Yesterday was probably my quietest New Year's Eve ever, but, since I spent the day sewing, it was a lot of fun.
Here are the new things I tried and really liked.
Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company presents a series of free (and addictive) tutorials on the shop's website. Jenny marks the diagonals on her quilt squares by folding the square into a triangle and pressing the diagonal. I tried her method yesterday and accomplished so much more than I do when (as I always did before) I draw a line to mark the diagonal. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to see the crease, but the light at my sewing table is good enough that I could see the crease just fine.
Also, as a consequence of watching Jenny's tutorials, I tried quilt basting spray for the first time yesterday. I was only working on small pieces of fabric to make throw pillows with quilted tops, but the basting spray worked great. When I quilted the fabric on my machine, I ended up with no tucks on the back of the quilt sandwich. Hurray!
However, next time I use the basting spray, no matter how cold the weather is, I intend to open the window first. The spray left a wee bit of a funny odor in the room, and I prefer not to take chances with my asthma.
One of my resolutions for 2013 is to post the photographs of the projects I completed yesterday on this blog within two weeks. (I have to be realistic; don't I?) Plain text alone can be rather uninteresting.
I hope your new year is starting out happily.