Bridgette Rezba

My family and me

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My HQ story didn’t even start out with an HQ in mind. I didn’t know what I was looking for! My biggest influence in quilting is my mom. Like many other quilters, my mom has been a quilter most of her life. As a kid, I never wanted anything to do with quilting or sewing. It never interested me a bit. It wasn’t until I was married and my husband was working the midnight shift at the factory in town that I was ready for a hobby. The person I called was Mom. She let me raid her stash and I began to piece together my quilt tops. My mom has tubs and tubs of quilt tops in her storage room (yes it is a room!) and I knew that I didn’t want that. I wanted complete quilts. After many years of marriage, we now have a new lawn mower, a truck, a trailer, any tool imaginable, and it was time for me to get a “toy”. I decided I wanted a long arm quilting machine. My husband, Josh, started to understand I really wanted this and he gave me the support and courage to start my search. I tried different machines out at every quilt show. It seemed like an endless search because every machine I used bounced too much, was too noisy, or something didn’t quite feel right. I felt like Goldilocks but with longarm machines! My defining moment was at the Chicago quilt show that my mom “made” me go to. We were on a charter bus and I was the only lady under the age of 35! I apparently have an old soul?! Anyway, I once again was Goldilocks. But I found a machine that I decided was going to settle with – cheap enough but I didn’t love it. I told my mom that I wanted to finish walking around and we would go back and get it. As soon as those words were out of my mouth, I see the Mecca of quilting machines…the Handi Quilter Booth. I went into the booth firing questions at the salesman like crazy. I didn’t know he was the president of the COMPANY! Apparently, he is very good at his job for a reason because I purchased a HQ Sixteen from the show that day! I had finally found the machine that was JUST RIGHT!!! I have had my machine for about 4 months and mom is starting to bring out tubs from her room to get them quilted. I think that she is happy I bought this machine too!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

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