Inspiration

January 2, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Now you see it, now you don't
When you’re faced with choosing the “lesser of two evils,” wouldn’t it be nice to have a third option pop up that suddenly saves you? Invisible thread to the rescue!
December 26, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Round and Around
APQS Dealer Manon Keeley shares a pattern with us that is happy, modern, and full of color! The split circle design adds whimsy, while the solid white backgrounds provide a place for the eye to rest after viewing the tantalizing color array.
December 19, 2017
APQS Video Tutorial: Stones in the River
In this video, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a quilting design that's perfect for a contemporary or modern quilt. It's based on the traditional piano-key look but has some waviness and pebbles - we call it "Stones on a River."
December 5, 2017
The story behind the quilt – Grandmother’s Flower Garden
When we saw Beatrice Rieske’s post in the APQS forum about the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt she recently completed for a customer, we thought it was stunning. As a result, we decided to give Beatrice a call to learn more about the process of making this stunner!
November 28, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Skill Builder Sampler
The quick and easy-to-piece sampler quilt will give you plenty of opportunity to build your ninja quilting skills! It is designed specifically to give you spaces perfect for working on stitching in the ditch, straight or curved ruler work and lots of wide open space, especially in the center square.
November 14, 2017
How to quilt spineless feathers, and exploring the penguin quilting feather variation
When using a spine for your feathers you’ll find it is easier to stitch from the base up to the tip. Trying to make feathers from the top down is extraordinarily hard...
October 31, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Smile and Stand Tall
For many of us, the south of France would be on our “dream vacation” bucket list. But APQS France dealer Suzan Pons has the good fortune to call it “home!”
October 24, 2017
When it comes to quilting – how much is too much?
Quilts can have lots of quilting, or very little quilting, or a combination of too much in one area and not enough in another. If the amount of quilting—called “quilting density”—is unbalanced across the quilt, you could...
October 17, 2017
Quilting the Quilt: Are you ready for a longarm?
A longarm quilting machine can bring you years and years of fun as you whittle your quilt top stash down, making room for more projects. It is an investment that could last a lifetime, so you’ll want to look at...
October 10, 2017
Quilting the Quilt: Embracing the curves
Experiment with ‘wavy’ rulers to add movement, dimension to quilts...