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We have made a concerted effort during 2014 to move out beyond this immediate blogosphere to see what others were saying & doing on their blogs. We like to do this because we think it is important that we maintain a broader vision even while we focus in on specific Janome information.

It has been a most interesting and informative year. We have seen some great blogs with wonderful, regular postings. We have also seen some rather ho-hum ones – indeed as we would have expected.

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If you choose to subscribe to a particular blog, you will be notified each time they publish a post. While this can clog up an inbox, a quick “leave to read later or delete” really does not take long to do. The pleasure and creative excitement generated from reading these blogs more than makes up for a somewhat crowded inbox (occasionally when they all seem to post at once!)

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We thought you might like to benefit from visiting and/or subscribing to  some of our favourite sites.  And we would obviously love you to subscribe to our janomelife blog by  entering your email address in the +follow box on our home page.

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Some Canadian Blogs: – Trina  – Tamara – Jill Buckley  – Pamela A  – Tasia

 We could not miss out our very own local Quilting magazine: Quilter’s Connection. Published right here in Vancouver, BC we are proud of what Heather has accomplished with this great publication. She also offers regular blog posts on a variety of quilting matters. Check it out!

Another quilting blog we must mention is the official website & blog of the CQA – Quilt Canada – Canada’s national quilting body……local, informative & always up to date on our annual National Juried Show and classes etc…….2015 is in Lethbridge, Alberta next June.

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  •  Goodbye Valentino Sarah Gunn’s account of her personal journey of making beautiful garments after she decided that she would start a “fast”: She determined she would sew her own clothes instead of spending a fortune buying high end designer clothing. I am inspired and motivated by Sarah’s accomplishments. sarah on beach
  • Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures Amy is a Janome girl (works part-time for a Janome dealer in the US) ….we believe she sews on a Janome 6600P. Free motion quilting is her thing…..she explores her free motion journey with snippets of info, indepth tutorials and more….good blog.
  • Leah Day is like a breath of fresh air. Her approach is casual, easy going and frank. We love that she is young … encouraging to see younger ladies loving quilting as much as we do and that she uses our Janome machines. She offers great free motion techniques and tutorials.  We used (with permission) some of Leah’s free motion designs…..they were digitized and included as built-in designs on the Janome MC15000 as well as on an embroidery design CD called Expressions of Texture ……available at your local Janome dealer.
  • Another younger face in the quilting world is Angela Walters. Gotta love her “handle”: Quilting is my Therapy…..very energetic, shoots from the hip with modern, fresh ideas. 
  • Did  you make that? This is one of Liz’s favourites: Karen and her dog Ella come to life on her down-to-earth blog pages….she lives in London, UK and shares her garment sewing (she has made some beautiful things) as well her knitting & crochet projects.
  • He cooks, she sews She (not sure I have “caught” her name yet) lives in Adelaide, Australia and writes another great blog….lots of fun garment sewing projects for her & her daughter(s). I really like seeing how different people approach their garment sewing and what they model in their garden or with some lovely Oz architecture as a backdrop.
  • Sew Well Amy is from Seattle and she sews mainly garments & baby stuff. She talks about the creative process as well as showing the finished items.
  • The Renegade Seamstress:  Beth hails from the Seattle area & has some great posts mainly about repurposing and refashioning new items from “old” items. She recently published a book: “The Refashion Handbook”. Not all about clothing….she recently did a great post on how to decorate/paint your own Christmas wrapping paper with a pine sprig dipped in white paint.
  • Sew Busy Lizzy   She sews on the seashore…..somewhere north of Sydney I think. Her choice of garment patterns & fabric are just as lovely as her photographs of the completed garments – most, if not all, are shot on a wind swept beach. These posts are always a treat!
  • Fifty Dresses – Karen lives in Philadelphia, USA and her blog focusses on sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns – so quite vintage inspired.
  • Ruthie quilts! and quilts –  Ruthie is from the Western part of the US (maybe Utah area?) . She loves to share about vintage quilts and what she and her quilting buddies are up to.

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 An oft-referenced  compilation List:  – and she is compiling another, here

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 Please note that our lists in no way acknowledges that we support or agree with everything published on these sites. Nor do we mean to suggest that these are the only sites worth visiting…….not at all: in fact, if you have found a great site to visit, please let us know in the comment box at the end of this post and we will be pleased to check it out.

You might like to subscribe to some of the blogs & websites we list. You can at any stage unsubscribe if you find your inbox too full. But I am sure you will enjoy the varied creative input you will receive.


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  1. Dawn says:

    eek, I spend way too much time on the computer now – if I start doing through your list, Liz, I may never get another quilt made!! Lots of eye candy to see, I’m sure, and lots and lots of inspiration, I know! Thanks for posting such a great list:-) Happy New Year!!


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