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.
New Project: Hooded Baby Towels By Quilt Escapes
Make this adorable baby project on any Janome sewing machine.
When babies come out of the bath, they want to be swaddled in a nice warm towel.
A hooded towel not only helps to keep their head and the whole body warm and cozy as they dry off, but it looks so cute!
You can make this on any Janome sewing machine. You need only beginner sewing skills, and a few yards of terry cloth and flannel. This project is easy enough, you'll want to make several at once.
For the lettering Louisa used her Memory Craft 12000 to personalize the front of the hood with embroidery. But if you don't have an embroidery machine, you can use appliqué or other lettering.
A baby towel that's handmade is a wonderful gift. But when you can personalize it, it makes it that much more special.
New Serger Video: Using The Beading Foot & Attachment To Apply Beading
Use this speedy serger technique to attach beading.
In the past we've shown you how to attach beads with your Janome sewing machine. Your fabric lays flat and the beading is attached by zigzagging over the top.
Today we're featuring an easy way to attach a string of beads with your Janome serger. You fold your fabric and use the Beading Foot and the Beading Attachment to attach the beads along the edge. This is a great technique for home decor or to embellish garments.
How To Attach Beading With Your Serger
- Set up serger 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 string of beads and then hand crank a couple of stitches to get them started.
- Place your fabric, wrong sides together, with the fold against the beads.
- As you begin to stitch, use the guide on the foot to keep the fabric and the beads next to each other.
You now have attached a string of beads to your project.
To see this demonstrated watch the video Beading Foot & Beading Attachment: Applying beading to a folded edge.
Find the Beading Foot and Beading Attachment, along with all the other optional accessories for your Janome serger, at your local Janome dealer.
New Product: Artistic Super Bright LED Light
Illumination where your eyes need it most. Works on any sewing machine.
The older we get, the more we need a little extra light on our work. This is especially true for sewing and quilting projects.
If you've been frustrated with getting a desk lamp manuevered at just the right angle to illuminate your sewing bed, you're going to like this new product from Artistic.
The Super Bright LED is a small light that affixes to the underside of your sewing machine’s arm and casts a bright light onto your entire sewing project. Velcro tabs make it easy to position it at just the right angle. And because the illumination source is a Light Emitting Diode (LED), you get a pure, white light without a hot bulb.
The Super Bright LED can be powered by your machine's USB port or if your machine doesn't have one, you can plug it into a traditional outlet. Either way you won't need the endless supply of batteries required by other stick on lights.
Try Out The MC15000 iPad Apps For Free
Already have an iPad? You can install and test drive both MC15000 apps at no cost.
You don't have to own a Horizon Memory Craft 15000 to install and use the AcuEdit™ and AcuMonitor™ apps on your Apple iPad®.
The MC15000 is the first home sewing machine to connect wirelessly with an iPad®, using your home's wi-fi network. This connection lets you do embroidery editing and stitch-out monitoring away from the machine using the two native apps created especially for the Apple tablet. Both apps are free to download through the Apple App Store and require an iPad® running iOS 6.0 or later.
Creating Embroidery Layouts With AcuEdit™
This app utilizes the complete MC15000 embroidery editing suite. Functions include: Move, Rotate, Enlarge/Reduce, Mirror image, Vertical flip, Centering, Cornering, Copy and Paste, monogramming tools, and more. Users can import designs from the machine to the app and then send back the finished layout when it's ready to be stitched out.
Installing And Trying Out AcuEdit™ For Free
- Open the App Store on your iPad®.
- Search for Janome.
- Find the AcuEdit™ app and install it.
- Open the app and tap the flower icon down in the lower left corner of the screen.
- Tap the sample flower design, which will open up. Tap Done and it will be imported into the edit screen.
- Tap the tool box icon to open up the editing tools. And you're ready to begin.
- To try out the lettering, tap the Alphabet icon in the lower left corner of the main screen.
Monitoring Your Embroidery Stitch-Outs With AcuMonitor™
This app lets you monitor the machine with your iPad® during the entire embroidery process. It can check embroidery progress, machine status, and view a list of all thread colors for the design being embroidered.
Installing And Trying Out AcuMonitor™ For Free
- Open the App Store on your iPad®.
- Search for Janome. Find the AcuMonitor™ app and install it.
- Open the app and tap the gears icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Turn on Demo Mode and press Done. The app will demonstrate what it looks like to monitor an embroidery stitch out.
Find out more about the MC15000 and try it out for yourself at your certified Janome dealer.
New Product: Wood Grain Face Panel For The MC9900
Coordinate your embroidery machine with your wood decor.
The Memory Craft 9900 is a terrific sewing, quilting and embroidery machine. If you're not familiar with this model, it has the embroidery quality and advanced features of top-of-the-line machines costing up to twice as much.
But it also has some built-in fun. The MC9900 is the first Janome with interchangeable face plates. When you purchase the machine, you get three of these front panels, which you can just pop on and pop off to match your mood.
Janome has just released a new optional face panel with the look of finished hardwood. The Wood Grain Face Plate will give your MC9900 a sophisticated look and feel. A great choice if you want to coordinate with the wood cabinets in your sewing room!
This is just one of the three optional faceplates for this machine. You can also get Metallic Copper and Metallic Blue.
Get the new faceplates and all other optional accessories for your MC9900 at your local Janome dealer.
New MC15000 Video: First Impressions Of The New Machine
What do people say after they've tried out the new MC15000?
We visited two Janome dealers more than 220 miles apart to get the first reactions to sewing on the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine.
We talked to experienced quilters, basic sewists, and embroidery enthusiasts. The common denominator was that they'd all heard about this new machine and had come to their Janome dealer to try it out.
The dealerships were South Sound Sewing in Olympia, WA and Paramount Sewing in Eugene, OR.
A big draw was the fact that the MC15000 could connect wirelessly with an Apple iPad to do embroidery designs, and then monitor the stitch-out. The larger touch screen was also a favorite feature, as well as the new 200,000 stitch capacity for embroidery designs.
But one thing really surprised people--including the dealers. The MC15000 is noticeably quieter and smoother than its predecessor the MC12000. As one dealer put it, "I didn't think that was possible. But Janome did it."
Watch the video MC15000: First Impressions to see how much fun everyone was having playing on the new machine. Then take matters into your own hands and get down to your certified Janome dealer to try out the machine for yourself.
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