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!

Bears, Bows, and Buffaloes

American bison, that is.

I am so excited about my new collection of fabric at Spoonflower: Bears, Bows, and Buffaloes. It’s a holiday theme collection in red and green. Because my poor finger is still healing today, I had time away from the current sewing project to snap some pictures of the fabric swatches this morning.

The Bears, Bows, and Buffaloes fabric at Spoonflower by fig+fence.

Plaid is perfect for Christmas and Yule. I love the bears and bison!

I’m still working on the collection as a whole, so there will be new fabrics that coordinate with these first few.

The Bears, Bows, and Buffaloes fabric at Spoonflower by fig+fence.

The larger of the two checkerboard patterns will make a great center for a semi-cheater lap quilt.

I think that it needs a more whimsical bear and buffalo print and perhaps a ditsy to go with it. And a plain plaid is definitely needed, but I think that it’s going to be a different pattern than the ones with the bears.

I’m also working on a lap quilt pattern featuring these fabrics that’ll be free here on the blog.

Painting Day Lilies

I’m working on a new collection of fabric. At first I thought it was going to be part of the Painted Flower collection. But I’m thinking it’s going to have its own collection of prints. I’m super-excited about it. Here’s a peak peek at my progress.

A peak at the new fabulous purple and olive day lily print fabric at fig+fence.

Incomplete and rough around the edges, but pretty.

I really love olive and purple together. It’s so difficult to find a good, deep purple in the fabric store. And in the department stores? Most every item is coral, black, or pale neutral. Which is fine. Neutrals are great, black is wonderful, but I am heartily sick of coral. So, for my own peace of mind (and also for my own non-homogeneous closet/stash wishes), I’m working on a deep, lush purple print.

I’ve also been sewing a top. I’ll post pictures of it soon and I think there’s going to be a pattern review out of it.

Also, I’m going to do a Monster Pin Cushion Tutorial. Because what the world needs is one more pin cushion tutorial.

UPDATE: Just when you’re feeling smug about knowing the difference between it’s and its, someone points out to you the difference between peak and peek.  Oy.