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That is one of the sayings associated with our longarm company APQS and we’ve seen the value of it over and over again.

Right after we opened the new location for Over The Top Quilting Studio, we were enthusiastically greeted by quilters in the new neighborhood, happy to have us nearby to finish their quilts.  That first month we were inundated with (mostly) ladies who were very excited to take some of their precious but unquilted tops to us for completion.

 Among them was this one which had been laying around for quite a long time. We got to work on it as soon as we could and quickly discovered that it was severely ‘out of square’, meaning that it was quite lumpy and bumpy and suffered from the curse of longarm quilters, wavy borders. After analyzing it, we contacted the owner and warned her that even doing our best, there would be the need for the creation of pleats in the borders and imperfect areas in the interior. Her reaction:  do the best you can since anything that’s completed is better than having it lie around in a drawer, never to be used.  We could not agree more.

Right around that same time, this hand pieced Double Wedding Ring top came in with a similar request, Please make it come alive in memory of the long gone creator. Although I can’t show you the finished product, use your imagination to see how it came alive.  A single floral pattern was quilted in the centers, while a flow-y but simple design was inserted in the melons. Most of the arches were left untouched but the 4 point intersection had a lovely star-like design in them. Needless to say, the owner was very happy to have it completed in such a classy fashion. You’ll just have to take my word for it since we neglected to take a final photo.  


If you have a quilt that is begging for completion, either have us do it for you or come to the studio and learn how to do it yourself on our APQS machines.

Remember, Done is really Good!

Susan

Can you believe that this lovely wall hanging was done by Celia on her new APQS free motion, sit-down Longarm machine, George? Celia and George only came together in March and she immediately put him to work on this interesting and creative piece she made for her bird-loving brother in law. 

  
  
I was particularly drawn to the hummingbird feeder depiction.  Maybe it’s because I am rarely able to attract any of those beautiful creatures to my own feeders or maybe it’s because Celia was able to make them come alive through her inventive yet simple quilting. 

  
 
One more favorite panel is this one of the ingenious squirrel who seems to think that a bird feeder is solely put there for his dining pleasure! 

  
Come into the Studio to test out our George. 

Susan

  

Cindy Cell

Have you ever wanted to complete your own quilts using a longarm machine?  We can help you with that!

Take our Rental Certification Class, finish a charity baby quilt, get some goodies and you are ready to finish your own quilt top, just like Cindy did.  Didn’t she do a beautiful job? Her freehand design is so perfectly spaced and perfect for her simple practice piece. It will be well loved, too, when we donate it to an organization which support new born babies in need.

Go here to get details and to sign up.

Chris, Mom, and I are so excited! We’ve opened a new, spacious studio in Cedar Park, Texas – for clients from all over Central Texas. Our new location is:

Over The Top Quilting Studio
The Commons Shopping Center
200 Buttercup Creek Blvd – Suite 111
Cedar Park, TX
(Here’s a map)

We will continue to see clients by appointment at our studio in Westlake Hills, Texas.

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IMG_2722Our new studio has 4 APQS longarm machines for you to try and to rent, longarm essentials on sale, and a classroom for us to exchange ideas and knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

The expanded services at the new studio include:
♦ Machine rental on 4 APQS longarm quilting machines:
— Millennium
— Lucey
— Lenni
— George
♦ Longarm quilting classes:
— Beginner’s Longarm Quilting Class
— Advanced Beginner’s Longarm Quilting Class
— Longarm Rental Certification Class
♦ APQS Certified service on your longarm machine
♦ Longarm supplies and accessories

Of course we still are very proud to longarm quilt your quilt, our quilt creation: t-shirt quilts, memorial quilts, and custom quilts.

Thanks to everyone who made our grand opening a success – and a fun and educational event! For our friends who were not able to attend, here are some images from the day.

A video of the Grand Opening ribbon cutting and first visitors.

Slideshow of the Grand Opening – a fun event for all ages.

We’d love you to come visit us at our new studio location!

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.

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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!

Terri's Horse Ribbon Quilt

Terri brought us a very packed box of ribbons she and her horse had won over the years and asked that we create a quilted wall hanging from them.  She had already done some research on Pinterest looking for a design but when she walked into our studio and saw a wall hanging we had created a few years ago, she knew she had her design choice.

Each ribbon had to be disassembled from its rosette, cutting through the wires and cardboard that held the winning ribbon together. Using the simple flip and sew method on a foundation of muslin, we set about using as many ribbons as possible in each block.  The challenge came in the ironing; these ribbons are made of acetate and therefore, melt pretty quickly under a hot iron.Center Rosette

Once the quilt top was completed and a simple meander done using our APQS Millennium, we tackled the rosettes. Choosing the biggest one for the center position, we added others to the block intersections and carefully spaced some more in the borders.

Voila, a lovely, colorful, vibrant wall hanging filled with memories of decades of horse competitions. Unfortunately, since Terri had ribbons in her box from 1976, we had to send her home with lots of  leftovers.   She was a very accomplished horse-woman! Maybe there will be another quilt creating challenge in our future.  She surely loved the one we made for her!

Susan

Forever classic

Baptist Fans on a simple striped piece quilt. Loopy figure 8’s on a modern quilt. Each are ‘forever classic’ in their own way. To the maker of the quilt the quilting designs fit perfectly. Although one is a very traditional quilt with a very traditional quilting pattern, once the quilt maker paired it with some shams in her newly decorated room, it looked fresh and up to date.

Baptist FanThe second non-traditional, that is, modern quilt, was made specially to showcase the fabric. (it was commissioned as a way of highlighting a new fabric line). Since the fabric was modern, the design needed to be so too. Loopy eights it was!

Both patterns were executed using our APQS Millennium and the computerized feature, Quilt Path. It’s so delightful to work with high quality fabrics, highly interesting quilt designs and superior tools!

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