APQS Canada / Sparrow Studioz Sponsorship (Or, How Kathleen’s Life Is Super Awesome)

I don’t even know where to start with this post.

APQS Sponsorship

I guess, the beginning.

So, as I mentioned in my FMF post yesterday (written on Tuesday though, so before this story started) I took classes with Claudia Pfeil in Edmonton at Sparrow Studioz on Thursday and Friday.  Which were so much fun. On Thursday I was quilting on an APQS Lucey, which is basically my dream machine. It’s the one that when I bought my current machine, I would have prefered, but was out of my price range. Which is how I ended up with the machine I have now. Which, as many of you  know, tends to frustrate me to no end, as it is a lower end longarm, not really meant for the crazy quilting I do.

So in class, on the APQS Lucey, I was talking to my mom about how this was the first longarm class I have taken that hasn’t just made me super excited to get back to my machine, which I can use, moves the way I’m used to, etc, but rather, I wished I could stay and use that machine forever.

So then during lunch, Bradie (who, with her husband Matt own Sparrow Studioz and are the heads of APQS Canada) asked if I could come upstairs to the office…

Where they proceeded to ask me if I’d be interested in being sponsored by Sparrow Studioz and APQS Canada… which would mean getting to use a APQS Lucey in my house for the next year… and so of course I said yes.

Which means… most excitingly for me, that I’ll have a machine that works, that does all the things I want it to, that has a 26″ throat… Which means that over the next couple weeks when I’m quilting like a crazy person for market, I don’t have to worry about my machine dying on me (something I didn’t realize was stressing me out, until it wasn’t any more), and that my life will be wonderful.

It also means, I’m going to be teaching some longarm quilting classes at Sparrow Studioz during the next year (which you are for sure going to want to check out), and that I’ll be posting on their Facebook page, and likely a few other things.

But mostly, quilting on a crazy awesome machine.

Which is going to be so amazing.

Mostly though, I just can’t believe that this is my life. That this is happening to me. That people, who in all reality up until Thursday had no stake in whether I succeed or fail, believe in me enough to give me this opportunity… makes me almost as sappy as THIS. I just can’t thank Matt & Brady & Joanne (Joanne, who constantly makes awesome things happen in my life, and who I must get to just follow me around at all times) for making this happen. There are so many quilters out there, and that I was chosen… I just… can’t even.

So, I’m going to quit typing before I start crying at work.

Later days,


30 responses to “APQS Canada / Sparrow Studioz Sponsorship (Or, How Kathleen’s Life Is Super Awesome)

  1. Oh my gosh, Kathleen! That’s definitely fantastic news! The Sparrow Studio folks must have seen the same exceptional quilting that we too have seen you do! I can only imagine how super-excited you must be. Well, hard work IS rewarded, and you’ve earned this recognition, friend! All my best for a full year of fabulous quilting. I know it will be fabulous because you inspire me to strive for beautiful quilting on my domestic machine quilter. Thank you for that. Way to go!

  2. Oh Kathleen. That is so incredibly exciting! Congratulations! So glad to see your mad quilting skills being recognized! And the new machine!!! Yay for you! So proud to know you!

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  4. I don’t know anyone as deserving as you. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes you.

  5. That is SO AWESOME!!!! I can’t wait to see what classes you’ll be teaching at Sparrow Studioz. Congratulations!!! Enjoy your new machine 🙂

  6. Congratulations! Good things often happen in the lives of good people. You will make good use of this opportunity, I am sure. We look forward to hearing and seeing all of the lovely work you will create.

  7. Congratulations!!!!!!! I can’t believe that all the beautiful work you have been doing is on a less than perfect long arm machine. I can’t imagine what you will be turning out now!

  8. I’m finding it very hard to say how excited I am for you without throwing in some expletives!!!! Sooooo awesome!!!! So deserving!!!!! Just absolutely brilliant!!!! Can I say remember me when I’m famous? 😉 so very, very happy for you. Wish I could come visit and watch you play!! Sending you hugs and kisses and all things good xxx

  9. What a wonderful opportunity, congratulations!
    Look forward to seeing your quilting with Lucey.

  10. I’m so excited for you!! This seriously couldn’t have happened to a better quilter and person! Enjoy the machine, and I can’t wait to see what more you can do!

  11. From those of us who can’t wait for the next Free Motion Friday -Job well done. You deserve the recognition and all that goes with it. Congratulations!!

  12. Enjoy your new best friend!!! Have a blast quilting up a storm!!! I can’t imagine quilting on anything less then the machine you love! I know I could not quilt half as well without my Innova!!!

  13. Massive congrats my friend!! That is so brilliant, and well deserved. I’m beyond thrilled for you 🙂

  14. How wonderful for you!!!!! Great things to come, I can’t wait to see your quilting, it was great before but now the sky is the limit. Your circle template you bought at QuiltCon, who makes/sells those? I can’ read it in your pictures?

  15. As we pack up your machine today we realized we did not have a 10 foot table. 😦 my sincere apologies Kathleen but it turns out we are going to have to bring you a deluxe millennium table with power fabric advance instead. Don’t worry Lucey will be perfectly happy on this upgraded table.

  16. Wowy, wow! That is so unbelievabley awesome! I am so proud of u, u go girl!! I am not the ultimate expert on long arm, but I do come from a long line of quilters and am so excited to see your interest In quilting and your success! All the best!!!!

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