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And I Quilt

We’ve been having so much fun filming the And I Quilt stories! We chose a group of 15 quilters from all walks of life who love their Handi Quilter machines and we are traveling to their homes to film so we can share their unique talents, passions, and inspiration with everyone.

You can see the videos we have made so far hereSign up here for a FREE Handi Quilter cutting mat and get notified when new videos are released.

Recently our team went to Village of Warfield, British Columbia to visit with Cathy Aitken.  She’s a photographer, a retiree, and she quilts.

I thought you might enjoy some behind the scenes photos of our shoot.

Cathy had a lovely chat with Vicki Hoth.

Cathy Aiken and I quilt



She shared her passion for photography.

And we got to see her studio and some of her quilts!

I can’t wait to see the finished video.  Besides the inspiration and fun of getting to know a fellow quilter, we also offer a special discount on a Handi Quilter product when the video premiers.

Share YOUR And I Quilt story on social media with the hashtag #AndIQuilt.

by Mary Beth Krapil

2019-11-14T10:39:32-07:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

New Handi Quilter Accessories

We are back from Houston Market and Festival! It was both exciting and exhausting all rolled into one. We had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. We also loved introducing the new Handi Quilter accessories and the new HQ Capri 18-inch stationary machine with the HQ InSight™ table. Quilters all love new “stuff,” especially if it makes our quilting faster, easier and more fun.

If you “LIKE” our Handi Quilter Facebook page you might have seen Ashlee Rudert, HQ Show Coordinator, on Facebook Live talking about our new gadgets. If you missed it, you can see it here.

I’ll share here as well so you won’t suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

HQ Bungee Grabbers

Bungee grabbers

Bungee Grabbers™ are compatible with HQ Gallery 2™, HQ Studio™ 1 & 2 and HQ Fusion™ Frames. Special cam cleats lock the bungee cords in place after a quilt sandwich is secured in the side clamps. They work much easier than the original bungee clamp and can be operated with one hand.

HQ Black Light

black light

Remember the 70’s?  Remember black lights and how they made your white socks glow purple? Then you know exactly how useful the HQ Black Light will be when you want to mark your quilting designs or guidelines for quilting on light-colored or white fabrics. I like to use white marking products that I know will not hurt the fabric and will remove easily. Seeing those marks on light colored fabrics can be challenging. HQ Black Light to the rescue! The UV Lamp will show the white color thread, pen, or pencil, on white fabric. The thread or markings will show in purple for better contrast under the UV light. Now I can see my markings without any worry of those marks remaining on the quilt!

HQ Sweet Spots and HQ Paddles

If you are a stationary machine quilter (you move the fabric) whether on a domestic machine or longarm, you will love these helpers.

Use HQ Sweet Spots and HQ Paddles to keep your quilting area flat while doing free-motion quilting.

Guide the quilt sandwich for free-motion quilting by placing them on either side of the machine needle while applying light downward pressure. The special non-slip material on the base ensures that the fabric moves without the layers shifting. The two control knobs on the HQ Paddles provide a comfortable free-motion quilting experience.

To maintain the non-slip properties of the base fabric, use sticky tape to remove lint and stray threads.

HQ Bobbin Tree

Keep your bobbins organized and at the ready. The Bobbin Tree holds 30 M-class bobbins and of course it’s in Handi Quilter purple! It will also hold domestic machine L-class bobbins. No more messy jumble of thread and bobbins!

You can find all of these new Handi Quilter accessories at your local Handi Quilter retailer or on our website.
Once again Handi Quilter is making it easier to finish more quilts! I love that!
by Mary Beth Krapil


2019-11-06T11:44:29-07:00November 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photo As Inspiration

original photo

Original photo by Kathryn Robinson

Have you ever used a photo as inspiration for a quilt? I was lucky enough to see “The Dirty Dozen: Provence to Paris”, a special exhibit at the AQS QuiltWeek in Charleston, SC. This was a photo challenge of the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, an eclectic group of fiber artists in Melbourne, FL.  The challenge, “Welcome to Provence”, was based on a photo by member, Kathryn Robinson, of the courtyard of a 700 year-old farmhouse in Provence, France. Kathryn selected the photo for the array of elements it contained that could be used as inspiration. Members were not required to literally reproduce the photo but were free to use the shapes, colors, themes, or moods conveyed by the photo and to take off in whatever direction that inspired them. And take off they did!

I took photos of the quilts to share with you. I am amazed at what part of the photo inspired each of these artists and the creative ways they interpreted that inspiration. Some are very literal and others are very much not so. Each one is delightful.

The Quilts

Red Window by Becky Stack

Becky found intrigue in the red window on the wall; she wondered what was on the other side. She used raw edge fused applique and free motion quilting.


AQS Charlteston

Steps, Windows and Doors by Jill Brown

When Jill saw the inspiration photo, what struck her were the steps, windows and doors. Using the colors and the shapes of those elements in the photo as inspiration, she created this fun piece. She used commercial fabrics woven together to make steps and her own fused glass to show the windows in the door at the top of the steps.


AQS Charleston

Welcome by Terri Drake

Terri picked up on the mood of the photo as inspiration. She thought the burst of color and fragrance of flowers would be a wonderful welcome home if you lived here. She used fabric painting, thread painting and applique.


AQS Charleston

The Pink Chair
by Gabriele DiTota

The stone wall is painted and the elements of the tree and the chair are created separately with paints inks and dyes, then appliqued in place.


Resonance of the Leaf Divine by Elizabeth King

The aging stone wall inspired Elizabeth. She used a variety of media to express her vision, including shells and crystals.


Melbourne, FL

Fragrant Climb
by Ellen Lindner

The scents and sights from the photo inspired Ellen, which she says brings back memories of a special time and place. She used a raw edge collage technique with fabrics, thread, batting, fusible web, and ink.


Enter Into the Magic
by Dij Pacarro

Dij loves the feeling of the home tucked away off the main street, so she highlighted the stairs and doorway leading to a hideaway. Made with fused raw edge collage with free motion quilting.


May in Provence
by Ruth Anne Parker

Raw edge applique with free motion quilting using hand dyed cheese cloth created the ambiance of this lovely quilt.


Welcome to Provence
by Kathryn Robinson

This soft and sweet quilt zeroed in on the portion of the steps with potted flowers and a vine growing over the edge. The background is cotton painted with ink and the rest of the image is fused layers of silk organza with free motion stitching.


Waiting by Laura Ruiz

Laura is waiting in this peaceful quilt to climb the stairs and see what lies beyond the red door. Maybe it’s a quilting studio complete with a Handi Quilter! Drawn and painted with Inktense pencils.

Are you ready to try your hand at using a photo as inspiration for your next quilt? I am!




2019-10-23T12:34:25-06:00October 26th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Erasing Quilting Stitches

There comes a time in every quilter’s life when some stitches land in unintended places. That’s when the seam ripper has to come out. Erasing quilting stitches is never fun. It’s boring, time consuming, and frustrating. All we can think about is how those stitches got there, where they don’t belong. <Sigh>

I’ve had a fair amount of experience with this situation, so I thought I would share the quickest and easiest method I have found for erasing quilting stitches. The trick is to tease out a top thread long enough to get hold of. Pull back on that top thread toward the stitches you are removing. The top thread will pull the bobbin thread to the top where you can cut it with your seam ripper.

cutting bobbin thread

When you pull back on the top thread again you will remove 3-6 more stitches. Cut bobbin, pull top, cut bobbin, pull top, etc.

Once all your errant stitches are erased, you’ll have to remove small bits of thread from the quilt, both top and back. The best tool for this is a sticky lint roller. I found this pretty one at the Dollar Store.

pretty lint roller

Roll the back. Just reach under with the lint roller. Feel the back with your hand to make sure you got it all.

underside of quilt

Then roll the top.

quilt top

Hopefully during the process you figured out the error of your ways and devised a way to NEVER LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN.

by Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter National Educator

2019-10-13T17:36:32-06:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

HQ Capri

We have a new member of our fabulous machine family: the new HQ Capri! And we are so excited to share some of her wonderful features.


The HQ Capri is a BIG machine for SMALL spaces. Free-motion quilting was never easier, and your stitches will be PERFECT with the HQ InSight Table with built-in HQ InSight stitch regulation. She’s a stationary longarm quilting machine with a roomy 18-inch throat space. Tons of room to accommodate those large quilts. And she’s FAST at 2,200 stitches per minute.

With InSight stitch regulation you can choose from 4-22 stitches per inch to get just the right look for any quilting style or design. It takes away the fear of finishing when you know your stitches will all be perfect. You can concentrate on your design work when you don’t have to worry about keeping your stitches even. As Forrest Gump would say, “One less thing to worry about!”

The HQ Capri has a fabulous lighting system with an LED light ring at the needle and throat space lighting that lets you see all your beautiful stitches as you quilt. Plus, you can adjust the lighting for the specific needs of your work. We all like to have control, right? There also is bobbin area lighting that’s perfect when cleaning and oiling the bobbin race.

Speaking of cleaning, the bobbin area of Capri features a dam that allows for use of canned air to quickly and easily clean away the lint and get back to quilting fast. Just like all our machines, the Capri only requires a drop of oil on the bobbin race every time you change the bobbin. No other lubrication maintenance is required by the quilter.

Even though the HQ Capri has four times the quilting space of the average home sewing machine (18 inches of throat space and 8 inches of vertical space), it will fit into even the smallest of quilting studios. The InSight table measures 32″ x 36″. If you have more space and would like additional table surface to support large quilts, optional 18″ x 32″ table extensions are available.

The HQ Capri package includes:

  • HQ Capri 18-inch stationary longarm
  • 36-inch by 32-inch HQ InSight Table with HQ InSight Stitch Regulation
  • Color touch screen with consumer-friendly icon display
  • HQ Capri Lighting Package: LED light ring, throat lighting, and bobbin light
  • Easy-Set Tension
  • Five bobbins, 20 needles, sample thread pack
  • Standalone Bobbin Winder
  • Handi Feet compatible; comes with the quarter-inch ruler foot installed and the open-toe foot

And a few things come with the package that you won’t find in the box.

  • Handi Quilter’s world-famous customer support and dedication to educating you on the use of your machine, so that you will have fun with it and finish more quilts.
  • Handi Quilter’s world-wide retailer network
  • HQ Warranty: 10 years casting, 5 years mechanical, and 5 years electrical
  • Educational videos, tutorials, and tips available at and – TONS of help right at your fingertips.
  • A world-wide community of Handi Quilter owners connected on social media., Instagram @HandiQuilter to help you, cheer you on and celebrate each quilt you finish. When you purchase a Handi Quilter, you become a part of the family.
  • A team of 40+ national educators bringing you education events at local HQ retailer shops throughout the year and throughout North America and beyond.
  • Handi Quilter University – a retreat held several times each year right at the Handi Quilter facilities where our machines are designed, engineered and assembled. One of the best vacations you will ever take!
  • Handi Quilter Academy – a yearly event featuring the best quilting educators, multiple class offerings, fun, friendship and learning all rolled into one. THE best vacation you will ever take.

We are very proud of the newest member of our machine family. We hope you will love Miss Capri as much as we do! She’s sure to help you finish more quilts.


by Mary Beth Krapil




2019-10-11T11:03:34-06:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|28 Comments

Edgy Edges

AQS header

There were some fantastic quilts (as always) at AQS Quiltweek in Charleston, SC. Charleston was a new location and venue for the show and it was wonderful. Convenient hotels and lots of great eateries in the area made it a fun destination. Charleston features history, shopping and beaches as well. The quilt show was the number one attraction and it did not disappoint. I noticed some unusual quilts with unusually edgy edges. These quilts had some unique edge treatments that really caught my eye, and of course I have to share them with you.

Traditional Edges

Here’s a beautiful example of a traditional edge treatment. This gorgeous quilt has nice straight sides and perfect square corners.

AQS Charleston

Whimsey Court
by Jane Ramee
of New Orleans
quilted by Carol Hilton


This masterpiece was the first one to catch my eye with its unusual outer shape.

AQS Charelston

Magnificent Mile
by Mary Olson
of Aumsville, OR


Karen’s handsome quilt has perfectly symmetrical scallops.  Traditional, but a step away from straight edges.


Natalia’s Flower Basket
by Karen Kendo
of Harleyville, SC


The lovely large scallops on Simone’s wholecloth compliment and enhance her enchanting quilting.

large scallops

Green is Gold
by Simone Steuxner
of Sveg, Haerjedalen, Sweden


Gentle undulations are a variation of scallops on this beauty.


Journey to Friendship
by Journey Girls
of Kevil, KY
quilted by Karen Kineman and Norma Tilford

Edgy Edges

The edges of this quilt follow the interesting openings that give this delicate quilt its name.


by Antonia Hering
of Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands


Aline and Natasha took scallops to a whole new level!

Golden Galaxy
by Aline Bugarin and Natasha Bugarin
of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Amoeba in Pink is perfect with its asymmetrical scallops that define the undefinable shape of an amoeba.


Amoeba in Pink
by Claire Marks
of Bremerton, WA


Kathleen took this edgy edges concept to the extreme.

extreme edges

A Blanket of Smow
by Kathleen V. Stuart
of Ocean Isle Beach, NC

So if you’re looking to add some edginess to your next quilt, hopefully you can take a little inspiration from these examples. Quilt shows are the best place to get new ideas!

by Mary Beth Krapil



2019-10-02T10:31:34-06:00October 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Short and Sweet

Handi Quilter places a very high value on educating quilters. We want the folks who purchase our machines and products to be happy and that means knowing how to use them! There are so many avenues HQ provides to learn about your machine. Handi Quilter University, Handi Quilter Academy, live events at local Handi Quilter retailers with one of our 40 (YES 40!) National Educators, HQ Live, written Pro-Stitcher tutorials on our website, Handi Tips, Minute Motifs, and our fabulous YouTube channel with tons of videos about a myriad of quilting topics. We are starting a new series of videos available on our YouTube channel called Short and Sweet. They will be longer and more in-depth than our Handi Tips.

These Short and Sweet videos are featuring Helen Godden, Handi Quilter’s International Ambassador from Australia. She has lots to share about her favorite quilting machine, the HQ Sweet Sixteen. Helen will help you learn to use your machine to it’s fullest extent!

I have a little tip for you: even if you are not a Sweetie (what we like to call our HQ Sweet Sixteen owners) you will benefit from watching these videos. You’ll pick up lots of tips and tricks for machine quilting, both longarm and domestic. The first episode is all about getting balanced tension.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing!

by Mary Beth Krapil



2019-09-18T13:17:42-06:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vivid Color

I have found that the first thing that draws me to a quilt is color. Vivid color really pulls me in. I want to get closer to see the piecing or applique. Then I want to get even closer to see the quilting.

Recently at the Grand Rapids AQS show I found some wonderful examples of really fantastic use of vivid color. I’d like to share them with you here.

Vivid color quilts on display

First up is a quilt by some ladies from my neck of the woods. The bright colors grabbed me and I really needed to come in close to see the fabulous quilting.

Manicured Garden
by Michelle Wilkie and Suzan deSerres of Cary, NC

detail of Manicured Garden

This quilt’s fresh pink grabbed my attention, and when I came closer I found the quilting to be interesting too!

Parading Parallelograms
by Claire Victor of Scottsdale, AZ

detail of Parading Parallelograms

I loved the color transitions Marla used in this next quilt. Well deserved Blue Ribbon!

prize winner at AQS Grand Rapids

At the Junction
by Marla Varner of Sequim, WA

Vibrant colors and stunning HAND quilting make this quilt a winner in my book.

A Child’s Game
by Maria Reuter of Furstenfeldbruck, Germany

detail of A Child’s Game

I am a sucker for color wheel quilts and this one’s spirited colors and lovely quilting did not disappoint.

Sammy’s Delight
by Anne Marcellis
of Hugo, MN

detail of Sammy’s Delight

I must admit, the vivid colors of this quilt were stunning, but it was the motion of the quilting that really drew me in!

vivid color quilt

by Roxanna Herder and Darla Parks of Grand Haven, MI

detail of Curvealicious

Though not bright, these colors were intensely saturated and created a striking quilt and check out her signature around one of the circles with quilted pebbles!

Electric Ellipses #5
by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry of Port Townsend, WA

detail of Electric Ellipses #5


Hope you enjoyed this vivid color parade. Which is your favorite?

by Mary Beth Krapil








2019-09-04T13:07:18-06:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

HQ Giveaway!

Syndicated from the HQ Stitch Blog – Written by Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador

I hope you’ve watched the story of Kelsey Cooley, the first of many in our And I Quilt campaign.

Now we’re having a related giveaway on Instagram. Here’s the scoop:

The giveaway is for a foldable storage box for your quilting supplies. It’s perfect for toting, organizing or stashing and it comes in our signature Handi Quilter purple!

The winner will choose from a variety of quilty-quote designs printed on the front. How great is that?

To enter, follow both @hqstitch and @handiquilter on Instagram, tag a friend and leave a comment on Instagram telling us what your favorite HQ product is.

The giveaway ends Monday 9/9; winner announced Thursday, 9/12.

Go straight to Instagram!

2019-09-05T13:04:51-06:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

And I Quilt… An Invitation

Syndicated from the HQ Stitch Blog, with some edits – Written by Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador

Quilters hail from all walks of life and Handi Quilter is celebrating that fact with a new campaign, “And I Quilt.”

We’ve selected a group of 15 quilters across North America to show us who they are, what they do, and how they enjoy using their Handi Quilter longarm machines. They are beginners, experts, and artists. From every walk of life, they are unique, talented, and inspiring!

A few of the And I Quilt Inspiration Team members

We’re traveling across the country to film these stories, and in the process we’ll invite you to tell your own And I Quilt story.

On Wednesday, August 28, we premiered the first full-length feature will premiere featuring Kelsey Cooley and her mom Janie in Flint, Texas. Watch the video here, and sign up here to get a FREE Handi Quilter cutting mat AND get notified when new videos are released!

There are also previews up for Dorien Keusseyan from Arlington, Massachusetts—a hockey player!— and Jeresther Thorpe-Page from Nashville, a school principal.

It’s such a cool idea to think about what “other lives” quilters have, don’t you think? I can’t wait to watch these stories unfold.

As each quilt artist is featured, Handi Quilter will run a special on a product the artist uses. There will be some great deals!

And whether you’re a longarm quilter or a domestic machine user, inspiration will abound.

On Instagram, you’ll find images under #andiquilt. This is going to be so much fun!

2019-08-29T10:50:28-06:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment