|Best Press - my favorite!|
In the spring, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway and a really heavy mystery box arrived in the mail. It was an iron and a bottle of Mary Ellen's Best Press! I used most of that bottle starching the hell out of my Birds of a Feather quilt top and backing. It made spray basting much easier - wrestling with the wrinkles as you're gluing everything together is a pain. After starching, there are no wrinkles to speak of! And it made quilting nice, things seemed to just lay flatter in general. And so my love of starching was born.
|Niagara Non-Aerosol Spray Starch|
Mid-quilt, I switched from Niagara to Faultless Premium Starch (I went to Target at 8:50 pm and that's all that was left!). It worked pretty well and didn't flake. The aerosol did get to me though. And I'm a fan of unscented things - the fresh scent of the starch was sort of nauseating. But it did the job.
|Faultless Premium Starch|
As far as economy goes, the aerosol seems to give the best bang for your buck. Does anyone know where to get mass quantities of Best Press in stores? I've found gallon jugs online but shipping so much liquid comes at an outrageous price. I've checked the local JoAnn Stores, hoping to use a coupon, but haven't found it in-store anywhere, only online.
So, in conclusion, I found Best Press to be best (but pricey), followed by Faultless Heavy Starch in second place, Faultless Premium Starch in third, and Niagara non-aerosol spray bringing up the rear.
|Faultless Heavy Starch|
Has anyone tried making their own spray starch? If you've got an awesome recipe that you love, I'd love to hear about it!
So what else have I been doing for the past...month? I'm almost finished with the Birds of a Feather quilt! The Groove quilt is quilted (I half-assed it and just did stitch in the ditch), all that's left is to hand-sew the binding! Christmas Ribbons is coming along nicely. And for the last week or so, I've been back on the Pebble Quilting train - it's painfully slow. But the quilt is probably about 50% quilted! Hopefully by Monday I will have it about 75% done! More updates soon :)