Jolene Mershon

Jolene quilting with Sweet-Sixteen

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I've been quilting for about 20 years, but seriously quilting ever since I retired in 2000. I sew almost every day and am totally emersed in making quilts. I started as a hand quilter and still hand quilt some of my wall hangings. But, there are so many quilts I want to make and so little time. I knew I needed to learn to machine quilt. I took a machine quilting class for domestic machines from a local quilter. That got me started and I practiced a lot. In 2003 our guild started making quilts for soldiers wounded in the Iraq war. Those donation quilts gave me a great avenue for practicing my quilting. Then I bought a new machine with a stitch regulator, thinking that would keep my stitches perfect. But, I've found that nothing can replace practice, practice, and more practice. After taking a class with Harriet Hargrove I began to venture out with free form quilting. However, I felt limited to smaller size quilts. The largest quilt I ever quilted on my domestic machine was a queen-size T-shirt quilt that I made for my son. It was like wrestling a bear. That was when I began to play with the idea of getting a larger machine. I have a large quilting room but it's pretty much packed with other quilting needs such as cutting table, etc. I just don't have room for a long-arm machine and my husband refuses to give up his hobby room for my quilting. He already grouses that I sew "all over the house". The HQ Sweet Sixteen is just the right size to fit into my sewing room with the added bonus of allowing me to sit while I quilt. I bought my HQ Sweet Sixteen in May of this year at the quilt show in Arlington, Texas. I first heard about the machine while taking a David Taylor workshop three years ago. David really loves his machine and makes beautiful award winning quilts on it. After that class I searched for information on Handi Quilter and began to seriously consider purchasing one. I tried the machine at the Dallas quilt show in March of this year and also at the Paducah AQS show. I took measurements of the machine and measured where I thought a it might fit in my sewing room. I found I didn't have to give up any of my other quilting furniture or an antique table that belonged to my Grandmother, who was also a quilter, to accomodate it. That really helped me finalize my decision. I really liked the way it stitched and it had so much room under the arm. I felt I could quilt larger quilts without having to push and pull so much. When a vendor brought the machine to my guild's quilt show I tried it again and decided to buy it during the show. I've taken the class on my Sweet Sixteen and learned so much. I've been using a variety of threads so am trying to master the tension. I love thread just about as much as I love fabric. I'm working on increasing my thread stash and expect I'll be using all of it on some project at some point in time. Right now I'm quilting on an entry for a quilt show in September. The last few years I've paid a long-arm quilter to quilt most of my show entries. She does a beautiful job and I've won quite a few ribbons with that strategy. But, I'd like to totally own the work on my quilts. I'm hoping that I can successfully master the Sweet-Sixteen so that I can make it happen.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sweet Sixteen

Tina Muller

Tina and My HQ Sixteen

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My Handi Quilter Story It all started for me in 2000, when I saw the Handi Quilter at a local quilt store. I knew then that I wanted a quilting machine, but with two teenagers and a small house, the machine would have to wait. I love to piece and as I continued to quilt with my sewing machine, all the while suffering with pain in my shoulders and back, my quilts kept growing. As my collection reached 20 tops , I stopped counting. I began researching all the quilting machines available, my quest was to find the best machine. I went to shows, talked to anyone and everyone that I could, Hubby and I even went on vacations from Florida to Tennessee to test machines. However, I was always drawn to the Handi Quilter. That was the machine for me! I wanted a Handi Quilter so badly, so in 2008, when my kids had graduated from high school and move out, I knew I could now carve out a little space for my dream machine. And thus began the journey to achieve my goal of owning a Handi Quilter. I began saving, worked two jobs and put away all the extra money I could. In 2010, I even began collecting aluminum cans, driving up and down streets in my neighborhood on recycling day, filling the back of my truck with garbage bags full of cans. My Husband and I would take the cans to our local aluminum recycling facility and that money world go into my “machine fund”. My desire to own a Handi Quilter was sometimes all consuming. Since I attended every quilt show that came to my area, I had made friends with one of the dealers. She would allow me to play on the machine at the show, demonstrating to people, helping them to overcome their fears of the machine and give it a try. I shared with her how much I wanted a Handi Quilter and what I was doing to save for one. After one of the shows, she called me on the phone to tell me of a fabulous deal that she had come up with that might possibly allow me to realize my dream of owning a HQ. She believed in me and believed that it was the right thing to do. I was beside myself with excitement, “Wow, after all these years, it’s finally going to happen!” I was getting my HQ Sixteen. I was sharing my exciting news about getting the machine with some friends, everyone’s only question was “where are you going to put it?” Of course for me, the only plausible answer was “right in the middle of the living room”. However, when it arrived, my husband didn’t quite agree with my fabulous idea, so the machine now sits in it’s honorable position on the back living room wall. It does stick out into the hall a little, but it is still a “perfect” fit. I call the HQ Sixteen, “My Toy”. early one morning I was happily quilting when my daughter came out of her bedroom calling “Mom, mom”. I turned off the machine and she said, with a big smile on her face, “You Win, you have the biggest and the noisiest toy of them all”. That’s how it got the name “My Toy” I have spent many hours practicing on my machine so I had decided to donate my practice pieces to the local animal shelter, but first I took them to a hand quilting group that I belong to, to show them what I could do with my machine. One of the ladies from the group asked me what I was going to do with the pieces and I told her my idea. She asked if it would be possible for her to have them; so she took them home, bound them and gave the quilts to children that were in need. Now, that is what I do with all of my practice pieces. Children have a special place in my heart and it gives me such joy to be able to help a child in need, even in a small way. Researching for the perfect machine was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the time I spent talking with people and learning along the way. The work that I had to put into saving for my dream machine and the generosity of someone that believed in me has made owning the HQ16 even more special to me. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Handi Quilter is made in America, a wonderful value and full of fabulous features with a great support system. I guess there is only one thing left to say, “The Handi Quilter 16 is a spectacular choice for me!”

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

CecilAnn Spencer

Jimmie & CecilAnn Spencer

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Hi, my name is CecilAnn Spencer. I grew up and still live in a small town, Kerens,in Central Texas that is 60 miles south of Dallas Texas. My love of quilting started at a very young age. My Grandmother hand pieced and hand quilted. Grandmother's sister was a seamstress and made clothes for the public. The scraps of fabric that were left over were given to my Grandmother. Grandmother would sit for hours cutting and hand piecing until she completed a quilt top. Then came the time to hand quilt. Grandmother's quilting frames hung from the ceiling in her dining room. She always used cotton batting, and "brown domestic" (muslin) as the backing. Our family were cotton farmers. Grandmother made beautiful quilts of many different colors that were given to her children and grandchildren. I was always amazed that something so beautiful started out as a piece of cloth that someone was going to throw away. The first quilts I made were machine pieced but hand quilted. It took forever to complete a quilt. I worked, was a wife, and mother of a very active son. This left little time for hobbies. After 31 years in a very stressful law enforcement career my husband retired to take care of our small farm with cows and llamas. I was still working in that same stressful law enforcement career but could see that retirement was not far away. I started looking for a long arm quilting machine. I did extensive research via internet, magazines, quilt shops and any other places where I could find information. I decided to purchase the HQ Sixteen and the Pro Stitcher. My husband and I made a trip to Plano Sewing Center in Plano, Texas. When we walked through the door we were greeted with smiles and such friendliness we felt as if they were family. The shop had just what I wanted and we purchased the machine that day. I still was limited on my time for hobbies, but it was amazing how fast I could get the quilt completed. I only make quilts for the "special people" in my life. My quilts are not the traditional type. If it is different I'm probably going to like it. My passion is creating living memory quilts that include photos, sports, school names or whatever the grandchildren, nieces and nephews are doing at the time. I have an embroidery machine and always embroidery their name on the quilt. I've also made themed baby quilts for family and friends with the new baby's name on them. I have finally retired after 30 years in law enforcement and am looking forward to getting training and lots of practice on my HQ Sixteen and learning to use my HQ Pro-Stitcher. I have done so much with this machine but still have so much more to learn. In closing I would like to recommend the Handi Quilter to anyone wanting to purchase a long arm machine. The machine is easy to use and the support you receive is the BEST!!!! You can not go wrong with Handi Quilter.

I own the following HQ machines: HQ Pro-Stitcher, HQ Sixteen

Sharyn Drollinger

Soo cool

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Created lots of tops while taking care of my father-in-law but didn't have time to quilt. When he passed away i needed to get ahead of the game so decided to get a long arm. In the month since standing I have quilted 25 quilts now just need to bind. My grandson is fasinated with the machine if only he was tall enough to work independently. I was determined to find somewhere to set up the machine even if it meant giving up our living room

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Amy Ray

Some of the first quilts I completed with my HQ machine

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My quilting story began a few months after I had my first baby six years ago. I had sewn since I was a young child but worked mostly on simple garments. I took every sewing class available at my high school including an independent study course. I no longer owned a sewing machine but I managed to talk my husband into buying my first Bernina. It feels like we have had many discussions about sewing machine purchases over the last six years and the biggest was of course my HQ 18 Avante with Prostitcher.
With a new baby at home, sleep was not something I was getting a ton of. I decided to try quilting for the first time because I thought it might be fun and more forgiving if my project did not turn out perfectly. I made my first quilt for my sister. I found Amy Butler fabrics and made her a small throw quilt. The quilt had tons of mistakes but the overall result was very pretty and still sits on her bed today. I fell in love with quilting and have not looked back.
After several years of quilting, I had given away tons of quilts. It is so much fun to find fabric and a quilt pattern perfect for a special person in my life. One thing I love about being a quilter is that even people who have never sewn a thing, they all appreciate the time and love put into the gift of a quilt. I had many different people telling, "you should sell your quilts". I opened my quilt shop on Etsy in Oct of 2009, my shop August Quilting is named for my two kids and myself all with August birthdays.
A fellow quilter and friend had finished several quilts for me with her HQ Sixteen with Prostitcher. She invited me to see how it works and I was hooked immediately. I really liked the idea of being able to complete my quilts from start to finish all on my own. I also fell in love with the perfect stitches and overall finish the Prostitcher achieves. After much discussion, my husband and I decided I would get my my own Avante with Prostitcher, I ordered the machine and it was installed in May of 2011. I absolutely love my machine. It is so simple to use and I have had zero problems learning the set up, machine or Prostitcher. Just like my first machine, I get giddy as it hums and stitches away on my quilts.
My business on Etsy is growing and my HQ 18 with Prostitcher has allowed me to turn a hobby I love into a business I love. I have joined a few quilting groups as well. I quilt with people my own age and some ladies that have quilted much longer then me. I am always amazed at how much fun it is to share quilting knowledge. Every quilter has a different style, expertise and story to share. No matter the project, we always appreciate the time and effort fellow quilters have invested in each quilt. It has also been fun to show people my HQ machine and teach them how easy it is to use.
I drive around with a personalized license plate that says "QWLTDVA".....I think that says it all.

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