I am so excited to reveal a project, or rather several projects, I’ve been working on with Janome Canada!
I am currently an Artisan team member for Janome Canada. Janome so kindly supplied me with a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200 machine, to create some fun quilty and sewing projects to share and to show off the machine features, and how it works and handles. It’s a pretty cool machine I have to say, and handles like a dream! I haven’t delved into the more fun features yet, like all the different stitches, or tried out the basics like the buttonholer, so I’ll be doing that over this coming year!

They also know that I’m a graphic designer and when they asked me to create some branding for a new series of machines they were developing, of course I jumped at the chance!

Over the past several months, we’ve been working on the logo, which I designed and developed, then handed over to their house designer, who has taken it and applied it to the machines themselves, plus marketing materials, lookbooks, etc. etc.
It’s been so hard not to share, it’s all been kept under wraps as projects and patterns are developed, branding and marketing materials are designed and finalized, and machines are officially developed and branded.

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When I designed the logo, we talked about who the final buyer of the machine would be, somebody savvy who likes to make their own clothes, home decor, quilts, and accessories, who loves to scour places like Pinterest for the latest trends and projects to try and customize on their own, and who is creative and into DIY, a true “maker”. And that, in a nutshell, is how the overall brand and machine name, the Maker, or “M” Series, came to be!

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Janome Maker “M” Series Logo, designed by Cynthia Frenette

The logo itself takes it main inspiration from the curved control panel of the machine and evolved into a series of “pods” in fresh modern colours. The pods  indicate all the different things Makers are in to, and, when brought together, they create one fabulous creation made up of several parts and inspirations. We then took the “pod” shape another step further, and used it as inspiration to create some fun projects to share!
We started with a quilt (you can see a sneak peek of it in the project photo below, pattern is coming up for that soon), but first, the Mod Pods Pillow Project!

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I designed this pillow to be a fun way to explore some of the cool stitches on the Maker Machine. You can try out the Serpentine stitch (SO much fun!) and the Blanket stitch, to make this project, and test your skills at a simple quilting project!
The fabric colours I used are matched up to the logo colours, in Kona solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and I used my favorite Essex yarn-dyed linen, also by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, for the body, which gives it a lovely modern artisan look and feel. (Fabrics so kindly and generously supplied by my fine fabric peeps at Robert Kaufman, with many thanks to them!)

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Of course, being a Maker, you can fully customize the colour scheme if you want and change it to suit your own theme!

It uses a 20”x20” pillow form which is easy to source at most regular/chain craft supply stores, and fusible web, which is also easy to find and use.

You can find the pattern on the Janome Canada Website, direct link here, and if you make one (or a few) we’d love to see what you do with it! Share a photo on Instagram and tag it with  #mxmJanome @JanomeCanada .  

And what exactly does mXm mean? Head over to this blog post on Janome Life to get a sneak peek!

Happy Making!