Our most popular posts of 2021

December 21, 2021

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

Once you become part of the APQS family, we want to make sure you are equipped with the know-how to make the most of your machine! 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 you’re considering one – you will find value in our content as well. Visitors from around the world read our articles every week to learn about new longarm techniques, become inspired by other quilters’ work and share the love of quilting.

To celebrate the end of 2021, we’ve compiled nine of our most-read articles from the year. From easy-to-follow tutorials to actionable tips, it’s no surprise readers have found them useful!

Bookmark the articles and start quilting!

Quick Quilt Series 2021

Y block quilting design

We keep having tons of fun with our Quick Quilt Series – so much so that we continued the tradition this year with an easy Y-block as the star. You can read all three articles here:

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Free quilt pattern: Woven Treasures

Full completed Woven Treasures quilt

For this pattern, Heidi Kaisand of Hen & Chicks Studio cleverly arranged long strips of fabric to create the illusion that they are woven together. Download pattern

Reference chart for common quilting shapes

Quilt design displaying common quilting shapes

For those who don’t like to memorize formulas, we created a handy reference chart to help you do the math when quilting common shapes. Download chart

Free quilt pattern: Daffodil Punch

a photo of the complete daffodil punch quilt

Dawn Cavanaugh’s free quilt pattern uses jelly roll fabric and was inspired by the contrast between bright spring flowers and the winter-bare earth from which they sprout. You’re going to love it! Download pattern

Free quilt pattern: Stripped Ease

Completed rainbow Stripped Ease quilt

APQS Dealer Barb Mayfield came up with a perfect way to use your favorite jelly roll fabric in this free quilting pattern called “Stripped Ease.” Download pattern

APQS longarm giveaway winner check-in: Ralph and Deborah

photo of Ralph an Deborah standing next to their Lenni longarm quilting machine

For Ralph and Deborah, 2020 included helping their young grandchildren through virtual learning due to COVID-19, cancer treatments and a death in their family. Their luck changed in September when they got an exciting call from us letting them know they had won a Lenni longarm quilting machine in our Quilt Forever Contest. We gave them a call to see how things were going. Keep reading…

A guide to bias binding

Marked parallelogram on floral fabric

In this guide, you’ll learn two effective methods for bias binding: cutting individual bias strips and cutting continuous binding from a tube. Keep reading…

Free quilt pattern: Flight Path

Flight path quilt with blue birds on white background

Lyn Crump’s free quilt pattern will make you feel like you’re flying on cloud nine. It’s foundation pieced, which greatly increases accuracy and makes it easy for even a novice quilter. Download pattern

Free quilt pattern: Subway Tile

photo of digital illustration for subway tile quilt

This free quilt pattern from Teresa Owens is perfect if you’re not a fan of cutting fabric into lots of tiny pieces. Download pattern

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