Tips for Longarm Machine Owners
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Organizing Your Quilting Inspiration with Evernote
I’ve been published! Exciting, eh? The article I wrote appeared in the Winter 2009 On Track magazine published by IMQA, International Machine Quilters Association. I wrote about the way I organize all of the quilty inspiration I find on the web using Evernote. Have you heard of Evernote yet? It
Newbie Longarm Machine Owners Starter Kit
I was recently asked by a new APQS machine owner for advice on what she needed to have on hand right after her machine is delivered. I thought other newbies might like the same info, so I’m copying my reply to her here. Fabric: When I got my machine, I
Machine Quilting Video Tutorial: Meander to Stipple
I’ve been doing some machine quilting video tutorials for the APQS Longarms for Lifelong Learning Center. Here’s the one I did focusing on one of the very basic freehand designs that new machine quilters and veterans alike will use frequently.
Easy Custom Quilting Block Design
I just finished another APQS video tutorial and I thought you might be interested. It is a great one for those looking to dip their toes in the custom quilting waters. The key is to look at the piecing seams in a quilt top as guidelines and registration marks. Use
Machine Quilting Video Tutorial: Pebbles and Marbles
I’ve been doing some machine quilting video tutorials for the APQS Longarms for Lifelong Learning Center. You’ve seen the pebbles filler by now. Take a look at how the look changes when you add a cat’s eye marble to it!
Installing Leader Grips on APQS Millennium
One of the things I highly recommend adding to your longarm machine is Leader Grips which is a rod snapping system that makes it so FAST to load a quilt onto a long arm quilting machine. On my previous Millennium I used Red Snappers but this time I decided to
Machine Quilting Unlimited Nov Edition
The first part of my two part article is in this month’s edition of Machine Quilting Unlimited. The second part will be in the January edition. The article is about how to select a pantograph for your quilt top. The second part will be about how to design your own
Fieldtrip to a Quilt Border Tutorial You Need to See
I get lots of new quilters into the showroom who are renting the machines to finish their quilts. Many are surprised at how full and wavy their outer borders are. The culprit? They didn’t measure their borders and instead just slapped them down and sewed them on and wacked off
Extending a Quilt Back on a Longarm
Have you ever gotten to the bottom of your quilt top on your longarm only to discover you don’t have enough backing fabric? Did you know you can add fabric to the backing while on the longarm? Shelley S. made a video showing how extending a Quilt Back on a
Fieldtrip to Judy’s Fern Tutorial
Some folks get really intimidated by free motion feathers. They can be challenging because the eye can easily tell when the traditional feather shape isn’t symmetrical. A great “beginner” feather uses leaf or fern shapes on a spine instead of a feather. Over at Judy’s blog, she has a wonderful