Heide Mulberger

It barely fits in my room, but I make it work!

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I am not supposed to be here. Three years ago I had a very sudden illness, and almost died. I spent a year and two months at my brother's home in Texas, seeing a specialist while I was recovering. Quilting was my mental rehabilitation, making tops and keeping my hands busy. I spent many hours in bed, appliqueing, reading magazines and books and surfing the web learning lots of new techniques. While doing this, I completed a pile of quilt tops, but my body was too weak to quilt them all. Manhandling the layers through my regular machine was not an option. So, I kept on piecing tops and hoping that someday I would become strong enough to once again wrangle the fabric. The quilt shop I was going to in Texas had a longarm machine, and after watching them use it, I thought that would be a great way to finish my quilts! I looked at several longarm machines, and always walked away because I just couldn't afford one,especially with all the medical bills that had piled up while I was sick. Then about a year and a half ago my mom passed away. All my life she always encouraged me to make my own way, and to be creative. After much debate and with my family's encouragement, I decided to spend my "inheritance" on a Handi Quilter. I haven't looked back since! I have finished a large number of quilts that I have donated to various charities (particularly Quilts of Valor). Now I am dreaming of starting my own longarm business. I guess you could say that my quilting has been my lifeline! I have named my machine "Nessie"... the quilting monster!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen