I had a great deal of fun during July & August preparing for my classes at our bi-annual International Dealer Convention. This year it was held in Las Vegas (which is not really my most favourite destination – especially when the temps outdoors soar to ridiculously high levels!)  However, I was busy indoors most of the time so I was cool and air-conditioned – and having lots of learning fun with our dealers from across North America, Australia, the UK, and many other countries!

Nancy Fiedler is one of the Janome America Educators & she designed this clever little quilt-as-you-go project. It formed the basis of our hands-on classes on the JANOME MC9900 which I was responsible for teaching to many dealers and their staff.  I thought it was pretty neat as each block ended up being just 6 or so inches square so was very manageable. There were instructions included in the dealer’s kits for 6 blocks although we knew ahead of time that class participants would probably only have time to complete 3, maybe 4, blocks. But being so quick & easy to whip up, we figured our dealers would be able to complete the project easily back home at their stores.

The sampler with the 4 'core" blocks

The sampler with the 4 ‘core” blocks

Features & techniques covered some of the following:

  • Elongation of satin stitches
  • Stitch building or stacking for embellishment
  • using the Sewing Applications menu for shell tucks; applique and more
  • Combining alphabets to create & stitch words
  • Embroidery using built-in designs as well as Normal Sew emblems
  • Using the Edit mode of the embroidery to position & resize designs
Another project sample using the same 4 core blocks duplicated + the other 2 embroidery blocks (cream in this sample) - all combined to form a  larger sampler.

Another project sample using the same 4 core blocks duplicated + the other 2 embroidery blocks (cream in this sample) – all combined to form a larger sampler.

Once each block was completed, including the quilting, they were trimmed to uniform size and then sewed together using a zig-zag or elastic stitch.  Then a satin stitch or other suitable decorative stitch was stitched over these joins to “pretty” it up.  Finally, a binding was added using the JANOME QUILT BINDER set.

If you like this project, please visit your local JANOME  dealer. Hopefully they attended the International Dealer Convention last month.  Please note that it is up to our dealers how they use these notes. Some dealers may choose to offer a class to teach these techniques. If so, you might like to sign up to attend.  Please note that I am unable to provide the Instruction notes for this project as the project was not designed by me and is therefore not mine to distribute. It was designed as a project for dealers to use in their stores – hence suggesting you contact your local JANOME dealer. This blog post was to offer a neat project idea to perhaps get your creative juices flowing after a long, lazy summer (??).  These samplers may be made on many of our JANOME  sewing & embroidery machines although the pics above show the projects that were sewn on a JANOME MC 9900.

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. Dawn Fielden says:

    Thank you, Liz, you did a great job teaching that class:-) The first day back in the shop, Alison B came out and helped reinforce what you’d taught by having me stitch out the same design you’d made on QuiltWalk Sunday, so we’re having a good time at the Quilted Bear playing with the 9900!! I particularly like the “Zentangle” designs in one colour – very cool. Thanks again:-)


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