From famous quilters to soap stars, meet some of the quilt celebrities who own an APQS

November 15, 2016

Some of the top quilting artists in the world have chosen APQS as their longarm machine of choice. We talked to some of the famous faces in the quilting world to see what drew them to quilting and to APQS longarm quilting machines.

Up Close Quilting with Marianne Fons

Marianne Fons made her first quilt with cardboard templates and won a blue ribbon with it

Marianne Fons is one of the most recognizable faces in the quilting world. Read about how she discovered quilting, made her first quilt without rulers or a rotary cutter and how she met Liz Porter. Keep reading…

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Liz Porter started quilting to get a break from changing diapers and picking up toys

The other half of the Fons & Porter duo, Liz Porter began quilting as a young mother and turned her hobby into a high-successful career as an author, TV host and publisher. Read how she made it happen and how retirement is treating her. Learn more about Liz…


Karen McTavish’s mother talked her into buying a longarm to support her children

Karen McTavish is a renowned quilter who uses APQS longarm quilting machines to replicate traditional hand-quilted effects. Read how she turned to quilting to beat a drug addition, how her mother talked her into buying a longarm and the original name for McTavishing, the background filler technique she developed as an alternative to stippling. Read more…


Soap Opera star Beth Maitland-Banninger channels her creative juices into quilting

Beth Maitland-Banninger’s entire adult life has been filled with the creative arts. For the past 30 years she has played the role of Traci Abbott on CBS TV’s “The Young and the Restless.” She has also been sewing since she was a teenager and spent most of her downtime between acting as a personal accessory and costume designer. In between all that she also developed a love for longarm quilting. Keep reading…

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