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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...
November 7, 2017
The definitive guide to longarm quilting machine needles
Needles are one of the most critical tools in a quilter’s sewing box. Choosing the right needle for the thread, fabric and batting you’re using can mean the difference between a fabulous quilt and one filled with tension issues, broken threads, and batting pokeys!
October 31, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Smile and Stand Tall
For many of us, the south of France would be on our “dream vacation” bucket list. But APQS France dealer Suzan Pons has the good fortune to call it “home!”
October 24, 2017
When it comes to quilting – how much is too much?
Quilts can have lots of quilting, or very little quilting, or a combination of too much in one area and not enough in another. If the amount of quilting—called “quilting density”—is unbalanced across the quilt, you could...
October 17, 2017
Quilting the Quilt: Are you ready for a longarm?
A longarm quilting machine can bring you years and years of fun as you whittle your quilt top stash down, making room for more projects. It is an investment that could last a lifetime, so you’ll want to look at...
October 10, 2017
Quilting the Quilt: Embracing the curves
Experiment with ‘wavy’ rulers to add movement, dimension to quilts...