Tool Tips

September 16, 2014
Quilting with templates
When quilters hear the word “template” we usually think about a thin piece of cardboard or clear plastic which we trace around to create a patchwork shape for our quilt. However, if you own a longarm quilting machine...
August 19, 2014
How to do a pantograph [with VIDEO]
With literally thousands of pantograph designs available today, you can quilt anything from a simple swirling pattern to an elaborate cityscape scene across your quilt.
August 5, 2014
Don’t forget about straight line quilting …
Our machines move so freely that it is easy to forget how to effectively use straight line quilting to add drama and emphasis to a quilt top.
July 22, 2014
How do you properly use rulers when you quilt?
Ruler work is a quick way to make a quilt spectacular but it can be intimidating. The most important thing to remember is safety. The last thing you want is to hear the heart sickening sound of the hopping foot crunching on Plexiglas while using your APQS
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?
May 6, 2014
Best Mother's Day gifts for quilters
Mother's Day is just around the corner...
March 25, 2014
Ruling the World: Getting the most from your templates
In the longarm industry, rulers and templates are always highly sought-after tools of the trade.
December 17, 2013
Quilting the Quilt: Pantograph or custom - which should I choose?
When debating between custom and overall quilting for your quilt, you’ll save yourself lots of time and stress if you answer these questions to help you decide...
November 19, 2013
You can test quilting designs with vinyl
If you're struggling with how a quilting design might look in your quilt, here's a great way to audition your ideas.
July 30, 2013
Sore finger first aid
Every now and then, we quilters have to pick up a needle and thread. How do you avoid sore fingers after a bout of hand sewing? Read some of our quilters' home remedies, and you might find a method that work for you!