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March 13, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Carrie Behlke
Carrie Rhoades-Behlkle started her longarm quilting business three years ago, and has never looked back since. We sat down with her to learn more about how she started her business, what challenges she has faced and what tips she has for others who are ready to begin quilting for others.
March 6, 2018
How to quilt Twisted Feather variations
In this article we explore another variation on the feather - we call this one the twisted ribbon feather. It is loosely based on a curled feather variation...
February 27, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Queueing Up tablerunner
This colorful table runner pattern comes from Rebecca Gore, daughter of APQS dealer Brenda Shreve of Red Barn Quilting in Barnsdall, OK.
February 20, 2018
How to assemble the APQS laser
Once in a great while a customer will contact our service department and say they accidentally turned a knob too far and had the entire laser assembly come apart in their hands. In this video  APQS National Education Director Dawn Cavanaughwe shows you how to put it all back together.
February 13, 2018
Machine quilting with black light
Why have black light on your longarm? Try quilting with white thread on white fabric without losing your place, and you’ll quickly find out how valuable it is! New APQS machines come standard with bright LED light, plus a built-in LED black light for ultimate versatility.
February 6, 2018
APQS Video Tutorial: Beadboard
In this video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman demonstrates the Beadboard - or Piano Key - design. It's perfect for big borders. Happy quilting!
January 30, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Pebbles
Quilts are often made to celebrate milestones—birthdays, births, weddings, and graduations. Angela Clark of APQS Raleigh made this quilt to commemorate her sister’s awesome achievement—receiving her Master of Education degree.
January 23, 2018
How to quilt garden gate feathers
This article continues our quest to explore the many variations of the feather quilting motif. This time we are going to work on the Garden Gate Feather seen in the outside border of this adorable paper doll quilt...
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!