The Easy Friday List, June 22

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too.

AC: Summer. Georgia. Air conditioning. Let’s all take a moment and pray for the continued existence of Georgia Power. Amen.

Quilt Basting Spray: I’ve just finished quilting the koi wall hanging. He’s gorgeous.

I’ve never used basting spray on such a large project before and I am very impressed. I had to clean my needle with alcohol about halfway through quilting and some of the sticky stuff did come off on my table, but other than that, everything went as it usually went. I don’t think I’d use it for hand quilting (hand fatigue!), but for FMQ, it’s amazing.

Full Disclosure: I over-sprayed a bit around the wall hanging as I was spraying. FYI: basting spray comes off of tablet PCs with some paper towels and elbow grease.

I most definitely owe the great and talented Mrs. L (one of my quilting inspirations) for giving me the can of basting spray some time back. I can’t believe I waited this long to use it.

Juki TL-2000 Qi sewing machine: This thing handles multiple layers of thick fabric and batting like it’s nothing. My old machine would skip and skew stitches while complaining loudly when I made purses. (My old mantra: Please don’t explode… please don’t explode… please don’t explode…) I don’t have to worry about exploding machines now. My Juki doesn’t even notice when I sew through several layers of batting and upholstery fabric. Sweet.

Also, I’ve just finished quilting my largest FMQ project to date (the koi). I am extremely impressed with how everything came out. I had to fiddle for a while on thread tension and I’m still getting the hang of getting my stitches all the same length (and not so teeny tiny), but I am so hooked on the whole process I’m giddy. And I can only blame part of the giddiness on the early morning and the obscene amount of black tea and coffee I’ve consumed this morning.

The quilted koi at fig+fence.

I quilted waves around the koi.

This is also my first quilting project that is entirely machine made. (Well, there is a strip of hand stitches along the koi’s back and the beads will be hand applied, but other than that, the rest is machine.) I don’t think that everything would have gone as smoothly without the Juki.