Classes & Events


 Our APQS Longarm Quilting Machine studio is now open.

We travel for installation and service calls, so we are not able to have standard business hours. All demos, sales, service, and training are

by appointment only.


Thank you.

IQ (IntelliQuilter) Workshops

February 29th to March 2nd, 2024
Thursday through Saturday

Toccoa, GA

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APQS Beginner Workshops

2024 Schedule To Be Announced Soon!

Toccoa, GA

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IQ (Intelliquilter) Workshop

Toccoa, GA

Dates:  February 29th to March 2nd, 2024
Thursday through Saturday


 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Host: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

Location: 927 Long Rd
Toccoa, GA 30577

Instructor: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

This is not a beginner workshop. You must have used your IntelliQuilter, and achieved a relative comfort level with Pantos and some familiarity with Block Work.

2024 Workshop Fee:  $550.00
$275.00 Deposit due at Registration.
Remainder of Workshop Fee due by January 29th, 2024.

Day 1


We will get more familiar with some “behind the scenes” things such as Preference settings, Configurations, Terminology and Tech Tips. 

Tech Tips –we will talk about things like changing drive wheels, sensor wheels, removing the motors, how to adjust the adjusting brackets for aligning the motors, checking the wiring if you receive communication errors, etc.


Lunch Break


Beyond Basic Pantographs - We will start with a refresher and build to making advanced set ups or “maps”, Clipping blocks, Border to Border, and the scary “Saving” of quilts to finish at a later time!  We will also go over Realignments, both the “old fashioned” way and using the Quilt Advance Assistant (QAA)

Day 2


Pattern Editing and Design Creation – In this class we will spend a little time on the editing tools, split, smooth, distort, shape shift and magnet tool. The main focus will be to teach you how to use tools incorporated in the IQ to Create your own designs, such as Pearls, a blanket stitch, feathered wreaths, etc.

Lunch Break

Conquering the No Sew Zones – In this class you will learn different approaches to the No Sew Zone and how to handle the draw-in that occurs, so that your block placement will be precise. You will also learn how to “Frame” your no sew zones, how to split and combine patterns, etc.

Day 3


Borders – We will start off with simple “Dead end” borders, progressing to borders that turn the corner, Symmetrical or Mirror Imaged borders, and finally, those dreaded wide borders that need extra fill. We will work with pattern repeat and path pattern. I will show you how to stitch the sides without having to “turn the quilt”. You will learn how to deal with the draw in (shrinkage) and make your designs match up perfectly. (Stitch out will be done in custom class)

Lunch break

Custom Quilting - We will stitch out a sampler quilt and put into use all of the techniques you have learned in this workshop. Along with using background fills, echoing, SID, and Line pattern. This is also a great time to ask those questions you may have to help you move from only doing Pantos and use more of the tools in your IQ toolbox!


Number of students will be limited to 8, so register early.   Refunds will be given if workshop does not fill.  No refunds after 30 days prior to workshop start.

You will receive workshop handouts. Bring your tablet, stand and power cord to use during the workshop.

Lunch is provided.

Toccoa Local Information

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APQS Beginner Class


Date: To Be Announced Soon!

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Host: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

Location: 927 Long Rd
Toccoa, GA 30577

Instructor: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

This class is included in the purchase of a new or certified used APQS machine. Class is open to owners of other brands of longarm for a fee. This class is mainly demonstration as there is a lot of material to cover. Handout is included.

  You’ll learn:

     • Skills you need to complete typical quilting projects on your new longarm machine
     • Supply information

     • Thread and batting

     • Maintenance and tension

     • Customer contact and consultation

     • Different ways to load a quilt

     • How to conquer pantographs

     • Basic custom quilting skills like border designs, blocks, stitching in the ditch and more

     • Business tips

Location: Katydids Quilting Studio

Cost: Free within one year of the purchase of a New, Demo, or Certified Used APQS machine, $200 for non-APQS owners.

Dates: To Be Announced Soon!

Classes are from 10am – 4:30pm.

Lunch is included.

Attendance is limited, reserve your spot today.

Call (850) 250-0272, or email Patty to reserve.

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Local Hotel  (3.7 miles from Katydids)

Country Hearth Inn - 273 Broad St, Toccoa, GA 30577    

 Must call hotel to book and receive best rates. 706-297-7799

Continental breakfast included.



Simmons Bond Inn - Bed & Breakfast (3.9 miles)

74 W. Tugalo St., Toccoa, GA 30577 - 706-282-5183



Cornelia Hotels -- Approximately 20 minutes away

Baymont Inn (15.3 miles)

1105 US-441 BUS, Cornelia, GA 30531




Hampton Inn (15.4 miles)

161 Market Corners Drive, Cornelia, GA 30531




Cabin Rentals & Camping on the riverfront

Bleu Canoe - Cabin (Tiny Home) rentals (24.2 miles)

115 Sweetwater Circle, Clarkesville, GA 30523


River Falls at the Gorge (17.7 miles)

Resort Dr., Lakemont, GA

RV Sites, 2-Bdrm Cabins, Tiny Cabins, Tree Houses


Georgia State Parks / Tallulah Gorge (16.9 miles)

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

52 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites



Being a short term rental owner myself, I am partial to staying in a home rather than hotel when possible.

Airbnb – home rentals

This one is close to Katydids, also right by Toccoa Falls and Toccoa Falls College 

Airbnb by Tocoa Falls (2.3 miles)



Lots to do in this area…

Toccoa Falls

Tallulah Falls

Dahlonega GA for antiquing and wineries

Helen Ga

There is just so much to do in NE Ga.  Make it a vacation getaway while taking a few days to learn more about your IQ!

Georgia Mountains Guide


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