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Comment by Carla 8 hours ago

I haven't tried the wool pressing mat yet.  I use an old towel over my pressing mat and find it helps.  Since I use starch it's nice to just throw it in the wash once in while.  I wish I would have thought about that before I let my pressing mat get so ugly.  Live and learn as they say!  I started the last strip of my trailing vines this week so it looks like it will get finished this winter.  I don't have any fabric for the binding that will work so I really need to start looking so it can get completely finished.

Comment by Janet/MO on Monday

You are very welcome Katherine.  I was getting frustrated with using a regular ironing board so was happy to finally get something that is the right height and the same width all the way across.  It has 2 doors with storage as well as 2 drawers.  I had to give up using an entertainment center that actually had more storage, but now I just have my small quilts in the family room instead of my sewing room so it all worked out.

Comment by Katherine V. on Monday

Thanks Janet.  I’m going to splurge.  I wish I had more room for an extra island.  I do miss my island.  I use my island in the kitchen for rotary cutting.  It’s the right height 

Comment by Katherine V. on Monday

Thanks Janet.  I’m going to splurge.  I wish I had more room for an extra island.  I do miss my island.  I use my island in the kitchen for rotary cutting.  It’s the right height 

Comment by Janet/MO on Sunday

Thanks Carla.  

Katherine, I have a wool pressing mat & I love it.  I keep a tv tray next to my sewing machine with the wool mat & iron on it.  Works great while piecing blocks.  Recently I purchased a kitchen island that I  use for a larger pressing area in my sewing room.  Right now I just made up a pressing surface out of muslin, Warm & Natural batting & Insulbrite, but I plan on buying one of the larger pressing mats for it eventually.  They are pretty pricey though so that will be a ways down the road before that happens.  

Comment by Katherine V. on Sunday

Thanks for the advice, Carla.  I pressed my next block without steam and it’s better. I’m about ready to spurge on the wool pressing mat.  I’ve been looking at them at one of the LQS and I’m intrigued.  Such sold some stuff on Facebook, so I think I might try one. 

Comment by Carla on Saturday

Pretty quilts Janet!  They are very 30's looking!  Handstitcher that a neat observation!  I would have never guessed rifles or shotguns would be a motif in those kinds of fabrics.  But I guess back then they were part of everyday life.  Very interesting indeed!

Comment by Janet/MO on January 17, 2020 at 7:50am

Both of my antique quilts were made in the 1930's.  The bottom one was made in Ohio, but no one knew where the top one was made.  The binding on the bottom one is a bit more worn than the other one, but the quilt feels so soft to the touch!  The Dresden Plate was appraised for $500 and then other one for $450 due to the binding issue.  The appraisals were done by Ann Hazelwood who has written several quilt related books published through AQS.  She was friends with a couple of the members of the last quilt guild I belonged to so they had her do appraisals at the quilt show a few years ago.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 17, 2020 at 5:02am

“think,” not “hunk,” — darn autocorrect!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 17, 2020 at 5:01am

Love your quilts, Janet! Thanks for sharing them with us. I confess I’d have a hard time parting with them. Those colors make me think of springtime. 

Had experience that made me laugh the other night. When I think of feedsacks, I usually hunk of florals, sweet prints with bunnies, ducks, happy children, etc. But as I was quilting my Dresden Plate I noticed a less common motif....

What’s a quilt without some rifles?! The next night I found the same print in blue. I actually saw this print in a blog last year written by another surprised quilter, but never guessed I had it, too. 


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