The One Million Stitches Club

Have you checked the stitch counter on your Handi Quilter machine lately?

HQ national educator Debby Brown did and discovered that her HQ Sweet Sixteen, Hazel, just passed one million stitches!

Any suggestions as to how Debby should celebrate? (We think she should buy some thread to get started on the next million stitches!)

How close are you to one million stitches? Have you already passed that milestone? Are you on your way? Download one of the One Million Stitches club buttons below and feel free to add it to your blog or Facebook page.

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The Latest by the HQ Studio Educators

Do you read American Patchwork & Quilting magazine? If so, you know that this year the HQ Studio Educators have quilted one of the color options for a quilt in each issue.

We missed sharing with you their work from the June 2013 issue: Haberdashery by Paula Barnes. This is the original quilt:

And this is the color and fabric variation quilted by HQ Studio Educator Vicki Hoth:

Here’s Vicki using circle templates to do a continuous curve:

Vicki used HQ Pro-Stitcher to quilt the border and setting squares:

And here’s the quilting done by the educators from the August 2013 issue: Row Houses by Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip.

Here’s is the original quilt:

And here’s the color and fabric variation with great quilting by HQ Studio Educators Marie Eldredge and Angie Balling:

Great job ladies!

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The Persian Pickle Club

Let your voice be heard! Handi Quilter has partnered with the amazing production staff of the upcoming movie The Persian Pickle Club, based on the book by New York Times best-selling author, Sandra Dallas.

Together with the movie production company, we want to better understand how quilters interact with different forms of video media. Therefore, we invite you to participate in an online survey. When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of many fabulous prizes including sewing machines, thread, fabric, gift cards and much more, over $4,000 in quilting prizes.

Synopsis:In Harveyville, Kansas, crops are burning up in a searing drought during the Great Depression. The Persian Pickle Club, a quilting group of local ladies, derives its name from a common bolt of Persian Pickle fabric, an old time term for today’s paisley. The fabric is pieced into each member’s quilts, representing their closeness and unity.

Rita Ritter, the newest member, has ambition beyond small town life. She embarks on a dangerous journey to find a murderer and uncovers a harrowing secret the quilters have been guarding. Along the way, Rita learns profound truths about the women and her own capacity for friendship.

We encourage you to take the survey today!

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