Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just isn't working

For my latest quilt, for my middlest, I have been trying to use a different type of batting - it's a pristine wool batting with a fairly high loft. It is a gorgeous batt, processed without harsh chemicals that is what so many people are actually allergic to. It has not been working!

I spray basted, which is what I usually do for the warm & natural batts. Seemed ok but when I sewed it together, the stitches went from normal to itty bitty and the sandwich just smooshes everywhere, the seam lines don't match, puckers & pleats, oh my what a mess.

Added hand basting to try to keep it from moving, not very much improvement at all. Added pin basting, still smooshing!

Consulted with my middlest, and have now taken the whole thing apart. Pulled all the batting that was still stuck to the top and bottom; washed, dried and pressed the top & back. Now I'm ready to start again with nice fresh, crips pieces (a little scraggly from the wash but oh well)!

The wool batting stayed pretty much intact, so will still try to use it - maybe quilt-as-you go??

Of course there's not very much wiggle room now - had trimmed the batt/backing so it wasn't sloppy.

Am hoping to quilt all day!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday night in Moncton

So there are cabs (pretty much ONLY cabs) on the streets Sunday night downtown Moncton. In small town tradition, most of the stores are closed. We did find a nice pub for dinner (Pumphouse Brewery) - blueberry beer on tap. Nope, still doesn't work for me but some of the others enjoyed it.

On to the Moncton Alehouse, where the awesome barkeep also makes perfect margaritas. And they serve your draft in the bottle matching the brand. Nice local performer later in the evening.

Nice night, catching up with everyone :)

Moncton!

In Moncton for a few days on business ... flew out of Hamilton airport - love flying from here - so little stress - park, walk, board :)

The flight crew was really charming - the announcer filled the 'scripted' security speeches with lots of fun tidbits. Such as if we wanted to ask the flight crew any questions or offer suggestions, just send them a note - written on $5 bills (and for those new to Canada, those are the pink ones). And the washrooms are fully equipped with itchy scratchy tissue. Loved it! Flight was smooth, on time, very relaxing.

Project 48 Quilt Finish

Project 48 Quilt We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my ...