Fetching Winnie, part 2

posted in: Family, home, Quilting, sewing, Winnie | 15

So, I’ve left you hanging long enough. Time to introduce you to my new baby, Winnie.

HQ18 Avante

After much wishing, dreaming, planning and a couple of false starts, she came up for sale across the country and we just couldn’t let another opportunity pass by!

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I was really hoping to show her to you all set up and ready for action, however she came along before we were ready with her new forever home, so she is carefully enthroned in the lounge room for the time being. She is complete with the HQ Prostitcher, so fully computer operated for all pantographs/all over patterns, but I am most excited about doing a lot of custom quilting with her too.


After a bit of too-ing and fro-ing, with some major changes happening in our lives at the same time as moving to our new house, we have chosen to renovate the two rooms in our enormous shed to accomodate her. The first room started worse than this (imagine layers of carpet, a rough built in desk and lots of grime). We initially repainted it, however then discovered that the work needed to be more extensive than just a lick of paint and some fresh flooring.



Here is *skip* ripping out the floor from the future sewing room. But I guess you’d really like to see the quilting studio, right?

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It’s a shame we don’t have any before photos of the studio, it was in such bad shape that we didn’t bother. Full of random built in pieces of furniture, unfinished walls, exposed beams and lots of dirt. There was even some scorch marks behind some of the cupboards. What stories this room could tell!

However in the near future it will have fresh everything, including floors, new lighting, a laminate timber floor and a glorious big sliding door to the outside world. I can’t wait to set Winnie up and make a lot of beautiful quilts in here!

And just a teaser for the journey which is to come…..


I am so happy that you are here with me on this adventure!

Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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15 Responses

  1. Lindy

    How exciting for you. Can see that wonderful sewing room coming along to give Winnie a new home

  2. Melissa (minniecat)

    Oh how very exciting for you!!! Looking forward to watching your quilting adventures!!

    • Cassandra

      Thanks Melissa! You can be sure that I will be sharing peeks and progress as we get things moving ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. HopeTN

    Ooh, very exciting! I hope everything goes smoothly for you with the rest of the setup of your new space.

  4. Jess @ Scrappy n Happy

    What a beautiful machine! Your studio is going to ba amazing!

    • Cassandra

      Thanks Jess! I’m very much looking forward to introducing the two of you. It would be great if you were down when it was time to move in ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cassandra

      The computer was a huge bonus. It was always on the “one day it would be nice to add” list, but this was just too good to pass up!

  5. Norma

    Can’t wait to see the final reveal! How exciting to have a new member of the “family!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Melissa (minniecat)

    I was curious. Are Coco and Willow’s Board of Directors chairs being moved to the new studio?

    • Cassandra

      No, they are staying in the lounge room. I will have to be on the lookout for a couple of tiny comfy armchairs for them in the studio fitout ๐Ÿ˜‰

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