Carolee Fields Withee

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As member of a local quilting group, I had been well aware of the advantages of quilting machine. But given the initial cost, I was hesitant to purchase one. While attending the 2008 Maine Quilt Show, I met Jeri Waite from Sanford Sewing Center in Sanford, Maine . After a personal demonstration by Gerri, who answered all my questions and concerns, I decided to purchase a HQ Sixteen.
I gave my first practice piece to our son. The large free hand meandering was somewhat uneven, but being a supportive son, how could he refuse to take his mother's gift of a warm quilt for the winter! Wanting to continue my practice, I arranged to make 10 twin sized quilts for formerly homeless veterans who were participating in a transitional program. The next 5 quilts were given to women who, as victims of domestic violence, were placed in apartments and needed new furnishings. Currently I am making quilts for the families of deployed service men from the Maine National Guard. These recipients are chosen by the director of the National Guard Family Assistance Services. He delivers the quilts; and the thank you notes I have received tells me that the quilts are much appreciated.
Over the course of the first dozen quilts, I became quite adept at meandering. Then I discovered pantographs! I loved following the floral pantographs; it's like wandering through my flower gardens! I find the pantographs are easy to use and the result is a beautiful quilting design My objective is to make serviceable, washable, warm quilts for families to use during our cold Maine winters. I have owned my Handi Quilter for 2 years now, and have made and given away 21 quilts to date.
A recent inheritance offered a new path in my quilting adventures. I inherited some vintage linens with embroidery and handmade laces made by my grandmothers. These heirlooms had been carefully saved and protected for many years. Searching for a method to bring these antique linens out of the drawers and onto my walls, I enrolled in a class offered by nationally known quilter ,Cindy Needham, who makes wholecloth wallhangings from old linens. Many of these items, such as embroidered bureau scarves or cutwork table toppers, are quite small. However, the Handi Quilter system makes it easy to attach these small pieces and quilt them in the same manner as a large bed quilt. I purchased the micro handles for my Handi Quilter so that I can more easily create those tiny background filler designs which allow the embroidery to stand out. I really appreciate having the stitch regulator when I do these filler designs. On September 11, 2010 I will speak at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Maine. My topic is to explain how I make quilted wallhangings from heirloom linens using my HQ Sixteen.
Whether I am following a pantograph design for a bed quilt or doing freehand filler designs on a wallhanging, I am delighted with my choice of the HQ Sixteen.

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