19 October 2012

3rd Anniversary Giveaway Day 1

I think you might really enjoy this story. A year or two ago I bought the new Janome 1100 Horizon. The blogs and Yahoo groups were all atwitter about this great new machine for quilters. I contacted my buddy Tony at Tony's Sewing Machines and when I found he had it, bought one. The back story is that I have a Brother Innov'is 4000 which threads itself (yeah, with the touch of a button), cuts it's thread and stops the machine before the bobbin runs out with a message on the computer screen (I'm not kidding) so this "great" new Janome was a real snore.
I decided to put it on ebay for $1800. which is almost half the new price of $3000. People started emailing me will "offers" of $1500. and worse. I was so incensed about this that I pulled it off ebay.
ANYWAY I got an email from a woman asking me what happened to the machine. It just disappeared. I told her the story about how the machine was such a snore and she commented on the built-in walking foot. Well, I've used walking feet - those huge contraptions that clatter like a threshing machine and have to be screwed on - so I said  "What built in walking foot". I actually checked out the owners booklet and found the thing which is tucked up behind the machine. I followed the directions, got it into place and tried it. It purred like a kitten. VERY long story short, I kept the machine and use it for straight quilting (no free motion) although it does do that too. I use the Brother which threads itself. The machine is still a snore but I love that walking foot.
Back to the lady. We started emailing and getting to know one another and she had never made a quilt. I sent her my first edition of Eleanor Burn's "Quilts in a Day." She was also active in dog rescue and I had a book of 50 animal gifts (like dog coats and cat toy) which I sent her since she made items to sell for her rescue group.
She lived in Iowa (not sure where that was except in the middle somewhere) THEN Brian's (my partner) son moved to Cedar Rapids to become the president of a college. Brian was going to visit. I emailed Kris to see where she lived - in Cedar Rapids. So I decided to make her a sample of the Quilt As You Got (QAYG). It was just two blocks which I made with the flip and sew method from the tutorial (link above) with one connector strip. I know that I love having something in my hand to look at, examine and touch when making something. The photos and step by step process in the tutorial are very clear and easy to understand but a sample is great too.

Brian took Kris's photo and she said I could post it. The bag has the two 12" blocks and a connector strip. She will start working on this quilt which is so great because you can use up your scraps and make a block or two if you want to spend a hour sewing then just pop them in a pile till you have enough for a project (anything from a baby quilt to a king). The tutorial is a queen and I think I made it in two or three (full) days.
Thanks Kris for being a good sport and loving dogs enough to aid in their rescue.


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  1. The only thing I dislike about my machine is fitting/removing that walking foot! it's so fiddly!
    Thanks for the giveaway - it looks a great book!

  2. I had a Janome 6600 for a bit (for the built on walking foot ) and I loved it... Had to sell it to a friend this year when I had to downsize massively.... Good morning to a great gal with more energy than anyone I know!

  3. Very nice story and very good work she is doing. I love dogs.

  4. Mine has a built in walking foot too, but it looks nothing like a walking foot, it's more like an extra leg that feeds. It's easy to engage and disengage too. Oh, btw, I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression.

  5. I took a soy wax batiking class with you at Fiber College this year and had a great time. I made a red, black and white scarf with a NASCAR motif. I gave it to my friend and she loved it. She's going to wear it when she goes to the races in Florida in February.
    As far as quilting goes, I've made a small quilted wall-hanging and it looked like a 3-year old made it. So, I need lots more practice. It really energizes me to see the work that you are doing. It gives me incentive to keep on trying! Thanks, BB.

  6. The above comment is from me, Lani Armelin. I hadn't signed up properly when I wrote it.

  7. You are such a giving person. The teaching advice and the hands on tutorials/tips are free for the taking. Keep doing what you do. Happy Anniversary!

  8. What e great story about you Janome.
    And what e wonderful book you are giving away. I spend the summer in practice drawing faces. I like it.

  9. hi It took me a while to find my blog. I have not used it in a while. I started it when my daughter was living in India. When she returned I forgot about it What a fun think to do

    Randy from Bangor

  10. I have Juki QLE98 that I use for almost everything - which is silly since I have seven sewing machines! lol But none of them are fancy or more than $600.

    I want a Sweet Sixteen now but that's it. :)

  11. I'm a new follower of this Blog....what a great give-away......!


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