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APQS Tutorial: Loops in Border

APQS Tutorial: Loops in Border

When you stretch out your loops and make them elongated you get a very simple but effective border design. If you alter the height of those loops it adds a little drama. This is one of the easiest border designs you’ll find! Think back to 3rd grade and keep lowercase cursive ‘e’ and lowercase cursive ‘l’ in mind. Practice this one and you’ll find that freehand quilting will be easier than you thought!

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APQS Tutorial: Caterpillar Filler

APQS Tutorial: Caterpillar Filler

The Caterpillar Filler is an intermediate level quilting design that is primarily used as a background quilting treatment when extreme texture, dimension, and directional movement is desired in the finished quilt.

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APQS Tutorial: Ribbon Border

APQS Tutorial: Ribbon Border


Bending the curling ribbon design into a stacked border is a beautiful way to use this motif. It looks elegant and you can add as many repeats to the stack as you need in order to fill the height of your border. Keep a size in mind as you stitch to keep them proportional. And remember to HAVE FUN!

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APQS Tutorial – What is edge-to-edge quilting?

APQS Tutorial – What is edge-to-edge quilting?


Have you heard of Edge-to-Edge, Pantograph quilting? What does it mean and what does it look like? Take a look at some examples in this video and learn what quilting an all-over pattern means.

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APQS Tutorial: Circle Echo Meander

APQS Tutorial: Circle Echo Meander


The basic circle meander can be made more whimsical by doubling the circles.Depending upon the size, this motif can be either a filler behind an applique or an edge to edge quilting pattern.Add in a simple echo around the circle and instantly change the whole look! This is a great basic motif for new longarm quilters that even veteran quilters will love.

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APQS Tutorial: Dense Branching Curled Filler

APQS Tutorial: Dense Branching Curled Filler


When your densely quilt in the area around an applique it compacts the quilt sandwich and allows the applique to rise up to the eye. This filler is a branching design that uses curls to travel around the applique and fill in the space. It is sophisticated and would wonderful on garden, nature or feminine applique designs.

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APQS Tutorial: Bananas and Berries Filler

APQS Tutorial: Bananas and Berries Filler


Contemporary applique can be set off with a modern filler design. The APQS Bliss Drive System helps make this bananas and berry filler design easy! Think of it as a few pebbles with come “C” curves to make it come to life and fill the space!

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APQS Tutorial: Castles & Moats Filler

APQS Tutorial: Castles & Moats Filler


Using the piecing seams of a nine patch as your guide gives you a simple grid to follow with this contemporary custom quilting idea. Imagine the ramparts on top of a castle as the archers lean out to shoot their arrows straight and true. In the next square, place a mount that surrounds the castle. Then, repeat! Fast, forgiving, fantastic!

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APQS Tutorial: Peppermint Swirl Filler

APQS Tutorial: Peppermint Swirl Filler


Combining straight line, squared off shapes that overlap each other alongside circles with curls make for a fresh, modern filler. This one is great for beginners as you can cross your lines as much as you want! Try it on a little boys quilt or on a modern quilt top. Play with the size of the circles and the size of the squared shapes. Watch how densely quilted the space is and keep the … Read entire article »

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APQS Tutorial: Sharp Meander Filler

APQS Tutorial: Sharp Meander Filler


The basic meander is one of the first overall designs most quilters use. Think of the basic meander as a spine that can be added to and changed to get a whole new look. For example, instead of curved shapes where you wish to change direction, use a pointed shape instead. The APQS superior stitch regulator ensures you’ll get a point right were you want it. No more cut off points! This design is … Read entire article »

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