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August 11, 2020
Free quilt pattern: Island Four Patch
A package of Tonga Treats batik fabric strips buried in her fabric stash called “Island Punch” by Timeless Treasures inspired APQS Dealer Cindy Schellenberg to create this simple but striking pattern.
August 4, 2020
Video tutorial: pantograph quilting
If you can trace, you can quilt using a longarm. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to complete a quilt using a paper pantograph and shares tricks to get your quilts finished in record time by quilting from edge to edge.
July 28, 2020
Video Tutorial: Infinity Twins
In this APQS Video Tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman teaches you how to quilt the "Infinity Twins" design. This design works very well in a small sashing space.
July 21, 2020
Free quilt pattern: Zen
Aptly titled “Zen”, the quilt’s two-color scheme is definitely soothing, especially thanks to the generous use of white negative space.
July 14, 2020
Business Spotlight: Q&A with Needle Lil' Love Quilting
We connected with Nikara to get her thoughts about running a quilting business, including her insights about what she wished she would have known. Enjoy!
July 7, 2020
How to label your quilts
Labeling your quilt will help ensure that its provenance is accurate, which can add to its value—both sentimental as well as financial. But it can also help identify a quilt in case of loss or theft.
June 30, 2020
How to turn a quilt on an APQS longarm quilting machine
In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how to quickly and easily turn and remount your quilt to the frame so that you can see and quilt the entire border without trying to guess how the design will match up on the other end.
June 23, 2020
Free quilt pattern: Easy Layer Cake
APQS dealer Laura Reardon and her team at APQS Boise-The Quilt Crossing created a twin-size quilt that goes together in just a couple of hours thanks to the convenience of a “layer cake” stack of 10-inch squares and easy sashing strips.
June 16, 2020
Get the perfect backing yardage for quilting projects every time
Here’s a resource we hope you’ll find useful: our Backing Yardage Calculation Chart to help you determine how many yards you need to make a finished quilt a reality!
June 9, 2020
APQS Video Tutorial: Echoed Tulip Dance
In this video APQS Dealer and Educator, Angela Huffman, walks us through her "Echoed Tulip Dance" design. This is a great design to help refine your spacing skills.