Thursday, 23 September 2010

HandiQuilter Avante setup with Christine Porter

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Christine Porter is a well-known quilt author, quilt judge and teacher so we were delighted when she decided to buy a HandiQuilter 18” Avante for her home studio.

Alan, who has a background in the car industry with Land Rover and BMW, Simon, an ex-engineering student and me (Liz) drove down from the Cotton Patch in Birmingham to Bristol to install Chris’s frame earlier this week. Simon and Alan unloaded the frame and carefully took it to the top floor of Chris’s house where she has two lovely long rooms containing her patchwork studio with a fabulous fabric stash (for the benefit of her husband, this is of course only a small collection!) on one side and on the other side space for the new frame had been created.

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Here is Chris with the quilts from her four books all beautifully arranged and stored in a large wardrobe.

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The start of the installation – setting up the frame.

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Chris watching the DVD on setting up the machine while Alan and Simon put the frame together.

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The frame erected, machine installed and test fabric loaded ready for playing!

Alan, Geoff and Liz are flying out to Salt Lake City in mid-October for an intensive training session on all of the HandiQuilter products and will be running training sessions from the Cotton Patch studio on our return. If you would like to find out more about the HandiQuilter Avante and our other frames please contact us at the Cotton Patch or sign up for our email newsletter.

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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.