New Project: Kaye Wood's Twirling Stars Quilt
Put a new twist on this classic quilt design.
The star has been a quilting staple since the craft began. With her new quilt project, Kaye Wood will show you how to put a twist on this traditional design--literally!
The stars on the Twirling Stars Quilt twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise for a dazzling effect. Either way, with Kaye Wood's step-by-step instructions, it's easy and fun to make.
This pattern features strip sets that are easily cut. The secret is using Kaye's Starmaker 6® tool. It's designed to make perfect 6-pointed stars (that's what the 6 means). But it's also a master template for many quilt patterns, triangles and wedges, Log Cabin diamonds, 12 piece circles, Dresden Plates, and stars.
The Twirling Stars quilt pattern makes a 50" x 67" finished quilt. It requires intermediate quilting skills and can be completed in about 12 hours. You can use any Janome sewing machine. (Kaye Wood uses the Horizon Memory Craft 12000.)
You can watch Kaye demonstrate this technique in her Twirling Stars Quilt video on YouTube.
Horizon Memory Craft 15000: The Reviews Are Coming In
What do people say after they've actually tried the machine?
Of course, we know the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is the most advanced, best-performing Janome ever made.
But what about quilters, embroidery enthusiasts, and sewists who are sitting down to try it out for the first time?
Find out what some of them think by visiting our MC15000 Reviews page.
For our First Impressions Video we traveled to two Janome dealerships who were having MC15000 introduction parties We talked with their customers, who'd just seen and tried out the machine. In some cases, they gave us their reactions as the machine was running!
You can read the extended review from the web's leading home décor site, Sew4Home.com. And if you're a quilter, you'll be interested in Leah Day's blog post about how the MC15000 changed her mind about quilting in the hoop. (She's not giving up free motion quilting, but will be adding embroidery-for-quilting to her repertoire.) You'll find several other web and magazine reviews as well.
We hope that after you read these, you'll be inspired to visit your local Certified Janome Dealer to try out the MC15000 for yourself.
And then maybe you can write your own review.
New Product: Pink and White Pincushions
Here's a clever accessory to make your sewing easier.
When you're sewing or quilting, you always need your pins nearby.
But within minutes of setting your classic tomato pincushion on your sewing table, you can bet it'll be covered by fabric, knocked on the floor, or scoot just out of reach.
Janome has come up with a creative solution for this: a pincushion that mounts on the top of your machine. You can always find it, always reach it, and you'll never knock it on the floor.
The new Janome Easy Find Pincushion fits into the additional spool pin
slot on the top of your sewing machine.
These new pin cushions fit all Janome sewing machines. They come in Pink
(with white polka dots) and White (with pink polka dots).
Find them at your participating Janome dealer.
No-Shave November Project: Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts
For your favorite bearded baker or chef.
What is No-Shave November? Just another excuse for men to look scruffy? Actually, it's an ingenious campaign for cancer awareness sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
People with cancer often lose their hair, so men are helping raise money by growing more. In honor of No-Shave November, we have the perfect project for the hirsute he-man in your life: Manscaping Apron & Oven Mitts.
For our example we used Michael Miller's "Manscaping" fabric, and Burda Style pattern 8125 Kitchen Accessories. You can make the project with intermediate sewing skills and any Janome sewing machine with a blanket stitch. Get instructions plus a moustache pattern.
How No-Shave November Works From the official website: "The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle."
Make this project to encourage somebody not to shave and help support this worthy cause.
Today Is Veterans Day
Here are two projects to honor those who have served in our armed forces.
Veterans Day Thank You - We appreciate our heroes every day, but this card project allows you to send an extra special note to someone. Thank the Veterans in your life for their service to our country with this personalized "Thank you" note.
Origins Of Veterans Day
The fighting of World War I stopped in 1918 in the 11th month on the 11th day at the 11th hour (Nov. 11). A year later the day was officially recognized as Armistice Day. It became not just a day to celebrate peace but to honor those who made peace possible--the veterans. In 1954 the day was officially renamed Veterans Day. Read more about the history Veterans Day from the official VA website.
New Serger Video: Using Beading Foot & Beading Attachment To Attach Cording
Use the speed of your Janome serger for fast embellishment.
Today we're featuring the same dynamic duo with a technique for attaching cord. The process is very similar to attaching the beads.
How To Use The Beading Foot & Beading Attachment To Apply Cord
- Set up the machine for a 3 thread flatlock stitch with the needle in the right position.
- Attach the Beading Foot to the machine.
- Next, attach the Beading Attachment to the machine. To do this open the front cover and loosen the screw on the front. Slide the attachment behind the screw, and tighten in place.
- Lower the knife.
- Insert your cording and then hand crank a couple of stitches to get it started.
- Place your fabric, wrong sides together, with the fold against the cord.
- As you begin to stitch, use the guide on the foot to keep the fabric and the cording next to each other.
And now you've attached your cord.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Beading Foot & Beading Attachment: Attaching thicker cord to fabric.
Powered By Janome: Quilter Amy Friend
This mother of three gets all her creative work done "During Quiet Time."
Amy Friend brings a unique background to her blog During Quiet Time. She's studied art history, worked as a museum collections curator, and now as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) she enjoys expressing her creative side through sewing and pattern design.
Her modern quilting has been featured in numerous publications, including the September issue of American Quilter Magazine. And we're proud to say Amy does her quilting on a Janome.
Amy's mom taught her to sew when she was very little. She started sewing by hand through the large holes in burlap and made many felt projects. The first completed project she can recall was a felt Pooh bear with a little red vest. She says, "I was five so of course I thought it turned out perfectly!"
Before staying at home with her children, Amy curated a fine arts collection at Wheaton College. She says, "I loved every minute of it! I was able to spend the day surrounded by objects of beauty. I researched, cataloged and stored the objects in the collection which included a wide range of art from drawings, prints and paintings to glass, sculpture and pottery."
Some quilters remember the exact moment they got hooked. Amy says her inspiration was a little more gradual, probably growing from her love for the Little House on the Prairie book series where she and read about Mary sewing patchwork squares with her mother.
She says, "I sewed a couple of patchwork quilts with old dress scraps in college and then made an off white and white wedding quilt prior to my marriage. Those quilts were all made with zero knowledge of quilt making practices." Amy then I started Googling and learning the important technical skills such as the 1/4" seam, as well as how to use essential equipment like a cutting mat and rotary cutter.
"After that I just kept going!" she says. "I love the precision that can be involved in quilting, the color play, secondary patterns, the endless room for creativity, and the fact that I can pick it up and put it down as my job as a mother sometimes requires. My particular passion has become paper piecing, especially designing my own paper pieced patterns."
Amy started her blog During Quiet Time while she was expecting their third child. She was a little worried about the pregnancy. The blog was a great distraction, and her daughter was born perfectly healthy.
She discovered Janome when her old sewing machine broke down. She says, "I explored my options and narrowed myself down to the Janome for their relative affordability and because my local quilt shop sells Janome machines exclusively. I like they are right there in case I need something."
Amy chose the the Memory Craft 6600 Professional because of its large harp space for quilting, the built in walking foot/Acufeed system, and the automatic thread cutter. She recently used it to finish a quilt that will appear in American Quilter Magazine in March 2014.
Try out her quilting machine at your local Janome dealer.
New Product: Larger Foot Control
Just as smooth and responsive. But in a bigger size.
Those precious few hours of quilting or sewing are all the more enjoyable when you have an ergonomic work area.
That should include a good quality chair, a well-designed sewing table--and how about a more comfortable foot control?
The Extra Large Foot Controller is a larger version of the standard foot control. The larger pedal area makes it easier for your foot to find it under your sewing table. And it can also help you find a more comfortable position for your foot.
The new Extra Large Foot Controller fits all Janome computerized sewing machines.
Be sure to sit down and try it out at your local Janome dealer.
New Artistic Product: Perfect Press Sheet
If you can't stand the heat, get one of these press sheets.
The Artistic Press ironing station speeds up your pressing time by providing high heat and pressure. But that can also leave embellishments like crystals, studs, and zippers extremely hot to the touch.
The convenient built-in handles let you move your garment or project without burning your hands. It has an easy-to-clean, non-stick surface. And it cools quickly after you take it out of the press.
And because the Perfect Press Sheet evenly distributes the heat on your project, it speeds up the setting time for hot-fix items like crystals and studs. It also makes ironing clothes, finishing heat transfer projects, and working with heat sensitive fabrics easier.
New Project: Oak Leaf Toss Around by Jane Spolar
Create these gorgeous decorating accents in your embroidery hoop.
If you love the deep colors of autumn leaves, you're going to enjoy this easy project that captures the vivid hues and strong outlines.
Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry has created the Oak Leaf Toss Around. Each leaf is appliquéd onto felt, cut out, and can be used to display around a centerpiece. Or just place them wherever you may need a little fall spice.
For complete instructions, a printable template, and links to download the free embroidery files, go to the Oak Leaf Toss Around project page.
Jane made her leaves with Stonehenge fabrics, a tonal collection courtesy of Northcott. To view Jane’s full line of patterns and fabric collections visit www.QuiltPoetry.com.
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