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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.

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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.

Snowmen from Primitive Gatherings BOM

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • I am with you on the starch. I have quite a variety of brands and both starch and sizing, but I really like the Faultless Heavy Starch. It leaves the fabric so crisp and ready to stitch.

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    1. ~June in AZ 15 June - 2013

      I am with you on the starch. I have quite a variety of brands and both starch and sizing, but I really like the Faultless Heavy Starch. It leaves the fabric so crisp and ready to stitch.