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August 15, 2018
Our top 5 Quilting the Quilt articles
Every other month, Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS Customer Service & Education Director, writes an article that features simple and actionable tips for your quilting projects. In this article we're sharing this year's top 5 most popular Quiting the Quilt articles here on the APQS blog. Enjoy!
August 7, 2018
APQS Video Tutorial: Daffodil
In this APQS Video Tutorial APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares a sweet little border design we call "Daffodils" that is perfect for your next baby quilt!
July 31, 2018
A guide to needles for longarm quilting machines
An APQS longarm quilting machine is an industrial grade quilting machine firing upwards of 3,500 stitches per minute and it requires an industrial needle. It is critical that the needle you use in your machine is capable of sewing at high rates of speed in 360 degrees.
July 24, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Scrappy Giant Flying Geese
The inspiration for this cute, modern “Scrappy Giant Flying Geese” quilt came about because of a “Honey Bun®” pre-cut bundle.
July 17, 2018
Running a longarm quilting business: Q&A with Liz Kodner
Kentucky-resident Liz Kodner has been a proud APQS Millennium owner for three years and decided to make the jump to quilting for hire two years ago. We recently asked her a few questions about how she got started and what advice she might have for those considering starting their own small business.
July 10, 2018
Bulky Intersections
Quilters on one side of the iron insist, “Always press toward the dark fabric!” The other side chants, “Always press to reduce bulk!” As a quilt piecer, I want it all—I don’t want my dark colors showing through my light fabrics; I want my patchwork to be accurate and I want it to be flat. But as a longarm quilter, eliminating bulky intersections that can break needles or distort quilting lines tops the list.
July 3, 2018
The story behind the quilt – Urban Oasis
When we saw the pictures of Kathy Plumley’s “Urban Oasis” One-Block Wonder, we fell in love with the colors, quilting and creative design choices. We decided to give Kathy a call to learn more about the quilt and her process of creating it.
June 26, 2018
Free quilt pattern: Stars galore
As the summer days fade and the sun sinks on the horizon, twilight draws out fireflies and the stars twinkle from above. Spread Sheridan Carter’s “Stars Galore” quilt across your lap as dusk settles into night and star gaze on a cool summer night!
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.
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