Video Tutorial: Daisy Brambles

Learn how to quilt the Daisy Brambles free motion quilting design in the latest video tutorial from Quilted Joy and APQS. This design is super cute and easy to quilt!

You guys are really going to love this super cute quilting design I have for you in my latest video tutorial for APQS. I’m calling this edge to edge design Daisy Brambles. It has adorable daisies with a little curly cue branching off from them. It’s flowy, fun, and very romantic. Take a look and […]

Master the Flying Geese Block!

Discover your love for patchwork and learn a basic quilting element, the flying geese.

Once you’ve caught the quilting bug, there are certain blocks and shapes you’ll start to see over and over again. Some of those blocks will be super simple to piece, others will make your brain work a little harder! The Flying Geese block is one you’ll see all the time. It pops up in sampler […]

Video Tutorial: Beadboard

Learn how to quilt Beadboard on a longarm machine in the latest APQS video tutorial with Angela Huffman. The Beadboard or Piano Key design is super simple and looks amazing in big borders on a quilt.

For my latest video tutorial I thought I’d share how to quilt one of my go-to border designs – Beadboard! If you haven’t already tried beadboard or piano keys I highly recommend you give it a try. It’s super easy to quilt and it looks so nice. You’ll also get to see how I use […]

We’ve Got Some Exciting Classes Coming Your Way!

Claudia Pfeil Master Quilter DVD

I have been hard at work putting together my spring schedule of classes and I’m so excited for everything we have coming up! We’ve got everything from piecing techniques to machine quilting on the stand ups AND the sit down domestic machines. So are you ready to learn a lot this spring? Take a look […]

Using the Laser Light on the Front of your APQS Machine

How to use the laser light on the front of your APQS longarm quilting machine

You may have seen a laser mounted to the back of a longarm machine when using a paper pantograph but did you know you can use the laser from the front of an APQS machine too? In this video, Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to use the laser for block designs when […]

Upcoming Hands on Class: Break into Freemotion Quilting!

Quilted Joy Freemotion quilting class

In February I’ll be teaching my hands on Breaking into Freemotion on the Longarm Class and I’d love for you to join me! I designed this class with my wonderful longarm renters in mind. These folks have experience quilting with pantographs and design boards on the longarms here in the shop, but they’ve never taken the […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting Feathers, Part 1

How to Quilt Feathers

One of the techniques many new (and experienced) longarm quilters want to jump into is quilting feathers. Who can blame them? Feathers are a classic and beautiful quilting design. Unfortunately, they can be a little challenging. I’ve heard a few quilters say they simply can’t do feathers. Practice is the key to mastering feathers on […]

Break Into Free Motion Quilting with this Hands On Class

Quilted Joy Freemotion quilting class

In July I held my first ever Skill Builders: Breaking into Free Motion on the Longarm class. My students and I had so much fun playing on the machines and learning simple free motion quilting designs. If you’re feeling like you missed out on the fun, you’re in luck! I’ll be teaching this class again […]

Fun Springy Table Runners

Quilted Table Runner

If you’re needing a little pick-me-up, take a look at these two bright table runners from Deborah. The colors and prints are so cheerful, I can’t help but smile! And I absolutely adore her cherry backing fabric, it’s so cute! Deborah is a brand new quilter. Her friend is teaching her how to quilt. Don’t […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

You’ve made your quilt top and you’re ready to start quilting, but first you need a backing fabric. What do you choose? The days of using a plain sheet are long gone! There are so many choices available to quilters in color, pattern, and even size. I’m often telling my customers there isn’t one right […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Fiber Types

Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. You may have encountered 100% cotton batting and 100% polyester batting but there are many other fiber types to play with too. Heck, you can even find Alpaca batting! For this article we are going to talk about the most common types of batting and why you might choose one type over another.

In our previous articles we defined some of the terms you’ll hear in the batting world. Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. Heck, you can even find Alpaca batting! For this article we […]

Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

In the last Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting post, I started talking about some common batting terms. Today I’ve got a few more terms you’ll often hear about batting. There are many different ways all the little fibers that make up a batting can be held together. There are different terms used to describe each […]

Join Us for Beginning Longarm Classes June 23 and 24!

APQS Beginning Longarm Class with instructor Angela Huffman

On June 23rd and 24th I will be teaching two lecture/demo classes about beginning longarm quilting. These comprehensive classes are prefect for new owners of ANY brand longarm quilting machine. Have you ever wanted to pick my brain about longarm quilting, starting your own business, or custom quilting? This is your chance! My goal is for you […]

Video Tutorial: Ribbon Candy Bubbles

Ribbon Candy Bubbles, a fast and beginner friendly quilting design for sashing and borders.

Looking for a fast sashing design? Here’s a fun variation on the traditional ribbon candy design called Ribbon Candy Bubbles. This flowy design would look perfect on a holiday themed quilt and is very beginner friendly!