Janome Horizon Review: Update, Quilting-Get Started (123)

Welcome back to Val’s Quilting where I fill you in on all the exciting stuff that’s happening…

First off, update for those of you who’ve left comments, advice, feedback on my challenges with Janome Canada (thank you so much!). I’ve had several email conversations with the CEO of Janome Canada as well as heard back from Jim Findlay (while he is on holidays)…I still haven’t heard back from the CEO or anyone from the warranty department about where I take my machine with this amazing 2 years full coverage warranty for warranty work? And they will not return my machine….

here’s a picture of the fix we came up with for the wiggly feet, we’ve put a piece of tape on the edge of the shaft to provide some cushioning when the foot snaps in to make it nice and secure – it works!!

I’ve been sewing on it quite a bit over the last week and getting more used to the differences and the new options. Still have some quirks that I need to get used to…Any suggestions about the Janome that you can give me I’d appreciate it very much:) Looks like I’m stuck with it so I might as well start liking it 😉

So, I’ll keep you posted on whatever else I hear.

I finished my Quilting – Get Started Quilt and I’m so happy with the way it turned out!! 

I quilted each block slightly different

the Oak Leaf’s: raw edge applique, block 4,  I tied

The Dresden Plate, needle turn applique, block 3, I ecco quilted


Don’t forget to vote for Pastimes Online’s next block of the month club

project or projects as we just can’t decide 🙂

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 I’m at the Chestermere Farmer’s Market today from 3:30 – 7:30

if you’re in the neighbourhood stop by and say “Hi”
as I’d love to meet you and visit with you.

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

Quilting – Get Started, Freebie, A Kittens Tale (116)

Hi Everyone, how are you? What have you been working on lately? Last week I completed a few things including 1 hard block with about 20 inset seams, yikes it was a doozie but I LOVE the way it turned out

I finished Block 3 of A Kittens Tale bom which is so adorable…here’s the preview, I still have the yo-yos and stitching to complete

These two blocks almost took me an entire day to complete but look how amazing…well I think so anyway…they turned out 🙂

Then I got down to it and finished the sampler top for my last class in the Quilting – Get Started program on Wednesday night and I’m quite pleased, it’s so cheery and fun looking, what do you think? We will be cutting borders, layering, basting on Wednesday night, I’m kind of sad to be finished I’m so enjoying the teaching.

Check out my new Class set for the Fall Semester

Cathedral Tote

Kites for Kids, which has also been added to my Patterns Kits area here

Quilting – Get Started

I’m also working on a swap with Quilting Gallery’s website called “Be Amoungst the Bees” it’s a cute stitchery pattern I’m going to do using my silks. Are any of you doing this swap? If so, do you already have yours completed, what did you choose for fabrics?

 Also, please vote on our new Poll for 2010 block of the months clubs that are coming, we need your help!! Until next time, have a happy and creative day, 

Need Advice, Block of the Month, Sampler (entry 112)

Hi Everyone, how’s everyone’s week been? Mine has been good and busy, up bright and early this morning writing this blog post as I have a full day. I’ll also do a quick blog posting about the St. Albert Quilt Show I attended last weekend with my Sister and my Mum for Mother’s day.

To Do’s

– finish sampler as I need to have it photographed by Monday for the school catalogue – how exciting hey?

– do freebie 15 block as tomorrow is the 15th

– do A Kitten’s Tale Block 3 – get it put together

– figure out how much the finishing kits will be for the sampler and email to students

So, what about your day?

I’ve been working on programming my website, got a new gal all lined up to be e-interviewed for June and she’s got quite the story…I have a brand new poll coming up for our block of the month clubs, not sure exactly how this works but I’m learning as I go. Here’s a sneak peak of what I have instore for the fall…if Interested email me and tell me which one you would like to try and I’ll mark you down to be contacted. 

Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson

HocusPocusVille by Crabapple Hill Girls

Life is Beautiful by Hugs and Kisses

Pies and Tarts by Sue Daley Designs

Snow Days by Crabapple Hills Girls

Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches which is all Fairies in playful poses and it’s so adorable

Vintage Garden by Little Green Cottage, very whimsical

So have I tweaked your interest? As you can see a good combination of stitching and patchwork which seems to be very popular these days…if you are interested contact me and I’ll put you on the list to be contacted in the fall. Just think: shimmery silks, hand dyed flosses, crisp cottons, silk pins, step by step instructions….hmmm total bliss.

I need your advice, I have this idea in my head for a girls design not little girl but not teenage either. I’ve been getting mixed reviews on my colour palette. I’m thinking black, white and red but her room isn’t these colours at all…what do you think I really need some advice here ladies? I was hoping for a fun preteen style of quilt that she can take to slumber parties and whatever she likes but…is it too wild for that age group?

Here’s what my sampler for the Quilting – Get Started course is looking like. I’m going to finish the top today I have that mosaic border completed on 3 sides, what do you think?

Have a great weekend everyone, I have my DH’s Grandma’s 90th tomorrow so I’ll be busy making Mexican Chicken, Veggie Casserole and No-Bake Cheesecake tomorrow, what are you up to this weekend?

Until next time have a weekend full of happiness and creativity