women behind Fons & Porter. These talented quilters have established one of the largest quilting entities in the world and continue their passion for quilting every day.
A touch of yellow - February 5, 2013
Do you love the color yellow in your quilts? Yellow can have some amazing powers when incorporated your design!
APQS Tutorial: Abstract Tulip Border - January 29, 2013
Breaking down a border into quadrants can help give needed references points to make custom quilting much easier. This abstract tulip border can be altered a number of different ways and will serve you well.
Batting has an "up" and "down" - January 22, 2013
Well, most of it does, anyway! It may surprise you to know that many batting products have a right side and a wrong side, just like fabric.
Mind your "P's" and "Q's" - January 15, 2013
Practice, practice, practice...did we just hear you groan? Though it may not be your favorite thing, a good warm up session will not only improve your skills, but keep you from blacksliding each quilting session!
APQS Tutorial: Custom Flying Geese Border - January 8, 2013
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the continuous path of certain pieced border designs. Here is a great way to tackle a flying geese border.
Quilting the Quilt: Feather Quilting Basics - January 3, 2013
Feather designs are revered by quilters, as if they are the “holy grail” of quilting designs. Once you master feathers, you’ll feel like you have conquered the quilting world!
Quilter's new year resolutions - December 26, 2012
It's nearly time to close the door on 2012, and put all of the regrets about what didn't get done aside.
Quilting the Quilt: Tackling Tension Part 2 - December 21, 2012
You’re in “the zone.” You’ve been quilting for thirty minutes, and your feathers actually look like feathers! Before you move to the next section, you decide to check the back of your quilt. Your heart sinks when you see your tension has been totally out
Husband's guide to last-minute gifts - December 18, 2012
A handy guide of gifts the quilter in your family is sure to love.
Quilting the Quilt: Tackling Tension - December 13, 2012
Tension won't be so mysterious and irritating if you learn a few secrets about managing it and how the other choices you’ve made regarding your quilt top affect it.
Lacy longarm scarf - December 11, 2012
Need a simple, beautiful homemade present for a gift exchange or to give to a close friend? Here's a quick tutorial on for a lacy scarf that's sure to impress!
Quilting the Quilt: Bitty Border Quilting Ideas - December 10, 2012
You’ve seen them, you’ve probably used them, and you’ve possibly ignored them! Skinny little “separator” borders help us frame blocks, set off larger borders, and make our quilting math come out right.
Holiday Stockings - December 4, 2012
Have you hung the stockings by the chimney with care? If yours are looking a bit tired and weary, or the toes have holes from lumps of coal, try whipping one out using your longarm machine.
APQS Tutorial: Pebbles and Marbles Filler - December 3, 2012
Sometimes combining two simple shapes can give a basic filler design a whole new look.
Magic metallic thread - November 27, 2012
Even if you consider yourself a more "traditional" quilter who likes muted tones, country flair, or even Civil War reproductions, sometime during your quilting you will discover the luster and shine that metallic thread can bring to your project.
Better bindings: part 2 - November 20, 2012
A recent blog article mentioned that binding stitches should be very close together, up to 1/16-inch apart. Several panicked quilters quickly questioned the sanity of this notion. Let's clarify that today!
Thanksgiving reflections - November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving Day marks a month of celebrating family, friendship and love. Remember to spend time with those you hold dear during the next few weeks.
Up Close Quilting with Claudia Pfeil - November 14, 2012
Claudia Pfeil, became the first European APQS dealer in 2005. She owns Quilt & Co and runs the entire European APQS showroom in Krefeld, Germany. She’s been sewing and piecing since she was a teen.
Better bindings - November 13, 2012
Quilters are often polarized when it comes to whether binding is the best or worst part of a quilting project. When you reach that stage in your quilt, the end is near – literally!
What makes a SmartBobbin so smart? - November 6, 2012
Every day quilters ask about the APQS SmartBobbin and wonder what makes it the intelligent choice for longarm quilters.
What's the magic TOWA number? - November 6, 2012
Any number you want it to be! That wasn't the answer you were expecting, was it?
Applique quilt quandaries - October 30, 2012
Personal preference aside, the decision to quilt on top of applique can often be guided by the amount of quilting in other areas of the quilt.
How to avoid oxidation residue on machines - October 23, 2012
One of the great features about APQS machines is their weight.
Up Close Quilting with Lorraine Harnish - October 22, 2012
Lorraine is a founder, teaches classes and is a part-owner of The Quilt Academy, a quilting company based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where they rent out a Lenni APQS longarm.
Do you need some creative ideas for fabric hiding places? - October 16, 2012
Sometimes you have to get creative...not only to store your newfound fabric, but to disguise your purchases from anyone who doesn't understand why you needed more in the first place.
Ask APQS: Matching thread color - October 16, 2012
Machine quilters must choose between what may be "practical" in relation to the time investment for the quilting, in addition to what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Fuzzy flannel fast appliqué - October 9, 2012
For a fast, fun weekend project, try whipping up a flannel throw.
Boo boo Band-Aids for quilting mistakes - October 9, 2012
Here's a great trick for touching up spots where your stitching line wandered off its path.
Needle flex and its impact on tension - October 2, 2012
You can move your longarm machine much faster, which has a huge impact on the needle. That's why your longarm needle is so large - it is to reduce the impact of needle flex!
Football Fridays...bleacher quilts - October 2, 2012
Whether it's soccer, football or another sport, having a little cushion under the tush is a must for fans on the sidelines.
Just How "Tight" Are You? - September 25, 2012
When the quilt is stretched firmly on the frame, any air space created by the batting is crushed by the quilt layers.
Get to the "Point" - inserting your needle - September 25, 2012
Lots of discussion has abounded regarding the best needles for your APQS quilting machine.
Quilt As Desired...A designer's epitaph! - September 18, 2012
How many of project patterns have you come across that contain the words "Quilt As Desired?"
Machine applique tips - September 18, 2012
When you really have to get things done, fusible web and machine applique come to the rescue.
Up Close Quilting with Matt Sparrow - September 14, 2012
Matt Sparrow is an APQS dealer who started Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton, Alberta, where Matt and his wife rent, sell and service APQS longarm’s to local Canadian quilters and more than 300 certified renters.
Fast fun fall fabric - September 12, 2012
You can capture some of this fall spirit with a quick and fun project that you can complete right on your longarm!
Flannel facts and fables - September 12, 2012
Who can resist the feel of that soft, cuddly fabric against your skin when the temperature starts to dip and the evening chill encourages you to throw the windows open at night?
Setting your batteries to recharge - September 4, 2012
With Labor Day in the books, now is your chance to revitalize yourself in preparation for those long winter nights when you really WANT to quilt!
Blanket stitch with a longarm? - September 4, 2012
Autumn presents the perfect time to put a small project together to give the technique a try.
What's the difference between bobbins? - August 29, 2012
If you are a little bit of a sleuth, you can find several different bobbin types on the market today.
How many stitches per inch? - August 29, 2012
Hand quilters and machine quilters use different measuring gauges (figuratively speaking) to determine the right stitch length for a project.
Up Close Quilting with Myrna Ficken - August 24, 2012
Myrna started longarm quilting in 1998 when she worked at a longarm dealership. Today, she owns her own business, A Quilter’s Choice, in Laurel, Maryland where she teaches numerous classes and has come out with a number of quilting DVDs.
Fusible interfacing and quilts - August 22, 2012
Fusible interfacing has transitioned from a staple in sewing rooms to a valuable tool for many quilters.
Couching with your longarm - August 22, 2012
"Couching" secures fibers to the surface of the quilt that would not normally fit through the needle's eye.
Manual or stitch regulated? - August 15, 2012
The evolution of machine quilting has produced some wondrous features that early quilters could only dream about.
Back to School for Quilters - August 15, 2012
Quilt shops have been gearing up all summer for "the return of the quilters” - that special time when piecers and quilters start to think about what projects they can tackle in the long winter months ahead.
What the judges are judging? - August 7, 2012
Learn more about some of the "measurable" criteria judges use to evaluate quilts in competition:
Attending to pressing matters - August 7, 2012
The debate about "ironing" versus "pressing" has waned in recent years as quilters finally realize that piecing quilts requires a different skill set apart from the laundry room.
Up Close Quilting with JoAnn Hoffman - July 30, 2012
JoAnn had been doing embroidery for 20 years when she discovered longarm quilting. She has since built a successful quilting studio and dealershipin the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Service Tip of the Day: Easy Adjustments to Wheels - July 30, 2012
APQS machines' unique track system has helped quilters glide across the quilts. However, even these wheels need adjustment from time to time to give you great performance
How do you secure starts and stops? - July 30, 2012
Quilters for generations have used needles to bury the beginning and ending thread tails on their quilts. However, you may not need to use that extra effort...
Simple sashing setting squares - July 26, 2012
When you're the quilter and not the piecer, you know what a barrel of fun it can be if the sashing strips on a quilt don't quite line up at the corners of the blocks.
Do you really HAVE to stitch in the ditch? - July 19, 2012
Quilters can make a case for both a "yes" and a "no" answer...
A rose is a rose - July 17, 2012
Learning how to quilt simple floral shapes, including leaves and vines, is so helpful. If you’re new to freehand quilting,
Up Close Quilting with Angela Huffman - July 9, 2012
Angela started quilting in 2000, and quickly established a successful quilting studio and dealership.
See the Quilt - July 6, 2012
Quilted by APQS Quilt Artists with and APQS Longarm Quilting Machine
Up Close Quilting with Ann Johnston - July 5, 2012
Ann is a talented longarm quilter who has an international reputation for her beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and art quilts
Up Close Quilting with Robbi Joy Eklow - July 5, 2012
Robbi is a talented longarm quilter who travels the nation teaching classes on free-motion quilting, fused appliqué and fabric dyeing.
Up Close Quilting with Caryl Bryer Fallert - July 5, 2012
Caryl is an internationally recognized art quilter whose award-winning quilts have appeared in hundreds of national and international exhibitions, collections and publications.
Up Close Quilting with Noriko Endo - July 5, 2012
Noriko literally paints landscapes with her longarm quilting machine, using thread for colors and stitches for brush strokes.
Up Close Quilting with Denise Tallon Havlan - July 5, 2012
We sat down with Denise Havlan, an award-winning quilting artist who is known for integrating fine art skills and tools into her wall quilts.
Up Close Quilting with Marilyn Badger - July 5, 2012
We sat down with Marilyn Badger, a renowned quilting artist and teacher who has appeared on more than 50 PBS quilting shows with Fons and Porter and whose work has been featured in countless magazines.
Up Close Quilting with Karen McTavish - July 5, 2012
"The things I love about APQS? Where do I begin?" she said. "I love the customer service. I love the control I have of the machine. I love that the machine is easy to maintain. I love that the machine is easy to use and makes me look like a better quilter
Up Close Quilting with Dawn Cavanaugh - July 5, 2012
Ever since I was young, arts and crafts have interested me. Growing up on a farm in Northwest Iowa meant creating your own fun, since trips into town were rare.
Service tip: Built-in circuit breaker protection - June 27, 2012
Quilters call our service department and comment that their machine is "dead" and won't turn on!
Caring for your steam iron - June 27, 2012
Here are some tips to keep your iron lasting for years and out of the garbage can:
Hand appliqué tips and tricks - June 27, 2012
Here are some tips that can make your hand appliqué easier while giving you great results.
Just how "tight" are you? - June 27, 2012
Somehow, just because we can, we stretch and pull and tighten until our quilt top sits military-style on the frame, ready to bounce a quarter to the ceiling. However, we fail to notice how that tautness pulls at our seams, stretches our borders and makes
What's under your bed besides dust bunnies? - June 27, 2012
With all that creativity, time and effort that goes into each project, it's a shame to think of your treasures stuffed into closets or cedar chests. There are better ways to store your quilts (and even show them off!)
2009 Quilting the Quilt articles - June 27, 2012
Here are Dawn's 2009 "Quilting the Quilt" articles with in depth tips, tricks and examples.
2010 Quilting the Quilt articles - June 27, 2012
Dawn's 2010 Quilting the Quilt articles feature hands-on tips, tricks and examples.
2011 Quilting the Quilt articles - June 27, 2012
Dawn's 2011 Quilting the Quilt articles include lots of tips and tricks to help you with your quilting.
Quilting the Quilt: Freedom rings through quilting - June 27, 2012
For decades, quilts have symbolized “heart and home”, wrapping warmth, comfort, and love around family and friends. Dawn profiles two popular patriotic organizations...
2008 Quilting the Quilt articles - June 26, 2012
Dawn Cavanaugh's "Quilting the Quilt" articles are published in each issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Each article focuses on a topic and Dawn provides an in depth explanation and example.
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