Posts Tagged ‘Janome 6500P’

I’ve made good progress on the blue and yellow Crossed Canoes project this month.  All the quarter blocks are finished (168 of them!), which will yield 42 – 12-inch blocks.  They are going to be set 6 x 7, and the finished quilt will measure approximately 72 inches by 84 inches.  It’s not going to have any borders.

The first six blocks are assembled.  Just 36 more to go!  🙂  The blocks were pieced on Ruby, the Singer 99K hand-crank machine, but I’m assembling the components on Marie, the Janome 6500P.  It goes much faster on the electric machine, and now I am impatient to finish!

Nigel the quilting dog is staying “on top of things”, as usual!  🙂

Happy Quilting!



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Lately I’ve been sewing only in my sewing room on my two favourite electric machines  — Marie, the Janome 6500P, and Peggy, the Singer 201K from 1951.

Today however, my 10-year-old asked me if I would sew in the living room so I could watch Dr. Who DVDs with her.  How could I resist a lovely offer like that?!  😉

I didn’t want to move those heavy electric machines and worry about extension leads trailing across the floor, so it was Ruby, the Singer 99K, to the rescue!  Small, portable, hand operated, and she doesn’t make much noise — just right for TV watching while sewing.

We are working on an ancient Blue and Yellow UFO.  I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but I do know that I bought this fabric in Houston, Texas, when I lived there, so this might be 16 years old or so.

The pattern is Crossed Canoes, and the paper pieced pattern can be found here on the World Wide Quilting Page.

I had 11 blocks previously made, and now I have enough components to assemble 25 blocks.  There is loads of fabric left, so I might keep going until I have enough blocks for a large bed-size quilt.  Most of the people in our family are tall, so lap quilts really aren’t big enough for us to wrap up in while reading or watching TV.

And here is Nigel, the quilting dog, supervising the activities!  He and this UFO project are just about the same age!  🙂  He is always my Number 1 helper.


Happy Quilting!


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Someone else has been using my stash this week — and I am so excited about it!

My 8-year-old daughter started making her first quilt yesterday.  I shared with her some of the 5-inch squares that I had cut for the Puss in the Corner blocks.

She started out sewing on her pink Barbie sewing machine.

She has used our Singer 201K several times, and she’s really too advanced for a toy machine, so I switched her over to my big Janome.

She did so well on that one that I turned her loose with the Jem Gold, and off she went!

She also learned to use the iron yesterday to press her blocks.

She was so sensible and careful — no burns and no accidents!  I am very proud of my little quilter!

I also did a bit of sewing yesterday on pillowcases, and between us, we used 3.5 yards of fabric.  Think how fast we’ll go through that stash if we are both working on it!  🙂

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3.5
Used year-to-date:  6.5
Used (net):  -3.25

To see other Stash Reports today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I’m making progress on my Bears in the Farmhouse quilt from Judy Laquidara’s Quilt Along.  The half-square borders are on all the way around, and I have started on the second orange border.



I’m obsessed with this quilt.  I want to work on it all the hours there are, but you know how families are…..they are always wanting to eat, and to wear clean clothes.  😉  Bless ’em.

While I’ve been working on these borders, I’ve been thinking about how I want to quilt this top.  I’ve seen a pattern that I like in Charlene C. Frable’s book, Quilt as Desired, and I’ve been practicing.  quilt-as-desired1However, my focus fabric is a bit busy, so a plain meandering pattern might be better.  We’ll see.  I’ll be doing the quilting on my domestic sewing machine, a Janome 6500 P.  I’ve also decided to call my quilt, “Bears in the Art Museum,” since my focus fabric is a design inspired by the work of Paul Klee.

My Stash Report for Week 14 has only changed by 1/4 yard used, which was binding on a UFO that I finished for the Stashbuster UFO Challenge.  I’m waiting until the Bears in the Farmhouse quilt is finished before I count that fabric.

  • Bought     0 yds
  • Used       1/4 yd
  • YTD Bought 10.75 yds
  • YTD Used 67.75 yds

Happy Sewing!

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Yippee, my red and black project is finished and ready to be delivered to its new owner!  This has been a great learning experience.  Now I know that I cannot do 10,000 things in three days, no matter how optimistic I feel.  And I have also realised how much I do NOT know about quilting (yet!).  😉

We were out of town from Boxing Day (Dec. 26) until the New Year, so I didn’t get back to work on the quilt until January 2.  Then I discovered that I had made some really terrible mistakes in my machine quilting, and all my stitching had to be unpicked.

This is the largest quilt I have ever made, and the safety pin basting just wasn’t adequate.  The layers had shifted, and there were big wrinkles in the backing.  What to do, what to do….

One of my Stashbuster sisters posted a link to Sharon Schamber’s You Tube video tutorial on hand basting.  I wondered if I had the time to learn a new technique to save this quilt.   The legendary basketball coach John Wooden said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

So I decided to go for it, bought some architrave boards (door facings) from the home improvement shop, put the two extra leaves in the dining table, and set to work.  It only took me a little while to get the hang of this technique, and I had the whole quilt *securely* basted and ready for quilting in less than two hours.  This method worked so well for me that I plan to do all my quilts this way in the future.







I kept several needles pre-threaded for basting each round, and this made the work go quickly.  Stopping to re-thread needles also gave me a chance to rest my hand, as I have a bit of arthritis and hand stitching can be difficult sometimes.


I haven’t learned yet how to do fancy machine quilting (although it’s on my list for 2009), so I used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to outline each seam.  My sewing machine is a Janome 6500P, and the stitch I used is Mode 2 Quilt, Stitch No. 50.  It’s sort of like a stretched out zigzag with bar tacks, and I was pleased with the way its geometric pattern suits the quilt design.



I like the way the back looks, too.


I cut 2.5 inch strips from my scraps and joined them together to make the binding.


I laid the finished quilt out on a bed to photograph it.  This bed is a UK King size (USA Queen size), so the quilt will be just the right size for a standard double bed.


Then all I had to do was make the pillowcases (from Mary Johnson’s pattern), and the quilt label, which is framed with red scraps and has the information handwritten with permanent marking pen.


The pattern I used for this quilt can be found here:


(note: link updated 30-8-11)

I added more blocks to make it double-bed size (30 blocks, set 5×6).

The backing fabric was bought especially for this quilt because I had nothing suitable at home, but everything else came from my stash — all the fabric for the top, the piecing thread and quilting thread (YLI Select),  and the batting (Soft & Bright needled polyester batting from the Warm & Natural company).

And now it’s all done.  It’s really, really finished.  🙂

Happy Sewing!

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Today is our wedding anniversary, 11 years.  Sometimes our wedding seems like yesterday, and sometimes it seems like 100 years ago.  And, as all long-term couples know,  it’s not easy.  “For better or for worse” can really try your soul sometimes.  But it’s definitely worth it.  And I would do it all over again.  Happy anniversary, my sweetheart, and thank you for putting up with me.  I love you.   🙂


I made this little quiltlet (8 inches square) on my dream sewing machine, my Janome 6500P, that my husband gave me for my combination birthday-Christmas present a few years ago.  She’s beautiful, trimmed with purple (my happy colour), and her name is “the Fine and Mighty Marie”.  I had always had mechanical machines, and I never thought I would have such a grand computerized machine as this!  I love everything about this machine, and especially the alphabet stitching feature.  It’s so much fun for projects like this, and I have also made quilt labels with it.  I have even used it to put my daughters’ names on their PE clothes and school bags!


Janome 6500P – My Dream Machine

Happy Sewing today!  🙂

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