Sunday Sewing……what is under YOUR needle today?

I know what is under my needle but I don’t know what’s under yours……..please comment in the box below. We’d love to know : Are you quilting? sewing a garment? Making more face masks, scrub caps? Just a one liner would be great to hear what you are sewing.   

I’m doing quilt binding on another UFO today – using the Janome Quilt Binder set. I have made a video for you which you will find on our Janome Life You Tube channel.  So much easier to show and tell how to use this piece of equipment than write a long Sunday “epistle” here so please click below and watch the video.

The quilt above is the one I am going to bind. It was a piece of fabric that is hand dyed and stamped with little African motifs. I purchased it while in South Africa quite a few years ago on one of my visits. I was born on the sub-tropical East coast of Southern Africa (a climate very similar to Hawaii) and both my children were born there. I also spent 5 years in a neighbouring country, called Namibia, just above South Africa on the West Coast, where I lived in the capital city (Windhoek) as well as literally in the Namib desert on the South West African coastline (Swakopmund). We used to joke that our kids had the biggest sandpit in the world to play in just beyond our garden wall. It was a magical place with some of the highest sand dunes in the world and the most amazing sunsets  – which probably partly accounts for my love of orange and purple!

The fabric was a panel which I cut up and set into a sort of pumpkin orange fabric (also a hand dye from South Africa) with sashing and borders. I added the spotty batik border around that. I call it my Wonky African quilt. Lots of African art is very organic so I specifically brought some “wonkiness” into my design.

All of the quilting was done with my walking foot. Melissa (our new Janome Canada artisan and walking foot quilting expert) …are you proud of me??  Some of it was quilted with straight stitching. Some was done with decorative stitches including my favourite serpentine stitch.

I added some yarn couching between the main body of the quilt and my outer border with a mutlicolour yarn to try and echo the vibrant colours in the little stamped motif blocks.

BTW……..(need to speak just for myself here) I really do not care if you are still in your pj’s! It is Sunday; we are requested strongly to stay indoors and we are social distancing (ie no visitors are going to drop by).  SO, who said pj’s are not allowed? You did? …… well, you just got out-voted! LOL.

And a quick reminder that we have Instagram Live presentations coming up this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – all on sergers……more info early tomorrow. 

Don’t forget to drop a note below about what is under your Sunday sewing needle today! 

 

 

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74 Responses to Sunday Sewing……what is under YOUR needle today?

  1. Nik says:

    That’s fabulous! I love the colours. I’m doing a dragon cross stitch, I’ve been doing it since the start of lockdown or just before.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nick,

      I bet you are just finding your Dragon cross Stitch so relaxing. I dug out my hand embroidery too – was a bit embarrassing as I don’t think I had touched it in a very long time but I finished 3 smallish embroideries. I actually combined the one with silk ribbon embroidery, embroidery floss and felt tip pens. Of course, I need to get them framed or something but that may take me another who knows how many years?! I enjoyed the therapeutic hand stitching but also value the ability to do machine embroidery as that is so very much quicker.

      Glad you are finding our posts enjoyable.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • Nik says:

        I got mine out this afternoon for a little bit, I don’t mind about it being slow – it’s way easier to make progress with that than the jigsaw I’ve been doing lately 🙂

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  2. anne halasah says:

    I have just finished a new baby package consisting of a baby nest, burp cloths, receiving blankets, crib sheets, a bath towel and personalized onsies or my granddaughter. And since I’m unable to visit I’m having it mailed. I wish I could show you I’m so pleased with how they all turned out. I just love my Janome 15000, it makes sewing a joy.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Anne,
      And we’d love to see it too. Don’t think you can attach a photo here but maybe you could share it with Janome Canada’s Instagram page? Your special baby is very lucky to have you!

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Pam wilson says:

    Making the Elephant Abstract quilt from Violet Craft

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi,
      Sounds wonderful. I have a pattern for an elephant collage quilt…..you reminded me. Think I’ll have to pull it out and maybe do something with it. But probably should get my UFO’s done first.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. Jette says:

    Hi. I sew a summer shirt for myself. For edge stitching on the collar I used blind hem foot G. I found the recommendation on “Janome life” and it works perfectly with 1/8 inch from the edge. Jette

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  5. Lynette Rheynolds says:

    I have been making 2 colouring books for my young grandchildren in isolation out of red work designs. Will post them when done along with washable marker pens.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Lynette,
      That sounds like a great idea. Did you embroider the red work and sew together into a book?
      Could also be an adult project – I was using my felt tip pens last night to colour in a big panel I purchased a while ago ( a Tamara Kate design). Not sure what it might end up as but I think I would cut apart the 15 blocks and sash and border with nice bright fabric. Will see later.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  6. Nyssa Lanzafame says:

    Rearranging sewing room to make space for a new machine! But lacking motivation lol! Why do they suggest you stay indoors? I understand home and not mixing with neighbors, but not the indoors part?

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  7. Jody says:

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    I made an apron for my daughter in law to give to her mom for Mother’s Day. Love the fabric, chopsticks and rice.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jody

      Unfortunately I’m not able to open the photo. I don’t think we can use them on this comment forum. But I’m sure it looks wonderful. Are you perhaps able to share / send it to Janome Canada’s Instagram page?

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  8. Sonya says:

    I have just finished quilting a quilt for my niece. Her birthday was in isolation on March 22nd on the same day as mine and my sisters. I showed her the quilt top on her birthday and finally finished the quilting today. Now to put on the binding to finish it off.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sonya,

      Wow, all of you share a birthday. My late father would have been on 21st March. She must have been so thrilled when you showed her the quilt. Happy binding! Do you use the Janome Quilt binder for this?

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  9. Nancy Bradley says:

    Hi Liz,
    Just got the M7 (Tuesday) and still exploring it. Working on a scrappy crazy-type quilt and using all kinds of decorative stitches to embellish and quilt it. Looking forward to free motioning on the next quilt which is all pieced, just has to be sandwiched. Loving the enhanced needle area visibility of the M7 and the auto presser foot lift, and other features too. Think I might miss my 8200 for FM, but expect to get used to the new machine and hope to love it for FM too.
    Nancy, in Vernon, BC
    PS… got an email from Janome America about a $200 Home Depot gift card they are giving for buying an M7 between April 12 and end of May. Would like to know why they teased me with this if Canada doesn’t qualify! Can you comment?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Your quilt sounds wonderful. I totally enjoy playing with my decorative stitches too.
      Not really able to comment on Janome America offers. We are a separate subsidiary and, as such, we don’t always have the same models or Sale offers that other countries offer.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  10. Sandra Hamilton says:

    Face masks for a home for abused women. My guild makes quilts for them and this is a new request.

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  11. quiltinggail says:

    Hi Liz,
    I just finished quilting an 80″x80″ quilt! This would usually take me 4-5 days, but with my wonderful new M7, it was done in 2 days – including the binding! I’m loving my new machine!!!!

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Gail,

      Fantastic. I too am SO thrilled at how I can literally zoom through quilting with my Janome M7. The Acufeed flex Plus separate upper feed dog motor is really a game changer. Well done – your quilt must be lovely! Did you do straight stitch with the Acufeed flex Plus or free motion? Or ? And did you use the Janome Quilt binder? That is what I used on my Wonky African quilt and I’m proud to say, it is hanging on my entrance hall wall! I hung it up yesterday when I’d had completed the binding. No label yet, afraid to say, as I’m still looking for my printed labels. I can’t seem to find them – one of the problems with having too much stuff!

      Liz
      Janome Canada

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  12. Adriana Willetts says:

    Hello Liz, I have been completing quite a few UFO’s. I finished my Christmas Elves, one Christmas Calendar, one baby quilt and now working a blanket for my granddaughter’s dolls. She informed me today that her dolls need a nicer blanket, as the ones that she has are getting old. All in all a productive day. As well for non sewing projects I have a sweater to finish knitting for my granddaughter before she outgrows it LOL.
    Regards
    Adriana

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  13. Vicki Madigan says:

    Just have a question about my 9400. Having trouble with stitch quality for decorative stitches. I am using 50 at. Thread. Two layers of cotton and one layer thin batting. Thanks

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Vicki

      I need more information. Please describe what you mean by poor stitch quality: tension? Distortion? Stitch balance? What foot and needle are you using – that is crucial. Let me know and I’ll answer further.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  14. Cathy martino says:

    I am cutting out closet case morgan jeans today . Currently caught up with quilting and will make a Vogue top out of rayon batiste next. Staying home and safe.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Yes, I have been following you (on IG I think) and noticing how very productive you have been. You usually are, of course, but even more so now. Well done and look forward to seeing the Morgan jeans.
      Miss you guys – been too long since I was in your area. Stay well.

      Liz

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  15. Debbie says:

    I’m currently making a bag for my daughter. She’s a nurse and asked if I could make her a bag that she could put her dirty uniform into when she’s coming off of her shifts so she doesn’t wear her possibly contaminated uniform home. The bag and uniform will be thrown directly into the wash.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Debbie,
      What a clever and thoughtful idea. My daughter is an RN and she told me what her “come home” routine looks like. Your daughter is lucky to have you. Happy sewing and thanks for sharing the idea.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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