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Sisters cropped rectangleWhat a busy two weeks! First the grand opening of our new APQS longarm studio in Cedar Park, Texas for all of our Central Texas clients. Now Quiltcon at the Austin Convention Center – Thursday, February 19th through Sunday February 21st.



QuiltconPlease come visit us at booth 211. We like to see you and hear your experiences using longarms in unusual ways, from assembling quilts, quilting quilts, to creating quilted fabrics for so many uses. And having fun doing it. We’d love to hear what you think we should be doing, now that we’ve expanded our services for you. Chris and Susan will be there along with a number of experts from the APQS family.

We’ll have 3 APQS longarm machines for you to see and experience.

We were mentioned in the Austin American Statesman article on Quiltcon and modern quilting. We think that’s pretty cool!

See you at Quiltcon?! We hope so!

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When the phone rang and this sweet female voice asked if we made quilts of course we said YES!   As the conversation moved along she asked if we could make a panties pillow case.    Panties Pillow Case,  I said to myself??   What in the world??   So like any red-blooded girl,  I said yes to the challenge (not really knowing what I was getting into!)   The lovely voice said she would come by the studio and explain it all.   In comes this beautiful tall drink of water girl with arms full of bags and a big pillow.   At this point my curiosity was getting the better of me and I couldn’t wait to get into this project!

Christine was her name and she wanted something very special for a very special person.   She wanted these most incredibly beautiful panties to be sewn onto a pillowcase.   As we removed the panties from the bags they were not your usual ‘granny panties’, oh no,  these were beautiful colors, intricate lace and might I say TINY!

Well after the initial sense of “…..what in the world….” we got down to it and after many tries we settled on a design.   Christine did not want to cut the panties; she wanted them whole.   She also had great ideas for some of them – one we used as the pillow wide border, the string from another was the piping and the bow that adorns the back was now a focal point at the edge.

All our designing was on a white pillowcase and it just didn’t have a warm and intimate feel.   We tried  a light gray case and again it was not the right shade.   We tried swatches of different fabrics and each time we came up short.   I then looked at Christine said to her that the shade of her t-shirt would be perfect and WHAMMO she took it off and we laid the panties on it and the perfect match was made!  She then began the hunt for finding the right shade of pillow case, closely matching her T-shirt. When she finally found the right shade and the right size Susan and I began this challenge – new to both of us!

We used technology;   we took a photo of the layout, printed it and began recreating the design onto the case.    We knew we needed to stabilize these itsy bitsy articles but we didn’t want to use our general fusible.   We remembered that Mom in her art quilts uses Misty Fuse, a lightweight yet durable fusible that will not show.   We then satin stitched the edges down so that in washing there would be no chance they would fall off.   We had undid the inside seam so that we had a more flexible surface so after we were done, we got the chance to use our new serger to serge those inside seams back together.

From the initial conversation to the final reveal it was a great chance to challenge our skills both physically and mentally.   Having the opportunity to work on so many types of varied projects for each individual regardless of what their purpose is has truly been a blessing.   We love the chance to have people realize their vision or give them joy or peace or closure.   Each project allows us to give back more than we ever could receive!    And we hope the final recipient of the Panties Pillow Case enjoys it too.

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Bruchetta e Vino
Joanie is my long time college friend. When she asked for our help in creating a wall hanging for her dining room, I knew I had to find something with an Italian theme than embraced the essence of our deep and abiding friendship. What better than McKenna Ryan’s wonderful applique design called Bruschetta e Vino Rosso – essentially, bread and red wine, the basics of life. That’s what Joanie is to me – one of the essential and basic tenets of my life.
A true friend is rare and precious commodity in this world – or at least in MY world. A friend may be someone to whom you rarely speak but when you do, no time has elapsed. A friend is someone who knows you so well that no words are really needed when you get together. Joanie is all that to me.

The wall hanging is done in all batiks which is a perfect fabric to add sophistication and subtlty to any piece. We carefully assembled it and quilted it on our APQS longarm arm machine.

I can’t wait to see it hanging on her wall when I next get to visit.


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Last week, I wrote about trying to find Texas wildflowers in bloom and sadly, saw very few outside of Austin TX.

But I got back some of the total Texas feeling by working on this incredibly detailed ‘Texas’ quilt created by one of our most prolific quilters.    She does amazing machine applique with the more intricate scenes.
Take a good look at this quilt;  it depicts a panorama of the different and varied regions of Texas,   I’m sure many of you recognize the Alamo near the upper left, the Capital next to it, NASA towards the bottom and even bluebonnets to the left of the Shuttle launch pad!
I’ve included a photo of the scene showing the Texas coast line.   Take a close look at the insets of the sand dollars. Jean, our quilter, had to put in the tiniest of machine stitches to make them show up that way.   And take a look, too, at the lovely quilting work Chris has done to make the sand and shoreline come alive!
So, if you are unable to come visit us in Austin TX, do enjoy some of our scenery by looking closely at this quilt.

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