Posts Tagged ‘longarm quilting’


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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20130915-075308.jpgJean is a long time client of ours who has thrilled us time after time with her intricately designed pictorial quilts. She is an aficionado of McKenna Ryan’s work, among others. We have quilted many 3 dimensional pieces, including an elephant with big floppy ears, fishing scenes and historical items of note about Texas and California. So when Jean brought us this purely graphic design, we were both surprised and thrilled to see her expanded skills.

Her instructions to us, as always, was to ‘make it sing’ which is both a thrilling and scary statement. Chris took up the challenge and did just that!

Look at Jean’s precise points and excellent use of color. Look at Chris’ fun quilting designs, both enhancing and softening the dramatic points. Note the varied interpretation of fills she used across the quilt face.

We are all pretty proud of this one. And proud of Jean’s growth and proud to be a part of the visual success of this beauty.


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We were so excited to be a vendor at the first Modern Quilt Guild show called QuiltCon in Austin TX on Feb 21-24, 2013. A lot of work goes into the preparation for such a large event and even though we were a small part, we too had lots to do to get ready.

1. Secure a space
This was much harder than expected! The excitement surrounding this show made demand for space quite high so when we submitted our initial request, there were no vendor spaces available. But through the magic and creative spirit of Heather Grant, the coordinator, she was able to find more vendor spaces and we got one.

2. Fill the space
Given the expected attendance at this event, we decided to go with a larger size booth of 10’x20′, which is double our normal show booth size. We decided to show our APQS Millennium and Lucey Longarm machines but decided that we would include APQS’ sit down machine, George, too.

3. Decorate the space
Although we had created a quilt especially for entry into the QuiltCon competition (it didn’t make it), we knew we would not have enough appropriate quilts for the walls. So, every time we ran across a wonderful quilt from our client, we would beg to borrow it for the show. Thank you Georgia for letting us show off two of your babies.

4. Work the booth
We had an absolutely amazing, enervating and exhausting four days! So many people from so many different places. Our APQS machines were items of fascination, admiration and lust. Chris and I never stopped demoing the machines throughout the full 8 hours of the show almost every day.

QuiltCon was so different from any other quilt show we’ve attended. As blogger Meg Cox has written, many of the attendees sported strollers and tatoos. But there were also a large proportion of the more traditional show goers. When the younger set saw and tried our APQS machines, we heard things like ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this. So that’s how some of the award winning quilting is done’. From the older set, we heard again and again about the flawless reputation and quality of the APQS brand of machine. Both sets of comments made all the work and fatigue worth it! We look forward to doing it again.

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It may seem impossible, but after 7 days of experiencing the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, we are overloaded. In a wonderful way, of course. Quilts of all styles and shapes and colors and sizes and designs! Quilts made by sewists, modernists, traditionalists and longarmists, all so talented.

Which one is your favorite?









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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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20120517-072011.jpg We always get excited when Judith calls to schedule a time to have her quilts quilted on our APQS longarm machine. Her piecing is so precise and her color sense is flawless. Most surprising of all is that these characteristics apply to both the front and backs of her quilts! The back sides of her quilts are never a simple length of fabric but almost complete quilts in their own right.

Most of the quilters that I know are so ready to be done with the quilt and onto the next one when the quilt top is completed. Not Judith! When I asked her why she spends so much time on the backing, her reply was one of practicality and artistry. She says that she hates to spend a lot of extra money on the backing (it IS hard to put down a big chunk of cash at one time for only one type of fabric!) and she thoroughly enjoys the challenge of designing a different yet complementary set of blocks.

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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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