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September 19, 2017
Quilt Shows—What Judges Expect [Part 2]
Stitching in the Ditch. Do you love it or hate it? Can you take it or leave it? It is not a requirement on any quilt, including quilt show entries, but the technique should definitely be in your wheelhouse if you intend to quilt competitively.
September 12, 2017
Running a Longarm Quilting Business - Q&A with Linda Gibbons
We sat down recently with Linda Gibbons from Lake Wylie, South Carolina to talk to her about her machine quilting business. We wanted to know a little more about how she got started quilting for others and what thoughts she had about her success.
September 5, 2017
Playing with variations of machine quilting feathers
Feathers are a classic machine quilting motif that lend elegance and beauty to any quilt top. However, they can be challenging to the new machine quilter. Of course, the key to mastering feathers is practice but it also helps to find the feather style that you like best.
August 30, 2017
Quilt drive for Hurricane Harvey victims
Several APQS Stores are teaming together to open their rental machines to any quilters who would like to complete quilts to comfort Hurricane Harvey victims.
August 29, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Daystar 2017
This fabulous pattern by APQS dealer Sheridan Carter lets you showcase your favorite fabrics through floating stars that shine brightly against a colorful background.
August 22, 2017
The story behind the quilt – Grace’s quilt
When we posted a picture of the quilt Salene Ledger’s six-year-old daughter quilted to the APQS Facebook page at the beginning of July, it got LOTS of response. The post was so popular that we decided to give Salene and her daughter, Grace, a call...
August 15, 2017
Free quilt pattern: Radiant Star 36
The quilt pattern we're sharing today highlights Lyn Crump's eye for detail – not only through the fussy cutting techniques that focus on special fabric elements, but also through the dynamic quilting designs that accentuate the quilt’s strong angles and points.
August 8, 2017
APQS Video Tutorial: Edison Design
In this APQS Video Tutorial APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman demonstrates the "Edison Design." It is ideal for an allover edge to edge or a dense filler design. The base is a headband shape...
August 1, 2017
What threads can I use with my APQS machine?
Threads are like candy to the longarm quilter’s soul. There are so many colors, sizes, textures and styles to choose from. But how do you know which ones will work well in your APQS longarm quilting machine?
July 25, 2017
How much to charge when longarm quilting for others
When setting your prices for quilting, it’s important to look at the entire process and not base your price simply on what others are charging in your area—especially if it is more than just a hobby for you.