I've been on baby quilt hiatus, waiting for more Essex Linen. It came yesterday and got washed today, so I'll be back at it tonight.
But in the lull, I had a bit of a zipper attack.
Whales AND pigs, together in harmony.
Zippity zip zip zip.
And now on to other things.
It was sewing machine maintenance day today.
It happens once or twice a month. The fella gets brushed out weekly because ::damn:: there's a lot of fuzz buildup. The Bernina guy assured me it's normal when half the things you sew have batting. But still. Gez.
But once a month it needs a little more: a good oiling. The manual says to oil BEFORE (in caps, so you know they're serious) you sew to avoid oil leaking on your fabric. That seems backward to me, so I sew for about 15 minutes on muslin scraps after the oiling. I've never had oil leakage, but it gives me the opportunity to check out all my pretty stitches.
Thirty-seven years old and it still sews in circles (and diamonds and comma shapes) around newer machines.
::Now, jumping to another topic just because it was laundry day::
Bamboo batting -- yes it holds up well. Super well.
This quilt has been loved. Tough love. It's been camping and fishing and to parks and used as a towel after swimming. It's been swiped away by Chowder for a makeshift bed when no one was looking. Tom peed on it once.
So it's been through some stuff. And had all that stuff washed out of it with extra-hot water and harsh detergent in less-than-ideal machines. Followed through a cycle in the dryer on high heat.
It's just as quilty soft as it started out.
So it's worth it. Half-off coupons at JoAnn don't hurt either.