Education

November 17, 2020
Quilt basting techniques for a longarm quilting machine
In this video, you'll discover techniques for securing your quilt layers together on a longarm quilting machine. We cover everything from stabilizing the edges when loading it to your frame...to earning extra money basting the quilt for hand quilters. APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh even shows you how to baste the quilt if you're a sit-down machine quilter.
October 27, 2020
How to tie a quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine
Did you know your APQS longarm quilting machine can be used to tie a quilt? In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shares a tutorial for how to get the look of a hand-tied quilt without all the work of layering, basting, and tying knots.
October 6, 2020
How much binding do I need?
Download our “Binding Strip Cutting Chart” so you never have to guesstimate how much binding you'll need for your quilt...
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...