Janome Memory Craft 9400 QCP Review, Tips & Tricks

A few months back I was approached by the kind people at Janome and asked if I would like to borrow one of their new machines and give a review. I’ve only sewn on a Janome twice in my life, once was at Glamp Stitch-A-Lot last year and then when I help my daughter with her Sew Mini machine. Both times were good experiences, so I said why not.

Janome Memory Craft 9400 Review, Tips, Tricks and Zipper Pouch Assembly {an Art School Dropout's life}I was expecting them to send a nice machine, but what I got was just pure amazing!

Say hello to the Janome Memory Craft 9400 QCP. It’s loaded with so many bells and whistles that I didn’t even know where to start with this review. I have a lot to say, so strap in for the long haul. Oh, and if you stick around to the end I’ll tell you how I pieced that pouch shown above…

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Marbled Hexies Repeat Patterns

I had talked two days ago about making jewelry again and showed off some new marbled hexagon pieces. Well, I went another step and scanned a huge handful of those hexagons and digitized them to be used in all kinds of projects.

Marbled Hexies Repeat Patterns {an Art School Dropout's life}

I thinking I’m going to run with this idea and see exactly what I can make when I mix my jewelry with my quilting. The sky is the limit.

Marbled Hexies Repeat Patterns {an Art School Dropout's life}

For now I’ve added a whole bunch of pieces using the scans to my Society6 shop

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I am slowly ordering swatches from Spoonflower and currently a few colorways are available as yardage with more coming super soon…

Marbled Hexies Repeat Patterns {an Art School Dropout's life}Also any designs available in my Spoonflower shop can also be used on Sprout Patterns. How cool is this dress? I want it so bad…

Marbled Hexies Repeat Patterns {an Art School Dropout's life}

Seriously, there is so much more I can do here! Other shapes, more casting techniques, different colors, etc. I am so excited by this project and will probably be sharing more about it soon!

 

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I’ve Decided to Make Jewelry Again…

As the title said, I am making jewelry again! I just couldn’t stay away. I’ve been posting video to my IG stories of the process (the new snapchat feature they added) and I’ve been posting photos of some of the new pieces coming soon.

I figured I’d share a few here too…

I've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI've Decided to Make Jewelry Again... {an Art School Dropout's life} Hexagon JewelryI’ve been pretty busy working on lots of Quilt Market goodies and these new jewelry pieces, so I don’t have much to share other than this. I’m hoping to change that up soon enough. As for a shop update, I’m shooting for the second week of October. So if you were interested, keep an eye on my blog, IG account or new shop.

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Pixelated Circles Quilt Pattern: Release Day!

PixelatedCirclesQuilt_release_006For the last 6 weeks I have been talking abut and working on this pattern. I have name it the Pixelated Circles Quilt, because if you add some background fabric in the circles it gives it a pixel like look.

About the Pattern:

The pattern includes four template sizes which can be assembled into four different size quilt. The quilts range from 18″ to 56″ square. The templates can also be used to make numerous other things like pouches, pillows, bags, journal covers and more.

I also designed the quilt to work with pre-cut fabric bundles or scraps. The quilt shown above uses four 5″ charm pack, which means it went together rather quickly.

There are curved seams involved, but I promise you, they aren’t as scary as they seem!

I’ve added this, and a handful of my other patterns to my new shop! I switched to shopify so that I could manage my own digital downloads and offer free PDF’s too! This means I will have more patterns soon AND I’m looking to add embroidery files to the catalog. I’m excited.

You can find it all here:

www.shop.artschooldropout.net/

PixelatedCirclesQuilt_release_005PixelatedCirclesQuilt_release_004PixelatedCirclesQuilt_release_001A Few Sample Projects:

Since this is my first pattern to be released that isn’t a paper piecing pattern, I started a test group to make sure I didn’t miss anything. They were seriously the best group too. They helped with grammar, spelling, misplaced words, incorrect yardage, etc. They also made some of the best sample pieces and I’m so excited to share of few of them today.

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @Margo_bibzThis sample was pieced and assembled by Margaret Smerd‎. She used the center block from the quilt as the centerpiece for this awesome bag! As you can see she fussy cut the the little bears and it really adds to the piece. You can see more of her work on her Instagram profile under @Margo_bibz

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @stitchyscientiestThis fantastic bag was dreamed up and assembled by Angela Zolner. She took one of the full circles and a handful of quadrants and came up with the brilliant configuration. I was so happy when I saw the finished pieces because her sneak peeks didn’t give anything away. You can see more up close shots and other creations by Angela on her IG profile @stitchyscientiest

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @yevonnecThis notepad cover was another super creative creation in the test pool. Yevonne Cearns came up with this design and used a bunch of half circles on the front, back and inside. She also added all that perfect hand stitching around each one. She shows off more of her stuff on her IG profile under @yevonnec.

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @nerd_vikings

Well obviously I think this project is adorable with that puppy hanging out on it! (all dogs are puppies to me) This huge pillow was pieced and quilted by Deirdre Devlin and she used the center circle from the quilt. I love the colors she chose and the mix of straight and circular quilting. Deirdre posts a lot of neat quilting project on her IG profile @nerd_vikings, you should check it out.

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @bjaneyI had asked a few if the testers just to try out a block, no project needed. Belinda Mollison-Sadd made the block above AND another small version in a completely different color way. You can see more shots of both on her IG @bjaney. This was Belinda’s first time sewing curves and fussy cutting fabric. I think she did a fantastic job, don’t you?! Look at those curves!

Pixelated Circles Quilt - sample by @msmelisThis block should win a prize for best use of fabric. Melissa Draper‎ made the smallest circle, which is super tiny at 6″ finished! You can only guess how small those squares are. She used all vintage fabric, including that wondering background fabric that was already adorned by yarn!! How cool is that? You can see all the other wonder things Melissa makes over on her IG @msmelis.

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I still have a huge folder filled with more samples, but I want to spread them out so no ones photos get overlooked. They are seriously all just wonderful and I am beyond grateful for them all!!

Keep checking back over the next week for more quilt layout ideas, information about the pattern and more sample pieces.. Who knows, maybe I’ll figure out the editing software and have a little video too. Fingers crossed.

Before you head off though, I am offering 20% off all the patterns in the shop to celebrate the Pixelated Circles Quilt Pattern AND my 34th birthday!!! Just use the code PCQ20 at checkout. Coupon code expires Friday, Sept. 2nd at midnight EST.

 

 

 

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The Field Study Tote with Sprout Patterns

The Field Study Tote with Sprout Patterns by Jessee Maloney {an Art School Dropout's life}I have teamed up with Sprout Patterns again, but this time I’m showing off a pattern by the talented pattern writer Betz White.

Betz has reached out and asked a couple designers to add their personality to a few of her patterns. In exchange for doing this blog post, I received a fully printed panel of my own designs printed on Eco Canvas through Sprout Patterns.

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