Live From AQS in Paducah, KY
Quilt City USA - and Janome - welcomes quilters from across the country!
The American Quilter's Society held its first quilt show and contest in Paducah, KY in 1985. In its first year, it welcomed 5,000 visitors. Since then, the show has grown and multiplied to other US cities, but its true home is in Paducah, aka: Quilt City, USA, where the yearly event is considered the premiere quilting show in the country.
Janome is here with quilters from around the country to celebrate great quilts, learn tips and techniques from world-class quilt instructors for making our own quilts better, and to see all of the amazing products available for, well, quilting!
The show includes a huge selection of vendors showcasing a wide variety of products for quilting and sewing. Classes are first-rate, with topics from hand-work, to free-form quilting, to traditional techniques. And the quilt gallery on the show floor features breathtaking quilts for inspiration. Attendees are delighted to sew on classrooms full of Memory Craft 11000's, Horizon 7700QCP, and 3160QDC sewing machines.
If you love quilting, Paducah is worth the trip! Find out more about this, and all of the AQS quilt shows at their website. Find one near you, and make a plan to attend. In the meantime, be sure to become a member of this worthy organization.
New Project: Freida's Planter Wrap
Turn a spare roll of TP into an innovative vase for a silk flower bouquet.
No one will ever guess what's inside such a pretty display! This project is fast, fun and a very clever way to put that spare roll of toilet paper to work. With just two squares of fabric from your stash basket and a pretty ribbon, you can make an instant 'vase' for a bright bunch of silk flowers. Super lightweight, festive and so easy to customize, it would make a great centerpiece for Spring and Summer events, like graduations, wedding showers and family gatherings.
Hurry! April Sew & Save Combo Specials End Soon!
When April ends, so will these three great combo deals.
Are you thinking of a new quilting machine? Do you also like to do embroidery? Could you use the speed and professional finish of a new serger?
You have until next Monday, April 30th, to get a great combo deal on some of our most popular machines.
April Savings Bring May Sewing: 3 Great Combo Deals
1. Buy the roomy Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP sewing and quilting machine, together with the Memory Craft 350E embroidery-only machine, get a 990D serger FREE!
3. Buy the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, get a FREE one-year membership in the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club, giving you hundreds of unique embroidery designs to start plus more to add each month for a year. This one-year membership carries a full retail value of $2,785.70! It's yours free with the purchase of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the machine to expand your sewing, quilting and embroidery to new horizons. See more details on this offer.
These offers are based on manufacturer's suggested retail prices 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. Contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details, then get ready to Sew & Save!
Powered by Janome: The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa's how-to videos for sewing and quilting are a YouTube hit.
She's a wife and mother of two, living in Gainesville, FL, who finds time for sewing and crafting projects. Two years ago, she began making sewing instructional videos and posting them on YouTube. Now her channel, TheCraftyGemini has a hundred videos (70 sewing related), which have been viewed more than 2.75 million times.
Vanessa learned to sew five years ago when she was in law school. She says, "I needed a creative outlet and asked my mother (a professional seamstress) to teach me how to sew. She showed up the next weekend with a vintage machine she'd picked up at a yard sale for $10. I never looked back."
Vanessa then began collecting sewing machines, at one point having 11 in her house.
"At the request of my loving husband – who thinks I'm crazy for collecting sewing machines, I have sold most of them and gifted a few," she says. But she kept the one she's done most of her sewing on: her Janome 11542.
On this basic model, she's sewn clothes and cloth diapers for her kids, altered garments, made home décor items, kitchen craft projects, and pieced all her quilts. But there's a whole world of young sewists who want to learn the basics, and her Janome has been her workhorse for designing, creating and filming her online video tutorials.
She says, "I like to use a basic machine because most of my videos are designed for the beginner in mind; I like to show my viewers everything I can do with a simple, budget-friendly sewing machine."
Your Janome dealer has an entire line of budget-friendly machines: Sewist 500, 2212, MyStyle100, Schoolmate S3023, and the adorable Hello Kitty 15822. While their functions are basic, they have the most important feature: reliable Janome stitch quality.
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.
Janome Heritage: The Janome 813
In the mid 1970s, this machine had a number of sewing innovations.
One of the top TV shows of 1976 was the action-packed "The Six Million Dollar Man." You might remember the theme line "We can rebuild him . . . better, faster, stronger."
In 1976, when Janome introduced the Model 813 (also called the Excel 813), they could have used the same line – at least the part about better, faster, stronger. This sturdy, all-metal machine featured innovations like having the first free arm on a Janome home machine. It also came with a built-in cam for decorative stitches and a buttonhole that only took two steps.
It had everything a sewist needed to make clothes just like "Charlie's Angels" (another top show in '76).
As a result of the machine's advanced bobbin system, Janome won a prestigious science and technology award in Japan. More than 35 years later, many 813s are still in use and it's become popular with collectors.
Today, the Janome that's at the cutting edge of sewing technology is the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine. For embroidery size, quilting room, and quiet power, it's today's version of "better, faster, stronger." Try one out today at your local, authorized Janome dealer.
"Forgotten Fabrics" Featured at Sew4Home
Today's beautiful designer quilting cottons often steal the show; Sew4Home brings back some of the old standards of the fabric world.
Candy colored seersucker, delicate eyelet, rich linen, traditional toile, flirty little floral prints, crisp white cottons... our creative friends at Sew4Home looked through these "forgotten fabrics" then unleashed their imaginations to apply the fabrics' classic old-fashioned goodness in new ways.
They used seersucker to create a beautiful set of bed linens: sheet and pillowcases, pillow shams and ruffled accent pillows. There's also a nostalgic shirred sundress, heirloom placemats, a trendy toile bag, and Mom's favorite long apron. Their technique articles on heirloom stitching by machine and shirring are also very helpful how-to summaries.
Check out these projects as well as all the other creativity served up daily at Sew4Home, where Janome is a major sponsor. All the S4H samples are made on Janome machines.
Sew & Save: Buy The MC12000-Get HUNDREDS Of Unique Embroidery Designs
Spring Sew & Save Promotion Focus: the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club; a Year's Membership is yours FREE with the purchase of a MC12000!
For a limited time (now through April 30, 2012), 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!
If you are an embroidery enthusiast, you've likely heard about the Anita Goodesign Diamond Club. This offer is similar, but with an extra special addition. Membership gives you over 1,500 unique embroidery designs to start with, plus over 100 exclusive Janome-Exclusive designs, available only as part of this offer. Then, each month for the next 12 months, you get to swing by your Janome America dealer to pick up that month's Diamond Club kit. Your monthly kit will contain one full-size collection and one mini collection. Both collections will be brand new releases, and every quarter, there's an exclusive Diamond Club bonus collection.
This one-year membership carries a full retail value of $2,785.70! It's yours free with the purchase of the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, the machine to expand your sewing, quilting and embroidery to new horizons.
Contact your local Janome Dealer for all the details, then get ready to Sew & Save!
This offer is 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.
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.
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