Quilting the Quilt

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...
October 16, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Everybody clap your hands
It’s time for a big celebration in the quilting world—high fives around the guild, please! For the first time in years, according to the Quilting in America 2017 Survey, the average age of a “dedicated quilter” has dropped one full year from 64 to 63 years old!
August 15, 2018
Our top 5 Quilting the Quilt articles
Every other month, Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS Customer Service & Education Director, writes an article that features simple and actionable tips for your quilting projects. In this article we're sharing this year's top 5 most popular Quiting the Quilt articles here on the APQS blog. Enjoy!
June 19, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Stop stressing over tension
Poor tension is the #1 issue machine quilters struggle to correct. The first critical step in solving it is getting over the fear of actually changing the top or bobbin case tension. Admonishments of “never touch the tension” from a home ec teacher might still sting your ears, but it’s time to silence that inner voice and put on a brave “I can do this” attitude!
May 22, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Ready, set, quilt
Now midarm and longarm machines are available in compact sit-down table versions or small stand-up “hoop frame” models. These can take up as little as 10-15 square feet of space—great for tight quarters.
March 20, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Owning the quilt process
Longarm rental studios are popping up all over—giving quilters the power to regain control and “own” the quilting process from start to finish.
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