Glenda Roth


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My story about my Hand iQuilter. In the year 2003, my mother invited me to join her to be her guest at her monthly quilt guild meeting. I found everyone’s “show and tells” so beautiful. And they were having so much fun! I never realized that my mother had been quilting for years creating so many beautiful quilts.
As soon as I could went to the quilt shop in Aberdeen, SD and found that they were giving quilting classes. I had sewn clothing since I was a young girl, took Home Economics in high school, so surely I wouldn’t be considered a beginner! So I signed up for not one but two classes, neither one of them for beginners.
I purchased my fabric and drove 50 miles each way to the classes two days a week. Soon I realized that I didn’t know that a ¼” seam is used for sewing quilts unlike 5/8“ seams in clothing! I also didn’t know what chain piecing was, or a fat quarter, or squaring a block. But I continued with my “intermediate” classes with lots of ripping and managed to finished my quilts.
Before I knew it, I had several quilt tops so I decided the next step was to learn how to quilt them. I signed up for a beginners quilting class and learned how to sandwich the quilt, the trapunto technique, quilting in the ditch and how to meander. But, I soon realized that I didn’t like quilting my large quilt tops on my Pfaff sewing machine. I purchased a Handi Quilter portable frame and a Juki machine. I soon learned that there wasn’t enough space for quilting and that I had to roll my quilt top often and was still unable to quilt a 10” block.
I searched for a quilting machine that was both affordable and one that would give me more quilting space. I found the HQ Sixteen to be both affordable and gave me the needed quilting space so purchased it in July of 2004 and continued to use the portable frame. I later attended the “Quilting On the Waterfront” Quilt show in Duluth, MN and traded the portable frame for a heavier duty frame with the continuous track. Now I had the quilting machine I was looking for
I had been “piecing” quilt tops and had so many to quilts. I didn’t want to pay someone to quilt them and add more cost to my already rather expensive habit! Handi Quilter was the answer to my prayer. I also quilt some of my mother’s quilts and earn a little extra on the side!
I quilted “Star Explosion” using my HQ Sixteen. I created the quilting designs and quilted with ease. I love my HandiQuilter. I don’t know what I would have done without it. Thank you Handi Quilter for making a machine that is both affordable and fun to create with.
This is my story.
Glenda Roth

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Carol Marshall

Carol, Pete and Idgie

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The road to quilting started for me in the autumn 2007 when I joined a group of ladies on a "Quilt for a day for Cancer". I immediately fell in love with the whole idea of quilting not realizing it was going to be our retirement hobby. In December 2007 Pete (my husband) and I took an introductory class to Quilting. March 2008 we signed up for a Beginners class at the local quilt shop. From that day forward we never looked back. More classes at the local quilt shop - log cabin, yellow brick road and turning twenty etc. Then as luck would have it the local quilt shop had a long arm to rent. I immediately signed up for a class. With loads of encouragement from Pete we were at the start of our journey to owning our own longarm.
Summer 2010 the looking began. We live in the small village of Manotick just south of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We checked out some longarm quilting machines locally, non HQ. The HQ website gave us an address for the closest dealer to us which was in Fonthill, Ontario. So we made the trip there, over 500kms away, for a morning demo on a HQ18 Avante. August 2010 saw us take the trip to Manchester, New Hampshire to visit the Quilt Show there. Our first day there we tried some of the longarm machines on display. The second day we kept returning to the HQ display. We felt the HQ was easy to operate, produced better stitching than the others and was appealing to the eye. To make a long story short we drove back home and ordered a HQ24 Fusion from Kelly at The Quilting Bee in Fonthill. It was delivered in the fall of 2010 and assembled by Pete. We find it awesome and have been enjoying it ever since.
In July this year we took another trip to Fonthill and picked up our Pro Stitcher. It was installed by Pete and we are currently in the midst of learning how the software works. We are looking forward to loads of fun piecing and quilting in the years to come on "Idgie".

I own the following HQ machines: HQ24 Fusion, HQ Pro-Stitcher

Vicky Byars

A Happy Quilter

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For several years, my friend and I were mid-arm “wanna be’s” and would longingly look at all the mid-arm quilting machines at the AQS shows in Paducah and Nashville. We would fondle and play with all the different brands. We always looked at the Handi-Quilter because they are good machines and not over the top expensive. Our local HQ dealer would always tell me when they were on sale because she knew I wanted one. One day she called and gave me a deal I couldn’t refuse. So, I became the proud owner of an HQ Sixteen. What a thrill to finally have it in my home, waiting to be used to quilt my “resting” quilt tops. I was sailing along, happily quilting many tops when tragedy struck! But the rest of the story is better told by my dear HQ. “I was so happy. I had a nice place to live and a very nice owner who spent a lot of time with me. I was next to a nice big window , so I could look out and see the clouds drifting by and birds flying around. Then one day, huge, dark clouds came into view, bringing with them lots of rain, thunder, and lightning. I was beginning to get a little frightened when all of a sudden there was a loud boom, and I felt different. When all the thunder and rain was gone, my owner came to quilt. (She was in the middle of quilting a large quilt.) But when she turned me on that mean old “motor stall” took over. A few days later, I was on my way to the HQ doctor. I was gone for a long time, because I had to have several parts replaced. Thanks to the expert HQ physician, I was good as new and got to go home next to my window. My owner had really missed me, so we were both glad to be together again.” After waiting so long for my HQ Sixteen, I appreciated it even more. It made me realize just how much I had come to depend on it to get my quilt tops finished. I look forward to using my HQ every chance I get.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Vicki (Ogelvie) Martin

My wedding shower, in my homemade wedding dress!

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I stumbled and fell into my Handi Quilter Story, literally. Concentrating on my grocerylist, I caught my toe on a step and nearly hit the ground right in front of Howell?s Sewand Vac. Displayed in all its glory in the front window was the first HQ Sixteen I?d ever seen!Naturally, it was Sunday, and the store was closed.Waiting, not so patiently until Monday, to put my hands on that gorgeous white machine,made me reminisce about my sewing roots. Growing up in a sewing family, my sisterand I wore homemade clothes, and were always dressed alike. At Christmas, wheneverwe received dolls, even they were adorned in outfits matching ours.One summer while visiting my aunt on the coast, too foggy for the beach, Aunt Barbaratook me material shopping and taught me how to make a top! We never were trendy orbrand-name oriented, and in high school, I became known for my one-of-a-kinddresses. Being blessed with a young, stylish, slender mother, we?d take turns makingnew dresses after school or work and switch off wearing them. We can thank GrandmaJane for our dressmaking habit. She could turn curtains into a cocktail dress, completewith buttons down the back!Back in the early 80s, Grandma Jane got a new sewing machine with all the bells andwhistles. It had so many stitch choices and was so user-friendly, we jokingly teased herthat she had her machine trained by voice to “just sew” and gorgeous garments werespit out including added bling.Grandma Jane, Aunt Barbara and my mom were my quilting inspiration, my roots. I?dyearned to learn to quilt, but didn?t know where to start. The process seemed sointimidating. After thirty years of dress making dedication, I gave up my Kenmoremachine and bought a new Janome. Instantly my enthusiasm for sewing was renewed.We moved to a wonderful country community in Auburn, CA, where our new neighborsinvited me to join their weekly “Stitch and Bitch” night. They patiently taught me to quiltand make nice points.My first quilt project, a toy quilt, was made for my grandson, Colton. My humbleneighborhood group either quilted using stitch in the ditch or hand quilting. I knew thehandwork was out for me. After 20+ years as a court reporter, those tiny, skilled motormovements weren?t left in my fingers, so I tried stitch in the ditch. It was all right, but Ireally wanted to do more.I signed up for a machine quilting class at our local quilt shop. Now, that was a nervewrackingexperience! One lady in the class said it all, “Anyone have a quilt I can ruin?”The whole concept of moving the material under the needle was daunting andfrustrating. It reminded me of moving paper under a pencil! It truly was not for me at all.I attended a quilt show, my first, and was star-struck by the display of talented artistry.The piecing was incredible and the quilting phenomenal! And there were vendors anddemonstrations!! I saw a gentleman moving a sewing machine across fabric that wasrolled on poles. He let me try it, and I loved the sensation of drawing with thread acrossthe blank canvas. The next day, I went back to the show and bought my first free-motionmachine and table.I had some issues and difficulties, but I was determined to master quilting. The machinewasn?t regulated, and I found out quickly about consistent movement. I also had to keepmy thumb on the power button while moving the machine. I fumbled through a few topsto completion, but not my best work, for sure!Seeing that gleaming white HQ Sixteen at that time wasn?t an accident, and I could hardlywait for Howell?s to open on Monday. I walked into the shop, walking straight up to thatbeautiful machine. When asked if I wanted to try it out, of course, I said, “Yes!”I was hooked the instant I could move the handlebars and the machine came to life. Andhaving light aimed at the needle was a huge plus. The table size flexibility was perfectfor my sewing situation, being able to keep it small for storage and large for big projects.I couldn?t wait to go home, sell my other set-up and become a new Handi Quilter owner.My sewing space doubled as our guest room. Our most frequent guests were thegrands, so I decided a wall bed would be perfect, since the bed was used a lot less thanthe HQ Sixteen. It was the perfect solution! Then my wonderful husband remodeled anotherhouse (around the corner) for us to move into that had a basement studio for me! I cansew or quilt my heart out, and come upstairs and close the door. No one can see mymadness or my mess.Since the HQ Sixteen has come home, I?ve quilted over 70 quilts. I?ve taught myself tomeander, do feathers, loops, leaves, echo and now I?m working with pantographs.Working at the back of the machine and then seeing the design emerge, I feel Grandma Jane smiling down on me and saying “just sew” and I know my hands are being guidedby the master. I?d love to learn and perfect micro-quilting, but that opportunity hasn?tcome to my town, yet.Best of all, I love to teach my friends how to quilt on my HQ. They always leave with ahuge smile and a beautiful quilt. Teaching others is a true gift that keeps on giving.Last year, at my husband?s urging, I joined our local quilt guild. The theme for theannual quilt challenge was something I couldn?t pass up, “Something Old, SomethingNew.” I entered, not realizing the entries were automatically displayed at the annual quiltshow. I never felt “good” enough to enter anything in a show before. My biggest fan, myhusband, encouraged me to enter two other items.At the end of the show, I gathered my quilts and was dumbfounded when I saw aSecond Place ribbon on my challenge quilt! As I was handed my wearable art entry (aquilted vest I?d made for Mom?s 75th birthday) I saw a First Place ribbon dangling fromthe collar. By then I was a blithering idiot, and started walking to my car and out poppeda Third Place ribbon on my quilt honoring our Keeshonden (dogs)! One, two, three formy first show! I don?t think I can top the elation, but I?m ready to master precision andgrace, all thanks to my Handi Quilter!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Deena McAfee

Deena with her HQ18 Avante

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I have always been fascinated with quilts and quilting. Growing up I always wanted to make a quilt, but neither my mom nor grandmothers were quilters. When I was eight years old, my maternal grandmother came to live with my family a year after my grandfather passed away. My mom and grandmother sewed and made most of my and my sister’s clothes. My mom had a Singer treadle machine in which she and my grandmother sewed. I learned to sew using that machine. Oh what great memories of pumping the foot peddle. When I was in fifth grade, my grandmother got an electric sewing machine for Christmas. I loved to sew, and made craft things, like rag dolls, bears, rabbits and their clothes. I did not know the rules of sewing; I just knew how to sew on those machines. My grandmother is very talented and during my growing up years she was always crocheting or embroidering when she had free time. When I was in seminary, I asked my grandmother to teach me more about sewing and got a pattern to make an apron. I took it to her and she sewed most of it. When I said, I want to learn how, not for you to do it, she said, “You can learn when I'm dead and gone.” Well, this year she turned 96 and still crochets; thank God, I did not wait until she was gone to learn. I made my first quilt with my grandmother and mom. We hand appliquéd the pattern “Belle”. My grandmother and I then quilted it by hand borrowing someone’s quilt frame. We really did not know what we were doing. My grandmother knew how to hand quilt and taught me the basics, but we did not trace a pattern or know what was expected of our quilting. In 2003, my husband and I moved to San Francisco where my husband worked as Chief of Chaplain Services for the VA Medical Center. It was there; I started working with female veterans and wives of veterans. I told one of the women I was taking a quilting class and she encouraged me to learn to machine quilt. Learning to make quilts and machine quilting became my new passion. I started looking for long arm quilting machines on the Internet and I found Handi Quilter. I was so impressed with what I saw, I knew I wanted to own one. I started saving and would put $10.00 or $20.00 in my sock drawer when I had extra money. One of my dreams was to one day own a small retreat center. My husband wanted to have a place in the woods where veterans could come and get away from the stresses of their lives. I wanted a place where their wives or other women could come for quilting retreats. In 2007, my husband and I moved back to Virginia where we had purchased 75 acres of land and started remodeling “Birchleaf Center” for small retreats. I still had my long arm savings in my sock drawer, which was growing. In 2010, I went to the AQS quilt show in Knoxville and met Mark Hyland. I told him of my dreams for our retreat center and how I wanted women to come, make a quilt and finish it using a long arm machine. He showed me the HQ18 Avante and I fell in love with the machine. I went home vowing to save more money. My husband sold an old tractor he had and gave me the money for my sock drawer. I still did not have enough money. In October of that year, I was given a donation for the remaining amount from an individual who had attended a family retreat at Birchleaf Center. We now have this great machine at Birchleaf Center. The first week of August 2011, I had 9 women come for a retreat and we quilted 8 quilts on the HQ18 Avante, which will be donated to Virginia State Police to be given away in emergencies. We completed 10 out of 70 quilt tops to be donated to the Holston Home for Children in Greeneville, TN. I am so grateful for the HQ18 Avante. It has not only given me great pleasure in using it, but it is being used to help others.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ18 Avante