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July 17, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Liz Kodner
Kentucky-resident Liz Kodner has been a proud APQS Millennium owner for three years and decided to make the jump to quilting for hire two years ago. We recently asked her a few questions about how she got started and what advice she might have for those considering starting their own small business.
July 10, 2018
Bulky Intersections
Quilters on one side of the iron insist, “Always press toward the dark fabric!” The other side chants, “Always press to reduce bulk!” As a quilt piecer, I want it all—I don’t want my dark colors showing through my light fabrics; I want my patchwork to be accurate and I want it to be flat. But as a longarm quilter, eliminating bulky intersections that can break needles or distort quilting lines tops the list.
July 3, 2018
The story behind the quilt – Urban Oasis
When we saw the pictures of Kathy Plumley’s “Urban Oasis” One-Block Wonder, we fell in love with the colors, quilting and creative design choices. We decided to give Kathy a call to learn more about the quilt and her process of creating it.
June 26, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Stars galore
As the summer days fade and the sun sinks on the horizon, twilight draws out fireflies and the stars twinkle from above. Spread Sheridan Carter’s “Stars Galore” quilt across your lap as dusk settles into night and star gaze on a cool summer night!
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!
June 12, 2018
Bobbins 101
Whereas many companies offer only one bobbin size option, APQS customers can select the bobbin size that best fits their quilting style. In this article, we've outlined the characteristics of each size below to help you decide what’s right for you.
June 5, 2018
APQS Video Tutorial: Daisy Love
In this APQS video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman, shows you the "Daisy Love" design. It combines a heart motif with a fun little daisy and a swirl.
May 29, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Loves me, loves me not
Whether she’s planting pansies in the dirt or stitching strawflowers on to fabric, it’s clear that Suzan Pons of APQS France is at home in a garden—no matter what the medium!
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.
May 15, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Kathy Schwartz
Kathy Schwartz has owned her own longarm quilting business, Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting, for more than nine years. She lives in Ontario, Canada and has a loyal following on the internet who enjoy seeing her signature style of quilting. We recently asked her a few questions...
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