Susie Hardy

Susie with her quilt at our Nevada County Fair

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I had always wanted to quilt my own quilts and was in awe when I would see some of the freehand quilting at the quilt shows. Somebody told me "You just draw with the sewing machine". Well I can't even draw with a pencil so to draw with a sewing machine seemed impossible.
I was visiting The Sewing Machine Shop in Walnut Creek and they had the HQ Sixteen set up. All I had to do was stitch on it to know I wanted one. I knew one day they would create computer designs that I could use.So I ordered my machine.
When it arrived I left it in the box because I was too intimated to put it together. Mind you it was in the box for months. I visited the box regularly, but couldn't bring myself to open it. It seemed an overwhelming task; hence it stayed in the box.
I then decided to attend the Beginners Handi Quilter Retreat to learn something. It was scheduled in late January 2007.
I remember the first part of the class Hatty and Vicki were showing us the parts of the machine. When they showed us the bobbin winder I laughed because I thought it was the stitch regulator. As you can tell I knew nothing about my wonderful machine. The class was a blast. I met so many nice people. We laughed a lot. I bought a table for my machine at the retreat because they made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
Back home again I put everything together and set up my sewing room for a new adventure. With the confidence I gained at U of HQ I just started quilting. It was so much fun.
I had become good friends with Diana Mattson and we decided to go to the Intermediate Retreat in January 2008. The Intermediate Retreat was wonderful. It was the first chance I had to see the HQ Pro-Stitcher.Yippppeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! This is what I had been waiting for. Vicki and Hatty spent some time with us and I was blown away and ordered my HQ Pro-Stitcher. Again I just jumped in and started quilting with the HQ Pro-Stitcher. The quilts came out great. I was so proud of my work.
Attending the retreats paid off big time. The first three quilts I made with my HQ Sixteen and HQ Pro-Stitcher won blue ribbons at our Nevada County Fair. It was so satisfying to me and it was so much FUN.
I LOVE my HQ Sixteen and I know that there is an HQ24 Fusion in my future.

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