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February 21, 2017
Best longarm quilting design ideas for beginners
There are some designs that are perfect for beginners to get their sea legs and become accustomed to longarm machine quilting. Thankfully we have created some great videos that will walk you through the best designs so you can grow your skills quickly and easily.
February 14, 2017
APQS Video Tutorial: Orchid Blossom Filler
In this video tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shows you how to do a filler called Orchid Blossom. This filler design is very romantic and sophisticated. You'll be amazed how easy it is!
February 7, 2017
Quilting the Quilt: Magic Fingers
Longarm quilting on APQS machines transforms lives on the tiny tropical island of Mauritius east of Africa.
January 31, 2017
Quilt pattern: Stay Centered (free download)
Download the free "Stay Centered" quilt pattern from the APQS Team at Sparrow Quilt Company.
January 24, 2017
How to thread your APQS longarm quilting machine
Threading your APQS longarm quilting machine is easy! In this video, APQS Customer Service & Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh takes you through the process step by step.
January 17, 2017
Running a longarm quilting business – Q&A with Shirley Jackson
Many APQS owners turn their passion for quilting into a profitable business. We decided to sit down with a few of these entrepreneurs to learn more about how they started their businesses and what words of wisdom they have for others who might be considering it. We begin the series with Shirley Jackson from Murray, Ky.
January 10, 2017
Quilt shows - what do judges expect?
This is the first article in a new series we’re launching about quilt judge expectations and solutions to the most commonly cited areas for improvement.
January 3, 2017
How to bury thread tails
Hand quilters have buried their threads for decades, and several methods exist to accomplish the same task. In the following video I demonstrate just one way to bury your threads...you may find others that work for you, too!
December 27, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Peacock Eye Filler
In this APQS Video Tutorial APQS Educator and Dealer Angela Huffman shares a filler design that is based on the tradition peacock or headband filler. It just has a double loop at the top - we call it the Peacock Eye filler.
December 20, 2016
How to handle customer inquires in your quilting business
As a professional machine quilter you will get all sorts of questions lobbed to you from potential and existing customers. Likely the most common inquiry you’ll get is for a quote on how much you charge for machine quilting.