The Butterfly flimsy is at last complete. It took about a month to get the border together, primarily due to lack of interest. I am not sure why it was a slog, only that it was. It was so hard to pay attention to it that it only ever saw progress on weekends. My sister finished hers up over the weekend as well, and she’s already started basting. Hopefully I’ll get that done over the weekend. This morning half of the backing fabric got a light spritzing of starch. Wrestling with 2.5 yards of 108” fabric is not really that much fun, but I thought I’d give it a shot to see if it makes any difference.
My Aunt Carolyn, Uncle David and I went to the Creativ Festival (no that is not a misspelling) last weekend, where several sit-down quilting machines were given a go: Pfaff, Handi Quilter, Bernina and Janome. Price immediately rules out the Bernina ($12k show price), and the Handi Quilter had visible vibration issues (you could see the table shake) and a high-pitched running sound that immediately knocked it out of consideration. It’s fun to fantasize that a dedicated quilting machine might come home with me one day. Of the remaining two machines, I’d go with the Janome. Not because it was any better than the Pfaff, just that it could be purchased and serviced less than three kilometers from home.