I really liked making these blocks for Martina this month. I went a little crazy cutting strips-I have an enormous pile of scraps, all sorted by colors so I just sat and watched tv and cut strips. I guess I have a nice start on some for me - I am definitely going to make these again!
She asked what machine we worked our magic on. I have the same machine as you, actually, a Janome 8900. I also have a 3160 to take to classes as the 8900 is big and heavy. The feature that sold me was that I have never encountered anything that it can't sew through! The thing I don't like is that, when using the autocut feature at the end of a seam, it causes the thread to nest up on the bottom of the beginning of the next seam. It doesn't usually matter since I normally use a leeader, but I make lots of bags and it can definitely be a bother there! What machine is my dream? I think I have it! Some day, I may splurge on a long arm but I am just a huge Janome fan and have been for so long - got my first when they were New Home in 1985. Bernina makes a wonderful machine but I can't justify the expense.
These will be in the mail tomorrow!