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October 25, 2016
Renting out time on your longarm machine
There are many different ways to structure a business of this kind. For this article we spoke to Angela Huffman who owns the APQS store in Louisville, Ky where she oversees a gaggle of happy renters. We wanted to pick her brain a bit about how she has structured her rental program.
October 18, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Honeysuckle Filler
In this video tutorial, Angela Huffman, APQS dealer and educator, shares a fun filler design called the Honeysucker Filler. It features straight lines and circles with some pointed leaf shapes behind it.
October 11, 2016
Watch and learn about George - our sit-down quilting machine
Take a closer look at George, a stationary, sit-down quilting machine from APQS. George has a generous throat space and a large, flat work-space to easily maneuver your quilt. Quilters across the world use George and proudly bear the title, “APQS Artist.”
October 4, 2016
Quilt pattern: Shining star (free download)
Sheridan has graciously shared her simple-to-construct Shining Star pattern, which is easy for beginning quilters and experienced quilters alike. It requires only two fabrics and allows you to use one of those fabrics in your collection that you just couldn’t bear to cut up!
September 27, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Meandering Comma Curl
In this video tutorial Angela Huffman, APQS dealer and educator, shares a meander design that has a comma curl attached to it. It's great for a edge-to-edge design or a filler behind some applique.
September 20, 2016
How to change the hopping foot on your longarm quilting machine
Changing out the different hopping feet couldn’t be simpler. There are two small allen screws on the back of the hopping foot. To remove the existing foot, unscrew them with the small allen wrench provided in the foot kit. Or, if you don’t have the kit you can certainly use a small allen wrench you already own.
September 13, 2016
Our most popular "How to..." articles
In this article we've pulled together some of our most popular "how to ..." articles in one place. We hope it helps you find something new. Happy quilting!
September 6, 2016
Quilting the Quilt: Add a glow (with FREE bonus pattern)
In the U.S., red, white and blue take center stage for much of the summer as stars and stripes dominate decorating schemes. This quilt is simple and quick to make, and by quilting some of the elements with glow-in-the-dark thread the quilt can easily transition from day to night.
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.