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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...
November 7, 2017
The definitive guide to longarm quilting machine needles
Needles are one of the most critical tools in a quilter’s sewing box. Choosing the right needle for the thread, fabric and batting you’re using can mean the difference between a fabulous quilt and one filled with tension issues, broken threads, and batting pokeys!
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...
October 3, 2017
APQS quilting machine table & frame sizes – what you need to know
How much space do you need for your APQS machine? What makes APQS frames unique? What is the maximum quilt size you can quilt with each of our table sizes?
September 26, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Knights and Ladies
Knights and Ladies is a great pattern to show off your large-scale prints or any specialty print -whether it’s superheroes or giraffes and elephants.
September 19, 2017
Quilt shows - what judges expect [Part 4]
Stitching in the Ditch. Do you love it or hate it? Can you take it or leave it? It is not a requirement on any quilt, including quilt show entries, but the technique should definitely be in your wheelhouse if you intend to quilt competitively.
September 12, 2017
Running a Longarm Quilting Business - Q&A with Linda Gibbons
We sat down recently with Linda Gibbons from Lake Wylie, South Carolina to talk to her about her machine quilting business. We wanted to know a little more about how she got started quilting for others and what thoughts she had about her success.