Pssst! Did you hear? We have a new addition to our Education Team here in Canada. Please welcome Amanda! We are so excited to have her as part of our “Ed Team Family”. Amanda and I had a chance to visit last week, and we are so excited to share our interview with our readers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I live in a small town just outside of Hamilton, ON. I live there with my husband of 14 years and two daughters ages 9 & 7. I mostly spend my days playing with fabric. All my friends come to me when they need fabric because they know I’m well stocked.
What is your earliest sewing memory?
I remember sewing Barbie clothes with my grandmother. Trying to turn the pant legs was super tricky. My other first sewing memory was in Grade 7 sewing class. I was cutting out a bag and I accidentally cut another part of the bag that I had left lying on my table. That was a valuable lesson in really paying attention while I cut something out. I feel like this was an insight to how my sewing career would go. I’m always messing up but that is when I learn the most.
Why do you love Janome?
I love that Janome gives you quality in every price point. My daughter’s first sewing machine is a Janome SUV 1122. It’s the perfect size for a beginner but I also borrow it when I’m travelling because its a great size. Even though it’s an entry model I’ve made whole quilts on it, start to finish with no issue. As you go up the line in models, Janome really gives you what you are looking for. Great features, great accessories and an amazing product.
If you could have a sewing super power, what would it be?
My sewing super power would being able to origami my quilts so I never have to “fight” with them while I’m quilting with them.
What’s your favorite thing about sewing?
I love the creative process. I picture a quilt in my mind and then I take some fabric and make it become a reality. It is so satisfying.
What’s your favorite Janome machine?
Right now I’m completely crushing it on my Janome Continental M7. It is giant and it sews like a dream. It’s even quiet! My studio is right between my 2 daughter’s rooms and I often hold off sewing until they are awake because it wakes them up. But with the Janome M7 I can sew my heart out!
What are you most excited about becoming a Janome Educator?
I’m most excited to get to meet new people and find out what they are sewing. I love hearing about other people’s sewing passions and it will be so much fun showing them the tools, accessories and machines that are going to take their projects to the next level.
Show and Tell!
- June Quilt. This one I’ve made various versions of. I really love how it is a more modern take on a classic design. I love stripes and will use them in almost any quilt I can get away with! I think there has only been 2 versions of this that escaped the stripes.
- Kaleidoscope Quilt. There was a fair amount of time that I was obsessed with making these quilts. They are all foundation paper pieced and take hours of work. The inspiration for this one was from a floral bouquet in a wedding shoot my friend took part in.
- Floral tank top. I stepped into the garment sewing world just over 2 years ago and it has been great fun! This tank top was my first time working with a rayon. I fell in love with this Rifle Paper Co. floral and I knew I had to make something. A simple flowy tank top won out. The pattern is the Ella top by Liola Patterns
- Floral and stripes. I love the combo of florals and stripes. This quilt was for a challenge I was participating in, and I wanted to include both genres. The background is made from layers of various shades of grey chenille, cut so there was a visible gradient drawing your eye in. Then I made individual petals trimmed with a heavier thread and I hand stitched them on to the background. I’m so in love with this wall hanging.
- Recreation of a hidden quilt. This design replicates a vintage quilt that I found hiding as the middle layer of another quilt. It is easily 120 years old but still had a more modern design to it. I had to recreate it. I love seeing what our quilting ancestors were doing and how it has influenced the quilters of today
Thank you Amanda! We are so excited to meet you and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
Click here to see our video interview 🙂
Until next time,