Our big quilt showcasing just some of the 480 incredibly fresh & new embroidery designs that the JANOME MC 15000 has to offer for our embroidery enjoyment!!
Debbie & I (at the Vancouver office of Janome Canada) wanted to make a really splendid embroidery sampler showing many of the NEW embroidery designs found on the JANOME HORIZON MC15000. Debbie dreamed up the contemporary design utilizing the great NEW designs . I then embroidered & embroidered & then embroidered some more!! Finally it all came together and I quilted it using the ACUFIL QUILTING HOOP in the main body of the quilt and free motion in the borders. Lastly, the quilt was bound using the JANOME QUILT BINDER SET.
It needs to be said at the outset that Debbie has been hugely involved in getting many of the wonderful fresh & new designs for the embroidery collection for this machine together. I also spent a good deal of time earlier this year doing test embroideries as the digitizing came in & before it was all submitted to Janome in Japan for inclusion on the machine. A huge job for the whole team here and in other parts of the Janome world. But it was 100% worthwhile as we have a truly innovative and fresh, contemporary collection of built-in designs on this machine. I am very proud to have been a small part of the process that got us to this point.
I will share in more detail at another time about some of the how-to’s for the big quilt – such as the Acufil quilting which was just a “walk-in-the-park” but for now I will share close up pics of different parts of the quilt.
The top border of the quilt: the wing is a GR hoop design and the heart is a SQ14 design. I re-sized the heart and 100% most definitely printed templates and used these in conjunction with the JANOME CLOTHSETTER to position & accurately hoop the 3 designs.
This was a little like building a giant pizza! It has 12 wedges making up the circle. each wedge is a GR hoop design. I am guessing there will be NO show of hands for those willing to try & line these up without templates and the JANOME CLOTHSETTER??!!
Next came the section below the “pizza”. This is made up of 3 large circular embroideries and surrounded by 6 quarter circles. Again, there was NO WAY I would have attempted this without my trusty JANOME CLOTHSETTER & printed templates to mark out the fabric & hoop up accurately.
Colour choice was also an important consideration for Debbie & I: we spent quite a bit of time trying out various combinations to achieve the overall result we were looking for. Note: this section was 9 hoopings. PLEASE ALSO NOTE the ACUFIL QUILTING on the white background. This was real quick & easy as I used 2 different ACUFIL designs and resized them so that I had a variety of templates to fit different sections of the background. It worked SO well ………I am SERIOUS when I tell you that I did not even have to remove the ASQ hoop from the machine nor did I have to stand up. Just popped the magnets, slid the template under the embroidery foot, lined up the quilt on the next marked design; reclamped the magnets for the new design; removed the template and stitched. I was amazed at how quickly I got the entire background quilted!! I am VERY convinced that this truly is the way to go for quilting ….let the embroidery machine do the work for you. It is simply the smartest and most efficient way to get your quilting done. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN HOW OUT ACUFIL QUILTING WORKS, PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL JANOME DEALER FOR MORE INFORMATION. You will be amazed.
We added corner embroideries around the big circles of “wedges”.
Note the Acufil Embroidered quilting in the background as well as a little free motion quilting.
The side borders were 3 GR hoopings each using clothsetter & printed templates to line up the designs
The border at the bottom used the heart design again + the circular one in the middle of the round, central design. I also added another SQ14 hoop design to complete the row. See below: