Creative Week in Review

I hope to spend the rest of my Friday free motion quilting on my farm quilt, but first a little post on the other adventures I've been up to. I got out the serger and proceeded to cover my sewing space in fine blue fuzz. At least it makes neat seams. I took an online class a few months ago at Craftsy, Beginner Serging, and it helped me figure out all the threads and settings.

I bought matching shirts for my kids for Easter and made my girl a twirly skirt. (Note the shirt that my little guy is wearing!) I think she was trying to escape up the tree when I took this picture!

I also jazzed up her shirt with some sparkles. I really need to set aside some special time for sewing for her and with her.

One side effect of working one day a week at my local Janome dealer is the availability of whatever notion or doohicky my little heart desires. If he doesn't carry it, I can order it. Of course, the other side effect could be spending every dime I make at the shop in the shop!

New Machinger gloves so I can have nice white ones for my videos. I did wash my old ones the other day and they look so much better. I used some Dawn dish washing liquid and warm water in the sink. Then the bendable light so I can throw a better light on my stitching. I've seen these at a few classes and the owners loved them. Janome has a new LED version that sticks on your machine, but I wanted to be able to move my light.

I've been wanting to try the white mechanical pencils for quite some time, especially after seeing Kim Brunner use them in her Craftsy class, Machine Quilting with Templates. Then while I was ordering it, I spied this Nifty Notions product. Here's what the package says:

 Air erasable and iron off too? I've got to try it out! I'll share my results with you eventually. Anybody else try this before?

Now back to my farm quilt and curved crosshatching. Look for a new YouTube video on this design sometime this week and another speed quilting video!

free motion quilting with rulers

The speed quilting version is solely for entertainment purposes (mainly my own!), don't think I quilt fast at all. But it's kind of nice to set the time lapse function and take my time quilting and know that the video won't be too long and I don't have to worry about speaking! It does help show the order of stitching for all of the crosshatching though.

Note: There are Craftsy affiliate links in this post. I do recommend that if you are interested in the notions above, to shop your local quilt shops first, before turning to the online giants.


  1. I've tried a white marker draw, and then wait for the white line to appear...I forgot about them though, have just been using the chalk pencils since starting with my longarm

    1. I have a different brand of white marker, but haven’t been too pleased with how long it takes the line to appear, nor how well it removes. I figure this one’s worth a try.

      I do like chalk though, especially for a customer quilt!

  2. Neato! I think I would absoluetly spend my paycheck in a shop! Love your skirt. I've got a shiny new serger in the box and still have yet to drag it out and learn how to use it. Once day!! :)

  3. You have been a very busy gal! Great projects and products.

  4. I would spend my paycheck before I ever got home if I worked in a sewing center too!! I love your ruffles, I worked on a baby quilt that has ruffles last week, I am getting better and better at them, finally. I can't resist a good ruffle project!!


    1. I use my ruffler attachment for you? So helpful when sewing for little girls.

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