Here are before and after pictures … I know I prefer the “after” picture!
My Personal Life
Since I last blogged, we have had anywhere from between 1 to 15 extra people in our house. We have one shower, one guest bed and 6 foamies, one couch and the floor. At times it was wall-to-wall people: literally! A fun but tiring chaos. Although our home doesn’t have any extra people at the moment … the overflow of guests is not over. We have one person arriving on Tuesday, 11 more coming on Friday … and then, perhaps, maybe we will have a break. It all depends on the fire situation near Fort St. James.
I was in school last week for 4 days. Well, not exactly school, it was officially called “Dealer Training.” I spent time at the lower mainland Janome office. My head is spinning and spinning. I learned a TON! Liz, the National Education Manager, lead us through several topics and wow, she is a bubbling wealth of knowledge! She also has a zillion blog posts that explain some of what I learned.
Ruler Work Kits
I’m hoping to make this one at work. It will cement my knowledge and re-inforce what I can use the rulers for. This little bag is made specifically for the Janome rulers. \ The directions for the project utilize all the rulers in the kit, so it’s perfect for learning how to use the rulers! Liz did a blog post about this, you can read it HERE. (picture of the ruler work kit taken from Liz’s blog post).
Janome Circular Attachment
This is a nifty gadget that I fell in love with. It’s easy to use and can make various sized circles with the stitch of your choice. Here’s the bag that I found so attractive. And, Liz also wrote a blog post on this HERE.
We learned about the up and coming new machines … some left me drooling … but I’ll survive with the great Janome machines I already have. Except for a bigger embroidery machine. But that will wait for a little bit. And oh … there are some really cute machines coming soon … but I can’t tell you about them … yet!
Did you know there are apps for your IPad that you can use with an Embroidery machine? Yup … that’s correct, “there’s an app for that.” Some of the apps are free and some you need to pay for. You can check them out HERE. But, I want to tell you about the one I found most exciting: Acu Sketch!
Acu Sketch: you can download this on your iPad and use your finger to draw out a design … There is a wonderful blog post on Janome Life that Liz wrote talking about this app! You can bet I’ll be using this in the future. I already have plans to use this for 2 different quilts that I want to use embroidery to quilt on. I just need to order a special stylus that will make my drawing way more accurate.
From the 9 projects that I listed HERE, these are still in the plan for current work! Project #5 (mini charm bag) is finished … there’s a picture below in Stash Report.
Absolutely no sewing has happened … so no major changes.
I haven’t accounted for the fabric that I used to finish this little bag. I used a whopping fat quarter for the inside. The outside was a gift that I did not count as fabric added.
- Fabric Used this week: 0.25 yards
- Fabric Used this year: 199.85 yards
- Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
- Fabric Added this Year: 56 yards
- Net Fabric Used for 2018: 143.85
In the meantime,
Check out what others in the quilting world are doing.
- Caroline @ SewCanShe
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- UFO Busting @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
- Monday Making @ Love, Laugh, Quilt
- Main Crush Monday @ Cooking up Quilts
- Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
- Moving it Forward Monday @Em’s Scrapbag
- Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion by the River
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