Sometimes it’s fun to just focus on how the renters are using the design boards. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are boards with grooves carved in a design. A stylus attached to the longarm machine runs through the groove and moves the machine along the lines of the pattern. This is a great way to get consistent quilting results!
Bonnie pieced together some of her scraps to make her top for her rental certification class. This is a perfectly reasonable approach, by the way. You will be practicing in your rental certification class, so we recommend that you save your future Paducah-winning tops for another day! During rental certification class, design board use is free, so it’s a good time to give them a try. (They rent for $8 normally.) Bonnie chose the meander design board and a dark red thread for her quilting and the results are great!
Nancy also used a design board for her certification class. She wanted to quilt a design that wouldn’t overpower her pieced Christmas trees, so she picked the orange peel design which provides a very regular overall texture. Nancy also selected a darker red thread that blended with most of her fabrics. Looks wonderful, Nancy!
Colleen is a more experienced quilter but was really curious about trying our Double Bubble design board. She made this sailboat quilt for a relative who spends a great deal of time on and around water. It’s a perfect use of the bubbly design! Colleen chose a white thread for her quilting and it blends beautifully.
Sheri added some borders to this gorgeous panel to make it a wallhanging. She used the Funky Flowers design board for her quilting and a bluish-gray thread that functioned as a neutral. Sheri chose her backing from among our extra wide backing fabrics – what a perfect match for the top and the quilting design.
Come in and get certified to rent an APQS longarm so you can see what feelin’ groovy renter style is all about!