My aunt made her granddaughters a memory quilt with pictures and my daughter didn't get one. I could tell that my daughter was disappointed because she didn't get one, but she didn't ask why until we went home. How do you explain to your 16 year old daughter why they got a quilt and she didn't, without hurting her feelings? So, I made her a promise that I would make her one. I, of course, had to learn how to sew and quilt. I took a quilting class at our local school during the evenings for 6 weeks and I made my first quilt.
From there I was hooked. I made my husbands quilt and then dived right into making my daughters memory quilt for her high school graduation. She of course loved it.
I have made many quilts since then. I started out hand quilting them, but to me that wasn't fast enough and I wasn't good at it, so I started to send them out. That of course got expensive too, so I stopped sending them after a while. Every time I would go to a show and HQ was there, I would talk to the representative and tell her, soon I will have an HQ, but I just never got there. It took me 10 years to get my first machine. I got another name brand, but it just wasn't an HQ. Once HQ came out with the HQ18 Avante, I knew I had to have it. So, I sold my other machine after owning it for a year and purchased my HQ18 Avante at MQX in April and I haven't looked back since. I really enjoy owning my Avante. That's my story and I am sticking to it. :)
I own the following HQ machines: