The Easy Friday List, July 13

Friday should be easy, especially on Friday the thirteenth. 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.

T-gauge: This little guide thingie screws into your sewing machine so you get accurate seams every time you sew. It was invaluable to me while I was piecing the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch.

The T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

The T-gauge (T-guide?) is that little thing on the right of the presser foot.

Hey! There’s the poker from a previous Easy Friday list!

The lit T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

Here a pic with the machine on… not that you can see the gauge much better with the lights. It’s still in the shadow a bit.

I’d never used one before the Etchings quilt top and it was a revelation. I love it.

Divider Totes: Love these totes. Bought them on sale at Micheal’s, which makes them even better. My sewing machine is the entire length of the house away from where I cut and iron fabric. Taking one of these totes filled with all my equipment saves me multiple trips back and forth to fetch all the things I forgot. I have the large one for machine sewing and the little one for hand sewing. They’re great.

The divider organizer totes at fig+fence HQ.

Typically, the big one sits on a plastic box by my sewing machine or on the floor where I’m ironing/cutting. The small one follows me around when I’m hand sewing.

Mod Podge: Seriously. It’s a wonder of the twenty-first century. What can’t it do?

The Easy Friday List, June 29

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. Friday should be easy, right?

Thimbles: Thimbles. Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimbles. Use ‘em; they save fingers.

Martha Stewart: I know she was on last week’s list, but she has saved my sanity these past two weeks. Or at least, her shelves did. Here’s another look at the miracle of the studio…

The fig+fence studio.


I know today is the second day in a row that I’ve shown you this picture. I promise not to do so again for a few days. At least, I’ll definitely skip tomorrow.

Red Adult-sized Sippy Cups: (Pictured above in the gorgeous studio. Still makes me giggle.) Hydration is important. Plus, it is stupid hot here. (I thought I should mention the sippy cup because that thing gets its picture on this blog more than I do. And… hydration is important.)

Fray Check: I love Fray Check. I use it on practically every non-wearable woven fabric craft I make. I know it smells horrible at first, but after about a week, it goes away.

Spoonflower: Do you know how expensive it is to print your own fabric by traditional means? I can’t afford those kinds of upfront costs. Spoonflower lets me print on demand. Hooray!

They have weekly contests – I’ve entered one for the very first time. The theme is “stars and stripes.” My entry features a patriotic bear and buffalo. I love the way this design turned out. If you like it too, and if you’re a Spoonflower member, go vote! (On me? Please?) Here’s a peek at my entry.

All-American Bear and Buffalo fabric by fig+fence at Spoonflower.

It'll have a half-drop repeat.

At first I was only going to do this one print for the contest, but I love it so much I’m going to add two or three coordinates to make a collection. If you want to vote, head on over to Spoonflower. Beware, though – there’s 21 pages of entries! Phew!

The Studio

See how fancy I am? I don’t have a craft room; I have a studio. That just makes me giggle.

The fig+fence studio.
Stu-stu-studio!* Also, it’s important to stay hydrated in the studio, as shown by the large red adult-sized sippy cup. 

I’ve decided that the studio is going to be an ongoing project. I can’t just drop everything to get it perfect.

For one thing, it’ll never be perfect – it’s a working craft room studio. I’m going to be constantly in there making a mess. Because that’s how I create.

For another thing, I’m going to be constantly in there rearranging. Because that’s how I obsess. I know me well; all of those cubby holes are going to call loud and I’m going to want to organize. So I might as well save time now and let it be while it is and I am still reasonably sane. I’ll have fun organizing later.

Those cubbies are the Martha Stewart ones from Home Depot. It’s made up of two of the nine-hole type and four of the six-hole type.

In other news, the digit is healed! Back to beading the koi…

*Apologies to Phil Collins.