Saturday, October 14, 2006

My New Quilting Buddies

Today was unseasonably warm. Accordingly, after my morning swim and breakfast, I left David to his tan and headed for the air-conditioned comfort of the local mall. Apart from needing to restock the pantry, I was on a mission to replace my ailing iron and to buy a tripod for my digital camera. Here are my new quilting buddies:

An iron is an essential quilting tool yet, as noted on Lisa Call's blog, finding an iron that can withstand the rigours of quiltmaking can be a challenge. My trusty iron never quite recovered from being knocked onto the floor earlier in the week. Then, to add insult to injury, I had managed to encrust the super teflon surface with some gunk from the pellon that I am using for the bags that I am making. Fortunately one of the department stores is having a mid-season sale and I was able to get the same make and model which has served me well (apart from the pesky beeping noise that accompanies the auto-off function).

The tripod is something that has been on my Christmas list for a while but the purchase was accelerated due to an impending photography assignment. In the absence of any other volunteers coming forward, I have agreed to photograph the forty odd "Going to Pieces" guild challenge quilts on Tuesday. Not that I purport to be an expert photographer. I will be re-reading the photography guide for textile artists generously compiled by Holly Knott and Any Baird.

You will be able to give me a scorecard (be gentle!) as I plan on posting images of some or all of the quilts on the guild website for which I am defacto webmaster. There are some fabulous quilts so I will post the link in due course.


Blogger Caitlin said...

Hmm, that latest issue of Make magazine ( had instructions on how to turn off the pesky noises in toys (basically, unscrew, look for round speaker thing, cut the wire connecting it) - could that be worth investigating on the old one and then applying to the new?
Also, you know those Chux brand "magic eraser" white sponge thingummys int eh cleaning aisle at the supermarket? They're some soert of super duper microfibre, and wetting and scrubbing with that took all the gunk from fusing of my favourite iron...

October 20, 2006 10:38 pm  

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