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April 16, 2019
APQS Video Tutorial: Curled Scallops
In this video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a beautiful border design we like to call "Curled Scallops." It consists of candle wicks and curls.
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!
April 2, 2019
How do I wash a quilt?
A quilt’s condition determines whether you can launder it safely. A well-quilted, recently made quilt should be machine washable and dryable. However, if the quilting lines are very far apart, or the piecing seams appear inconsistent, the quilt may not withstand even the gentle cycle.
March 27, 2019
APQS longarm giveaway winner check-in: Corintha
We caught up with Corintha R. to see what she’s been up to since winning a Freddie quilting machine in the 2014 APQS longarm giveaway contest.
March 26, 2019
Free quilt pattern: Simply Strippy baby quilt
The “Simply Strippy Baby Quilt” pattern she’s shared is perfect for newbies and experienced quilters alike. The quilt is designed to teach beginners how to piece and quilt, and is part of Teresa’s “ABC123” pattern series, where the patterns increase in difficulty and complexity as quilters move up in the series.
March 14, 2019
Rule Your Quilt: Garden trellis border designs with rulers
Using rulers when machine quilting gives you consistent shapes and spaces while being easy to use, too! There are a variety of straight line designs from simple to complex that are easy to accomplish using rulers designed for machine quilting...
March 12, 2019
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Rhonda Coler
Rhonda operates her longarm quilting studio out of Sequim, Washington. She has two APQS machines nestled in her beautiful studio which she says is dedicated to her customers and they are always welcome. We sat down with Rhonda to find out more about how she started her longarm quilting business and what advice she’d have for others.
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.
February 26, 2019
Free quilt pattern: Head to the mountain
Half square triangles are simple yet so versatile. This quilt began as an effort to use up a layer cake plus some yardage. Named after the British Columbia Mountains, this pattern is beautiful and fun to quilt!
February 19, 2019
How to quilt fabric panels
Fabric Panels present a unique opportunity to play with new machine quilting techniques in a fairly low stakes environment. So, why not use them to practice upon and grow your free motion quilting skills a bit?
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