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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.
June 21, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: How to calibrate your low bobbin indicator
In this video tutorial we'll show you how to calibrate your low bobbin indicator, which easily keep tabs on your bobbin thread level and your top thread status when quilting with an APQS Freedom or Millennium longarm.
June 14, 2016
Shortcuts to making t-shirt quilts for your customers: pricing & easy construction tips
T-shirt quilts are a great way to generate revenue for a longarm quilting machine owner who quilts for others. They are also popular as auction items to raise money for worthy causes.
June 7, 2016
Quilting the Quilt: Modern lines for modern times
While quilting texture is a big part of modern quilt appeal, that texture is characterized by simple quilting designs instead of elaborate or ornate designs found in more traditional quilts.
May 31, 2016
How to piece quilt backs
Taking a little extra time preparing the backing can make a huge difference in the quilt’s longevity as well as how easy it will be to quilt it.
May 24, 2016
Tips for using fleece, flannel or nappy knits for backing fabric
Many quilters love to make cuddly quilts using fabric like polar fleece, flannel, or nappy knits like Minky or Shannon fabrics. Each of these fabrics introduces unique properties that may require adjustments to the way you may normally quilt.