I’d like you to meet our newest HQ ambassador, Jane Hauprich. That name just might sound familiar to you since Jane was a Handi Quilter National Educator for five years.
To get to know Jane just a bit better, (we’ve been friends and co-workers for the last 5 years), I thought I’d do an interview and share it with all of you.
HQ: What does being an HQ Ambassador mean to you?
JH: Being a Handi Quilter Ambassador means a lot to me. First and foremost, I love my Handi Quilter machines, and love telling people about them and how much having one has
changed my life. I cannot even imagine my life without my longarm in it!!! Being able to represent a company that has such great machines, amazing education and fantastic customer support is truly a privilege.
HQ: How did you get started in quilting?
JH: I first learned how to piece quilts in 1998. I was a single mom, so I didn’t have a ton of time to quilt, but as I did get projects done, I was not able to afford to send them out to be quilted by a professional, so I taught myself how to do the quilting myself. First I did straight line quilting. Then moved on to teaching myself to free motion quilt on my domestic machine.
Fast forward a few years to 2009, and I went to the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show, and kept on gravitating to the Handi Quilter booth and the HQ Sweet Sixteen stationary machine. I ended up purchasing a machine and absolutely fell in love.
A few years later in 2012, I took a class on starting your own longarm business. I decided at that point to sell my stationary machine and purchase my Handi Quilter Avanté, an 18-inch movable machine.
I did start quilting for others using all free motion. For those of you just getting your longarms, I will tell you a story. When I first got my moveable longarm, my retailer came and set it up, gave me my lesson, and left. I was so afraid of that machine, that I couldn’t even go in that room for two weeks. Once I got over that initial fear, I was good to go!!!
HQ: How would you describe your style of quilting?
JH: I have a love and passion for free motion quilting. I now have a Pro-Stitcher, and while I do mostly free motion quilting, I do run my Pro-Stitcher for computerized edge-to-edge quilting, and sometimes like to mix things up by adding a computerized design and accentuate it with free motion quilting. Sometimes that perfect design that I need lives right inside my Pro-Stitcher!!!
My personal style is usually something densely quilted. I kind of feel like it’s a sickness…..the quilt is never quilted enough….lol!! No worries though, as I do quilt every day quilts to be soft and snugly.
HQ: What is the most fun thing you have done as an Ambassador?
JH: Prior to being an Ambassador, I was a Handi Quilter Educator for five years. During
that time, I was able to meet so many great quilters. I was also able to travel and teach at two shows overseas…..Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe, Germany and Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.
One of my favorite memories was in Karlsruhe. There were students who took the classes because they didn’t know what a longarm was. The joy that crossed their faces when they were able to quilt on the Handi Quilter machines was unforgettable!!! I look forward to more experiences as an Ambassador and can’t wait to see what is in store for the
HQ: Of all your quilts, which is your favorite?
JH: Wow……this is a tough one. Since I quilt for customers, I have many favorite
quilts. Usually my most favorite quilt is the one that I am currently working on.
I love to design whole cloth quilts when I have time, so those are probably my favorite.
Along with quilting ice dyed fabric panels.
HQ: Do you still have your first quilt?
JH: My first quilt was from my class in 1998. A combination of piecing, hand quilting, and
tying. I truly get a kick out of looking at this quilt. It really shows me how far I’ve come. I wish you could see the binding on this closely.
Apparently, they didn’t teach mitered corners in this class!!! LOL!!!
HQ: What are your favorite tools that you use in your work?
JH: The tools I use most for my longarming, is probably rulers. I love ruler work and typically pair it with my free motion.
HQ: What machine do you use for piecing?
JH: For Piecing, I have two machines, my HQ Stitch 510 and a Janome 6600. I use the Stitch 510 most of the time, as it is a powerhouse of a machine.
HQ: What machine do you use for quilting?
JH: For my longarm, I have a Handi Quilter Capri (that love of pushing the fabric around never left since I started on a domestic machine),
HQ: Who is your inspiration/muse?
JH: A year or two after I purchased my longarm, I went to a quilting expo in Virginia, and was able to take classes with Jamie Wallen, Lisa Calle and Angela Walters. This was such a memorable experience and helped to shape me into the quilter I am today. A couple of
years later, when I was thinking about teaching at shows, Jamie Wallen was a key person in encouraging me to get on the quilt teaching circuit. I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it if it hadn’t been for him. I will forever be grateful for his guidance.
HQ: Of all the “tasks” in creating a quilt, which is your fave and least favorite?
JH: My favorite part of the creating a quilt is the longarm quilting. I find that I can forget everything else that is going on in life and just quilt. It’s a great stress reliever for me. As far as the piecing goes, I do love knowing that I am creating something for someone.
I would say my least favorite thing is cutting out the fabric needed to piece the quilts.
HQ: Do you have any other hobbies / interests?
JH: My interests and hobbies are spending time with my family, cooking, and reading. I am not a lover of handwork, so I have been attempting to hand applique simple blocks for a quilt. It may take me years to get it done though!!!
HQ: Thanks Jane! We are so glad to have you remain a part of the Handi Quilter family in your new role as Ambassador. Jane currently teaches virtual classes, so if you are looking for some free motion quilting classes, please check out her website. She also posts free motion quilting videos on YouTube. Be sure to check that out also and LIKE and Subscribe so you don’t miss anything. Jane says she is all about trying to get quilters to love free motion quilting just as much as she does.
You can find Jane here:
Bye for now!
by Mary Beth Krapil