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Oct. 27 - Nov. 3rd

Meet Your Neighbour


This week meet May Grigg, long time resident of Kamloops and quilter extraordinaire!

May was born in Vancouver, moving to  a town called Jubille in the Fraser Valley as a young girl. After graduation May went to work at the Teddy Bear Coffee shop for Tom and Sunny Irvin as  a waitress.

It was there that she met the love of her life, John who was driving truck. They were married at the coast but when John's work transferred him up to Kamloops they packed up and here they have been since 1951. John was the agent for Imperial Oil and May was his helper with bookkeeping and errand running, at the same time as raising her children.

Her neighbour Helen Olsen started her sewing garments when the kids were still little. One time she made a pair of jogging pants but instead of joining the fronts together at the front seam, she joined them down the side pant leg. The crotch then winged out to the sides and she had a very confusing pair of pants. Luckily Helen got her sorted out and on her way.

May then went on to make everything from shirts, pajamas, tops to wedding gowns! Eventually she had had enough of the garment sewing and decided to give quilting a try. It was Marilyn Kiehlbauch who mentored her from the start with advice and helped her to learn her favourite part of quilting----the applique.

She met up with Gerry Buchanan who invited her to join the River Valley Quilters Guild. May has been a member for 25 years now!

Every year May pieces and appliques a queen size quilt to be raffled off at a Seniors Center in the Fraser Valley where her sister resided. I have a picture of the quilt below. May did the piecing and the applique and Judy Anderson has done the long arm quilting.

May still lives on her own [in her late 80s] with her little dog. You may have seen her driving around in her big brown pick up headed down to our shop for a visit and to see if there are any fat quarters she will need for the next project! 

May....You are an amazing woman and we are all in awe of your energy, your skills and your ability to live each day to the most! May we all be as amazing as you!



Laurie Thomson


Laurie Thomson was in to long arm quilt her gorgeous log cabin quilt. I think my favourite part of this one is the border treatment. Love a piano key border!

Loved your quilt Laurie and thank you so much for coming in to spend your day with us.


Margaret Mitchell


Margaret Mitchell was in to long arm quilt this lovely black, white, grey and aqua quilt. It is hard to see from the photo but the fabrics worked beautifully and the panto called Seamless worked perfect!

I have to admit I was bit twitchy when she said she was coming to do 2 quilts....hmmmmmm. Guess what? She aced it! Margaret was in and out easy and we had time for photos!

Little side note: Notice her shoes if you can...from Kennels downtown Kamloops and they are stunning. I shall be investigating.

Thank you Margaret for sharing your energy and inspiring us all! Now check out the Harry Potter quilt she did the same day! Lori Dewart was her helper so Margaret asked for her to be in the picture as well. Great work both of you!



Robin Sheils


Robin Sheils was in to long arm quilt this lovely lap size quilt. This was her first time quilting with the Seamless Panto and she fell in love with it. This panto covers a lot of ground very quickly and looks gorgeous when done!

Thank you to Robin for inspiring us all!


New Classes coming!!


New classes are coming quick....real quick!
Next scheduled Stained Glass class is Saturday, November 16 and another on Saturday, November 23rd. These are one day classes with the artist herself, Joni Newman. There is room in both classes.
We have a few spaces left in the panel magic class on November 2nd which is also a Saturday. Cost of class is $60 plus your kit.
November 9th, also a Saturday, we have Joni Newman for the day doing demos, and meet and greets. This is also the day we start our Beginner Applique course. Picture of the Beginner Applique course, Northern Seas, is shown. Cost of the Block of the Month is $22.95 per month. The sample of the BOM is in the shop as well as on the website.
Lastly we have a Beginner Sampler course starting November 12th and running every Tuesday evening from 6 - 9 pm. You will be making 6 blocks. Photos on that one are coming.

Whew!! We hope to see you in some of our fun, exciting upcoming classes.
Come and see them in the shop or view on line at


Your favorite longarm contest is back!

  apqs machine

APQS is excited to give away another Millie longarm quilting system this fall to a randomly-selected winner. Want that winner to be you? Enter daily for your chance to win the following quilt-alicious package:

The selection process (drum roll, please)

We will select a grand prize winner at random on December 13, 2019 (after 5 p.m. CST). The winner will be notified via phone or email. Enter once a day for your chance to win.

There is no purchase necessary to enter or participate. Registration is open worldwide. Registration period ends at 5 p.m. CST on December 13, 2019.  Must be 18 years of age to win.

Monthly gift basket winners

In September, October and November one lucky entrant will receive an APQS Quilting Gift Basket full of thread, patterns and other great APQS goodies.

Click on the link for the entry...every day but only once a day .:


APQS Demo Sale


The APQS Fall Demo Sale starts Monday, October 14th, 2019!

Don't miss out!  Take advantage of deeply discounted prices for those longarm quilting machines that were display models in our quilt show booths. You can save BIG on an APQS quilting machine backed by our unbeatable lifetime warranty. Inventory is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sale prices listed below. Give us a call at 250-376-7630 to order yours today. Remember a $500 fully refundable deposit will hold your machine for 30 days at the sale price.

Demo Millie

Discounts include:

  • Discount: $1,500 cash off
  • Free Quilt Glide - $1,250 value
  • Free Automatic Quilt Advance - $1,350 value

Comes with:

Total Value: $22,300; Sale Price $18,200

Demo Freddie

Discounts include:

  • Discount: $1,500 cash off
  • Free Quilt Glide - $1,250 value
  • Free Motorized Fabric Advance - $1,350 value

Comes with:

Total Value: $21,200; Sale Price $17,100

Demo Lucey

  • Discount - $1,200 cash off
  • Standard Table with options of: 8 ft., 10 ft. or 12 ft.
  • Lifetime warranty

Total Value: $13,400; Sale Price $12,200

Demo Lenni

  • Discount - $2,000 cash off
  • Standard Table with options of: 8 ft., 10 ft. or 12 ft.
  • Lifetime warranty

Total Value: $11,300; Sale Price $9,300

Demo QuiltPath

  • Discount - $600 cash off
  • 1-year warranty

Total Machine Value: $9,500; Sale Price is $8,900

Demo George

Total Value: $7,200/ Sale Price is $6,200

Don't forget the amazing extras that come with APQS machines:

  • Bobbin Winder
  • FREE Beginner' class ($200 value)
  • One-year subscription to Fons and Porter 's Love of Quilting magazine
  • Several sample spools of thread
  • A starter pantograph
  • A package of needles
  • Extra bobbins

Only $1,000 for optional Bliss Track System Upgrade - Available on all Deluxe and Standard frames.


Rev your Engines Ladies!!

  poinsettia free pattern

Rev your engines up for our next great event!! Betty Oswell and I have a super fun project for everyone. The pattern is free in store only, and you can make anything you want using the applique for a poinsettia. You can even make it bigger or smaller! Make a potholder, a placemat, tablerunner or super size it to a lap or bed size quilt! We are really excited to see all the creativity you have.

The photo is of the table runner Betty Oswell has made using the applique pieces. Now we have shown you ours, show us yours!! Come on in for the free pattern.


Kathy Elliott


Kathy Elliott was in to long arm quilt this beauty of a Log Cabin quilt! She has discovered a new panto which is her favourite! It is called Modernish and with her Glide thread everything just worked perfectly!

What a lovely combination of colours and design Kathy! We loved it and thank you  for coming in to give us new ideas!


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Wendy Wilson, with help from Lori, long arm quilted this stunning bed quilt. Wendy started with the turtles as the center and built her quilt from there.

She then decided on the Flirtatious Panto and said she was okay to panto everywhere but the turtles. That she wanted to have treated on its own. Between the two of them they figured it out and made it work.Does it not look amazing?

Thank you to Wendy for having such a fun day with us!


Teddy's Great Adventure


Just in to the shop, Teddy's Great Adventure is  a must have for every fabric hoarding situation. LOL

I love this collection with it's small prints of airplanes, helicopters, ships, dots and more! A vintage feel to the fabrics and a great pattern to use to create that little boy quilt.

Click on the link for the free download: /6993/teddys_great_adventures_handout_web.pdf