Meet our newest Janome Canada Educator!

I’m so excited to introduce to you our new Educator, Monique! I had the opportunity to spend some time and get to know her, which I thoroughly enjoyed! She’s from Ontario and is an avid quilter. She’s even designed her own quilt patterns!

Below is a transcript of our conversation, and you can click here to see her bio on our website 

This light blue and white quilt is a King size quilt called Full Bloom. It is my own design that I used EQ7 to design and piece.  I custom quilted it on a Long Arm machine using Hand Guiding and rulers.  I used 2 kinds of batting: cotton on the bottom and wool on the top to provide some loft.  It has won Viewers Choice, Judge’s Choice (Kathy Wylie), Best Overall at the Ottawa Valley Quilt show, Best Long Arm.  Made in 2015

E: So tell us, what is your earliest sewing memory?

M: My earliest sewing memory was in high school, grade 9 Home Economics class.  Although my mom tells me I was sewing or playing with her green Singer Sewing machine long before that, I just don’t remember.  In this all girls class, we made an apron to use later in the cooking and baking part of the class.  There were many machines available but I remember all my friends wanting me to help them out since I was the only one who had sewing experience.

The Red and White maple leaf is called “Canadian Bear”, designed on EQ7. It has hand guided quilting and ruler work.  80/20 Hobbs batting was used.  It won awards for best overall hand guided category.

E: Why do you love Janome?

M: I love Janome machines for the  versatility and their ability to adapt to new trends.  Janome is always keeping up with new innovative ways for Sewist and Quilters to make beautiful things.

The red and white Flying Geese quilt is a Zen Chic pattern called Red Geese. 
It was custom quilted using a computer and the robotics of the long arm machine. 

E: If you had a sewing super power, what would it be?

M: My Sewing Super Power would be to become Genie from “I Dream of Genie” and I would shake my ponytail (I know I don’t have a ponytail) and have all my stitched errors unpicked in a second.  Then I could spend more time sewing.  

This wall hanging Maple Leaf quilt is a small wall hanging that I (Monique) designed. I cut up all kinds of red scraps, fused them together and then appliqued it to the background.  I satin stitched the edges and added the trees.

E: What’s your favourite thing about sewing?

M: My favourite thing about sewing is when I am actually sitting at my sewing machine listening to the hum of the well running machine, it’s relaxing.  I love it when it rains or snows outside so I don’t have to feel guilty being inside sewing.  I love the satisfaction I get when I see how happy someone is when I give them a quilt or a bag I have made.  I know how grateful they are to receive this project that I designed and made especially for them.  

The truck is a Laura Heine pattern called Old Blue. Mine is red because the first truck I owned was red, my favourite colour.

E: What’s your favourite Janome machine?

M: My favourite Janome machine is always the most current machine I have.  Right now I have the Janome 9450QCP.  I used to own the Janome MC6600P and at the time it was my favourite.  What I love most about the Janome 9450QCP is the AcuFeed Flex System, perfect for all my projects. 

We are all so excited to have Monique on our Education Team, and we look forward to seeing all her creativity flourish for the benefit of our Janome Canada Dealers and customers. 

Until next time,


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5 Responses to Meet our newest Janome Canada Educator!

  1. Carla says:

    Hi there!
    Will you be having online classes for the Skyline S9 ?
    I need some help to learn all the things this wonderful machine does!!!!


    • Liz Thompson says:

      Hi Carla,

      We don’t have specific machine classes in the current Fall offerings except for the ones on the M7 and 550E. We did this very specifically as we wanted to be as inclusive as we could to accommodate as many people as possible on a wide range of different machines. These online classes are not really owner’s classes – which is what I think you are asking for. Our fall online classes are more general learning opportunities showing projects, techniques and feet etc. Most of what we are currently showing is applicable to many different machine model including your S9.
      However, having said that, we have many S9 posts right here on Janome Life (just do a search for S9 and Apps or embroidery topics). Our artisan, Trina does a post once a month (last Friday each month) – she has the S9. She has featured some feet and features and is currently doing posts showing the apps. Lots of her posts are project focused.
      At the end of the day, your dealer is the best place to go for owners classes. If you bought from the Shopping channel, Jen at Tryon a Handmade Life (her blog and Facebook page) has lots to offer in terms of support. And if you give us specific questions, we are very happy to answer these for you.



    • Liz Thompson says:

      Hi Carla,

      You can also contact Michael at about machine specific classes. I heard today that he has plans to offer an online clAss on the S9 in December.



  2. Donna Morton says:

    Cannot view the video. Comes up as a private video and you need to sign in to view.


    • Liz Thompson says:

      Hi Donna,
      Yes I know. My mistake -sorry. I had to pull the video due to technical issues with it. Thought I’d saved the change to the post but apparently did not. Was corrected this morning. The transcript of the video is in the blog post. We will retape the video if we get time.



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