Marcia L. Bilbrey

At work-- when I play (quilting), I smile a LOT more!

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I go to the Paducah quilt show just about every year. Every year, I wander around the show trying to see what's new and exciting but for some reason, I had never seen the Handi Quilter booth until 2008. I didn't go to the show in 2009 but I went in 2010 and I spoke with a lady in the booth this time-- she explained about how I didn't need to draw anything-- the machine could do it for me. Considering that I can't draw my way out of a bag, this was GOOD NEWS!! I came home from the Paducah AQS show in 2010 and told my husband that I knew which machine I wanted. A Handi Quilter! He said, "That's nice-- when you retire, we'll think about it." Talk about bursting my bubble! Every now and then, I'd bring it up and he'd rage about how expensive it was and we could talk about it when I retire. Harumph! When I went to the AQS show in Paducah this year, I hung out at the Handi Quilter booth and just said "When I retire, I'm buying this machine" or "I'm getting one, that's why I'm hanging out here-- but I can't get it today. My husband says I have to wait." Now that may make him sound like an ogre but we have always pooled our money together to pay bills, buy cars, etc. Being put off a few years (it was only 3 years, 10 months and 13 days until I retired), I ws okay with it-- at least he stopped complaining about the price (because the show package is such a reasonable price!) and started saying "When you retire . . . ". This year was our 13th wedding anniversary. Lace, Fur and Textiles. I'm not a lace and fur person and neither is he but I made him a wall hanging, paying someone else to quilt it for me. He? He gave me my Handi Quilter!!! Definitely a "textile" thing!! I love my machine!! I can't quilt fast enough to make myself happy-- man, I do love to quilt NOW!! Thank you, Marcia Bilbrey

I own the following HQ machine: HQ18 Avante