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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...
May 8, 2018
How to stitch Molar Feathers
This feather variation is related to the basic Longarm Feather, which is formed independently of any adjacent feathers.
May 1, 2018
APQS Video Tutorial: Daisy Brambles
In this tutorial Angela Huffman, APQS Dealer and Educator, shows you how to create a sweet design we call "Daisy Brambles." It's fun and flowy and would be perfect for a kids quilt.
April 24, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Picture Frame Quilt
It only takes a tiny spark to ignite a quilter’s inspiration. Many of us have found a focal fabric we love and designed a quilt top around it. That’s what happened with this quilt, but this time the focal fabric didn’t come from a 44-inch-wide bolt.
April 17, 2018
Tips for the APQS Turbo Bobbin Winder
In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to assemble and use the APQS Turbo Bobbin Winder...
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