Quilting the Quilt

June 16, 2020
Get the perfect backing yardage for quilting projects every time
Here’s a resource we hope you’ll find useful: our Backing Yardage Calculation Chart to help you determine how many yards you need to make a finished quilt a reality!
April 28, 2020
Raw edge appliqué video tutorial and free pattern: Wash Your Hands
We LOVE this adorable "Wash Your Hands" wall hanging! It's perfect for a classroom, daycare, or even your own home! Grab the pattern and watch APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh take you through the process of creating this quilt.
December 10, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: Fixing thread snarls and g-r-r-owls
The unexpected thread snarl can be a major pain when quilting. Check out these tips and tricks to properly thread your machine by APQS Customer Service & Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh!
October 8, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: My piecer gave me a wedgie
Quilting isn't limited to a four side shape anymore! Learn how we crafted a wedge-shaped bathroom rug on our APQS Lucey longarm machine...
August 12, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: The ins and outs of loading a quilt
Whether you “quilt by check,” rent time on a longarm, or plan to buy one, it’s helpful to understand how the quilt gets on the frame and why you need extra backing fabric to make it work.
May 20, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: Family Ties
When Georgene Rogers won an APQS Millie in the APQS Longarm Giveaway last spring, my heart was touched by her story! I could see many similarities between some of her life chapters and mine-and I think you will, too. If you’ve ever wondered whether a longarm machine would make a difference in your life, find out how it changed Georgene’s...
April 8, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: Quilt panel pizzazz
Short on time but need a quick quilted gift? Quilt panels to the rescue! A quick internet search for “quilt panels” showed 484 options at one online retailer alone. Comic book heroes, movie stars, chickens, old trucks, aliens, you name it…it’s probably on a quilt panel!
March 4, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: Men who quilt
Right or wrong, quilting has been perceived as “women’s work” for centuries. While more and more men are discovering the craft, according to the 2017 “Quilting in America” study conducted by The Quilting Company, in partnership with Quilts, Inc., only one percent of the estimated 7 to 10 million quilters are male.
January 8, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: Big bobbin or little bobbin?
Mid-arm and longarm quilting machines come with either a small L-style bobbin or a big M-style bobbin. Some companies offer only one bobbin size...
December 17, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: What's in a word?
Quilters frequently use stipple and meander interchangeably when describing a quilting design that wanders aimlessly across the fabric...