Quilt Prep & Loading Tips

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.
June 17, 2014
How to load a quilt [part 2]
Now that you know more about the possible methods you can choose, let’s review the basic steps for quilt loading...
June 10, 2014
How to load a quilt – 3 basic methods [part 1]
Each quilt loading method has advantages and drawbacks, and there really is not a “right” way to load a quilt—only different ways.
April 29, 2014
Tips for using "unusual" fabrics for quilt backing
Read our tips on how to successfully use "unusual" fabrics for your backing.