Alpaca / Wool Pressing Mats

One of the fantastic products I received in my July Island Batik boxes is the Alpaca/Wool Pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas.

I absolutely LOVE this mat! When I use it, all of my seams come out crisp and perfect! (provided I’ve sewn with an accurate 1/4″ seam! LOL!)

As well, when I was pressing the fabric for my September project, the creases came out without the need for any spray! (Sorry, I can’t show all the fabrics to you!)

My friend, Carmen owns the alpaca farm and I wrote a post about it HERE. There is also a slide show where you can see several of the alpacas. Carmen LOVES each one and has lovingly given each a name. When you are with her, she can tell you the parentage of each alpaca.

Let me tell you a bit about the mats: The  alpaca fleece is combined with wool from Alberta.   The fleece/wool is sent to Mississauga, Ontario where it is felted and cut into mats. So, they are totally 100% Canadian made!

I find that there is very little, if any, “wet dog” smell! I’m allergic to wool and the mat does not make me sneeze or make my skin itchy if I touch it!

Many pressing mats (usually made in China) will tell you that you can use the mats directly on furniture! I find this an erroneous statement as I know that the heat can go through the mats and can ruin the finish on furniture. I use my mat on my ironing board or on a protective surface.

Commercial sprays (like Best Press or Terial Magic) can make the mats dirty. I use a cover on my mat if I’m going to be using anything besides water. Using a fine spray of water on the mat enhances the pressing wonder!

If you are interested in a mat, you can purchase one at Prairie Spirit Alpacas. While you are there, browse through the website. The socks are fantastic! (I’m always COLD and the socks keep my feet warm and toasty! I can’t live without them in the winter time! The yarn is soft and easy to knit with! And the dryer balls! Perfect for the drier! No need to use commercial dryer sheets – they make the clothes come out soft and shorten drying time!

And, just an FYI: I do not receive any money for your purchase. I am just a thrilled customer!

I was Featured

My Tree of Life Quilt was featured by Susan of Quilt Fabrication , Jennifer of Inquiring Quilter and Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation. You can read about it HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

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Marvelous Minis with Island Batik!

Here is what Island Batik told us: “A Miniature Quilt is a wonderful way to explore a piecing or quilting technique or make a pattern without a huge investment in time and fabric. They are defined as small versions of full sized quilts and range in size between 12 to 24 inches on a side to being no larger than 24 inches square.”

Earlier this year, the Boundary Bay Quilters Guild had Candyce Grisham as a speaker. It was interesting to look at dresden plates in a different light.

Then, at a guild retreat in March, two of the ladies had the book “Dresden Quilt Blocks Reimagined.” Within a very short period of time there were a zillion different dresden plates being made all over the retreat. It was definitely contagious!

This book has great directions to make all sorts of different dresdens … all different sizes, stratas, pointed, curved, notched … with lots of different suggestions for quilts and wall hangings!

The following pictures are from the retreat. SEW much dresden fun!

Fast forward to July, and a few of us got together on a sunny day and made Dresden plates … missing is the host, Linda (she took the picture) and a LOT of the Dresden plates were not shown on the design wall.

I decided to make Dresdens for my August Marvelous Mini Island Batik project. It was a new-to-me technique and a perfect time to experiment with a variety of Island Batik fabrics.

After making a bunch of Dresdens:

  • top left: I laid them out, cut out the centres
  • top right: Extra fabric was removed, then the Dresdens were glued them all in place
  • a picture of the cut-outs
  • the final layout before quilting.

The colourful fabric in the bottom left picture is “Jellybean” and the binding is Bubbles-Periwinkle-B. The rest of the fabrics are scraps left over from various projects or from stash builder bundles.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 24″ x 24″
  • Hobbs Batting: Thermore
  • Dresden’s made on a Singer Featherweight, Quilting and Binding done on a Janome M7

Aurifil Thread  used are:

  • 2600 Dove (piecing and quilting)
  • 4225 Eggplant (quilting)
  • 2515 Light Orchid (quilting)
  • 2610 Light Blue Grey (attaching binding)

I don’t have pictures, but I did use a Schmetz needle on my featherweight. Also, I used my Prairie Spirit Alpaca Alpaca/Wool pressing mat after gluing the Dresdens in place! The mat assisted the glue to dry and the Dresdens were lovely and flat and ready for quilting.

We went Redwood Park, to the Fairy forest. This park is here in Surrey and the Fairy Forest is in the park. It’s pretty cool. There are hundreds of birdhouses … all shapes, sizes, colours … and every time we go, there are more and more birdhouses! People just bring them and set them in the forest! It was the perfect location for a photo shoot of my whimsical mini quilt!

Thank you!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik  Aurifil Thread  Hobbs Batting  Schmetz Needles and Prairie Spirit Alpacas !!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

PHD in 2022: July Report

Seen on Facebook:

OK … 7 months of the year have passed … how are you doing on your PHD??? If you look at the Chances of Success – at what stage are you at? Only you can change your chances! What are you going to do?

I’m between “I THINK I CAN” and “I AM” depending upon which UFO I’m think of.

July’s Accomplishments!

I finished ONE UFO this month. The UFO blog hop was definitely the push I needed to get it done! You can read about it HERE.

And the Squirrel Quilt is finally finished! It’s not a UFO, but it is a “Start in 2022” finish! It was a fun quilt to quilt … wild quilting or graffiti quilting … All of the fabric came from my stash!

The Tally Sheets

Here is an Excel File for you to use (if you want).

And here is the link where you can find the colourful Task Sheet at Ms P Designs.

The Linky Party

Show us your PHD in 2022 Progress!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

New Classes this Fall

I pieced 2 tops that I will be teaching at Essem Textiles in the fall. Essem is going to do edge to edge quilting on them. I must admit, it felt VERY VERY weird to hand over quilt tops for someone else to quilt. I have never done that before! Ever. I have always quilted my own quilts.

The fabrics for both of these quilts are available at Essem. The one on the left is a fat quarter bundle and the one on the right is an assortment of grunge.

The dates for the classes have not been decided – yet. But, if you are interested in either or both quilts, let Essem know. And, if you have a preferred date, let them know that as well!

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January – July: 178 / 211
  • August:  0 / 0
  • Total:  178 / 211
  • Percentage = 84% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

The Squirrel quilt (above) used 9.5 yards from my stash.

I bought 2.25 yellow flannel for a backing

  • Fabric Used since the last report    9.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       62 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   2.25 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    14 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                 48 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from the last report:

It’s been 3 weeks – so it’s not surprising that I got everything done!

  1. Finish  Island Batik Christmas in July quilt. This HAS to be my priority!!! No more procrastinating on “how do I quilt this?” √   DONE and posted HERE
  2. Sandwich  3 Yard Quilt √   DONE
  3. Quilt Squirrel Quilt √   DONE
  4. Work on August Island Batik Marvelous Mini project  √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Start piecing Island Batik’s September project
  2. Quilt:  3 Yard Quilt
  3. Work on project for “See Ya Later” Blog Hop
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, host a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.


  1. September Island Batik Quilt
  2.  Summer Mystery Quilt: I will be hosting a mystery quilt here on the blog … I’m in the process of writing the pattern and sewing it. When it’s almost ready, I’ll announce the dates and all the details. This is slow going because I’ve been focusing on other projects
  3. “See Ya Later” Blog Hop


  1. 3 Yard Quilt. needs to be quilted. And, since I have a plan for the quilting, it doesn’t have to languish waiting for me to decide on how to quilt it!

Upcoming Blog Hops

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!