Education

September 15, 2020
Longarm quilting: working with flannel
The same characteristics that make flannel so carressible can also make it irritating to use when piecing and quilting a flannel quilt.
September 1, 2020
Piecing quilt backs
Sometimes by the time I snip the threads after sewing on the last border of a quilt, I’m so excited to have it finished that the last thing I want to do is wrestle several more yards through the machine to seam backing fabric. How about you?
August 25, 2020
How to pick batting for your quilt
Before you invest in a huge roll of “all purpose” batting, think about your quilts…what do you want them look like? How do you want them to feel?
August 4, 2020
Video tutorial: pantograph quilting
If you can trace, you can quilt using a longarm. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to complete a quilt using a paper pantograph and shares tricks to get your quilts finished in record time by quilting from edge to edge.
July 7, 2020
How to label your quilts
Labeling your quilt will help ensure that its provenance is accurate, which can add to its value—both sentimental as well as financial. But it can also help identify a quilt in case of loss or theft.
June 30, 2020
How to turn a quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine
In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how to quickly and easily turn and remount your quilt to the frame so that you can see and quilt the entire border without trying to guess how the design will match up on the other end.
June 2, 2020
Attacking scrappy backs - here's how to get your backing measurements right every time
If you’re not a longarmer, it’s tough to understand why the backing and batting need to be so much bigger - especially when one’s already scrimping to piece the backing together from scraps. Here's why...
May 19, 2020
Fake it when you make it: faux piping
Adding piping along the binding of a quilt is an art form all by itself. Here's a step-by-step guide to achieve faux piping...
April 28, 2020
Raw edge appliqué video tutorial and free pattern: Wash Your Hands
We LOVE this adorable "Wash Your Hands" wall hanging! It's perfect for a classroom, daycare, or even your own home! Grab the pattern and watch APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh take you through the process of creating this quilt.
April 7, 2020
Reference chart for quilt sizes
With all the variables of today’s beds and styles, we created a handy reference chart to give you a starting point when designing your next quilt size.