Sabine Linke

My husband Markus, me and our dog Texas

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I am originally from Cologne, Germany, my husband's job brought us to the United States about 5 years ago. I was already a quilter at that time. I had heard about longarm quilting machines, but they are still very rare and exotic in Germany.
I made my first experiences on a longarm machine, as a rental in my local quilt shop. I never had worked with a long arm before and was blown away how nice quilting was (compared to the handquilting I had done so far and that it took so long to finish a quilt). It was so much more fun to put the final touches on a quilt. It was so much easier as I first thought. After getting more experienced on the rental longarm I had the idea that I could buy my own machine and take it with me to Germany to rent it out there. It took some husband convincing but than I started seriously looking at almost every bigger show in the states and I tried all the machines. None convinced me more and fitted better in my needs and my budget as the HQ Sixteen.
I got it 2 years ago, with the new professional frame and I love it. I do free-motion quilting, all-over designs, sometimes very detailed quilts. I only quilt my own quilts. I started creating my own 'fabric' with scraps from my Kaffe Fassett collection. With this I make bags of all sizes for laptops and Ipods. The possibilities are endless and I am sure I will take lots of inspirations and of course my quilting machine with me to Germany.

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