Carol Albrecht

Carol at a HQ24 Fusion

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To get this (HQ24 Fusion)....You had to build ..... WHAT! The path to my HQ24 Fusion with the HQ Pro- Stitcher truly begins back when I was around the age of five or six. My Grandmother named Orpha Jane, was a garment sewer using old newspaper to make all of her patterns; my mother did very little sewing. I acquired my interest of sewing from my grandmother. She had got me into hand sewing but that was not enough. One day I asked my mother if she would teach me to thread and use the sewing machine which was an old Singer treadle. She did not have the time. In my persistence I kept asking her and she would always say no; so I told her I would figure it out. I was told I would not be able figure it out; I had to prove her wrong. Through trial and error, I figured how to thread and operate the machine by myself in just a couple of days. With that said, I learned my love for sewing. I did all garment sewing at that time as it was hard to find clothes that I liked that fit that had long enough sleeves, hem length & etc. After numerous 4-H garments with many ribbons and “Make It with Wool” contests, I proceeded to become a Home Ec. teacher (with emphasis in sewing) from UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI. I taught many years in Milwaukee, Hales Corners and Palmyra, WI. In 2000 I was in need of a new sewing machine and started looking and looking at many different shops and brands. Finally, I came across the Janome machines in 2001 and bought my first one, Janome 10000, from Kari’s Sew Unique from Whitewater, WI. From then on I have purchased many different machines from her and then later started helping out in her shop on an occasional basis. Gradually I started quilting small items and less and less garment sewing and getting into bigger quilts. Now it is either quilting or embroidery. In 2007, Kari’s started selling HQ Sixteen’s. I fell in love with the HQ Sixteen and the HQ18 Avante and then later the HQ24 Fusion with the ease of use and the smooth motion. After several years of using the shops HQ machines, I decided I wanted one for myself. In order to have place for my HQ24 Fusion, this spring I had to add a second 2 car garage to my existing garage and raise to roof over both parts of the garage to add a sewing room large enough for the HQ24 Fusion. The other option was to kick my husband out of his shop in the basement, but that was not practical or take out the pool table in the basement, but my kids and grand kids would not go for that either. It has been a fun and exciting process designing a quilt studio from scratch just the way I want it. Shortly, I will have a 35 x 24 sewing and quilting room with a another area of 10 x 24 to stash fabric & etc. However, it is not quite finished. As I write this story, the drywallers will be starting on Monday. I hope to start moving things before by Labor Day especially the machine; it is in the box that is in my dining room calling my name. Over the past 3-4 years I have used Kari’s Handi Quilter machines to finish many quilts; now I will have my very own machine to finish my quilts. My husband has nick named the new room “Carol’s Quilt Castle” but without a moat.

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

Marsha Blakely

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Hello, I have a HQ Sixteen, I am just learning how to use this great machine, but I can tell you I am in love... I have completed three baby quilts and two king size quilts already. I don't have a lot of time to play, since I work full time, but I do enjoy this machine. I have used several different machines from various friends, but I really like my HQ.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Wenda Nichols

My daughter and myself at her bridal tea.

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Hi! My name is Wenda Nichols. I recently purchased the HQ18 Avante from my local quilt shop here in Trussville, Alabama, so let me tell you how that came about. I have recently begun quilting again about a year and a half ago and frequent the "Heart to Heart Quilt Shop" near my home to purchase fabric and supplies. My husband is in the military and spends 7-9 months of the year over seas, so I had been spending much of my time alone and being a couch potato. After digging out an old box of some pieced squares that I had started at least 18 years ago, I thought "Hey! I could get back into quilting and do something I really wanted to learn to do years ago, but never had the time!" So, my journey began. I purchased a domestic sewing machine that I could learn to machine piece on. I started taking classes at "Heart to Heart". I took every class I could afford. I was hooked! So, I go in one day and see the Sweet Sixteen Sit down demo machine, which set off bells in my brain. I came back day after day trying it out, looking at it, trying to decide if I could pay for it, and how much better it would be than trying to stitch in the ditch on my home machine. Wow, what a decision! Then on the day they were having a special deal on the sit down machine, ( which was a sale price plus a free accuqilt go baby) and had the girl was here from Alabama who was chosen as one of the people who turned in her "MY HQ Story", I decided that I needed to weigh all of my options before I made a large purchase. I almost had my mind made up to get the sit down machine and thought I might be able to talk my husband into letting me splurge for it. So, as I said , I wanted to be totally sure of my decision. I asked Cindy, one of the owners of the shop, to demo the HQ18 Avante that they have in the store also, just so I could see the difference. After her demo, I knew I wouldn't be happy with anything less than the HQ18 Avante. Now, the big hurdle comes. Talking to my husband about it. He didn't even know I was shopping for a quilting machine! Well, I brought it up, he asked many questions, and what it boiled down to was that he was getting ready to go to Iraq for yet another 9 month deployment, my daughter was just going to get married and move to Hawaii with her husband who was also in the military, and I was going to be spending and awful lot of time alone with just my little toy fox terrier. I needed something to do to stay busy. So, even though it was a large and very unplanned purchase, he said, 'You go get you one, Girl!!" And he meant it! So I did!! What a wonderful and understanding man I have in my life! (Now I just have to figure out how to get the Prostitcher!) Ha! Well, needless to say, I am not too great at free motion yet, having only had it a few months, but I am practicing. I love it and I am now finishing my tops even if I am mostly feeling the highest level of comfort using the Panographs. I will continue to practice my free motion until I feel comfortable enough to do an entire quilt top free motion. I would also like to try the groove boards. Now I have someone to keep me company. I have named her Ava. For now, she is my only companion. Now I am just hoping to one day be able to add the HQ Pro-Stitcher!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ18 Avante

Joe Filer

I'm using a pantograph on a charity quilt

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I ordered a HQ24 Fusion at the Paducah quilt show in April of 2009 after comparing it with the competition. I have surpassed 500 quilts since I began logging my work in September, 2009. Most of my work has been dedicated our favorite charities: Project Linus, Quilts of Valor, and several local shelters. I have been especially pleased working with the HQ technical staff to improve the functionality and “personalization” of my machine. I have found that long arm quilting is a great challenge for a man, calling upon my background mechanical and mathematical experiences. The HQ technicians have been very helpful with my general questions and installation of software updates. They even invited me to beta test an update. I am hopeful that my input for product improvement and innovations is helpful and not viewed as too “kooky”. I love to tinker with my setup, looking ways to make my quilting easier and nicer. I really like the ability to using specialty threads that local quilters with other brands of machines don’t want to touch! Metallic threads have worked well on art quilts and glow-in–the-dark thread adds an exciting touch to the Project Linus kid quilts. I have been expanding my experience into denser custom quilting (picture), ruler work with monofilament thread, and trapunto with water soluble thread. Successful use of my Fusion encouraged me to try my hand at piecing my own top. During a short period when my Fusion was in for routine service, my wife gave me instruction to piece a “Sudoku” quilt of my own design. I finished it on the Fusion with a “puzzle” pantograph quilting pattern. It is a functional puzzle quilt that can be placed on the floor and solved with quilted playing pieces. It has been enjoyed by our children, grand children and even our dog. (picture) I’m looking forward to future projects that will include hand painted fabric with whole cloth quilting motifs. Long arm quilting need never get boring!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ24 Fusion

Theresa de Lamerens

Me at the HQ Pro-Stitcher class

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I always wanted a Handi Quilter machine but since I couldn't doodle I only thought I would only be able to quilt by using the HQ Pro-Stitcher.  However due to medical problems I couldn’t justify buying a new model.  Then one of the best days I had happened.  I was at my friend’s house drooling over her machine.  She told me she was thinking about upgrading her machine HQ Sixteen to the HQ24 Fusion.  The first thing out of my mouth was I want first chance on buying her machine.  Later she gave me a price; I paid the penalty and closed out my 401K.  Then the medical problems got worse and I was not able to get down stairs to play on the machine. 
Right before a surgery to remove my knee and replace it with a plastic box I found out a HQ Pro-Stitcher educator (Linda) was going to be at Quilt Trends in Columbus, OH.  I refused to ask the Dr. permission to go because I knew it would be denied. Four days after the removal of my knee and a spacer inserted, I called and begged my friend to take me.  I have a great friend and she agreed to take me and be my chauffer and nursemaid.   
The day came to make the three hour drive. I was loaded in the back seat of the car with pillows, wheel chair, walker and pain pills and off we went.  I spent the next two days soaking in knowledge.
Unfortunately my medical problems took longer than expected and I was not able to get down stairs to use my machine for over a year.  But now I have an actual knee instead of a plastic box and I can finally say I am on the road to recovery.  I am able to go  downstairs to practice.    I am learning the HQ Pro-Stitcher but really want to be able to freehand quilt.   It’s been a long 2 years but the joy I feel when I’m downstairs working on my HQ Sixteen is makes everything worth it. 

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen