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September 15, 2020
Longarm quilting: working with flannel
The same characteristics that make flannel so carressible can also make it irritating to use when piecing and quilting a flannel quilt.
September 8, 2020
Business Spotlight: Q&A with Roger Garneau of Heartfelt Quilts
Roger Garneau, owner of Heartfelt Quilts in Florida, started his quilting journey about 35 years ago and began longarm quilting in 2014. We sat down with Roger to find out more about his business and what advice he might give to someone considering a machine quilting business.
September 1, 2020
Piecing quilt backs
Sometimes by the time I snip the threads after sewing on the last border of a quilt, I’m so excited to have it finished that the last thing I want to do is wrestle several more yards through the machine to seam backing fabric. How about you?
August 25, 2020
How to pick batting for your quilt
Before you invest in a huge roll of “all purpose” batting, think about your quilts…what do you want them look like? How do you want them to feel?
August 18, 2020
Video Tutorial: Diamond Loops
Learn how to quilt this beautiful Diamond Loops border. It's perfect for small sashing spaces. In this video, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman takes you through the entire step-by-step process.
August 11, 2020
Free quilt pattern: Island Four Patch
A package of Tonga Treats batik fabric strips buried in her fabric stash called “Island Punch” by Timeless Treasures inspired APQS Dealer Cindy Schellenberg to create this simple but striking pattern.
August 4, 2020
Video tutorial: pantograph quilting
If you can trace, you can quilt using a longarm. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to complete a quilt using a paper pantograph and shares tricks to get your quilts finished in record time by quilting from edge to edge.
July 28, 2020
Video Tutorial: Infinity Twins
In this APQS Video Tutorial, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman teaches you how to quilt the "Infinity Twins" design. This design works very well in a small sashing space.
July 21, 2020
Free quilt pattern: Zen
Aptly titled “Zen”, the quilt’s two-color scheme is definitely soothing, especially thanks to the generous use of white negative space.
July 14, 2020
Business Spotlight: Q&A with Needle Lil' Love Quilting
We connected with Nikara to get her thoughts about running a quilting business, including her insights about what she wished she would have known. Enjoy!