Quilt Prep & Loading Tips

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
Just how "tight" are you?
When the quilt is stretched firmly on the frame, any air space created by the batting is crushed by the quilt layers.
September 25, 2012
Get to the "point" - inserting your needle
Lots of discussion has abounded regarding the best needles for your APQS quilting machine.
September 12, 2012
Flannel facts and fables
Who can resist the feel of that soft, cuddly fabric against your skin when the temperature starts to dip and the evening chill encourages you to throw the windows open at night?