Quilt Prep & Loading Tips

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.
April 22, 2014
2 common backing troubles
Today we are focusing on some of the backing troubles that can derail an otherwise wonderful quilt...
February 18, 2014
How to load a quilt by "fully floating" your quilt top
With a “full float,” the quilt’s top edge is basted to the backing and batting, but the bottom edge hangs down with the batting.
March 12, 2013
Banishing bulky seams
Whether you quilt for others or quilt yourself, you've most likely encountered a few mountains of fabric at patchwork intersections. Here are a few tips from the APQS team to help you avoid roadblocks or needle breaks from bulky seams!
January 22, 2013
Batting has an "up" and "down"
Well, most of it does, anyway! It may surprise you to know that many batting products have a right side and a wrong side, just like fabric.
September 25, 2012
Get to the "point" - inserting your needle
Lots of discussion has abounded regarding the best needles for your APQS quilting machine.