Chris Poehlman


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I knew when I retired from my job after 34 years; I would need something to do to keep myself busy and my mind active. I decided to take up quilting. I loved it and in the first year made quilts for my husband’s side of our family for Christmas doing stitch in the ditch using my domestic sewing machine. I went to the first International Quilt Show in Long Beach, California and tested all of the manufactures machines and kept coming back to Handiquilter. I talked a lot to my husband about all of the features of the HQ16 machine and how much I wanted it. When I explained the features of the Pro-Stitcher, he knew with my background in computers and computerized sewing this was the the perfect fit for me. He is great at shopping around and was able to find exactly the machine, frame and pro-stitcher, used, that I wanted and made arrangements to buy it for me. I found a great dealer in Long Beach CA, SewVac, Ltd. and Scott managed the change over of the registration for me. Scott treated me as though I had purchased my set up from him new and truly made me feel I was a member of the Handiquilter family. That really impressed me. My husband knew this was the set up for me and was just as excited as I was when he watched me program and stitch out patterns on all of the quilt tops I had been saving to do “someday”. He loves to invite our neighbors to come over when I am quilting so they can see my wonderful machine stitching away “hands free.” I never realized that a computer guided quilting machine was within my reach and when he said “buy it”, I was thrilled. I was fortunate to attend two HQ Retreats in Salt Lake City, the basic and the Pro-stitcher classes and I cannot say enough about the educational opportunities that Handiquilter provides. I feel that everyone is there to support me and help me be successful. Thank you Handiquilter for making HQ Sixteen and HQ Pro-stitcher and helping to make my quilting dreams come true. Sincerely, Chris Poehlman

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

Colette Perry

That's me with the four men in my life.

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My story really begins with another brand of quilting machine. I bought it from the quilter who quilted my first king size quilt. She was upgrading to a bigger machine and my wonderful husband knew I would love having her machine. But where to put it? Not HIS garage. I decided to fix up the shed on our property and set it up out there. I had used that machine for almost five years when Hubby and I were shopping at Meissner's in Sacramento. He called me over to see the new HQ Sixteen. WOW! We bought it, sold the old one and I have loved using it ever since. My shed is not fancy enough to be called a studio or even a shop but it's a quiet, peaceful place to do what I love. The only interruptions are when I need a potty break or Hubby comes out to admire and check my progress. I have made quilts for our seven grandchildren, neices and nephews, charity and lots of friends. I always charge my friends for the quilts I do because that way they will bring me more. They wouldn't keep me busy doing what I enjoy so much if they thought they were taking advantage of me. It's also nice to be able to support my quilting habit with a little extra cash.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Sandy Stein, Stephanie Prentiss and Patty Gertz

Three sisters finally all agree on something!

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When it came to men, fashion or just taste, we three sisters could never agree on anything, but when we were looking for a way to finish our piles of quilt tops, all three of us knew we wanted a Handi Quilter machine. In the end we each bought a different one; Patty had the room and budget for the HQ24 Fusion, Sandy got the HQ18 Avante and Stephanie got the HQ Sixteen Sit-down since she wants to feel the fabric when she quilts. Even though we all have different machines, we share the same experience in Handi Quilter’s great training and support (thanks Debby!) We’re finally making progress on those piles and we know for sure that Handi Quilter has a model that meets everyone’s needs. We even found something else we agree on – that it would be great to get the Pro-Stitcher next!

I own the following HQ machines: HQ24 Fusion, HQ18 Avante, HQ Sixteen Sit-down

Marsha Walper

Marsha Walper at her HQ Sixteen

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Confessions of a Quilter’s Husband What was he talking about? Where could he possibly have gotten this beautifully machine-quilted piece of fabric he held? How did he quilt it? Then, he confessed! Much to my surprise, my husband had ordered me a HQ Sixteen and it was delivered and set it up while I was away! What made it even more amazing, was that when I first walked in the door, my husband greeted me with a wonderful piece of quilted fabric and told me how easy it was to do! I could hardly believe it, a new HQ Sixteen set up in my sewing room and my husband showing me the beautiful machine quilting that he had done on it! After this I was just about ready to believe anything. But, the confessions came. My husband laughed and confessed, he did get the machine, but the nicely quilted fabric was a sample provided by the Handi Quilter Company. After trying a lot of different machines at various stores and exhibits, making the choice about what machine to buy finally came down to my friend Maureen. She is the inspiration behind me wanting a HQ Sixteen. A quick quilting session on Maureen’s HQ Sixteen was all it took and I knew it was the machine for me. I have always admired her fabulous creativity and the amazingly beautiful quilting she does on her HQ Sixteen. As a finalist in the International Quilt Festival in Houston for five years, Maureen has encouraged me to become a quality “artistic” machine quilter and now my HQ Sixteen has made me a believer. Following this wonderful surprise and the ongoing support I receive from my husband for all my quilting activities, a new “artistic” quilting journey for me is now underway. The instructions on the DVD that came with the HQ Sixteen were easy to follow and in no time I was stitching away as though I had been using the machine forever. Customer service for the HQ 16 has been wonderful. An important personal touch was provided by Suzanne Leimer and her husband, Ladd, from Suzanne’s Quilts in Moultrie, Georgia. They drove down to Florida to check the set-up, give me quilting tips, and demonstrate the great bobbin winder provided with the machine. While they were here, my husband enjoyed visiting with Ladd, who is also a teacher. Suzanne invited me to attend a machine-quilting class at her shop. A few weeks later, I drove to Moultrie and participated in an exciting all-day class with a nationally known teacher. For a several years I have been quilting by hand and have won awards for workmanship. But, it takes such a long time to quilt by hand and I feel my creativity has been somewhat limited. My husband jokingly calls me a “topper” because of the many unquilted tops that are piling up. Now with my HQ Sixteen, I am enjoying quilting all those tops and am finally a “quilter” not just a “topper.” Most importantly, I am beginning to explore, like my friend Maureen, the artistic side of quilting that only a quality machine like theHQ Sixteen can provide.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Echo Oliver

It’s together. Let’s start quilting

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This is the story of tragedy miraculously overcome by quilting and the HQ Sixteen with a Studio frame. In 1963 when I was just 16 years old I spent my entire summer earnings, $485.00, on a top of the line Singer Sewing Machine and entered the Singer International Sewing Contest in the 14 to 17 age group. After winning in my home town,Guelph; I won for my province, Ontario; then for my country, Canada and then for the contest topping 4 other finalist, all from the United States.  I have enclosed a picture of me at 16 wearing my winning entry. I then dreamt of becoming a fashion designer.  At age 19 tragedy struck when a severe trauma left me without any memory.  I got my history back, through family, friends and pictures, but not real memory and I never sewed again.  I could not remember how.  I went on to marriage, two sons, divorce and careers in broadcast and finance, but never took the cover off the sewing machine.  In the fall of 2008, my new husband (who had been my high school sweetheart and who remembered all the details of my sewing and winning) encouraged me to take a beginner's quilting lesson at the Quilting Bee inFonthill,Ontario.  I dusted off the 40 year old Singer and started out.  By the 2nd. lesson I was searching for a new machine with little extras like needle down and a needle threader.  Kelly Corfe, owner of the Quilting Bee sold both domestic sewing machines, and the HQ line of long arm quilting machines. First I purchased a sewing machine and finished my first quilt top.  Then I took a lesson on the HQ Longarm at the shop.  The first 3 quilts I made, I rented time to quilt them myself at the shop.  I wanted to be able to say I had made then from start to finish.  Besides, I was hooked.  By June of 2009 I was making the decision to buy an HQ Sixteen and a studio frame.  The cost seemed a bit extravagant when I only planned to quilt for myself, family friends and charity, but strange things were happening to my memory.  The more I quilted, the more flashes of memory poured into my head. The past 2 years have been a very emotional time for me as I unlocked not only decades old memories, but skills I never knew I had. I have completed about 20 quilts, including 3 that went to theJapanrelief effort.  This has accomplished what years of therapy had never really given me - the ACTUAL MEMORIES of those teen years and my exciting Singer International Sewing Contest win. I am still regaining memory, and I credit it to quilting, the warm, caring and knowledgeable quilting staff at the Quilting Bee, where I continue to take lessons and to my HQ Sixteen.  At age 65, it's a miracle to have my own memories and it's good to have a new dream. Perhaps an HQ24 and HQ Pro-Stitcher.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen