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January 16, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Mandy Applebee
We set aside some time recently to talk to Mandy Applebee of Yellow House Quilts. She lives in central New York state and runs her successful business while being an incredible mom to two adorable boys...
January 9, 2018
How to use your APQS laser on the front of your machine...
The versatility of the APQS laser light stylus lets you use it on the back and the front of your APQS machine. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how it can save you from marking your quilt designs!
January 2, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Now you see it, now you don't
When you’re faced with choosing the “lesser of two evils,” wouldn’t it be nice to have a third option pop up that suddenly saves you? Invisible thread to the rescue!
December 26, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Round and Around
APQS Dealer Manon Keeley shares a pattern with us that is happy, modern, and full of color! The split circle design adds whimsy, while the solid white backgrounds provide a place for the eye to rest after viewing the tantalizing color array.
December 19, 2017
APQS Video Tutorial: Stones in the River
In this video, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a quilting design that's perfect for a contemporary or modern quilt. It's based on the traditional piano-key look but has some waviness and pebbles - we call it "Stones on a River."
December 12, 2017
Using invisible threads on an APQS longarm quilting machine
In this video, Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS National Education Director, share her tips and tricks for using invisible thread on your APQS longarm quilting machine.
December 5, 2017
The story behind the quilt – Grandmother’s Flower Garden
When we saw Beatrice Rieske’s post in the APQS forum about the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt she recently completed for a customer, we thought it was stunning. As a result, we decided to give Beatrice a call to learn more about the process of making this stunner!
November 28, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Skill Builder Sampler
The quick and easy-to-piece sampler quilt will give you plenty of opportunity to build your ninja quilting skills! It is designed specifically to give you spaces perfect for working on stitching in the ditch, straight or curved ruler work and lots of wide open space, especially in the center square.
November 21, 2017
Quilt shows – judging curves and straight lines
This is the fourth article in our series about quilt judge expectations and solutions to the most commonly cited areas for improvement...
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...