So! How are things going for you with your holiday crafting? How much do you have left to do? Did you get it all done before Hanukkah? Are you ready for Christmas? Is it looking like New Year's gifts this year?
I spent most of the day yesterday braving the outside world. I don't recommend it. Seriously. Just stay in your studio and quilt! That's my plan for today.
I have one twin-sized quilt about 1/2 done and a queen-sized quilt basted, but not a stitch in it, yet. They're being gifted Tuesday morning. Honestly, I don't think I have a snowball's chance, but I'm having fun.
A few of you have responded to my survey - thanks very much! - and expressed an interest in FMQ information.
First, I use Machingers gloves to get a good grip on my quilt sandwich.
These are brand new, as the ones I've been using for two years started to flake bits of the rubberized tips.
Yeesh! Isn't it amazing all the dye they pic up, too? I swear to you, I washed these multiple times according to instructions.
Second, I place a Sew Slip on my extension table.
I purchased this one at the same shop that sold me my Janome (Creative Sewing Centers, if you're in the Twin Cities area*) and I've seen a few online. It's similar to the Supreme Slider (I started with one of those), but the Sew Slip is less expensive.
I also set up a card table behind my regular sewing table and push both right up against my cutting table. This helps to support the weight of the quilt while I'm moving it around, thereby reducing drag.
With the Sew Slip, Machingers, open-toe presser foot that came with my Janome, and tables for support, I am able to do swirly wonders like this and much more.
I've tried FMQ without all these fabulous tools and, while it IS possible, it takes a lot more work to look good.
As I would like to hear from more of you, I am extending the survey response window to December 31. If you have not yet, please let me know what you would like to see more of here. As added incentive, I will award your choice of print materials AND the aforementioned personalized scrap bundle. TWO winners will be chosen on New Year's Day.
You can find the survey here.
As we say in my house, Happy Merry Ho Ho!
*Creative Sewing Centers do not support my blog or studio in any way. I just make purchases there and have been very happy with their customer service.