Join us for the APQS All-Star Longarm Quilting Retreat in Nashville, Tennessee!

June 2-4, 2024 | Cost: $1,500

Join us for two and a half days of machine quilting education. You’ll get direct instruction and inspiration from an all-star lineup of APQS educators. Their educational tracks are designed to help you learn new skills and progress wherever you are on your quilting journey. Dive into Quilt Path, explore the Basics of Freehand and more. See all our available sessions below.

Cost includes:

  • Choice of 4 educational sessions with our all-star instructors. Instructors include Angela Clark, Angela Huffman, Cathy Thayer and Tracey Russell. See each of their bios below along with information about each available session.
  • 2 nights at the Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • 4 meals including breakfast and lunch on both full days.
  • Evening receptions on June 2nd & 3rd.

The number of tickets available is limited!! Act now.

All-Star Longarm Retreat

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Call Lindsey Pottebaum at 800-426-7233 or click here to email.

OR fill out the form below and she’ll walk you through completing your registration.

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Evening Receptions

June 2nd (prequel) | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Evening Welcome Reception: Panel discussion/inspiration

June 3rd | 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. |  Evening Lecture: All-star panel discussion

Class Schedule

Day 1

Available sessions from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructor: Cathy Thayer
Skill level: All skill levels

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced enthusiast, this class is a must to unlock the mystery of tension and all the things that go into it. Expert instructor Cathy will guide you through a journey to transform your machine into a masterpiece-producing powerhouse. Learn the best needles for the new digital prints flooding the market, find out why you’d choose one thread over another and discover how to choose the perfect batting for your project. Plus, you’ll find out how to troubleshoot common tension issues and what to look for when dialing in the best tension for your machine. Join the adventure and unlock your quilting potential now!

Instructor: Tracey Russell
Skill level: All skill levels

Ready to turn simple shapes into magic? Join our Basics of Freehand Quilting course and let your creativity run wild! Have you ever looked at a quilt and thought, “I could never do that” or “That’s too hard; I’ll never be that good”? Well, guess what? It’s easier than you think and you CAN do it. We’ll start with easy shapes and quickly build and transform them into versatile designs you can use anywhere! Next, we’ll move into combining and altering those shapes to create more complex-looking designs that are fantastic for edge-to-edge quilting. By building your skills and creativity with a solid foundation, you’ll be quilting your heart out, dancing across your quilt in no time and having a blast doing it!

Instructor: Angela Huffman
Skill level: Beginner

Formal feathers have their place but the world of feathers is so much bigger than the typical over-the-top plume! Angela will cover dozens of different kinds of feathers that are perfect for all levels of ability. Some feathers are tailor-made for modern quilts; others scream for traditional settings. Learn how to tell the difference and see how the modern quilt movement has influenced feather design. Find your own personal feather and discover how varied the simple plume can be.

Instructor: Angela Clark
Skill level: Beginner

Prepare to embark on a quilting adventure like no other with Quilt Path PowerPlay. This course is your ticket to mastering the enchanting world of digital quilting magic using the innovative Quilt Path software. Dive into the captivating Power Pantograph feature, perfect your pantograph techniques and unlock the secrets of creating quilting masterpieces with ease and precision. Whether you’re a quilting enthusiast or a seasoned pro, join us and discover the wizardry of digital quilting in Quilt Path PowerPlay.

Available sessions from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Cathy Thayer
Skill level: Beginner

Are you ready to take your quilting skills to the next level with the Beginning Quilt Path Class? Join us and learn all about the revolutionary Quilt Path Version 5 Pantograph, including its powerful features like Batch Import and Power Pantograph applications. You’ll also discover how to integrate the Eclipse plug-in for more quilting possibilities. Enroll today and unlock endless creativity and possibilities for your quilting journey. Your next masterpiece is just a stitch away!

Instructor: Tracey Russell
Skill level: All skill levels

This exciting class offers a fabulous, fun approach to adding texture and added flair to your quilt tops. During our time together, you will discover just how infinite the design opportunities can be! By using a simple grid stencil as the springboard, it’s easy to create amazing background designs, filler designs, border treatments and even ornate focal areas to catch the eye and show off your skills. We will create stunning designs that look complex and intricate yet are easy to execute. This technique is guaranteed to take your quilts to the next level, and best of all…they are so much fun to quilt! From the beginner to the advanced quilter, this class is a must for everyone! All skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Angela Huffman
Skill level: Beginner to intermediate

This course picks up where the APQS Beginning Longarm Class leaves off. This class offers a broad overview of custom quilting. During this hands-on class, we will learn dozens of ways to custom-quilt a block. Learn easy custom border/corner/sashing treatments. See how to “read” a quilt top and interpret a quilt top to select the best design and organize your inspiration. This class offers the bird’s eye view of custom quilting so you are ready for more focused and rigorous classes.

Instructor: Angela Clark
Skill level: Beginner

Unlock the art of precise motif placement in quilting with our course, “Quilting Brilliance: Precision Motif Placement Mastery.” Delve into the world of quilting brilliance as you learn the techniques and secrets behind expertly positioning motifs to create stunning quilt designs. Whether you’re a novice quilter or a seasoned enthusiast, this course will elevate your quilting skills to new heights. Join us on a journey of creativity and precision, and watch your quilting projects shine with brilliance!

Day 2

Available sessions from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructor: Cathy Thayer
Skill level: All skill levels

Are you tired of the same old routine? Dying to inject some excitement into your quilting projects? Well, prepare yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we introduce you to the unconventional world of non-cotton longarm quilting! Imagine the gasps of amazement as you showcase your one-of-a-kind project, expertly crafted with unexpected materials that transform your masterpiece into an awe-inspiring work of art. Dare to venture into uncharted territory as you take on the challenge of quilting with leather. Yes, you heard that right – leather! Unleash your inner rebel and watch in wonder as this versatile material gracefully dances under the needle of your trusty longarm machine. Our Anything But Cotton encourages you to think outside the box and explore the potential of repurposing old textiles. Blend the old with the new, the antique with the contemporary, and watch as your quilts become timeless heirlooms that tell a story worth sharing.

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THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Instructor: Tracey Russell
Skill level: All skill levels

Just because it’s a spine, doesn’t mean it has to be “feathered”! Everything from spikes and razor wire to curls and leaves, to flowers and bat wings to name but a few….It’s a ton of fun quilting outside the box. Depending on the feel, mood and style of your quilt, you may want any manner of shapes popping of that spine. If that’s the case, this is the class for you! A spine is simply a way for your designs/motifs to travel across or around your quilt and just about any shape can be adapted to flow along one. Firstly, we lay the foundation of how to travel along a spine to ensure a clean, polished look to your work. Then, we’re going to get “fun and funky” popping all manner of interesting things on those spines to create border treatments, motifs and edge-to-edge designs. You’ll have a blast in this class as we build our repertoire and add to our toolbox of ideas to give some interesting twists to those quilts! All skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Angela Clark
Skill level: Beginner

Join our Quilt Wizardry: Border Bling Masterclass, a captivating digital design class that will transport you into the world of quilting magic. Learn the secrets of crafting enchanting and personalized quilt borders that dazzle and delight, all from the convenience of your tablet. Unleash your inner quilting wizard and add a touch of sparkle to your creations with this fun and engaging online experience.

Available sessions from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Cathy Thayer
Skill level: All skill levels

Longarm Upcycle Projects: Are you a quilter seeking creative growth and positive environmental impact? Introducing “Upcycle on the Longarm”! Transform old jeans into stunning flower art using denim scraps and fabric at home. Cathy will guide you, churning your imagination. Turn discarded jeans into masterpieces, saving the planet and igniting your creativity. The technique is versatile, working with ripped, faded denim or patches, adding charm. Contrast soft fabric petals with sturdy denim for captivating beauty. No fancy tools needed; just denim and fabric with soul. Uncover hidden artistic potential. Join quilters, discovering talents and sustainable art. Feel the difference in your art and in the world.

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THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Instructor: Tracey Russell
Skill level: All skill levels

Who doesn’t love a good background filler? No custom-quilted quilt is truly finished until the filler work has been completed. I have always thought of this part of the quilting as “the cherry on top.” This beloved part of the custom quilting process is so important and serves so many different purposes. Enhancing applique, adding interest to backgrounds, breeding up negative space, popping motifs, etc. – we need to take careful consideration of all these things when deciding the what, when, where and why of using moderately dense, really dense or micro-stitch quilting to your quilt. We’ll begin with easy-to-stitch (yet effective) shapes, then morph and embellish those ideas into spectacular, stand-out, loud-and-proud textures that will take that quilt from fabulous to fantastically fabulous! Experience as the magic happens while we build freehand and creative skills, all while creating that incredible tactile texture we all love so much.

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Instructor: Angela Clark
Skill level: Beginner

Embark on a journey into the realm of quilt pattern design through our comprehensive course, PatternCAD Mastery. This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of PatternCAD, the digitizing software that accompanies Quilt Path. Whether you are a novice or have some prior experience with Quilt Path, this program will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to create and modify quilt patterns effectively. Elevate your quilting projects to new heights by enrolling in this professionally curated course.

All-day session from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Angela Huffman
Skill level: Beginner

Discover the joy of pushing your creative boundaries while free-motion quilting an adorable giraffe playmat that is as much fun to stitch as it is to gift! We will use the playful giraffes in this panel to stretch our skills to new heights. Immerse yourself in a variety of free-motion designs that go beyond the basics and have some fun while you play! Learn a broad spectrum of styles, from swirls and loops to intricate patterns, as we blend creativity and skill building in this full-day hands-on class. You’ll share a machine with one other person.

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Instructor Bios

Angela Clark

Angela Clark

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Angela Clark is widely recognized as the author of the definitive guide on Quilt Path.

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As an experienced educator, she is dedicated to making quilting both accessible and enjoyable for her students. Angela teaches classes on longarm quilting, free-motion quilting and computerized longarm quilting. Beyond her contributions to literature and education, Angela owns Thread Waggle Quilting in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she not only presents cutting-edge quilting technology but also nurtures a community of passionate quilters. Angela’s unwavering commitment to simplifying quilting techniques and infusing delight into the craft has established her as an inspiring mentor in the APQS Quilt Path community.

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Cathy Thayer

In the charming city of Omaha, Nebraska, Cathy Thayer stands out as a paragon of passion and perseverance in the world of quilting.

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As the proud owner of Fabric Bash, Cathy’s quilt shop has become a beacon for craft enthusiasts, offering an impressive array of over 3,000 bolts of fabric, including a selection of over 500 wide backs, and an assortment of high-quality sewing machines from brands like APQS, Baby Lock, Janome and Juki.

Cathy’s journey in the tapestry of life weaves together her roles as a spouse of a retired Air Force Officer, a mother to eight children and a grandmother to nine, all while establishing and growing a successful business. Her commitment to family, community and her craft is as intricate and enduring as the patterns on her award-winning quilts. Her experience as a military spouse instilled in her the resilience and flexibility needed to build a thriving enterprise amid the demands of raising a large family. Juggling the responsibilities of a business owner and motherhood, she has managed to create not just quilts, but a warm, inviting community space that extends the essence of her nurturing spirit.

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Angela Huffman

Angela Huffman

Angela Huffman is the founder of Quilted Joy in Louisville, Kentucky, and co-host of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting television program.

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Angela Huffman is the founder of Quilted Joy, home of the world-famous Quilt Fairies in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the co-host of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting national PBS television program, which airs in 95% of US markets. Her quilt shop, Quilted Joy, was named “Best Independent Quilt Shop” in the Reader’s Choice awards from Love of Quilting magazine. The shop houses an APQS training center and rental studio where mountains of happy renters use the APQS longarms to finish their projects.

Angela and her original patterns have been featured in a variety of magazines, including Love of Quilting, QuiltMaker, Quilter’s Newsletter, Machine Quilting Unlimited and On Track. In 2022, she was named “Best Designer” in the Reader’s Choice awards from Love of Quilting magazine. She has been quilting for over two decades and is a former US Machine Quilter Teacher of the Year nominee. Angela is committed to teaching sewists as she travels nationally and internationally to guilds, studios and quilt shows, teaching techniques on domestic and longarm quilting machines while developing patterns and tools to make quilting easier.

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Tracey Russell

Tracey Russell

Tracey Russell is the proud owner of Whirls n Swirls Quilting located just east of Toronto, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Tracey began her longarm career in 2006 and her passion is freehand quilting. She has been an APQS dealer since 2012 and opened her showroom in December of 2015. Tracey’s shop serves the quilting community with machine rentals, sales, service, supplies and classes. Her love of all things longarm is evident on Tracey’s YouTube channel (Whirls n Swirls Quilting). Her popular “100 designs in 100 days” series, done 4 times, provides quilters with a plethora of videos teaching not just free-motion quilting designs, but practical day-to-day “how to” videos using your machine. With over 500 videos on her channel, you are sure to find both education and inspiration to help you along on your longarm journey.

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Hotel Information

The cost includes a two-night stay (single occupancy) at the Franklin Marriot Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee, located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN, 37067.