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I am so pleased . . really, I'm thrilled . . to announced that Vince and I are now APQS dealers.
I've quilted on an APQS machine since 2000 or 2001 (can't remember!). I've never been disappointed in my machines or in the APQS company. We first chose APQS after doing much research. Vince, as an engineer, was impressed with the construction of the machine, as well as the apparent honesty and integrity of the APQS personnel with whom we spoke. I based my decision on what other longarmers said about their machines after having read the various online quilt lists. It was quickly apparent that no matter who you asked about their machine, most longarmers loved their machines. There's a great deal of brand loyalty in the longarm world. But, after sitting back and just reading what others said, without asking specifcially which machine was best, I soon realized that those who owned APQS machines were happy with their machines; most dearly loved their machines, and when they did have a problem with the machines, APQS was quick to resolve the problem. Seven or eight years later, I've never been disappointed with my machine or with APQS. I am very proud to be associated with such an outstanding company with outstanding owners and an outstanding staff.
Your local quilt shops can get my patterns through several distributors.
Nine Patch Extravaganza was published in 2007 by AQS. Please check with your local quilt shops for the book but if they do not have it, it is available here.
Weekend Quilts was published by AQS in 2010 and is available here.
60 Pieced Quilt Borders was published by AQS in 2012 and is available here.
For free patterns, please visit Patchwork Times
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Welcome to Sunshine Quilts
Note: I am no longer quilting for others. Please visit my blog, Patchwork Times, to learn more about my day to day activities.
Also, I am no longer scheduling any teaching (workshops or lectures). Thank you for your interest in having me speak at your guild or teach at your shows but the traveling away from home no longer works for us.
Sunshine Quilts began in 1998 after we had moved from Louisiana to Kentucky and I wasn't able to find anyone to quilt my tops. When we bought a very old short arm machine, I never dreamed where quilting would take me. Not only has the machine quilting business been very successful but my quilts, as well as those I have quilted for others, have won numerous awards. (Click on any of the images for a larger view.)
The Glistening Rose Garden won numerous awards in 2004, including a first place at Vermont Quilt Festival, Founder's Award at MQX, Honorable Mention at Quilters' Heritage and a first place at the Big Horn Quilts Challenge, which was the reason the quilt was made.
Fall Splendor was originally made to be a teacher gift but I didn't get it quilted in time so it went into the UFO pile. After much encouragement from my friend, Sally, the quilt was quilted and entered in the AQS Quilt Expo in Nashville and won Best of Category in 2004. That must've been my lucky year!
In July, 2007, my first book, Nine Patch Extravaganza, was published, in February, 2010, Weekend Quilts was published and in January, 2012, 60 Pieced Quilt Borders was published.
My hope is that anyone who reads my blog or follows my journey as a quilter will be encouraged by the direction my quilting has taken. You can do anything you want to do -- if you want to sell your patterns, if you want to travel and teach, if you want to write a book -- you're never going to know what you can do until you try -- so . . try it!