Seashell Quilts: 2016

Longarm Quilting Services - APQS Sales

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Longarm Classes

Beginner Longarm Class: $200 

August 25, 2016 - 10:00 to 4:00Learn Machine Maintenance, Tension adjustments, Thread and batting options, How to load a quilt and keep it square , How to work with paper pantographs, Basic custom quilting skills like border designs, blocks, stitching in the ditch and more. Business tips also included, along with handling customer consultations. You’ll learn the skills you need to complete typical quilting projects on your new longarm machine. Free for New APQS Owners, $200 for other machine owners or those interested in owning a longarm.

To register please call 250-768-4763 or email

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Announcing - Longarm Classes
with APQS Canadian National Educator
Joanne Flamand


September 20, 2016 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An Introduction to Quilt Path
Our Automated Quilting Tablet

Professional power right at your fingertips
. Quilt your masterpiece with ease and professional accuracy using Quilt Path for APQS machines.
1.  Overview of functions of Quilt Path
2.  PantoStacker Functions: setting up, saving and stitching out a panto
3.  Block Settings and Custom Quilting
4.  Importing Patterns
5.  Trouble Shooting


September 21 & 22, 2016 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

An Intermediate guide to Quilt Path - Our Automated Quilting Tablet

In these two days, we will get deeper into the Design and Create side of the Quilt Path.
- Understanding the CAD program functions
- Changing stop and start points to stitch designs together
- Layering and Merging Designs
- Creating your own designs, smoothing, adding, subtracting nodes
- Using mirrors, , flakes, polygons, Spirals, Bow Ditches, Hilberts
- Virtual Long Arm
- Placing corner designs in borders
and more.
There will be some hands on work with the QP on machines.
A pre-requisite for this class is Day 1 or a very good understanding of working with the tablet in placing and stitching, pantographs, importing patterns, trouble shooting, updating Quilt Path, etc. There will be a very brief review of these functions.

Longarm Classes 

Long Arm Basics: $75

September 26, 2016 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

This class is for anyone interested in a long arm machine, a beginner who is struggling with tension and other machine issues and a long arm quilter who wants to understand the basics to build on beautiful stitching. 

E2E Designs: $75

September 26, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

See how easy a pantograph is to stitch from the back of the machine. Learn all the tricks for first and last rows, advancing the quilt and lining up the next row. Then discover working from the front of the machine with easy and quick E2E designs. Begin to combine different designs, you will never run out of quick edge to edge finishes. 

Un-Ruffle Those Feathers!: $75

September 27, 2016 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Do you want to learn how easy feathers are to stitch?  Understand basic anatomy of the three styles of feathers and learn how to fill basic shapes, once you know the basics, the sky is the limit!  Also learn how to stitch free hand feathers as an edge to edge design for your quilts for a beautiful, elegant finish! 

Quilt As Desired  . . .How Do I Quilt This?: $75

September 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Do you have quilt tops not finished because you can’t decide how to quilt them? Discover a method Joanne uses over and over again when she looks at a quilt to decide on the quilting features. Then learn what to quilt first, what threads work well for custom quilting, what to feature on your quilt, etc. Bring your quilt tops to get ideas on, we will look at as many as class time allows.   

Sign up for the Four Longarm Classes September 26/27 and recieve a Free Thread Pack! - $50 value

Free book draw in each of the four longarm classes!

Register by calling 250.768.4763 or 


Joanne Flamand is a Long Arm Educator who’s passion is to assist any quilter who is struggling with any aspect of long arm quilting, no matter what machine. As the Canadian Educator for APQS Canada, she has introduced hundreds of quilters to long arm quilting through machine ownership and teaching the basics in rental programs. She takes away the mystery of mastering the basic concepts that allow quilters to move to more advanced features easily and quickly. Walk away from any class with notes, handouts, references and confidence to build on basics — whether it is learning how to quickly diagnose tension concerns, deciding on thread combinations or designing an award winning quilt.

Here is what some of her students have said:

“The tension is great now that I know what to look for (hard to believe that I made my first quilt
20 years ago and I just learned how a stitch is made and everything about thread),”

“thank you for every moment last weekend because every single one was worth it!”

“I did get a lot of info on Friday and seeing really helps. I have 5 pages of notes !”

Joanne quilts on an APQS Millennium with Quilt Path, using computerised and free motion for her customer quilts. She has taught across Canada at most of the APQS Showrooms at Sparrow Studioz, Edmonton, Crazi Quilter’s Lair, Medicine Hat, The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Fabriculous, Swan River, Manitoba. She has taught from Swan River, Manitoba, Whitehorse, NWT and on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of BC, and extensively in Alberta. In 2015, she taught long arm classes at CQA in Lethbridge, 2016 at Spring Market in Salt Lake City. This fall she will be teaching at Whirls N’ Swirls Quilting in Oshawa, ON, Threads Quilting Boutique, Nashville, TN, and at Fall Market in Houston, Texas. Joanne offers a variety of classes at Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton, Alberta, and her machine of choice is always her APQS Millie and Quilt Path! (IG: longarmjo)

Friday, 3 June 2016

Quilts in the Garden

Open House

Seashell Quilts - APQS Sales

Saturday June 25
10:00 - 2:00
  • Quilt Displays
  • Longarm Demonstrations
  • Door Prizes
  • Refreshments
2968 Sandstone Crescent, West Kelowna

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Tipsy Squares Quilt & Table Runner

What to do with a sampling of pretty fabrics?

I was given a roll of sample fabrics in this lovely turquoise, I didn't have a lot of yardage but it was very yummy fabric!

I set out to find a fun & easy pattern that I could whip up in an afternoon.

I came across the "Tipsy Tumbler Tutorial" by the The Missouri Star Quilt Company. I wondered what it would look like made with squares rather than tumblers?

I used 16 - 10" squares of white background fabric, I chose a soft white Moda Bella solid. I cut my turquoise fabric into 5" squares. I placed a 5"square on top of a 10" square, folded one side of the 10" square over, encasing the raw edge of the 5" square, and sewed at a 1/4". I repeated on the opposite side, and then repeated for the top and bottom edges.  All of the edges of the 5" square were encased in seams, and I was left with a really wonky looking block. After pressing I squared all of my blocks to 8". I sewed the blocks into 4 rows of 4, the perfect centre for a baby quilt. I used the remainder of my turquoise fabric for a scrappy border. Cute, right? The finished quilt is 34"x 34".

I was asked to demo this quilt at a Guild meeting, and thought I should have more than one sample. So I made a table runner...

For the Table Runner I modernized it a bit by choosing grey for the 10" squares and 4 patches for the centre squares. I made the 4 patches with 2 1/2" squares, so they were 4 1/2"before placing them on the 10" squares. I thought 8 blocks would be about the right for a table-runner. I think this one turned out really cute as well! My table-runner measures 15" x 30", perfect for an easy hostess gift.

My demo was a big hit at guild, with several ladies making their own versions. Each and everyone has been unique. how fun!

Check out the tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Company,

 Tipsy Tumbler - Missouri Star Quilt Company

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Welcome to Seashell Quilts

provide professional longarm machine quilting services for quilters who love to piece quilt tops, but don't necessarily want to do the quilting themselves. 

I quilt on a 2016 top-of-the-line APQS Millennium Longarm. My Millie is computerized, giving precise consistent stitches. I will work with you to find a design to enhance the beauty of your quilt and stay within your budget.

Computerized Edge 2 Edge - One design stitched over your entire quilt top, from one edge to the other. Perfect for most of today's quilts. I have hundreds of designs for you to choose from. Beautiful swirls, feathers, circles and even novelty designs. 

I would be honoured to help you finish your quilt!