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 […]

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 […]