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All who loves sunflowers will fall in love with this quilt! Raye designed this king size quilt herself and gave us the privilege of quilting it for her. It was a gift to her daughter. Note the intensive use of batiks throughout the top. She wanted it quilted in as elegant way as possible, with different designs in each of the separate area.s and borders, no trivial feat.



She was quite pleased with it, as were we.


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Chris and I are just about ready to meet you all at the International Quilt Market in Houston TX October 27-29. We will be working in the APQS booth (#300) showing off all 5 of the APQS machines, including the newest enhancement, Quilt Path. We are so excited!


But before the show starts, we will be setting up the booth, as we did last year. We thought we knew what needed to be prepped, including our bodies. Last year, we laid 20’x30′ of heavy wooden flooring, assembled tables and machines as well as prettying up the booth. So, in prep for this, we have been getting our legs and arms in shape at the gym. We are ready.


Surprise! We just found out that the set up has been simplified and that the heavy floor tiles are no more. Now we will get more time to really prepare the booth with 20’ x 30’ Island Booth showing
2 Millenniums and 2 Freedoms on 10’ Bliss tables (with overhead lighting), 2 Luceys and 2 Lennis on 10’ Bliss tables and George on a Portable table and Quilt Path.


We hope to see you there. Do stop by to visit and to see all the wonderful APQS machines.

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April Fools!!

Little did we know that we would be an integral part of a master planned April Fools’ joke, but as always we were ‘in’! When our veteran client Susan came to us with bags and bags of her children’s clothing again, we knew we were in for another design and construction challenge.

Approximately 5 years ago Susan brought us buckets of clothing to make her three children memory quilts. Since it had been such fun to work with Susan we were excited to have the chance to work with her again. This time the children were all in high school and each had such a special story we were thrilled to translate into quilts.

Aaron’s challenge was to take his passion of soccer and represent each of the teams that he played on and the professional teams that he followed and piece them in a way that was pleasing to his very ordered personality. 20120509-184339.jpg

Our next challenge was to make a free flowing all inclusive quilt to represent the personality of Jake. Base on the clothing that we had before us, we could tell that Jake was a fun loving, independent thinker and we wanted to encompass all that he was in a wild type quilt. We used all parts of his clothing, including his shorts, sweatshirts, and t-shirts to capture his essence. 20120509-184500.jpg

Lastly, we were to make Sara’s quilt. When reviewing her clothing we could see that she was a creative young lady who tastes the world and has a taste for reaching for the stars. We decided to capture each of the special elements of her clothing and wrap them in stars to represent her grand vision and future. 20120509-184611.jpg

At mom’s request we quilted in a special expression so that each of them knows how treasured they are by their mom.

After months of planning and picking fabrics, the quilts were ready. Although these quilts were ready to be picked up in March, Susan decided she wanted to deliver them to the children on April 1 as an April Fool’s joke. She and her family were in the process of moving to a new home but she made them stop for a break to come to our studio to have her family meet her “two tennis partners”! Now if any of you know either Susan or I, we do not play tennis!! So in come the three children and her wonderful husband and we are introduced. We bring them up to our studio and we ask them to turn around while we get something for them. We have each of the quilts hung and have the children look at them. For a few long seconds, Aaron looks at the hanging and then realizes it is his shirts!! April Fools! Susan, Susan and I shout and we then reveal each of the other quilts! Getting to know this family over the past few years by well versed stories and then meeting each of them made our ‘job’ more of a joy.

Joking aside, working on this project we once again rose to challenges of time and fabric. We quilted each of these using our APQS Millennium, quilting patterns that reflected each of their special personalities.


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It is always a surprise and joy to be asked to finish a quilt from a male quilter.   Audie has one of the very best eyes for color and design and so we were surprised to hear that this quilt was his first major one.

Audie found his fabric at a wonderful little fabric store called The Stitch Lab (http://www.stitchlab.biz/) who referred him to us.   His colors and design really evoked those of the traditional Amish to us and in keeping with that genre, we chose to do a very linear and minimalistic treatment in our quilting.   Using our APQS Millennium longarm machine, we inscribed a 1/4 inch echo line inside the nine patch design with a highlight of the center square.    That design was then repeated in the empty intermediate blocks.   The setting triangles also had a 1/4 inch outline.  The borders were treated very simply too.   Just straight outside lines with a 45 degree triangle running between them.    Although it looked wonderful from the front, it was even more spectacular from the back where the replication of the design became  really apparent.

Audie loved it.   We loved helping to enhance this quilt and felt privileged to work with such a talented quilter.


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