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, July 6

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?

Curtain Rings: The type with little clips attached are great.

I Heart Curtain Rings at fig+fence.

Seriously. Such is their greatness, I was even inspired to graffiti the picture of my koi wall hanging.

They solve all kinds of problems with style.

Coffee: Stuff of life. I couldn’t drag myself out of bed without the promise of coffee. I couldn’t keep myself out of bed without drinking coffee. I try to keep it down to two cups, but who am I kidding? My coffee cups are 20 ounce tankers. I am, even as I write this, halfway through my second “cup”.

And hey! Two cups of coffee a day are good for you, right? It solves all kinds of problems, too.

My only question is, when they say “two cups”, do they mean two regular 8 ounce cups or do they mean two coffee cups? ‘Cause the coffee people are a little nuts; one cup of coffee in your coffee maker is 5 ounces. (As if the American system of measurement isn’t screwed up enough already, the coffee people have to go and confuse the matter even further. And I’m calling it the “American system” because the official name, “the English system”, is stupid – the “English system” isn’t used by the UK anymore. They use Metric. Anyway.)

Anyone know? Does “two cups” in the study mean 16 ounces or 10 ounces a day? It makes a difference, doesn’t it?

I drink about 40 ounces a day, so I guess it doesn’t make that much of a difference to me. Still. Knowledge. Good. All that.

Hello topic! Coffee makes my life easier.

Rotary Cutters: You never know how wonderful and necessary these things are until you run out of sharp blades unexpectedly in the middle of cutting fabric for a pieced quilt. And trying to cut fabric with a dull blade? Well, I already have tendonitis in my right wrist and shoulder, thank you very much.

Also, dull blades are dangerous; you have to use so much pressure just to get them to cut, it’s easy for them to get out of control and off course… which means that any fingers on the other hand in the vicinity of the blade are in danger.

So, only use sharp blades! Easy and safe!

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.

Gorgeous!

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!