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  • 9/15/2015

    Hosted by Michael Miller Fabrics

    During the months of July and August, designers had the opportunity to participate in Michael Miller Fabrics’ The Great Pattern Hack Challenge where they were able to take any pattern and alter it using their skills and creativity. The grand prize winner of 10 sewing patterns, 15 yards of Michael Miller Fabrics, a feature on Making it Fun and a Janome DC2015 sewing machine was Jessica B. from Illinois. 

    Jessica is a designer for Lil Luxe Collection in Chicago. When she is not running around after her daughters; chauffeuring them around or doing her normal day-to-day housework, she is sewing.

    Jessica has been sewing since she was 9 years old when her mother taught her how to thread her machine. That summer, Jessica and her siblings organized their own kid version of a neighborhood “carnival” with all of the kids on their cul-de-sac. They had everyone bring their pets and created their own version of a “petting zoo”. They created wagon rides and came up with their own games for which Jessica sewed all of the prizes. She made Scrunchies, hacky sacks, bean bags, small stuffed animals and coin purses. All of the parents were impressed and everyone had a great time. Jessica learned new skills and has been sewing ever since.

    Jessica has been sewing for over 20 years. Everything she knows about sewing has been self taught, read or seen on the Internet or passed down from relatives. She has a Bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and design and had a year in a half left in her Master’s program when Jessica and her husband decided it was best for her to stay at home with their first daughter. Jessica started sewing for her as a creative outlet and had such a good response to her designs from her family and friends. Then when they had their second daughter, her mission was clear. Lil Luxe Collection was born after her third child was born and it quickly became so much more than Jessica had first imagined. Now on her second year, Jessica is proud to say that she has been blessed with a beautiful family and a quickly growing business that she has set up to fulfill her dreams while being able to raise her daughters.

    Below is a picture of Jessica picking up her new Janome DC2015 sewing machine at Sewing Concepts LTD in Carpentersville, IL.

    Congratulations Jessica!

  • 9/15/2015

    A Busy Summer Done Right

    Television personality and crafter Jennifer Tryon opens up her new craft room and takes us on a tour of all of her favorite crafty things. In her room, you can see that her love for Janome and Artistic runs deep. She owns a Memory Craft 9900, Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC, 1110DX Pro serger and an Artistic Edge 12 Digital Cutter.

    Jennifer's craft room is not just the heart of the house, but the location of her upcoming video series, Tryon a HomeMade Life. Her series will have a real-life look at trying to pull off some of the amazing craft projects that they pin, share and attempt to pull off themselves. Jennifer mentions that sometimes it works and other times it does not. 

    Check out her website and you will be inspired to "Tryon a HomeMade Life" too. 

    Click here to take a tour of Jennifer's new craft room.

  • 9/14/2015

    A Late Summer Quilt

    Welcome guests to your own "Enchanted Garden" with Janome blogger Lonni Rossi's pretty embroidered and quilted throw or wall hanging. This beautiful summer-to-fall inspired quilt features all of the colors that you see on a beautiful day in late September.

    Lonni embroidered her garden motifs from the Artistic Suite CD onto fabrics from her "Raindrops" fabric collection from Andover Fabrics. She then created simple square blocks using her Batiks and solid white fabrics.

    The free-motion and straightline machine quilting was done on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 machine.

    Click here to follow Lonni's instructions on how to make this wonderful quilt.

  • 9/11/2015

    Caroline's Bow Throw Pillows

    Janome Blogger Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline used her 4120QDC sewing machine to create these wonderful Bow Throw Pillows. The different knit fabric colors and beautiful contrasting patterns as the bow will help brighten anyone's day. Now that the summer is over and the kids are back in school, these pillows make the perfect accessory for a study nook, college dorm and first apartment bed as well as an outdoor reading chair.

    Now you can make them for yourself, your daughter or granddaughter or even a close friend by following Caroline's clear step-by-step tutorial.

    Click here!

  • 9/10/2015

    Featuring Beautiful Built-in Embroidery Designs

    Janome Blogger Milinda Stephenson used her Horizon Memory Craft 15000 machine to create these two quick and easy linen tops for the final dog days of summer. Now you can create them as well using the instructions Milinda provided below. Each shirt can be made in an hour or less using a serger and the MC15000.


    • Choose any tank top pattern.
    • Cut out the top front and back.
    • Embroider the top front: For the embroidery design on the left, simply choose the design from the built-in embroidey machine library of designs. For the embroidery design on the right, find the single flower design. Using the editing screen, copy, paste and arrange the flowers until you are pleased with the design. 
    • After embroidering the top front, serge front to back at the shoulder and side seams.
    • Serge around the arm and neck openings.
    • Turn under and narrow hem all openings with your MC15000 machine.

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