It's so much fun to see this stitch out and I've already learned a lot just by stitching out this one little strip of flowers. The best thing about it is I can set up the hoop, hit start, and after making sure everything is running smoothly, I can walk away and work on something else.
It almost makes me feel like there's another Leah quilting in the office!
Of course, I did get a few questions after my post about the 15000 about whether this is "real" quilting or not. Does it really count to be able to hit a button and produce a gorgeous embroidery or quilt a large block without even being in the room?
Well, having played with this machine a bit I can definitely say there is a learning curve here. It's really not as easy as hitting a button straight out of the box, but eventually once you learn about stabilizing and hooping, that will be how easy it is to produce a cute embroidery or quilt a mess of blocks:
|These designs were digitized from blocks I quilted for the project and are included in the Janome Horizon 15000|
So often these days I simply don't have time to do all the things I want to do: to make all the quilts, projects, and run off with the cool ideas that are always bouncing around in my head. With the 15000, I can have a quilt chugging along for a gift for a friend or family member while I work on new designs for this project or quilt a show quilt. It's simply productive!
But yes, I do understand the reservations and criticism of machine embroidery that this is "cheating" or just not a fair show of skill the way regular free motion quilting or hand quilting is. I understand it, I definitely see that point of view, but ultimately I believe this:
There is room for everyone in quilting.
Do what you love, enjoy what you do, and leave judgement and criticism to the Quilt Police!
One last thing about learning machine embroidery - I was feeling pretty intimidated by this machine and all the bells and whistles I didn't really understand. What helped me jump in with both feet and get going was the wonderful classes on Craftsy on machine embroidery. Here's my favorites with some discount links if you'd like to sign up too!
Elegant Embroidered Quilts - Amanda Murphy teaches how to incorporate embroidery motifs with simple piecing to make beautiful quilts. This is the class that taught me how to use the sticky stabilizer and how to stitch multiple designs within one hooping, which saved loads of time!
Machine Embroidered Quilt - Eileen Roche was really my inspiration for understanding machine embroidery and just one of the cool methods you can use for quilting and appliqueing at the same time. I especially liked her tips on hooping without the backing fabric to make a "quilt cracker" which will hide all the thread breaks. Even though this is embroidery, I really hate all those tie offs on the back of the quilt!
Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs - I'm just getting my feet wet with digitizing and this class with Cookie Gaynor is essential to learning what all these complicated terms mean and how to most effectively digitize designs. I really like that Cookie teaches digitizing for many different projects and explains the ways you have to accommodate when digitizing for quilting a quilt verses embroidery on a knit sock.
So that's what I'm up to today! I plan to hoop another strip of white fabric and embroider another panel of flowers then figure out how I'm going to connect the two together with another embroidered block. Fun and challenging all around!
Let's go quilt,