Seashell Quilts: July 2016

Longarm Quilting Services - APQS Sales

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)