Theresa de Lamerens

Me at the HQ Pro-Stitcher class

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I always wanted a Handi Quilter machine but since I couldn't doodle I only thought I would only be able to quilt by using the HQ Pro-Stitcher.  However due to medical problems I couldn’t justify buying a new model.  Then one of the best days I had happened.  I was at my friend’s house drooling over her machine.  She told me she was thinking about upgrading her machine HQ Sixteen to the HQ24 Fusion.  The first thing out of my mouth was I want first chance on buying her machine.  Later she gave me a price; I paid the penalty and closed out my 401K.  Then the medical problems got worse and I was not able to get down stairs to play on the machine. 
Right before a surgery to remove my knee and replace it with a plastic box I found out a HQ Pro-Stitcher educator (Linda) was going to be at Quilt Trends in Columbus, OH.  I refused to ask the Dr. permission to go because I knew it would be denied. Four days after the removal of my knee and a spacer inserted, I called and begged my friend to take me.  I have a great friend and she agreed to take me and be my chauffer and nursemaid.   
The day came to make the three hour drive. I was loaded in the back seat of the car with pillows, wheel chair, walker and pain pills and off we went.  I spent the next two days soaking in knowledge.
Unfortunately my medical problems took longer than expected and I was not able to get down stairs to use my machine for over a year.  But now I have an actual knee instead of a plastic box and I can finally say I am on the road to recovery.  I am able to go  downstairs to practice.    I am learning the HQ Pro-Stitcher but really want to be able to freehand quilt.   It’s been a long 2 years but the joy I feel when I’m downstairs working on my HQ Sixteen is makes everything worth it. 

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Marilyn Stiller


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I started quilting in 2001 on my domestic machine. My husband decided to make a quilt frame for me that I could use my domestic machine on. It worked great as long as I was doing baby quilts and other small projects but I wanted to do more than just small projects. I stared researching and trying out different machines. I always kept coming back to the HQ Sixteen. Finally in January of 2007 I purchased the HQ Sixteen. I couldn’t wait until my husband had the table assembled and the machine in place. With a little practice I was on my way to quilting larger projects. Five months later I purchased the Pro-Stitcher. I have done so much more with my HQ Sixteen and HQ Pro-Stitcher than I ever thought I could possibly be able to do. Each time I load a new quilt on the frame I don’t want to stop until I am done with it. We just attended our local state fair and my husband had to try another brand of longarm machine to compare to mine. His comment was, “It doesn’t run as smooth as yours”. I love my HQ Sixteen and all the possibilities it has to offer. I can’t wait to get to my next project!

I own the following HQ machines: HQ Pro-Stitcher, HQ Sixteen

Audrey Crandall


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In March of 2005 we were saying our goodbyes to our grandson, Jeremy, who had been diagnosed with Leukemia.  He was leaving for Seattle, Washington, to have a bone marrow transplant as soon as they could get him there.  A car was a problem, as the old van they had would not make the trip.  We had a decent SUV and a bed and many other things that would be needed for the long stay there, including my grandson’s favorite, handmade, levi quilt that I had made and tied years ago when he was a little boy, were loaded into the Jimmy.  He was in Seattle for six months of intensive cancer treatment.
My name is Audrey and I am the grandmother of Jeremy and at that point of my life, I was making lots of quilts for family and friends and having them quilted by someone else, or I would tie them myself.  One day my husband and I were at a quilt store in Mesa, Arizona, looking at the long arm quilters for sale, and of course, I was always wishing I could learn to quilt on one.  One of the salespeople told me he had an HQ Sixteen with stitch-regulator coming in soon and asked me if I would be interested in it.  You know by now that I was very interested in one, so I left my name and phone number with him so he could call me when it came in.
Day after day, I waited for the call to tell me the machine was in.  The call never came.  So one day my husband and I hopped in the old van with no air conditioning, rolled down the windows and off to Mesa to the quilt store we went.  EUREKA!!!  The machine was there.  Why had they not called me?  Well, they had lost my name and phone number and were delighted to see me.  They gave me one lesson on the machine, we loaded it in the old van and took it home.  My husband and I set the machine up all by ourselves by using the manual that came with the machine.  I threaded the machine, etc., and started practicing.  Hey, I thought,  I was doing pretty good!!!
Then one day my first job came in.  A friend of mine had brought me three old, vintage quilt tops that had been laying around for years, ready to be quilted.   I carefully quilted each of them on my new machine and my customer was delighted with them!  They turned out really cute!
I now make as many quilts as I want because I know I will do the quilting.   If I need one fast, I can finish it in a day.  If I want to spend more time on one, I can do that too.  I love the stitch regulator for the even stitching…it makes my quilting so professional looking.  The machine is so easy to use, it just glides along wherever you want it to do.  One thing I really love about it is the maintenance.  Just give it the oil it needs and it’s always ready to go. 
I must tell you that I am an older lady that loves to quilt and will soon have my 78th birthday!  I’m still going strong and quilting keeps me active and moving. How many quilts have I made since I bought my machine?  I've lost count, but a bunch.  I do charity quilts, and quilts for friends and family. I am now taking some HQ longarm quilting lessons at a local quilt shop in Scottsdale.  Boy, am I learning how to use that machine!  I love everything about my HQ Sixteen and love the look it gives to my quilts.   
Oh, by the way, Jeremy has been cancer free for six years and has since, married and now has a darling little baby boy.  I was able to make a beautiful, stained glass quilt for his wedding and a couple of darling baby quilts for our great grandbaby Andrew using my HQ Sixteen.  We have been so blessed in so many ways!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Marsha Walper

Marsha Walper at her HQ Sixteen

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Confessions of a Quilter’s Husband What was he talking about? Where could he possibly have gotten this beautifully machine-quilted piece of fabric he held? How did he quilt it? Then, he confessed! Much to my surprise, my husband had ordered me a HQ Sixteen and it was delivered and set it up while I was away! What made it even more amazing, was that when I first walked in the door, my husband greeted me with a wonderful piece of quilted fabric and told me how easy it was to do! I could hardly believe it, a new HQ Sixteen set up in my sewing room and my husband showing me the beautiful machine quilting that he had done on it! After this I was just about ready to believe anything. But, the confessions came. My husband laughed and confessed, he did get the machine, but the nicely quilted fabric was a sample provided by the Handi Quilter Company. After trying a lot of different machines at various stores and exhibits, making the choice about what machine to buy finally came down to my friend Maureen. She is the inspiration behind me wanting a HQ Sixteen. A quick quilting session on Maureen’s HQ Sixteen was all it took and I knew it was the machine for me. I have always admired her fabulous creativity and the amazingly beautiful quilting she does on her HQ Sixteen. As a finalist in the International Quilt Festival in Houston for five years, Maureen has encouraged me to become a quality “artistic” machine quilter and now my HQ Sixteen has made me a believer. Following this wonderful surprise and the ongoing support I receive from my husband for all my quilting activities, a new “artistic” quilting journey for me is now underway. The instructions on the DVD that came with the HQ Sixteen were easy to follow and in no time I was stitching away as though I had been using the machine forever. Customer service for the HQ 16 has been wonderful. An important personal touch was provided by Suzanne Leimer and her husband, Ladd, from Suzanne’s Quilts in Moultrie, Georgia. They drove down to Florida to check the set-up, give me quilting tips, and demonstrate the great bobbin winder provided with the machine. While they were here, my husband enjoyed visiting with Ladd, who is also a teacher. Suzanne invited me to attend a machine-quilting class at her shop. A few weeks later, I drove to Moultrie and participated in an exciting all-day class with a nationally known teacher. For a several years I have been quilting by hand and have won awards for workmanship. But, it takes such a long time to quilt by hand and I feel my creativity has been somewhat limited. My husband jokingly calls me a “topper” because of the many unquilted tops that are piling up. Now with my HQ Sixteen, I am enjoying quilting all those tops and am finally a “quilter” not just a “topper.” Most importantly, I am beginning to explore, like my friend Maureen, the artistic side of quilting that only a quality machine like theHQ Sixteen can provide.

I own the following HQ machine: HQ Sixteen

Valerie Lee Funk

This is me quilting Dr. Seuss for my grandson

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My name is Valerie Funk and this my HQ Story. Several years back in 1998 I was accidentally shot while serving as an officer for the state of Indiana. I knew my recovery would be long and hard so began looking for hobbies to keep myself busy. Eventually I stumbled onto quilting and I was instantly hooked. I am a self taught quilter having learned mostly by way of YouTube videos and magazines. About a year ago I finally joined my local quilt guild in Osceola Iowa. The ladies there were an absolute wealth of knowledge. The long arm quilters within our guild were all very reasonably priced but because I was piecing quilts at the rate of 2-3 a month I decided that I really wanted to look into buying my own long arm machine. I had absolutely no knowledge regarding long arm machines so I got on line and researched the different kinds of machines and all the different options. After many weeks of research I decided that what I really wanted was an HQ18 Avante. It was just the right size for me and very reasonably priced. After finding my closest HQ rep I made the long drive up to her shop so I could test out her machine. I knew as soon as I tried the HQ18 Avante that was the machine I wanted. It was so smooth and the stitches were flawless! It was so easy to use. And since I had very little long arm knowledge, easy is what I needed. I received my Avante in early May and I have never been happier. I have quilted over a dozen quilts since then and I just love it! Quilting is very therapeutic for me. When I am finished making my quilts I like to give them all away. It makes me so happy to see others get enjoyment from something that I have created with my own two hands. I like to think of myself as an artist with fabric as my medium. If I would have know that long arm quilting could be so easy and fun I’m sure I would have made this purchase a long time ago!

I own the following HQ machine: HQ18 Avante