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August 12, 2019
Quilting the Quilt: The ins and outs of loading a quilt
Whether you “quilt by check,” rent time on a longarm, or plan to buy one, it’s helpful to understand how the quilt gets on the frame and why you need extra backing fabric to make it work.
August 6, 2019
Quick tops for quick quilts
In this post we're sharing some quick cutting and piecing methods for half-square triangles...
July 30, 2019
Rule your Quilt: Round and Round with Circle Designs
There is something about curves and circles in quilting that makes my heart sing. The eye is drawn to the symmetry and medallion quilts are especially well suited to quilted circle motifs. Medallions typically have borders framing out the center block giving a wonderful place to play with machine quilting rulers.
July 23, 2019
Free quilt pattern: Triple Star
Create the effect of multiple overlapping stars in this patriotic quilt from APQS Dealer Julia Graves of Special Occasion Quilts.
July 16, 2019
Business Spotlight: Q&A with Michelle and Ken Ramus
Michelle and Ken Ramos are a husband and wife team who run their quilting business, MK Quilting, in the Calgary/ Southern Alberta region of Canada. We sat down with them to learn more about how they got their start, how APQS machines contribute to their success and how they work together in the business.
July 9, 2019
APQS Video Tutorial: Artichoke Hearts Border
Learn how to longarm quilt this Artichoke Hearts Border - a beautiful modern border for your next quilt - from APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman.
July 2, 2019
Labeling a quilt
As works of art (including quilts) are passed down through generations or sold, the ownership history and documentation—provenance—should accompany them. A quilt label is the first step in providing authenticity for your quilt. You may not think that the quilts you make will ever become a valuable treasure…but your great-granddaughter might think otherwise!
June 25, 2019
Free quilt pattern: Modern Squares
“Modern Squares” leaves ample white space for quilting but also tells a subtle story. Happy quilting!
June 20, 2019
How do I choose the right quilting designs?
I think the #1 question new APQS longarm owners ask me during their free beginner class is, “How do you know what to quilt on a quilt?” I wish someone would create an app that automatically chose the best possible quilting design for a quilt top. Wouldn’t that be awesome??? Just snap a picture of the quilt top with your phone, answer a few simple questions in the app, and then out pops a quilting plan!
June 10, 2019
Machine quilting a patriotic quilt - design ideas
As we approach our nation’s birthday you may be inspired to make a patriotic quilt - here are some quilting design ideas that you can incorporate.
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