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January 17, 2017
Running a longarm quilting business – Q&A with Shirley Jackson
Many APQS owners turn their passion for quilting into a profitable business. We decided to sit down with a few of these entrepreneurs to learn more about how they started their businesses and what words of wisdom they have for others who might be considering it. We begin the series with Shirley Jackson from Murray, Ky.
January 10, 2017
Quilt shows - what do judges expect?
This is the first article in a new series we’re launching about quilt judge expectations and solutions to the most commonly cited areas for improvement.
January 3, 2017
How to bury thread tails
Hand quilters have buried their threads for decades, and several methods exist to accomplish the same task. In the following video I demonstrate just one way to bury your threads...you may find others that work for you, too!
December 27, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Peacock Eye Filler
In this APQS Video Tutorial APQS Educator and Dealer Angela Huffman shares a filler design that is based on the tradition peacock or headband filler. It just has a double loop at the top - we call it the Peacock Eye filler.
December 20, 2016
How to handle customer inquires in your quilting business
As a professional machine quilter you will get all sorts of questions lobbed to you from potential and existing customers. Likely the most common inquiry you’ll get is for a quote on how much you charge for machine quilting.
December 13, 2016
Quilting the Quilt: Bending the Lines
In recent years quilters have explored modifying the traditional 45-degree crosshatching grid by changing the angle to 60 degrees, creating a diamond-shaped grid.
December 6, 2016
Quilt pattern: Pick your Holiday table topper (free download)
Myrna Ficken of APQS West in Littleton, CO loves to celebrate holidays! She is always looking for ways to maximize her piecing and quilting time so she has more time to enjoy family and friends. Her “Pick Your Holiday Table Topper” is perfect example of her creativity and efficiency.
November 29, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Clover Sprout Meander
In this video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a meander that's based on a clover shape. We call it the Clover Sprout Meander and it's REALLY fun. Take a look!
November 22, 2016
Gift ideas for quilters
‘Tis the season and whether you are making your wish list or are looking for ideas to give the quilter in your life, we thought we’d share some suggestions.
November 15, 2016
From famous quilters to soap stars, meet some of the quilt celebrities who own an APQS
Some of the top quilting artists in the world have chosen APQS as their longarm machine of choice. We talked to some of the famous faces in the quilting world to see what drew them to quilting and to APQS longarm quilting machines.