Quilters Take Manhattan Blog Hop + Giveaway


Blog Hop

Every quilt and quiltmaker has a story. But are we documenting those stories along with the quilts we own or create? That’s the mission of the Quilt Alliance — to document, preserve, and share the stories of quilts and quiltmakers. To help fund this mission, the Quilt Alliance is once again hosting Quilters Take Manhattan (QTM), September 23 to 25.

As a sponsor of Quilters Take Manhattan and a big supporter of the Quilt Alliance, Handi Quilter is pleased to be part of this week’s QTM blog hop. In fact, we are currently displaying the latest entries into the Quilt Alliance 2016 quilt challenge: Playing Favorites in the Handi Quilter Gallery.

Manhattan Mayhem by Michelle Banton, Honorable Mention, 2016 Quilt Alliance Playing Favorites Contest

If you are lucky enough to attend Quilters Take Manhattan in person, you’ll enjoy workshops and lectures, walking tours of the famous NYC garment district, museum tours suitable for those who love all things related to textiles, and MORE. Find out all of the details HERE.


But you can still be part of the fun by purchasing a Moda Home Ticket. For $30 Quilt Alliance members/ $35 nonmembers, Home Ticket holders will receive the QTM Goody Bag, packed with samples and treats from all of the event sponsors, and a chance to win select door prizes. Home Ticket holders will also receive priority access to online video of the Sunday with Sponsors event (sent via email link two weeks after event).

But one lucky Handi Quilter blog visitor will WIN a Moda Home Ticket and QTM Goody Bag. All you need to do to have a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: How important to you is it that the history of quilts and quiltmakers is documented and preserved? Then just keep your fingers crossed! We’ll randomly select a winner first thing on Monday morning, September 12.The winner will be notified by e-mail.


Be sure to visit Quilt Alliance to learn about the great work they are doing to document, preserve, and share the wonderful stories of quilts and quilters.

2017-07-24T13:53:26-06:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: News & Events|18 Comments

Third-Annual Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon



Since 2010,American Patchwork & Quilting has been challenging quilters, crafters, and sewers across the country to help reach the goal of donating 1 million pillowcases to local charities.Since inception, more than 687,000 pillowcases have been recorded on the challenge website. Handi Quilter is proud to be a sponsor of the Million Dollar Pillowcase Challenge, along with other sponsors, including Baby Lock, Coats, Free Spirit Fabric, Martingale, Moda Fabrics, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Robert Kaufman, and Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting the third annual One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 16 and running through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 17, the public is invited to Meredith Corporation to sew pillowcases for local Des Moines charities. However, quilters not in the Des Moines area are encouraged to join in the fun and make their own pillowcases to donate to charities in their local area.

More than 1,480 pillowcases were made at the event in 2015 and distributed to Central Iowa charities such as Blank Children’s Hospital, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, Rebuilding Together, Child Serve, Hope Ministries, Orchard Place, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services in Iowa, and Children’s Cancer Connection.


Handi Quilter has donated the sew-off quilts that are created as part of the testing process of Handi Quilter machines after they are built. The sew-offs will become pillowcases as part of this weekend’s Sew-a-Thon. We invite shops and guilds to let us know if they are interested in making pillowcases (or even quilts) from our sew-off quilts, and we will send them some sew-offs to use.


It’s not to late for you to become involved in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. American Patchwork & Quilting magazine even has more than 50 pillowcase patterns to choose from if you need some inspiration.

2017-07-24T13:53:26-06:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: News & Events, Quilting Fun|0 Comments

HQ’s Headquarters Building Has a New Look



We have been in our larger office space for nearly two years. In preparation for Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City last month, we decided to add some eye candy to our building. You can see the “before” photo above.

And here’s what it looks like now! Perhaps you’ll recognize some of the quilters we’ve featured in our magazine ads.



Here are some close-up pics of the banners:








2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: Gallery, News & Events|0 Comments

2016 Handi Quilter’s Academy: Quilting Elevated



We have just completed the fourth annual Handi Quilter’s Academy: Quilting Elevated, our premier educational event focused on machine quilting. This year we welcomed more than 150 quilters, who chose from 63 classes — both hands-on and lecture-demo. We had an international group — including five from Spain, four from Australia, and one from the Philippines. (Plus, of course, the US and Canada.)


Even before the official kick-off of HQ Academy, more than 90 quilters opted to jumpstart their learning with an optional one-day boot camp focused on either HQ Pro-Stitcher, longarm quilting (taught on the HQ Avanté), sit-down quilting (taught on the HQ Sweet Sixteen), or Art & Stitch. They were then more than prepared to take on the deep dive into specific topics throughout the rest of the conference.


Because we knew that quilters love to mingle and were eager to start their HQ Academy experience, we prepared the HQ Sampler, a set of tutorials about the latest Handi Quilter products and gadgets. Quilters could visit the tutorials, that included the new HQ Stitch sewing machines, the HQ Simply Sixteen on the HQ Little Foot Frame, the “new and improved” Easy-Fit Ruler Base, the Electromagnetic Channel Locks, the new Pole Cradles and Super Clamp, as well as see a demonstration of the couching feet from Helen Godden (the “couching queen”).




They could visit the vendor showcase and see products from Anne Bright Designs, Karlee Porter Designs, SewBatik, Superior Threads, Wasatch Quilting, Winline Textiles, and WonderFIL Specialty Threads. And, of course, try out some tasty hors d’oeuvres and a chocolate fountain.




We began Thursday’s activities with a general session, featuring a keynote address from Bruce Magidson, founder and owner of SewBatik. Bruce taught us all about the centuries-old processes for making batik fabrics. We got up close and personal with examples of the tools used to fashion the wonderful batik designs, and certainly grew to appreciate the workmanship that goes into these beautiful fabrics we all love. And thanks to CEO Mark Hyland for joining in the fun by modeling a batik sarong.


Classes then began — with seven classes going on simultaneously. There was something for everyone: HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on, stand-up longarm quilting hands-on, sit-down quilting hands-on, Art & Stitch, HQ Pro-Stitcher lecture demo, and two quilting technique lecture demos for all quilters (regardless of whether they quilt on a stand-up and sit-down machine).





For those who still had energy to spare on Thursday evening, we offered three excursions: a quilt shop hop, a downtown Salt Lake City experience (complete with the opportunity to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse in the historic tabernacle), and for the truly adventurous, a visit to the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island.




After another full day of classes on Friday, we relaxed with a banquet, followed by our banquet keynote speaker, HQ ambassador Kimmy Brunner. Kimmy’s presentation, titled “Grandma’s Girl: The Story of Three Quilters”, told the story of her great grandmother and grandmother who quilted out of necessity to help endure the difficult Minnesota winters, and shared that love of quilting with a young girl who has embraced those traditions and added her own machine quilting excellence. We loved seeing Kimmy’s own journey into quilting, and reminisced with her about our own quilting origins and inspiration.


We are already planning for 2017 and figuring out how to make next year’s Handi Quilter’s Academy an even greater experience for quilters. Mark your calendars for June 21 to 24, 2017. Class information and registration will open on the Handi Quilter website the first week of November.


2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00June 16th, 2016|Categories: Education, News & Events|0 Comments

Introducing the Newest HQ Ambassador: Laurie Tigner

We are so pleased to introduce our newest HQ ambassador, Laurie Tigner.

Laurie is an award-winning quilter residing in South Dakota. Although she doesn’t have a favorite style of quilts, she has a definite affinity for whole-cloth quilts and painting religious icons (some on fabric and then quilted).




Laurie first discovered stitchery while in second or third grade when she completed an embroidered pillowcase. Laurie continued to do handwork and started sewing most of her clothes in fifth grade. That may sound early to people now, but she says it was the norm among her friends at that time. With six children in the family, it just made sense to learn early.

Laurie’s first college degree was in art education. She then taught school for two years. Laurie quickly decided that 30 teenagers in a classroom with paint and clay was not how she wanted to spend her career years. Laurie worked her way through four more years of college and became a registered nurse, preparing her to teach many things in that field as well as to work with patients. She spent twenty-eight happy years nursing during work hours and filling her off hours with painting, sewing, stained glass, pottery, and every other new craft that crossed her path.

In the summer of 2007, Laurie attended her first quilt show at the suggestion of a friend. It was an amazing experience. She went home and talked to her husband about retiring from nursing. They immediately ordered a longarm quilting machine and Laurie learned longarm quilting skills while struggling a bit more with the intricacies of piecing. Laurie learned early on that it was easier for her to design a quilt than to follow someone else’s pattern.





At the suggestion of another quilter friend, Laurie entered her first design into an AQS show and got an honorable mention. Laurie has won many awards since, and never fails to get excited that someone likes her work. Laurie sees each competition as an excuse to try to outdo herself. Her highest award was Best of Show at one of the last NQA shows. That ribbon is HUGE

Laurie quilts on an HQ Fusion and admits to being addicted to quilting. There are so many more quilts to be designed and quilted. Laurie still loves teaching, and says that it is one of her favorite things to do. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and making it easier for them to understand a new concept or technique.





Quilting the quilt is Laurie’s favorite step in the quiltmaking process. To Laurie, the making of the quilt top is just like the preparing of the canvas on which to paint, with the “painting” (or the quilting) being the most gratifying part of the process.

Be sure to visit Laurie at her website, Laurie Tigner Designs.

2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: News & Events|0 Comments