Bits and Bobs
There’s been a lot going on around here. I finally finished up my English paper piecing. Just needs some wool now. This was the first Prairie Women I signed up for and really I did dilly dally or I could’ve gotten done faster.
Then I got started on my Primitive Gathering Snowman blocks. There were some comments around here that they looked more like penguins, but I think they look like snowman now. I changed the mouth from X’s on the one to French knots. I love French knots, so that was easy for me. The X’s looked like he couldn’t talk to me and these are much nicer, like little coals. I still have some snowflakes to put on, but I have to dig out a hoop.
There’s been much discussion on one of the boards I read about an alternative to Best Press using Vodka. I’ve heard of this before, so I decided to finally try it.
The recipe is 2 cups water (I used distilled), 1/4 cup cheap vodka, and 8-10 drops of essential oil (optional), shake well. I skipped the essential oil. I made it up and did a little testing. It does seem to work pretty similar giving fabric some body like the Best Press. I have to say though… I’m a starch junkie. I like the heavy starch too. The Niagra isn’t too bad and I also like heavy sizing by Faultless, but the Faultless Heavy starch is my go to, especially for backings. I don’t live in a warm climate and I haven’t seen any bugs, but I know lots of discussion about the corn in starch calling the bugs.
I got a new book for the collection. I’m getting pickier and pickier as I’m running out of room on my shelf, but I have Petra’s first book (Treasures from Holland – signed by her in 2011) with Quiltmania and this one I think maybe even better. I also got the new one by Di Ford and that is spectacular also… Anything Quiltmania puts out is spectacular.
I’ve been a little under the weather this week and just managed to sew for a couple hours working on my Jo’s. I’m sad to say I’m going to be behind on my Farmer’s Market, but I seem to be getting on the mend, so I’m sure will catch up shortly.