Kay McCain


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A few years ago I decided I needed to learn to make quilts because I had an Embroidery machine and was getting tired of making towels and t-shirts. Getting the bright ideal I could incorporate the designs into quilts. Well it’s not as easy as it sounded but then came another problem how to quilt them. That’s what guided me to the HQ Sixteen, but with life things happen.

I purchased a Handi Quilter, your wonderful long arm quilting machine, for myself in 2004. I was sewing quilt tops and sending them out of town to be quilted along with several other ladies at the local quilt shop. I decided to make this purchase after seeing the finished product of your machine, shared by a senior quilter using this type machine I thought that the work was exquisite! And I had to have this machine for myself! So I saved and purchased one for myself.
After I bought it, I took it to my local quilt shop, to share with my fellow quilters. I figured we could learn how to use it together. Unfortunately, Hurricane Rita followed Katrina and hit Sulphur, LA. The Quilt shop remained closed for months with my machine safely tucked inside.
My home was damaged so I moved into an efficiency apartment, and was unable to set up my new HQ. So there it has remained stored on a shelf and not used due to lack of space and spare time as we put our lives back together one brick at a time. Now, Five years later, as I prepare for retirement in Southern Alabama, I have finally given my machine it’s own room in my new house !!! I am counting the days until my official retirement date December 31st when I return to my HQ quilting machine and Start to create the next chapter of my life! I have never had any formal instruction or classes on the functions and many features of my machine.
Actually I’m a new quilter are at least I want to be! After seeing so many beautiful quilts I decided I would love to create some quilts.

Happy quilting…. kay

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