Our most popular posts of 2020

December 29, 2020

One of the things that sets APQS apart from other longarm quilting machine manufacturers is that we offer you more than simply a quilting machine.

If you’re a machine owner, we want to make sure that you are equipped with the know-how to make the most of your machine once it’s in your home! That’s why we pay so much attention to producing ongoing educational content that helps our customers become better quilters.

If you’re not a longarm quilting machine owner – or are considering one – you will find value in our content as well. Readers from around the world read our articles every week to learn about new longarm techniques, become inspired by other quilter’s work and share the love of quilting. The 9 articles below are the ones that received the most visits in 2020. For good reason! From easy-to-follow tutorials to actionable tips, it’s no surprise you’ve found them useful!

Bookmark the articles, and start quilting!

Get the perfect backing yardage for quilting projects every time

Is the idea of digging through piles of fabric to find enough yardage to make a quilt back giving you anxiety? Download our handy Reference Chart for Quilt Sizes for more information on standard bed sizes and simply use the Backing Yardage Calculation Chart below to determine how many yards you need to make a finished quilt a reality! Keep reading…

Reference chart for quilt sizes

Quilt Size Chart

With all the variables of today’s beds and styles, we created a handy reference chart to give you a starting point when designing your next quilt size. Download now…

Quick Quilt Top series – help us pick a design layout

Quick Quilt Top Series Finished Lap Quilt

We had so much fun with our first Quick Quilt Top series on half-square triangles that we’re doing it again – this time with a Drunkard’s Path block. Follow along here…

Free quilt pattern: Island Four Patch

Island Four Patch full quilt

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. Download pattern

Free quilt pattern: Luscious Luster

The fully pieced Luscious Luster quilt.

There is so much more to quilting than meets the eye. APQS dealer Julia Graves proves it with her art theory-based approach to creating a stunning quilt design. Learn how to make your colors POP with her design hack and the FREE Luscious Luster quilt pattern. Download pattern…

Free quilt pattern: Easy Layer Cake

Kaffe fabrics

APQS dealer Laura Reardon and her team at APQS Boise-The Quilt Crossing created a twin-size quilt that goes together in just a couple of hours thanks to the convenience of a “layer cake” stack of 10-inch squares and easy sashing strips. Download pattern…

How much binding do I need?

Pile of red binding strips

Download our “Binding Strip Cutting Chart” so you never have to guesstimate how much binding you’ll need for your quilt…get started!

How to completely bind your quilt by machine

Dawn Cavanaugh in front of APQS longarm quilting machine

With this trick from APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh, we’re going use the machine to completely bind the quilt by sewing the binding to the back of the quilt first and then wrapping it around to the front. Watch the video tutorial…

Free quilt pattern: Daisy’s Garden

Daisy's Garden quilt

Bonnie combined smaller squares from the jelly roll into 16-patch blocks, reminiscent of the postage stamp quilts Grandma Daisy made. Download pattern…

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