SPOTLIGHT ON JANOME CUSTOMER: ANN BOWN OF CAMPBELL RIVER, BC

Ann is an avid gardener as well as quilter and charity sewer!! Isn't this pond in her Campbell River garden just an oasis of tranquility?

Ann is an avid gardener as well as quilter and charity sewer. Isn’t this pond in her Campbell River garden just an oasis of tranquility?

Imagine my huge surprize when I was surfing on Facebook & I realized that a friend who lived with me in the same University residence while we were studying for our degrees in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (we are not saying how many years ago, right?) was actually living here in BC too!!! We have corresponded quite a bit since then. She recently had pics of some lovely quilts on Facebook and she also recently bought a new JANOME sewing machine: the JANOME 4030QDC from our Campbell River Janome Dealer: Sew & Sews Fabrics

Ann’s FAV features on her JANOME 4030QDC are the speed adjustment capability as well as the lock stitch feature. She is also looking forward to trying out the handlook quilt stitch on a table runner she has ready to quilt. (Check out other blog posts on the hand look quilt stitch by using the search box – top right of the home page of this blogsite).

Ann told me that she has been making quilts for Rose Harbour House – a new Women’s Shelter in Campbell River (a town on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia).  Here is a little information about this worthy cause: The building is actually almost complete now. For women seeking a safe harbour in Campbell River, there will soon be a transition house called “Rose Harbour.”  The supportive housing project will be four-stories and have 27-units. It will offer support and counselling services to women as well as a roof over their heads.   “Rose Harbour” is being run through the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society and offers a place for women to transition out of homelessness or some other tough situation and establish a rental history for future residences. “It’s not just a place to stay, it’s a second stage housing project,” says Georgette Whitehead of the Women’s Centre. “It’ll make a big difference because they’ll be able to get back on their feet.”

 Ann tells me that she got involved with making quilts for them through the Women’s group (UCW) at her church. For the last year they have all been making blankets – knitting, sewing, quilting – so that every bed has a home made blanket when it opens. Some of the units are family units so there will be more than one bed in those units. Ann has made 2 quilts for them:

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  The Noah’s Ark Quilt was a panel with matching fabric 5” squares for a border. Ann quilted the sun’s rays with multi coloured thread and was very pleased with how that turned out. She then quilted on either side of the seams in the border with multi coloured thread as well. Something that any little child would be happy to see and use.

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Ann says: “The other quilt I made  used fleece fabric and although it looks really easy – just squares sewn together – It was way harder than I thought it would be basically because I found working with the fleece really difficult. Very hard to cut and get the squares equal sizes and then slippery to quilt – will never try that again!!”

Even though Ann struggled with the fleece, this looks great and will sure keep some lucky kid warm at Rose harbour House!

Even though Ann struggled with the fleece, this looks great and will sure keep some lucky kid warm at Rose Harbour House!

 

Another pic of Ann's pond. Those od us who go love our gardens know just how much work goes into one this pretty - but we also know how rewarding it can be. Well done Ann on both your garden and your quilts!!

Another pic of Ann’s pond. Those of us who love our gardens know just how much work goes into one this pretty – but we also know how rewarding it can be. Well done Ann on both your garden and your quilts!!

 

 

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and 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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4 Responses to SPOTLIGHT ON JANOME CUSTOMER: ANN BOWN OF CAMPBELL RIVER, BC

  1. Irene says:

    I recently sewed a baby quilt with minky and flannel. I found that no matter how much or which way I pinned them, the layers were always shifting. Very annoying! Then I thought of using the Fons and Porter glue stick and wow, that made the world of difference! Now that I have my new 8900, going to try using the flex foot and no glue!
    Irene

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  2. Robyn says:

    I love the Mickey Mouse Quilt!…. I have found that using a fusible woven interfacing on the back of stretchy fabrics make them easier to use, while retaining a soft finish.

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