Joe Filer

This is me working on a Quilt of Valor

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I have my HQ24 Fusion is set up in my basement "studio", fondly referred to as Joe's Sweat Shop. I started long arm machine quilting (on a competitor's machine) in December of 2008. It has been a great hobby to compliment my wife's love for piecing quilt tops. We went on a charter bus trip to the Paducah Quilt show in April 2009. I was the only man on the bus along with 50 women (including the driver). I was interested in seeing the show, but thought my presence might curtail my wife's spending. A stop at the HQ booth shot that theory, but I am the one who ordered a new Fusion. I recognized the limitations of my previous machine and was impressed by the Fusion demonstration. It had the HQ quality and support and all the features that I was looking for. I have worked with a great HQ dealer to help resolve some user-error problems that I was having. After a small machine "tune up" and some helpful instruction on my techniques, everything seems to be running smoothly. I didn't start documenting my quilts until September of 2009, but since that time I have completed well over 220. This year, we went to the machine quilters show in Milwaukee where I was able to take a class and visit with several nationally recognized quilter-educators. Most of my quilting projects have been for Project Linus and Quilt of Valor, two very deserving organizations. I have been able to mix in a following of real clients, who help support my great hobby. I appreciate their support as I continue with my ongoing learning process. I just finshed a small sampler quilt for my youngest client, a 13 year old girl who is being tutored by one of my "regulars". I am looking forward to continued improvement in my quilting skills and, hopefully, the addition of a ProStitcher.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ24 Fusion

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