Patchwork Prism Quilt-A-Long
Sweet Diesel Designs features our Anna Maria Horner Patchwork Prism in a QAL; you could win a Janome DC2012!
We introduced the lovely Patchwork Prism quilt Anna Maria Horner designed for us late last month, using her very own Memory Craft Horizon 7700QCP. This beautiful quilt has been "field-tested" in workshops at local Janome Dealers' stores to RAVE reviews. Now, it is the featured design in a Quilt-A-Long (QAL) with Bianca Miller of Sweet Diesel Designs.
The QAL kicks off on April 24th with a post about choosing your fabric, and continues through the end of June with lots more great advice and super prizes along the way, like pre-cuts, thread and more. Submissions are due by June 26th in order to be qualified to enter to win one of the top prizes, which include generous gift certificates from Fat Quarter Shop and... a grand prize of the Decor Computer 2012.
You can download instructions for the Patchwork Prism Quilt, as well as for a coordinating Pillow Sham, absolutely free right here on our Janome + Anna Maria special website. You can also watch Anna's inspiring video, in which she takes you through some of her favorite parts of creating the quilt, offers advice on color and sewing, and just generally makes you smile with her special Anna Maria charm.
April Savings Bring May Sewing: Save Now-Sew Now
Three Sew & Save Combos available NOW at participating Janome America Dealers.
Whatever type of Spring and Summer sewing projects you have in the hopper, Janome has a way to make them go more easily, more quickly and now... more affordably! Three great offers are waiting for you at your participating Janome America dealer.
And, when you buy the amazing top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, you get a FREE one-year membership in the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club, giving you over 1,500 unique embroidery designs to start with – including Janome-Exclusive designs – then, each month for the next 12 months, there will be a new kit waiting for you at your dealer with additional never-before-released Anita Goodesign embroidery COLLECTIONS!
Contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details, then get ready to Sew & Save!
These offers are based on manufacturer's suggested retails price and valid April 15-30, 2012 at participating authorized Janome retailers in the USA. Void where prohibited. Not valid in combination with any other offers.
Congratulations to the Winner of our March Craft Month Contest
Elaine Kaiser of Bay City, Michigan won the Artistic Crystals software package.
Last month, to celebrate National Craft Month, we had a drawing for the new Artistic Crystals V6.0 software. This unique program allows you to design rhinestone templates from built-in or imported graphics, images, or text.
To enter, you simply had to leave a comment on that post between March 8 and the 31st, telling how crafting makes your world a happier place.
We randomly selected Elaine Kaiser's comment. She'll soon be designing beautiful motifs or fun sayings in sparkling crystals. Of course she told us, "I've never won anything in my life." She can't say that anymore.
Thank you so much to everyone for entering. We really enjoyed reading about the role crafting plays in your life. You are such a creative group! (You can see all 200 comments in the original contest article.)
We'll be posting more information about the Artistic Crystals system in coming months right here on janome.com, and you can visit the new Artistic website to learn more about the system for yourself.
New Video: Buttonhole Foot With Stabilizer Plate for the MC12000
This foot can be used by itself, or with the new stabilizer plate. Either way it makes buttonholes easy.
With all the other advanced features on the machine, you've probably guessed that the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is likely to have a pretty good buttonhole foot.
It does. It's called Automatic Buttonhole Foot R and working in conjunction with the MC12000, it gives you all kinds of adjustments to make your buttonholes come out perfectly.
An accessory that comes with the foot is called the Buttonhole Stabilizer Plate. This plate is designed to give the buttonhole foot extra stability when you're sewing on bulkier fabrics, or when your buttonhole crosses a seam. And it's easy to use.
How To Set Up Buttonhole Foot R With The Stabilizer Plate
- Set your button in the holder back of the foot, and adjust the holder so the button fits snugly. The foot can handle buttons up to one inch across.
Note: If you want to slightly adjust the length of your buttonhole, you can do that by turning the adjusting screw on the side of the foot.
- Attach the buttonhole foot to the machine.
- Lower the buttonhole sensor on your machine.
- On your touchscreen, choose a buttonhole. You have the option of making several fine adjustments: length of the hole, the overall width, or the stitch density. When you're finished with your adjustments, press OK.
- Now insert your project between the foot and the stabilizer plate.
- Sew your buttonhole.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Using The Buttonhole Foot With The Stabilizer Plate. And be sure to see our other MC12000 instructional videos on the Accessory Videos page.
Poll Results: What Spring Projects Are Blooming?
Inside items dominate our Spring Project Poll results.
According to our super-scientific poll (wink-wink), visitors to Janome.com are not making gifts for Mom this year. Instead, they're working on things like garments, home decor, and lots and lots of quilts.
A couple of days ago we posted a poll with the question: What Spring Projects Do YOU Have Blooming?
The most popular answers were: Children's Clothing, Table Linens, and leading all categories by a mile--Working On A Quilt. There's a good chance this was the quilt that was supposed to be done by Christmas.
We were surprised that Mother's Day Gifts and Outdoor Décor were dead last. Maybe when you get out those old lounge cushions, you'll realized the need to sew a new cover. But as for Mom--she should expect flowers and a gift card this year.
See the official poll results along with results of our past polls.
Spring Embroidered Table Runners & Tabards
Use the big hoops on the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 to make a big impact!
It's amazing how a few yards of fabric can dramatically update your dining room for spring.
These two projects were featured in the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 brochure. They take advantage the machine's larger hoop size and flat-out sewing speed on the long seams. Complete instructions are available online and both projects can be completed by someone with intermediate sewing skills.
Embroidered Table Runners - Create a dramatic effect with a 108" runner down the center of your table, crossed by two 70" runners.
Embroidered Chair Tabards - These simple, elegant chair back covers feature a large embroidery design created in HorizonLink. Yardages are for two tabards. Multiply to create as many as you need for your next dinner party!
Take Our Poll: April Showers Bring May Flowers - What Spring Projects Do YOU Have Blooming?
You might be sewing something to use right away or maybe you're thinking waaay ahead.
Spring is an inspiring time for sewing. Longer days. A little more light coming in through the sewing room window. And a change in season (unless you're in a part of the country that's still getting snow).
The new fabrics are out and the fashion stores have the new spring styles to inspire your own creations.
We wondered about what projects you're working on right now--or are just about to start. You might be sewing spring fashion or decor items to use right away. Or maybe you're one of those plan-ahead people who are already working on gifts for next Christmas. It's not too crazy--your favorite performers are starting to work on their next Holiday albums about now.
Of course, if you're a quilter, you may not necessarily follow the calendar. You just want to turn your latest UFO into a finished quilt.
So we'd like to know: What Spring Projects Do YOU Have Blooming?
Vote in our online poll and then check back for the results later this week.
And if you're looking for something to make, check out our Project Section.
Powered By Janome: Brenda Palmiter & A Janome Mission
She traveled more than 3,500 miles to share her love of quilting.
Brenda Palmiter of Petersburg, MI has taken many opportunities to teach other women how to quilt. Recently, she had the chance to teach quilting classes in Costa Rica as part of a mission trip organized by Mission Oppurtunities Short Term (M.O.S.T.).
At home Brenda quilts on her Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. But for this trip she needed smaller, lighter but still reliable machines for the local women to work on. So her group brought along 5 new Janome MyStyle 100 machines.
The quilting classes were held at two new churches--in San Jose and Cartago, Costa Rica. Brenda and her team taught basic quilting and craft sewing. And then they left the five new machines, along with fabrics and notions so the women continue with what they learned.
Brenda says, "They ladies loved it, and loved sewing on these machines."
She's no stranger to quilting while traveling. Once a year Brenda takes a group of women on a quilt retreat where they learn teach a "mystery quilt."
She says, "I purchased my Jem 760 to take to my retreats, classes and camping. Yes camping. I set it on my picnic table outside my trailer and plug it in the outside outlet. Now I can extend my play even farther with this light weight portable."
But she loves everything she can do on her Memory Craft. Recently, she's been making memory quilts for people from their loved ones' clothes after they have passed away. She says, "My Janome 11000SE allows me room to not only piece these quilts but also quilt them myself, even queen size."
Are you Powered by Janome? Tell us how you started out, what you make, how others can order your product, and most importantly, why you trust Janome to help get the job done! We'll be sharing many of these stories on Facebook, Twitter, our eNewsletter, and here on Janome.com.
To get complete details on how to send us your story go to our Powered By Janome submission page. We'd love to hear from you.
New Video: FMQ - Open Toe QO Foot for the MC12000
Enjoy free motion quilting with a better view.
A few weeks back we featured Using The Free Motion Quilting Closed-Toe Foot QC. (See the article for FMQ situations where you'd want to choose this foot.)
Today, we're featuring the Open Toe version of this foot designed for the Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It's called Free Motion Quilting Open-Toe Foot QO. And its open toe design gives you a better view of your needle right where it's penetrating your quilt fabric.
How To Set Up The FMQ Open-Toe Foot QO On Your MC12000
- On the touchscreen of your Horizon Memory Craft 12000 select Sewing Applications.
- Page Forward to Free Motion Quilting.
- Choose Straight Stitch 2.
- Choose the QO foot.
- If you have the blue Free Motion Bobbin case, insert this optional accessory.
- Attach the Free Motion Quilting Foot QO to the machine. Be sure you install it with the back bar behind the ankle and the front bar as usual.
Note: No need to lower your feed dogs. The machine will do it automatically when you select this sewing application.Your machine also has an automatic foot pressure sensor. When you start stitching, the sensor will detect the loft of your project and adjust the presser foot pressure.
- Now you can begin free motion quilting.
When you're finished stitching, press the thread snips button to cut your thread. Or, if desired, you can leave thread tails to bury into the back of your quilt.
To see this demonstrated, watch the video Doing Free Motion Quilting With An Open-Toe Foot.
Try out the MC12000's smooth FMQ stitching at your local, authorized Janome dealer.
New Product! Lunch Box Quilts Collection: Cocktail Recipe Towels
Make your own set of these embroidered bar towels, then settle in for a Mad Men marathon!
Shaken, not stirred. The embroidery designs in this new collection from Lunch Box Quilts are done in the retro style of 60s vintage advertising art. Just the thing you might find adorning the cocktail cart in the offices of Don Draper and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce!
From a Bloody Mary to a Cosmopolitan to a Long Island Ice Tea and nine more in between, each of the 12 designs features a stylized drink design along with the actual cocktail recipe. It's all digitized to stitch out. And, instructions are also included on how to add the coordinating fabric band as shown in the Lunch Box samples.
Angie Steveson, the founder of Lunch Box Quilts, creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery sewing machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally, and her techniques make appliqué as easy as stitching a digitized embroidery design. Just press "Go" on your Janome embroidery machine!
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