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APQS Longarm Certification Sponsored by Fons & Porter 7/29/19-11/4/19

Quick Overview

Registration for this course closes on August 5, 2019.

Course runs from 7/29/19 - 11/4/19.

Quilting is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow every single year, resulting in thousands of quilt tops longing to be quilted. Whether you want to quilt professionally for others or you simply want to improve your own longarm techniques for yourself, this certification course will give you the tools you need to successfully quilt, using skills that meet or exceed standard quality benchmarks in the quilting industry.

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Don't let a longarm intimidate you! Not only master your longarm machine but learn how to turn it into a business with this certification course.



  • 14 lessons and 16 videos of easy to follow steps guided by Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS National Education and Customer Service Director
  • A variety of techniques for longarm quilting including quilt evaluation, loading techniques and muscle memory techniques
  • Tips and tricks for background fills and freehand feathers
  • Business basics for how to turn your love of quilting into a business


The APQS Certification Class for Fons and Porter is a 14-week-long online class filled with videos, images, and instructions with easy to follow steps guided by Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS National Education and Customer Service Director. Share your progress with fellow community members and work with APQS store owner and instructor Myrna Ficken on a private forum in a collaborative and interactive online environment. Submit homework assignments by email for evaluation and credit. Receive feedback and ask questions.


This course is perfect for longarm machine owners (especially APQS longarm machines) who would like to learn how to truly master their machine. It's great for quilters who would like to start a longarm business.


Lesson 1 | Introduction to Longarm Certification

Receive lesson previews for entire class; Review equipment/supplies needed to complete the class; Learn the requirements needed to achieve certification; Receive instructions on how to submit homework and assignments.

Lesson 2 | Mastering Your Machine

Learn how to conquer the tension battle; Find the best stitch length for your project; Discover how to make invisible starts and stops.

Lesson 3 | Mastering your Machine

Follow practice techniques that produce quick results; Discover five practice shapes that lead to fast success.

Lesson 4 | Understanding Quilt Variables

Know thread options and their impact on quilting; Review batting choices and their effect on design; Uncover fabric type’s impact on the quilting stitch.

Lesson 5 | Proficiently Performing Pantographs

Discover how to choose an appropriate design for your quilt; Determine Proper row spacing; Decide on proper quilting density; Learn Pantograph Execution tips.

Lesson 6 | Stitching Basic Overall Freehand Designs

Decide proper scale and spacing; Determine proportion and design density; Choose connecting methods, quilting direction, and smoothness; Design execution for basic freehand shapes.

Lesson 7 | Performing Simple Custom Quilting

Decide the quilting order for the project; Discover low and no-mark quilting methods; Learn the secrets to accurately stitch in the ditch; Learn quick continuous curve methods.

Lesson 8 | Handling Border Designs

Discover “quilt as you go” advantages and disadvantages; Learn how to turn a quilt to do side borders.

Lesson 9 | Quilting Basic Background Fills

Review proper technique; Learn stippling, echoing, and pebble quilting.

Lesson 10 | Stitching Basic Freehand Feathers

Discover four principles for successful feathers; Learn your best feather execution method; Practice three common styles—open plume, hook style, and bump-bump feathers.

Lesson 11 | Evaluating Quilt Tops

Discover ways to handle troublesome quilts; Camouflage wavy borders, puffy blocks, and poor construction with quilting.

Lesson 12 | Holding a Consultation

Learn how to a customer meeting effectively; Get tips on designing and completing a useful consultation form; Learn tips to professionally communicate with customers.

Lesson 13 | Conducting Business Professionally

Find out how to create a solid business plan; Learn tips for effective financial management; Find out how to manage inventory and wholesale vs. retail accounts; Learn how to competitively price your work; Discover best business practices for scheduling, advertising, and professionalism.

Lesson 14 | Class Review and Wrap-up

Learn what is required to gain certification; Review the key points from all 14 lessons; Discover how to get help with class assignments.


DAWN CAVANAUGH Dawn's freehand quilting has been winning awards since 1994 when she opened her business, Rockin’ Bobbin Quilting, Inc. Her quilts have received first-place wins at AQS Paducah, MQX and MQS and many more national quilt shows. Teaching others how to be successful machine quilters is her passion. Named the MQX Teacher of the Year for 2008, and was nominated again in 2009 and 2014. Dawn continues to inspire others at such venues as Houston Quilt Festival, MQS, NEQF, PNQF, Machine Quilting Today, Australian Machine Quilters Show, and many quilting and longarm guilds worldwide. Dawn shares her expertise in national publications such as Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and On Track magazines. As National Education Director for APQS, Dawn helps quilters all over the world develop a love for their craft, just as she has.

MYRNA FICKEN Myrna Ficken is a busy, outgoing artist with a passion for quilting and creating! She is an exceptionally talented, award-winning quilter and a well-known educator in the longarm quilting industry. Myrna has traveled and taught at quilt shows and other quilting events all over the United States as well as at various international events. She has won many awards with her work over the years and was nominated for Teacher Of The Year in 2007. Her work has been published in books and magazines in the quilting trade. Myrna also has several longarm quilting DVDs available. She brings a fresh outlook to her classes and techniques and she encourages students to be progressive and innovative. Myrna is a generous and gracious educator who sincerely enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Her enthusiasm for the art and her dynamic personality are contagious and bring a positive sense of energy to all of her classes and gives her students confidence.

Additional Information

SKU Q0470
Product Type Course
Brand Fons & Porter
Author/Designer Dawn Cavanaugh
Runtime 188 minutes
Difficulty Level Intermediate
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