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August 30, 2016
How to photograph your quilts
Last week one of my kids was looking through the photos on my phone and said, “Momma, all of your pictures are either of us, quilts or cats!” I had to laugh because I am guilty as charged. I take photos of quilts all the time but some photos are better than others. There are certainly ways to help you get the best possible photos of your quilts.
August 23, 2016
Are you ready for a longarm quilting machine?
Innovations in longarm quilting machines, such as stitch regulators and simple table design, have made machine quilting easy, even for beginners. Technological advances have made these machines affordable for home use. If you are ready to investigate the possibility of a longarm machine, use these tips to help you with your search.
August 16, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Pointed Peacock Party
In this APQS video tutorial Angela Huffman, APQS dealer and educator, shares a filler design that's based on a headband filler (or paisley filler or peacock filler). We just added a little point to it. We call this design the Pointed Peacock Party filler.
August 9, 2016
Want to start your own quilting business? Take these steps first...
If you love machine quilting, it’s possible to turn your passion into a nice income. In this post I’ve pulled together some steps to make your machine quilting business successful while keeping the fun in it.
August 2, 2016
Quilt pattern: Square peg in a round hole [Free download]
This quilt was originally inspired by a family member who decided to step outside of her comfort zone and head off into the world to do what her heart told her to do.
July 26, 2016
Quilting the Quilt: How much quilting is too much?
When it comes to quilting, is it possible to have too much of a good thing? That’s a great question, and the answer is not absolute.
July 19, 2016
What's the difference between manual mode & stitch regulated mode?
When the APQS Millennium, or Mille, longarm quilting machine was introduced to the quilting world in 1999, everyone was mesmerized because it came equipped with a new feature called a Stitch Regulator.
July 12, 2016
Most common questions about APQS longarm quilting machines
As National Education Director at APQS I have the pleasure of traveling to many different quilt shows each year. But no matter what part of the country I’m in, quilters who are considering adding a longarm to their studio invariably wonder about the very same things:
July 5, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Sea Foam Filler
In this APQS video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffmann shares a romantic and flowy design called Sea Foam Filler. It looks great on landscape quilts when you want to emulate the look of water or waves. It also looks fantastic behind applique.
June 28, 2016
Quilt pattern: Big Star [Free download]
Angela Clark of Thread Waggle Quilting and APQS Raleigh created a wall hanging that is simple yet stunning. Angela’s vibrant colors and dark background fabric make it modern, yet it could be just as striking in other colorways such as soft pastels or modern prints.