Sharon Sauser

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I learned to sew (and loved it) over fifty years ago on my mother’s treadle sewing machine when I joined 4-H. We made most of our own clothes. I made my first quilt in 1972, and got serious about quilting in the 1980’s. I quilted on my regular size domestic sewing machine, but longed for a long arm. I sent for information on several, but at that time they cost between $5000 and $10,000, and I couldn’t justify the expense. Besides smaller quilt tops, I quilted at least three king size tops on my domestic sewing machine. Those large ones especially were very painful for my neck and shoulders.
After I retired from my paying job, I started making even more donation quilts. My husband, Ray, and I and our two cats live on fifty-eight acres of timber and brush southwest of Eugene, Oregon, so there is always work to be done, but I like to quilt when there is time. A friend and I saw the original Handi Quilter frame at a quilt show in Roseburg, Oregon. I finally decided to buy it, and a couple of months later bought a Brother PQ1500S with Handi-Handles to use on it. I must have quilted at least seventy-five donation quilts, besides quilts for family with that combination. In December 2006 I decided to buy a HQ Sixteen – no stitch regulator or anything extra - along with the Professional Portable Frame. (I have a great local dealer.) With my HQ Sixteen I have quilted almost a hundred tops – some for myself and family and friends, but most of them have gone to the VA hospital in Roseburg, Quilts of Valor, the local women’s shelter, a few children’s charities, and other causes like a Ft. Hood shooting victim last year, and a Susan G. Kohman raffle at my Curves recently. I’ve never labeled my donation quilts, because I feel the recipient doesn’t need to know who the quilt came from, as long as he/she knows someone cares. Quilts bring comfort, and I love to make and give them.
We don’t have any extra room in our house, so my Professional Portable Frame is set up at eight feet in our small guest room. The twin guest beds are stacked to one side of the room, so if we have guests, the frame has to come down for the beds to be unstacked. It’s a challenge to quilt even a twin size, but most of the donation quilts are lap size, so that’s not often a problem, although I have sent several to a long-arm quilter the last few years.
I had a large backlog of pieced tops waiting to be quilted when I bought that original Handi Quilter frame about ten years ago, (And some of them are still waiting to be quilted!) but I could not have donated as many quilts as I have without my Handi Quilter machines and frames. I wish I had more room to set up the frame longer, but I love having my HQ Sixteen.

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