jill....Wow, Tuesdays seem to roll around quickly. While I was cleaning (very much needed) my studio, I reflected upon my creative space and how lucky I am to be able to leave this space and come back to it - just as I left it. One of the trade offs of kids-out-of-the-house! I really love my very large cutting table, (crafted by my husband), sewing table with ample space to the left to hold those heavy pieces of fabric and a "big board" to support my pressing and fusing. All of these make for efficiency. And oh yes, my television that I use as a radio to keep me company if my dogs aren't under foot. It would be nice to have more natual light but there are always variables that we can't control...
So I thought it would be nice to have some interactive converstations about tips and efficiencies. Here's a starter....I totally gave up on matching thread (except when it shows) and using black thread on black fabric. It's just too hard to see and unsew. Imagine that. Sometimes I even go rougue and leave a differnt thread in the bobbin. Mostly, I match for just a little contrast in the value: light, medium and medium dark in either a brown tone or grey. I press open most of the time, use a 2.5 stitch length, a scant quarter inch seam and a presser foot with a "fence" to help keep me on track.
The other tool I use daily is my movable design wall. It's two large sheets of celotex, light weight but rigid, covered in batting.
Marny....I like my design wall and my big board too. Pressing on that nice large surface is terrific. It helps to keep every thing flat, and is great for pressing fabric before cutting. I change needles before every new project (and sometimes more often if it is a large quilt.) I clean the lint from the bobbin and underneath the case after every project as well. I am far from a neatnik, but these two steps give me trouble free sewing. Auraifil thread makes my machine purr. Mettler is wonderful too, and comes in lots of colors!
Wearing pedometers makes us aware that sometimes effieciency is not good for you. You need to get up and move after every seam or so. You can chain to some extent, but don't get "chained" down. Every person should aim for at least 10,000 steps a day if they are able. Staying active is what will allow us to keep on quilting (and keeping up with our families.)
See you next Tuesday.