Longarm Guild: Facing!

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Quilt with Facing

The Longarm Guild will be meeting next Wednesday, August 1 at 10:00am in the Quilted Joy showroom. This month Karen volunteered to discuss finishing quilts with facing. Don’t forget to bring an unfinished top for the “How would you quilt this” segment to get input from others on how to tackle a top and your…

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New Paper Pantographs Available!

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Quilted Joy has added to it's collection of Paper Pantographs! Check out the new designs available now!

Do you ever find yourself needing to freshen things up a bit? I was feeling that way about some of the paper pantographs available in the shop. So I’ve changed things up, and now have some exciting new designs available for you! For our longarm renters, don’t be worried. All your old favorites are still here…

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Video Tutorial: Decorative Beadboard

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Learn how to machine quilt decorative beadboard in this video tutorial from Angela Huffman and APQS

In my last video tutorial for APQS I showed you how to quilt beadboard or piano keys in your borders. Now that you’ve had time to practice adding those to your quilts it’s time to dress them up a bit! In this video tutorial I show you three different ways to decorate your beadboard border…

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Longarm Guild: Storage Ideas

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How do you store your quilting supplies?

The Longarm Guild will be meeting next Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00am in the Quilted Joy showroom. We all have so many quilting supplies – pantos, thread, rulers, the list goes on! At this month’s meeting we’ll be sharing our best storage solutions for all our quilting goodies. Feel free to bring pictures and examples.…

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Quilting with Invisible Threads

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Machine quilt with invisible threads on your APQS longarm quilting machine

Have you tried quilting with invisible threads? If you haven’t yet, you might be surprised by them! Invisible or monofilament threads have a bit of a bad reputation. They used to be heavy, stiff, and super strong. The invisible threads of today are still strong, but they’re softer, thinner, and quilt beautifully. Even better, they…

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Video Tutorial: Beadboard

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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…

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Using the Laser Light on the Front of your APQS Machine

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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…

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Introducing Microquilter!

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MicroQuilter Neutrals Stitch in the Ditch Collection

Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to…

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

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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…

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