many of you know my quilting history, but i don't think i've ever told anyone about how i went about acquire my first "big boy" sewing machine.
here's the story.
i had just discovered the modern quilting movement and knew i would need a sewing machine to match my new found obsession. i started my research by seeing what brands quilters were using. as you can imagine, it was mixed. one name, however, was out pacing everyone--janome. so with a little more research (that included reading hundreds of reviews), i knew janome was for me. knowing i wanted a machine with little to no extra features, i started to narrow down the models. and there she was, the DC2012--the brand's beginner-esq model. compact, computerized, and lightweight, it was the perfect introduction into the world of modern sewing and quilting. to this day, she still purrs like a kitten.
fast forward to today and janome is still one of my favorite sewing machine brands. the janome horizon memory craft 9400 is no exception. designed with the quilter in mind, this machine is a dream with features like a sizable sewing bed, modern design, and other top of the line key features. janome's accu feed (TM) is worth it's weight in gold! they've added additional white bright LED lighting so you can see your projects more clearly, it's super quiet, and even comes with it's own sewing table (woohoo!).
to make your own "boo cave" 14'' x 14'' mini quilt you need the following:
- (4) shades of orange in either fat quarters or scraps. i used kona solids.
- (1) half yard for the background fabric and backing.
- (1) fat quarter for the binding.
- (1) 16'' x 16'' piece of batting.
- (1) matching thread.
- (1) package of tiny wooden halloween bats. i purchased mine from michael's.
cutting and piecing:
- cut the orange fabric into various size strips from 1- 1/2'' to 3'' wide by at least 4 1/2'' long.
- mixing the shades and sizes, sew the strips together on an angle.
- trim 1/4'' seam allowance and press the seams to one side.
- continue sewing the strips together, alternating the angle until you've sewn 9 together.
- trim, making a 3-1/2'' x 9-1/2'' rectangle. you need (5).
- sew the rectangles together.
- cut and sew (1) 5-1/2'' x 14'' rectangle to the left side of you strip blocks.
- add backing and batting, finish as desired.
i attached the spooky bats with fabric glue after adding the quilting and binding. isn't this cute?
cut, sew, repeat...
the tattooed quilter
p.s. the sewing machine i used is on loan from my friend at janome. all views and opinions expressed are my own, but i highly recommend janome and their wide array of products.