Quilt Prep & Loading Tips

September 14, 2021
5 tips for piecing your quilt backing fabric
Piecing backing fabric on a quilt is an important part of the quiltmaking process, and you want to be sure you're doing it right! In this article, Angela Huffman gives you her top five tips for piecing quilt backing fabric.
January 26, 2021
Foundation paper piecing tutorial
Foundation paper piecing is a method that lets you make accurate, complex patterns without stress and struggle. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shares lots of tips and tricks to help new and experienced quilters master this fun technique.
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.
May 9, 2017
How to float a quilt top on an APQS longarm machine - 2 methods
Loading a quilt on an APQS frame is easy! In this video, APQS National Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh demonstrates two of our favorite quilt top floating methods to make loading a quilt simple and fast.
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.
May 5, 2015
Backing mysteries busted
Next time you choose a backing fabric, take these tips from our APQS team into consideration!
March 10, 2015
"How-to" articles for beginners
We’re diving into some of our favorite “how-to” articles for longarm newbies!
July 15, 2014
Quilting more than one quilt at a time
Imagine how quickly you could knock out quilts if you could get more than one on the frame at a time! Well, it IS possible if you use a single backing fabric for both quilts.
July 8, 2014
How to mark a quilt
Have you ever walked through a quilt show and felt the inspiration oozing out of the quilty masterpieces but have wondered how the quilter makes such incredible designs on the quilts?
July 2, 2014
How to turn a quilt
Turning a quilt is really very simple and fast to do IF you know the secret ingredient – bendable pins that recover their shape after winding around the rollers.