Many of you already know that I had entered one of my quilts into the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada this year. I had not done so before as I had mistakenly thought that I was not eligible with Janome being one of the big sponsors at Quilt Canada. However, thanks to Johanna Elford (Past President), she put me right on this last year and so I pulled out all the stops and completed my “Flower Power” quilt by the submission date in February this year. Wow, I even took up swimming at my local Rec. Center to keep those shoulders & neck loosened up as I really worked long & hard from Nov – Feb on nights & weekends. There was no guarantee it would be accepted into the show, of course, so big excitement in April when I heard it had made the grade.

Thank you to my co-worker, Debbie Bates, for taking this pic the morning after the Award Ceremony.

I used our Janome MC 11000 to do 48 embroidered blocks using Smith Street designs collections “Wildflowers” & “More Wildflowers”. I used 30 of the 48 blocks for this quilt. Most of the thread used was Wonderfil’s rayon & polyester threads though I did use some other brands (Janome; Diamond; Mettler etc) depending on the colours I had & needed. After embroidering each block – which was digitized applique in the hoop – I cut the blocks into circles and set them into a frame using a different batik fabric. (A bit like a set -in sleeve or see Jenny Haskin’s Aquamarine Ambiance book for more info on this technique).

I decided to sew the blocks together in an uneven way horizontally as I did not want them to be like “soldiers in a row”. I wanted something irregular. I also did not want to quilt the whole quilt as one big piece so I sewed it in vertical panels of 2 +2 +1 rows and quilted the 3 sections first before putting it together, adding mitered borders and piped binding after the 3 sections were joined. It made handling the bulk a lot easier.  Also working on the Janome Horizon 7700QCP with its 11 inches of space made my work SO MUCH EASIER!

You might notice in the picture that the embroidered circles are “puffy”. This is because I trapunto quilted these using 2 layers of high loft polyester batting and water soluble thread which was removed later. Excess batting was cut away behind each circle so only the circle remained. Then a layer of fusible Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting was added + the backing fabric.

Next came a decorative stitch on the JANOME HORIZON 7700QCP (feather stitch) using varigated cotton thread to compliment the colours of the fabric & applique. This was stitched in a circle around the embroidery. This was done through all the layers of the quilt.

Finally I used Wonderfil’s Invisafil which is a super fine polyester invisible thread for the free motion stippling around each circle/ embroidery  and in the border. Wonderfil’s Invisafil comes in a wide range of colours – so not just light & dark – which makes matching and blending very successful. I auditioned many different threads from matching cottons & rayons to varigated cottons & rayons but only the invisafil gave me the result I was looking for: blending that did not detract from the embroidery. I used dark green for the blocks and brown for the border. I used brown polyester sewing thread in the bobbin to match the backing fabric.  I really like the fine thread as it does not add bulk and contrast and being polyester, it is strong and can be ironed.  I did have to use a fine universal needle (size 70) to get thorough all that tightly woven batik fabric. Another choice of needle could be microtex needle which I would maybe have used only I did not have any! I had virtually NO thread breakage after I selected the right needle which I changed many times during the free motion to ensure I had a super sharp needle.

The JANOME HORIZON 7700 QCP with its Convertible Free Motion foot and Automatic plate converter APC (to single hole needle plate) was pure pleasure to use for the free motion. OF COURSE, I also used our JANOME BLUE DOT BOBBIN CASE  which has a lower bobbin tension than the regular red dot bobbin case. This is VERY important if you wish to have great stitching on top & underneath your quilt. No loopy-loo’s on this quilt!!!

OK, so the big excitement for me was that my quilt won second place in the Excellence for Thread work sponsored by Wonderfil so I am so happy that I now get to buy all the specialty threads I need like Invisafil – I’m like a kid in a candy store! Thank you, Wonderfil & Quilt Canada. You made my day, my month, my year!!!!!

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Linda Seemann-Korte says:

    Hi Liz,
    Congratulations on your quilt and winning a ribbon at Quilt Canada, I love the colors and all the quilting you have done. What talent and flare you have for color and design. I hope to have the opportunity to see it one day.


  2. I heard… but I hadn’t seen your beautiful work until now. So pretty! Congratulations on the thread! Wonderfil is so great. I teach in our local ‘candy store’ (Janome & Wonderfil under one roof). Free thread! What could be better?
    I had an entry in the NJS wearables where the prize was a new Janome machine. I didn’t win… so I went out and bought myself a new 3160 to celebrate anyhow! lol
    Congrats Liz!
    Monika K.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Monika,
      Thanks for your comments. I do remember seeing your “Prairie Dress” entry. It was most unusual and quite striking.
      I was just in SK at the Stitches Conference in Muenster and I hope to be back in Saskatchewan in Sept – hopefully we will see each other then?
      PS CONGRATS on the 3160 purchase. I am sure you will enjoy that machine – enjoy!


  3. Jan says:

    Congrats Liz, That is a beautiful quilt. Hope you bring it to Chilliwack. Jan


  4. Shirley W says:

    Wonderful Liz glad you entered
    Shirley W


  5. Donna Morton says:

    Way to go Liz! Congratulations!

    Donna M


  6. Elaine Chase says:

    Liz your quilt is just stunning so glad you won a ribbon, hope you had a good time down east.
    Take care. Luv Elaine.


  7. Cheryl Paul says:

    Congratulations, Liz. The quilt is beautiful. I hope you can bring it along in one of your travels to visit us. OR it could be an excuse to come visit you. Cheryl


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