Guest blog post from Janome Artisan: Tania Denyer

Tania Denyer has shared some artistic, quilting ideas in a previous post   as well as offering us 2 great projects in the 2017 Cross Canada Look book. See Tania sews on our Janome Skyline s7 and has another artistic quilting project to share today.


Summer passes so quickly, as I am sure I do not need to remind you… and summer means vacation. This summer I found my sewjo also took a vacation… which I was not expecting! It gave me no notice, it simply up and disappeared!


I have had this happen before, and I knew what I needed to do. I needed to take myself to somewhere creative, but not somewhere quilt related. It may seem crazy but it works.

In July I took an art trip to the AGO. Art Gallery of Ontario. I let myself wander through the exhibits, looking at whatever took my interest and that was how I discovered Rita Letendre. Her paintings are modern and abstract, full of colour, line, and movement.

This one in particular sparked my curiosity… and of course I wondered how it would work as a quilt!

Once home I pulled the colours from the painting using solid colour fabrics and improv stitched them together. I didn’t worry about making an exact copy, I simply wanted to capture the colours she used.

Then I decided to play with the fancy stitches on with my Janome S7. I alternated straight line quilting with the occasional decorative stitch for visual interest. I have marked on the photo the stitch number that produced each, if you want to try on your own machine.

I used coordinating threads from the Aurifil Canada 150 collection.  See page 31 & 32 of the Look book for this Thread Collection. It is a small piece so I thought that keeping the fancy stitches the same colour as the fabric would keep things calmer in the overall design.

This is how it ended up. My sewjo returned from vacation!

Do you think this qualifies as a modern crazy quilting?

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 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 sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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4 Responses to Guest blog post from Janome Artisan: Tania Denyer

  1. cherylsewing says:

    Tania, That is absolutely stunning! I love it. You made excellent use of those decorative stitches and it puffed the quilt up to ad dimension – beautiful work.


  2. gaylefz says:

    different and striking.


  3. Patricia Castonguay says:

    Beautiful as always Tania.


  4. K says:

    Absolutely stunning, very creative!


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