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  • 1/29/2016

    Make a Quilt for Spring

    As many of us are surrounded by snow and frigid weather, we are beginning to long for those beautiful days in the springtime. Janome Artisan Kaye Wood made the perfect quilt for the upcoming spring season we have all been waiting for. 

    Kaye's Springtime Hearts quilt features two different hearts and applique. The quilt was also shown on Kaye's Quilting Friends

    Click here for Kaye's tutorial to make the quilt.

  • 1/28/2016

    Create Milinda Stephenson's warm and cozy Baby-Carrier Cover by combining the awesome sewing power of the Skyline S7 sewing machine with the cool magnetic quilting hoop on the Horizon Memory Craft 15000

    "I modified the instructions posted by Jessica from This Too Projects for the cold Ohio winter. From my local thrift store, I found a lovely cashmere sweater, washed and dried it and used it to line the front and back flaps. I then used the built-in quilting embroidery stitches on my MC15000 and secured the lined sections by quilting. Finally, using one of the hundreds of built-in stitches on the Skyline S7, I edged the carrier with a narrow ribbon and the machine's stitched embellishment." - Milinda

  • 1/27/2016

    By Maddie Bushman

    We are in the heart of the Winter season. Make sure your child is all bundled up before they step out into the brutal cold weather. 

    Using the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 and 1110DX Pro serger, Janome Educator Maddie Bushman made this adorable fleece coat for a little girl. Check out her instructions and make one for your daughter, granddaughter, niece or friend.

    Click here

  • 1/25/2016

    While Wearing Your Own Valentine Apron

    Whip up some love this Valentine's Day with this adorable apron. See how easy it is to cut your sewing time in half with some fast sewing machine and serger techniques that will give you more time to figure out what you're going to wear underneath.

    Janome Educator Maddie Bushman made this cute apron with both her sewing machine and serger. Create your own Valentine Apron for when you make your home cooked Valentine's Day meal. 

    Click here!

  • 1/21/2016

    Every Quilt Has a Story

    From October 19 through December 25, 2015, we hosted the 100 Quilt Blocks in 50 Days challenge where we showcased two different quilt blocks a day featuring Michael Miller's Cotton Couture fabrics. We asked that all contestants submit photos for a chance to win a Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP Special Edition sewing machine. The winner of this great challenge was Chris B. from Michigan. Chris recreated the entire quilt and we couldn't be more impressed and proud of her hard work and dedication. She picked up her MC8900QCP Special Edition at Gall Sewing & Vacuum Center in Wyoming, MI. Both Chris and Becky from Gall were both super excited!

    "I was "sew" thrilled to win the "100 Quilt Blocks in 50 Days Challenge" sponsored by Janome! Every quilt has a story so here is the story behind my lucky quilt.

    I found out about the contest from Becky, who works at the Wyoming location of Gall Sewing in Grand Rapids. She strongly encouraged me and several other customers to participate and talked about winning the 8900QCP Special Edition sewing machine. I thought it would be a fun challenge and wondered how I could possibly fit it into my already lengthy list of unfinished projects already started.

    Concurrently, I had a sister who lived in town, who unfortunately was involved in a car accident. She was hospitalized and I visited her every day. I told her about the challenge and she would often ask me about it and want to see the finished blocks. I would take them to share with her at the hospital and they really cheered her up because of all the bright colors. In mid-November, I decided I would gift the quilt to her for Christmas, even though it would take a little longer to finish it. 

    So my challenge was to continue everything else I had going on in my life: babysitting, teaching some quilting classes, visiting my sister at the hospital, getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas AND getting my quilt blocks completed! Working on the quilt blocks was usually something I did at the end of the day as a bit of 'therapy' and release following hectic days! I really appreciated not getting blocks on Saturday and Sunday so I could 'catch up'. 

    I finished the final 2 blocks on Christmas day, after all of the celebrations were complete and worked on borders through January 3. I submitted my final picture of the finished quilt top at 11:45pm that night. (Final deadline for entries was at midnight!). The very next day there was an email for me in the middle of the afternoon informing me that I was the winner! I couldn't believe it! My family was 'sew' excited for me. I then called Becky at Gall Sewing to tell her and she was almost as excited for me as I was for myself. She posted it to Facebook and all of my sewing friends found out and started congratulating me." - Chris

    Congratulations Chris!

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