Kimberly Einmo - National Spokesperson
Kimberly Einmo is the National Spokesperson for Janome-America, an author, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, international instructor, quilt judge, and host of five popular classes on CRAFTSY/Bluprint. She has written six best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society, created a signature line of unique, specialty quilting rulers, and she writes a column, called Stray Threads, in every issue of American Quilter Magazine. Kimberly is proud to be a featured artist for the Electric Quilt Company where she has developed three EQ companion software products. Her debut basics fabric collection, Solid-ish, is a best-seller for Timeless Treasures Fabrics and she enjoys teaching on quilting cruises to exotic locales around the globe.
A proud military wife and mother of two college-age sons, Kimberly and her husband, Kent, recently relocated to Southern California with three rescue cats and one pampered pooch where she enjoys creating in her sunny South Bay area studio. As a respected and prominent leader in the quilting industry, Kimberly enjoys meeting quilters, crafters and sewing enthusiasts from all walks of life across the US and around the world!
To learn more about Kimberly and to view her work, head over to kimberlyeinmo.com. You can find her stitching on the Janome Quilt Maker MC15000 or 9450. Visit Kimberly as well on Instagram, Facebook, or see what Cheeto (aka Janome_cat) is up to on his own Instagram account!
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Heather Peterson is the Designer and CEO of Girl Charlee Fabrics. GirlCharlee.com has been the premier online purveyor of knit fabrics since 2010 and Heather is proud to exclusively use Janome in her sewing studio.
After many years of sewing for her own children and producing a vintage-inspired clothing line Girl Charlee, Heather found her passion for fabrics and Girl Charlee Fabrics was born. She spends her days designing, sourcing and creating high quality knit fabrics while also contributing as an active member in the online sewing and crafting community.
Heather and the Girl Charlee Fabric team utilize Janome serger, cover stitch and sewing machines to create tutorials, tips and tricks and other digital content to help dispel the myths of sewing with knits. They frequently update the Girl Charlee Fabrics Blog, Facebook page and popular Facebook sewing groups, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media outlets to inspire sewists of all ages across the globe!
Heather currently sews on the Skyline S9.
Linda J. Hahn
Linda began quilting in 1993 and teaching in 1994. She is the author of 6 published books, with another one arriving in April 2020! For of these books have been award winners in the Independent Publishers Awards program - New York Beauty Simplified AQS Publishing 2011 Bronze Medal - New York Beauty Diversified AQS Publishing 2013 Gold Medal - Rock that Quilt Block Weathervane AQS Publishing 2015 Gold Medal - Rock that Quilt Block Hourglass AQS Publishing 2016 - Quilt MatchUp Cash vs. Stash AQS Publishing 2016 Silver Medal and the recently released New York Beauty Quilts Electrified Fox Chapel Publishing 2019. Her next book is scheduled for an April 2020 release.
Linda's first fabric collection debuted in the Spring of 2019 - Island Vibes from Banyan Batiks by Northcott. Her next collection scheduled for 2020 is Carnivale - also from Banyan Batiks by Northcott. Her patterns are marketed under the name Frog Hollow Designs. Some of her work has been featured in your favorite quilting magazines including American Quilter, Love of Quilting, and many others.
Linda currently sews on the Continental M7 and embroiders using the 550E.
Isa tailors garments from top designers to fit the world's most celebrated bodies. As Hollywood's in-demand personal tailor with a passion for all things Tailored & Made, Isa's work graces red carpets, runways and couture ad campaigns alike.
Isa's craftsmanship started at an early age. As a little girl, she learned to pattern and sew from her grandmother, a renowned pattern maker and fashion illustrator, who often partnered with Isa to create matching outfits for Isa and her dolls.
Over the past 15 years, Isa has been deeply involved in the high-end fashion industry from design to product development, couture, on-set tailoring and styling as well as sales.
Isa has worked with the New York City Ballet Costume Shop, Rod Keenan New York, Givenchy, Vogue, Rachel Zoe, numerous stylists, advertising and editorial clients as well as many of Hollywood's most iconic celebrities.
Isa stitches on her 1600P and M7200. You can read all about her favorite machine features here.
Robert Mahar is an artist and designer who develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects through high-quality video tutorials and in-person workshops. He is also a contestant on the new NBC creative competition show Making It. The crafty content he develops and presents to his YouTube viewers, online audience and workshop attendees is often rooted in nostalgia. His talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist is evident in the gift line he continues to develop with Knock Knock and has gained him a loyal following.
With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. When he’s not working in his downtown Los Angeles studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur.
Visit Robert at his site, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest! Don't forget to check out our interview with him as well as the machine he's sewing on, the Janome 6700.
Sarah Ann Smith
Color, line, texture, imagery and stories - all being part of the tradition and future of quilting and art are some of the things that spur Sarah to create. She wants to share her passion and show people that they too can be creative.
Sarah learned how to sew after her neighbor made an apron for her doll when she was six years old. When she first started quilting, she knew she found her niche.
As a former US diplomat, Sarah would draw on her tours in Africa and South America. She is now a full-time artist, has written for Quilting Arts and Machine Quilting Unlimited and has a video workshop for Quilting Arts/Interweave. Sarah also has her own art quilt studio, has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and is also a quilt teacher and pattern designer.
She lives in Hope, Maine with her husband, son and pets. To see her art, teaching schedule, blog or to contact her, visit www.sarahannsmith.com. Learn more about the machine Sarah uses, the Janome 9450QCP, here.
Sew4Home: Senior Editor, Liz Johnson and Creative Director, Anne Adams
With nearly a half million visits each month, this super popular DIY site is proud to be an exclusive Janome sewing studio.
Since 2009, each weekday the Sew4Home team publishes a trend-setting project or helpful sewing tutorial, all of them powered by Janome machines. Liz and Anne believe everyone can and should make their own home décor and other great projects - even if you've never sewn before. A big part of their "Want it? Make it!" conviction is understanding how important it is to work with the best tools possible. If you're looking for inspiration from aprons and bags to pillows and throws, Sew4Home will send your creativity soaring.
Find it at http://www.sew4home.com. Sew4Home currently features the Quilt Maker 15000, Skyline Series, 9450QCP, and the Sewist 780DC.
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Alison O’Grady is the creative behind Sew Bee It Clothier. She specializes in custom freelance sewing as a sample maker for fabric companies and is a member of the Janome Makers as well as a brand ambassador for Havel’s Sewing. Her online shop offers custom sewing like dressing robes, tote bags, purses and custom requests.
She started sewing many years ago after purchasing a lovely dress to wear to a past boyfriend’s wedding only to see another guest wearing the same exact dress! The other woman looked better in it to add insult to injury! That was the last time that would ever happen.That is when Alison’s sewing journey began. With encouragement from her mom, she enrolled in the Master Seamstress certificate program, at the University of Rhode Island.
Alison’s journey in the field that she loves, has had many different experiences. She was in an episode of Bridezilla, after creating a gown for the bride in less than 34 days under unbelievable circumstances. Contributions of her work have traveled to the personal wardrobes of fabric designers as well.
Alison resides in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, Chris. You will find Alison sewing on her Janome MC 15000, MC 9450 QCP, and her AT- 2000D Serger in her studio.
Hello, I'm Amanda. I am a married, momma to Easton who is nearly 8. I work full time as a family nurse practitioner in a small but busy clinic in our hometown of Marshfield, MO.
Quilting for me is an escape. My favorite part is picking out fabrics. I oftentimes walk into the fabric store with one project in mind, just to get inspired by something that draws me off track and before I know it, my cart is full. The hum of my machine and a finished product keep me coming back. I love mixing modern patterns with vintage fabrics. I love hand-quilting down a binding. I love watching my #quilthusband and son genuinely look proud when I come around the corner holding a new quilt.
When I'm not sewing I enjoy gardening, watching Easton play baseball, fishing, hunting, photography and spending time outdoors with my husband.
Amanda can be found on Instagram at @sewhyde and currently sews on a Janome 9450QCP.
Emily is a life-long maker and eternal optimist living among the rolling hills of Wisconsin with her 2 kiddos and bearded husband. She is on a mission to encourage joy in everyone she meets, which for her, is rooted in creativity! She learned to sew from her Mom at a young age and sported some of the most stylish handmade, neon clothes as a little girl. Now, her sewing efforts have turned more into home decor, kid crafts and other colorful ideas that pop into her head!
On most days you will find Emily doodling with her kids, foraging in her garden, testing baked goods in her kitchen or coming up with her latest creation in her studio!
Follow along with Emily at Oh Yay Studio or on Instagram as she stitches and creates on the Janome 9450QCP.
Heidi Proffetty is an awarding winning art quilter, teacher and photographer known for her mosaic style of art quilts. She uses her original technique and a Janome Artistic Edge digital cutting machine to create her quilts. Inspired by the photographs she takes, she transforms her photos into mosaic designs and then uses the digital cutter to precisely cut the small and intricate fabric shapes. The fabric pieces are then fused and free motioned quilted to create her emotional and stunning mosaic quilt designs.
Heidi has written for several publications, including Quilting Arts Magazine. She has been a guest artist on Quilting Arts TV and a featured quilter on the online show, The Quilt Show, episode airing in March 10, 2019. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two teenage daughters.
To see her quilts, teaching schedule, blog or sign up for her newsletter visit www.heidiproffetty.com or check out her art and inspiration on Facebook and Instagram at heidiproffetty.com. Heidi does designing and cutting with Janome’s Artistic Edge 15” and that I sew/quilt with the Janome 9450QCP.
As a stay-at-home mom, Jennifer strives to strike a balance between family, home and work. In the professional world, she is a craft designer. Jennifer loves to sew, fold, punch, glue... whatever the substrate or craft, she is in!
Jennifer is on the May Arts Design team, I Love to Create team and has published work in Sew News, Sew it All, Belle Amore, Crafts n' Things, Apronology and more!
To learn more about Jennifer and to view her work, head over to www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com.
Joanna is the owner of Kustom Kwilts, where she is a pattern designer and longarm quilter in Pipe Creek, TX. Joanna's professional career began in agriculture education, where she was an agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor for 9 years. She decided to learn how to sew in her down time in 2010, and quickly found that everything sewing was her passion. She and her husband lived in Houston for several years after graduating from Texas A&M University, and then moved to a rural haven in the Texas hill country, where they run wild with their little girl and two dogs.
Joanna contributes patterns to Love Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Now and is an Olfa Ambassador and you can see more of Joanna's sewing adventures at http://www.kustomkwilter.com or on Instagram @kustomkwilts, where she shares her love for bright colors and modern traditional designs.
Joanna currently sews on the Janome 9450, embroiders with the Memory Craft 500e, and stitches up her and her daughters' clothes on the 1110DX serger and CoverPro 2000CPX.
Kelly Nagel has a flare for things that are fresh, stylish and modern without abandoning her traditional southern roots. She has been sewing and creating since she was 7 years old. After 2 decades of sewing, taking classes, entering in quilt shows and actively participating in her local quilt guild, Kelly had taught innumerable friends and acquaintances how to sew. She decided to begin teaching professionally in 2012 after taking the Sulky of America Teacher Certification class. She began working for Sulky in 2013 and began writing a sewing blog for Sulky in 2014 as well as doing demonstrations, teaches classes and lectures all over the country.
Kelly has several online classes on Burda Style and the Quilting Company and launched her own brand, The Southern Sewist™, in 2018. With a passion for sewing, quilting and a Bachelor Degree in English from Florida State University, Kelly enjoys creating new projects and writing easy-to-follow tutorials that even the busiest sewists will enjoy and have time to make.
Kelly lives with two beautiful daughters, one amazing husband and two spoiled dogs in North Georgia where she grew up. She's currently sewing on the Janome 15000. Find Kelly on her website, The Southern Sewist, or on Instagram.
Wife and mother to three by day, quick-stitching seamstress by night. Kimberly is the “sew”cialist behind the blog Sweet Red Poppy. She is a fabric-hoarding, embellishment loving, color enthusiast, who enjoys putting her modern spin on sewing.
In her spare time, you can find her dreaming up her latest design, stitching away like a wild woman and taking way too many photographs of her children, all in an effort to avoid the menial daily household tasks of motherhood. Take a look behind the seams at her refreshingly honest posts about the daily challenges of motherhood, the chaos of three children under four and her passion for fashion and sewing on Instagram @sweetredpoppy, Facebook, or YouTube.
Kimberly is sewing on a Janome 4120QDC-B and 1110DX Pro serger this year. Read a fun Q&A we had with Kimberly here.
Maureen is a stay-at-home mother of three, a lover of all things crafty and creative and she makes everything by hand in her small town in Pennsylvania.
Maureen started her blog Maureen Cracknell Handmade in 2010 for a little space of her own - for sharing her passion to create, to document what she learns and how she grows as an artistic person along with having a special place to keep some of those little projects and moments that she and her children create together throughout the day.
Maureen currently stitches the day away on the Janome Quilt Maker 15000.
Meredith Daniel is a self taught sewist inspired by generations of makers before her. She began her real journey in sewing in 2010 and hasn't taken a break since.
Meredith blogs about her adventures in sewing over at Olivia Jane Handcrafted. She loves to sew garments, quilts, bags and anything else that strikes her fancy. In addition, she has published a few quilt patterns with Alison Glass and has a page full of projects and tutorials on her blog.
Meredith aims to make quality, lasting items and hopes to share her handmade inspiration with others. "Our hands and imaginations are wonderful gifts that are nearly unstoppable when they work together." - Meredith
Meredith currently sews on the Janome Skyline S9 and uses Artistic software to create her custom embroidery designs.
Merrick is a wife, mother of three little boys, an avid seamstress and stylist, project junkie and a crazy optimist. She is on a lifelong mission to create a workable, remixable, budget friendly, partially handmade and all-around amazing closet. She would love to help other women achieve the same mission.
Merrick is a self-taught seamstress who specializes in sewing refashions, handmade dresses and sleepless nights.
Visit her at merricksart.com and see what's she's currently stitching up on her Skyline S7.
Michelle developed a love of sewing at a young age. She comes from a long line of talented seamstresses and quilters. She has many fond memories of being surrounded by fabric in her grandmother's sewing room. Michelle started sewing apparel in high school and earned a degree in apparel design. Her passion has now turned to quilting where she enjoys creating patterns with vibrant color and design.
Michelle lives in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She can often be found reading, hiking or riding her bike.
Click here to see her projects on Etsy or catch up on her latest projects on Instagram here. Michelle currently uses the Janome 6700 and 1110DX Pro.
Natalie is the owner/designer for beyond the reef, a quilt pattern-design company that she started one rainy north shore morning on a lanai in Hanalei, Kauai, while drinking coffee with author Jill Marie Landis. As a little girl, Natalie learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her grandmother. After a successful career in the demanding commercial/corporate interior design field in Los Angeles, Natalie decided it was time to live a new dream, and put her talents to work in another area. She has never looked back. She is a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. A Janome Maker, and a contributor to Aurifil and Olfa. She is author of A Modern Twist, by Martingale/TPP with contributions by Angela Walters. And you'll find her entertaining tutorials on the new video series, STITCH!, or teaching at a guild or retreat near you.
Having always lived on the beach, Natalie draws her inspiration for color and design from the sea, the sky, and the land. These days you’ll find Natalie in the studio in sunny Southern California, or out and about with her dog, Stitch.
See more of her inspiration on her site, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Natalie sews on the Janome HD3000.
Nicole is a pattern designer and quilter living in Indianapolis, IN. While she has been sewing from a young age, her introduction to quilting began just a few years ago. Instantly in love with quilting, it became her favorite creative outlet and marked the beginning for her blog Modern Handcraft.
You can find many sewing related tutorials, patterns and crafts on her website, along with design inspiration and a few pictures of her family. She also frequently shares in-progress pictures of projects over on her Instagram page and has recently started teaching.
Nicole currently stitches away on the Janome 9450QCP.
Rachel Barnes’ professional background is in Design and Mechanical Engineering. After 11 years of working in this industry, she switched gears to start a family and enjoy time at home with her children. Through this transition (in 2013) she came back to her love of sewing. She enjoys pattern construction and making garments for herself and her family. Her love for all things textile spans out into spinning fiber into yarn and knitwear design.
Rachel’s love for Janome started with her first sewing machine as a college graduation gift. Although she enjoyed learning to machine sew in 7th grade Home Ec, she got more into personal garment sewing years later. Her skills in the area of technical precision led her to sewing pattern testing in 2015. She has worked with multiple designers and companies to offer technical editing for sewing patterns.
You can read more about Rachel’s creative adventures on her blog, Oak Blue Designs, or Instagram account under the name Oakbluedesigns. Rachel currently sews on the Skyline S7 and Airthread 2000D Serger machines.
Samantha's designs are influenced by childhood memories and travels. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in illustration design. Shortly after graduating college, she met her husband and moved to Tokyo, Japan.
While living in Tokyo, Samantha took Sumi-e painting classes (calligraphic flower painting). She also explored Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam and Bali while living overseas. The imagery of her travels has been engrained in her mind and has a tendency to naturally spark ideas when designing.
You can find Samantha's designs in her fabric collections for Riley Blake Designs or on many other products in the crafting industry. She is fortunate to work with Janome and share how easy it is to create craft and sewing projects.
"With Janome, you are only limited by your own imagination." - Samantha
Visit Samantha at www.samanthawalkerdesigns.net and see what she's stitching on her Quilt Maker 15000 and Artistic embroidery software.
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, award-winning quilter, educator and creative entrepreneur. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful meaningful design. Through sharing her work and teaching, she loves to empower and inspire others to enjoy the process of making.
Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from the International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah, the Quilt Alliance and the Modern Quilt Guild and QuiltCon. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country as well as in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops throughout the country and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations/trunk shows and teaching nationally.
Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. Learn more about Sheri and her work at www.wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio. Sheri currently pieces and quilts on the Janome 6700.
Steph began sewing as a small child. As an adult, she combined that knowledge of sewing with her enthusiasm for human factors and anthropometry to create sewing patterns that are both beautiful and well fitting. Stephanie started writing her own patterns because she wanted to break down hard and intimidating techniques into smaller bite-sized bits that even a beginner can tackle.
In the small amount of time that she's not behind the sewing machine, she's out having a picnic on top of a mountain or driving her Jeep into the high desert. Stephanie is stitching on the Skyline S7 and 2000CPX coverstitch machine.
A passion for the makers in our community, Stephanie Kendron, mom of two and sewist brings us the stories of some of the industry's popular makers through her popular podcast and blog, Modern Sewciety.
When not sewing or recording, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and a glass of wine; making quilts that can be seen in magazines such as Love Patchwork and Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited and more!
Stephanie sews on the Janome Skyline S9 and HD9.
Susan Emory is a fifth generation quilter, graphic designer, wife and mother. In addition, Susan is a former quilt shop owner and the founder of Swirly Girls Design. She has been designing creative patterns with clearly written and illustrated instructions since 2008.
Susan's designs have been featured in several magazines and Swirly Girls Design patterns are sold worldwide. She hosts Schoolhouse programs at International Quilt Market and provides trunk shows and workshops for quilt shops and guilds.
In addition to quilt patterns and books, Susan designed the Monogram Buttons for Dill Buttons and has collaborated on two rulers for Creative Grids. She is a licensed designer with Michael Miller Fabrics and created the Clubhouse Quilt Club, a progressive quilt program.
Susan is actively involved in the quilting industry, a member of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, a member of Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild and an Aurifil Thread Specialist.
When Susan is not traveling and teaching, she lives at home with her husband Mike in Moseley, Virginia. They have three adult children Muriah, Alyssa and Chance.
Danielle currently juggles several roles as a freelance fashion designer, sample maker, alterations specialist, and accessories designer… just to name a few. Always up for a challenge, Danielle loves brainstorming ideas for new and existing garments, especially if they involve upcycled materials. Her talent has been enjoyed by fashion industry leaders and celebrities for whom she has created custom pieces and executed intensive alterations. She shares her latest work and the stories behind them for her increasing online audience on Instagram at @DanielleAmatoApparel and her blog on danielleamatoapparel.com.
As a New York City suburbanite, Danielle enjoys both the beauty and solitude offered by her hometown while also having quick access to the energy and vibe of the city, which provides a never- ending source of creativity and inspiration. Hooked since her first sewing class in 5th grade, fashion and design have continued to be her central loves, finding their way into every aspect of her life.
Danielle currently sews on the Skyline S7 and serges using the AirThread 2000D.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 amazing kids. I work as a clinical pharmacist - total math and chemistry nerd here. Life can be busy and crazy so sewing has become my relaxing and creative outlet and I LOVE it! I began sewing about 14 years ago when a group of girlfriends and I started trying all sorts of crafty projects while our husbands played video games. :) We decided to try sewing and I fell in LOVE with sewing and quilting! I try to sew/quilt a bit every day as those minutes add up! I love sewing in the morning before the kids wake up - it is so peaceful and relaxing! It’s the perfect way to start my day! My kids call it “Mom’s fabric-ing time.”
I love creating all types of projects: quilts (mini to bed size), pillows, bags, table runners, clothing. If it is fabric - I will sew it with my Janome!
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Melanie's Quilt Patterns
Melanie currently sews on the Continental M7 and embroiders using the 550E.
Trish is the petite blogger and maker behind Trish Stitched. Her passion for sewing started when she was an impatient teenager who couldn't find clothes to fit properly.
After years of being the only one in high school to still shop in the children's section of a store, she learned to sew on her mom's Janome. She studied Fashion, Costume Design and Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey where her love of sewing continued to grow.
Trish now lives in Hoboken, NJ with her boyfriend where she spends her days sewing handbags for her Etsy shop and apparel for her wardrobe. On weekends, she works on her parent's farm where she gets her love for florals and color.
Trish currently stitches on the Janome Quilt Maker 15000 and AirThread 2000D.