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December 11, 2018
Smash your bulky seams with a Tailor’s Clapper
A tailor’s clapper is a flat block of hardwood, often rounded on the ends with routed grooves along the sides for finger holds...
December 4, 2018
APQS Video Tutorial: Feathered Arches
In this video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman demonstrates a border design that's very formal - perfect for traditional quilts. It's called Feathered Arches. Happy quilting!
November 26, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Christmas is coming
APQS Dealer Betty Reid’s close family ties served as the inspiration for her “Christmas is Coming” quilt pattern. Seeing presents under the tree with your name on the tag elevates the anticipation until the magical day when you can rip through the paper to see what’s inside!
November 20, 2018
The story behind the quilt – “The Grinch” quilt
When we posted a picture of this Grinch quilt to our Facebook and Instagram pages in October, it got LOTS of response. In fact, it’s been one of our most popular posts of the year. Comments ranged from praise and amazement to questions about the panel and design.
November 13, 2018
APQS Showroom Spotlight: Thread Waggle Quilting
Thread Waggle Quilting in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been in business since 2008. After years of running a successful longarm quilting business, Thread Waggle Quilting moved into a commercial space and the APQS Raleigh Showroom came to life!  
November 6, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Jessie Zeigler
Jessie Zeigler of Thread Quilting Studio says one of her goals in life is to help quilters love more people through the gift of quilt making. She is a pattern designer, professional machine quilter and encourager to all. We love seeing her creations combined with her sunny outlook on life.
October 30, 2018
Scariest longarm quilting mistakes - Halloween edition
We share lots of tricks about longarm quilting in our blog, and owning an APQS machine is definitely a treat! We love seeing the boo-tiful quilts that our customers share! Sorry, couldn’t resist! I’ve donned my Maleficent outfit for Halloween to reveal some of the scariest longarm mistakes quilters have confessed to our Customer Service team...
October 23, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Rainbow Drops
As the leaves fall and trees turn bare, you can capture just a little bit of summer’s vibrant colors with the quilt that APQS Dealer Julia Graves of Leesburg, VA  has shared!
October 16, 2018
Quilting the Quilt: Everybody clap your hands
It’s time for a big celebration in the quilting world—high fives around the guild, please! For the first time in years, according to the Quilting in America 2017 Survey, the average age of a “dedicated quilter” has dropped one full year from 64 to 63 years old!
October 9, 2018
How to quilt embroidery on quilts
Over one-third of quilters own an embroidery machine, and about one-third also do embroidery on quilt tops. That leads to a big question - How do you quilt them?
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