Author Archives: lizafrica

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 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 read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.

Tania cooks up another Christmas treat!

Hop on over to Tania’s website again this week as she has “cooked up” another Christmas treat for you, Gingerbread  last week. Plum pud this week. YUMMY ……full project instructions/tutorial are included on this link to her website. Thanks, Tania! Powered … Continue reading

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How is the Christmas shopping going?………15 days left if you count Sunday shopping!

Now, yes, I groan along with you when people oh so cheerfully remind me how many shopping (or sewing) days I have remaining before I have to resort to a crisp banknote in an envelope or a hastily printed online … Continue reading

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What is “Ginger Quilts” up to on her blog?

Janome Canada Artisan, Tania Denyer over at Ginger Quilts , has “cooked” up a lovely Christmas treat (full instructions included) ……check it out.   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  

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BOOK REVIEW: All New Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina

I received a rather nice surprize when a book arrived in the mail for me from Sandra Betzina. She had even signed the title page. Thanks, Sandra! Naturally I snuggled up on the couch to read it………. I do believe … Continue reading

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JUST LOOK WHAT TAMARA KATE JUST POSTED………!

Tamara Kate, one of our Janome Canada artisans, published a great post today on her radiant Maple leaf quilt. Hop on over to see what she has to say.  You may have seen this wall hanging at Quilt Canada 2017 … Continue reading

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MORE CHARM SQUARE MAGIC – practical and pretty totes for the Fall in blue charm squares

        We featured a project with Janome show & tell techniques + Janome feet and accessories earlier this month on 30th October  – our Colour of the year green charm square tote & matching zipper baggie.  Find … Continue reading

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WAVE A SERGER MAGIC WAND!

Some of you attended my classes at various shows this year: Spring Creativ Festival, Toronto? Creativ Festival West in Abbotsford? Creativ Festival West in Edmonton? Creativ Festival West in Calgary? If not, I thought it might be good to wave … Continue reading

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More quilts from Janome Canada Artisan Tania Denyer at I am Ginger quilts

We introduced you to Tania Denyer as a new Janome Canada Artisan a few months back in this post.  Tania attended Quilt Canada in June and participated  as a presenter on the Janome booth Pop up lectures. She showed some … Continue reading

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CHARM SQUARE CHARM: COLOUR OF THE YEAR TOTE BAG

I know I am guilty as charged when I can sometimes be heard saying ” Not sure what I was thinking when I bought this?” In all fairness, I think I’m like a lot of us who find it hard … Continue reading

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Janome Canada Artisan: Andrea Ford shares a novel project with us: sew a Reading Tent!

Andrea Ford, founder of RE:Style Studio offers janomelife viewers another unusual project to make. I think it is brilliant! Ever tried to read iBooks out in the sun? And avoid sunburn? And also be the ideal kiddie hang-out……Andrea has the … Continue reading

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