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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.

**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Always Knew it, but Didnt Know Why...

Having quilted for other quilt top piece-ers for a lot of years, I have seen my share of backings made from sheets, old and new. I have never liked them but wasn't for sure why.

Today I got a piece of advertising mail for a quilting book. These mailings are always full of bits of info and ads for other things. This particular one has a little sheet with a color wheel on it and this information....

Using bedsheets to back your quilts??? DON'T DO IT!
Sheets have a very high thread count, which forces your quilting needle to break the sheet's threads as it pierces through. This leaves holes in your backing and diminishes the stability of the quilt. Quilting fabric has a looser weave, which allows your needle to easily slide between the threads and keeps your backing fabric intact.
Personally? This is why I always hated to quilt batiks...I know the ladies spent tons on the fabric and I was punching holes it it!
Sorry to bore my non quilting readers with this info, but I felt the need to post..

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Niagara Falls 2009

Probably the most awesome and beautiful thing Ive ever seen are these 3 falls in Niagara Falls, NY. The day could not have been more perfect. There was a little chill in the air, but it was really nice. We didnt freeze when we got totally drenched on the Maid of the Mist...Thank goodness they gave you little sandels to wear so your shoes didnt get wet. That might have been miserable. The colors were fantastic. No crowds. We took the "tour bus" and it was well worth it. No parking hassles or wondering what we should see. Took all the worry and stress out of the day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Short trip to Gettysburg, PA

Brian and Jen
Larry and Dalton
Larry, Brian and Dalton

So fun to be able to go to Gettysburg and not only see all the sights, but spend the day with Larry's oldest son, Brian and his family. We missed not having Kira and Dustin with us, but they are both off to college now. Brian's home is quickly becoming and empty nest.
Even tho it was a tad chilly, we had a great time and ate wonderful Mexican food together, before heading back on the road towards Niagara Falls! More pics to come.

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