This lovely runner was made by Irene Reid: the blocks were pieced and embroidered in the hoop and then she added crystals using the Artistic Suite version 6 software – Please see recent separate blog post entitled “Irene has been having another Crystal Party in her Sewing room!!”

This is the tree skirt that Langley Vacuum staff made using the Christmas Challenge fabric.

Langley Vacuum & Sewing (Langley, BC) recently held their Christmas Embroidery & Sewing Club. Trudy decided to repeat the Christmas Challenge this year as it was so successful last year: at the September meeting, customers were given a choice of 2 Christmas fabrics: one burgundy red print with flowers and another cream fabric with green & red star print. Each customer who wished to participate was given 1/2m of one of these fabrics…………….no rules other than please use up as much of the fabric as possible (they could add other fabrics but did have to use the 1/2m provided) and make anything using their JANOME SEWING AND/OR EMBROIDERY machine. 

This is a rather lovely snowman quilt that Colleen Broderick made. She called it Snowmen Galore

Show & Tell happened…………WOW!!!! The projects created were very diverse from a cute little bag to table runners to a little girl’s dress. It always thrills me that people are so creative +  how totally different the various projects made with the same 2 fabrics turn out.   You might like to pop into Langley Vacuum & Sewing  (check out the Dealer locator top right corner of our page for address of this JANOME dealer) to see all the lovely projects: They will be displayed in the store and you are invited to choose your favourite one and vote for this. A prize will be awarded to the project with the most votes early in the New Year.

Bev Holt sure was a busy bee! She made all 3 of these Christmas projects – each one used a little of the Christmas Challenge fabric (burgundy floral print).

Bridget Winterhoff made this very delightful little dress using the challenge fabric in the apron overlay.

This runner was made by Julie Scouten – notice how the use of the purple made the runner just “pop”

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. Phyllis says:

    Amazing! The projects are so inspiring.
    That’s the beauty of sewing!


    • lizafrica says:

      Yes, sewing captured my imagination and passion when I was just 9 years old and continues to hold me all these years later…….FUN, FUN, FUN. I doubt I will ever run out of projects to dream up & make.


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