What do quilting and horses have in common?

Here I have some sample yardages that I received recently from Moda for a Christmas project appearing in The Quilter’s Magazine later this year in their Christmas issue.

This will be the first time I work to incorporate something velvety in a quilt. Don’t you just love the plush and shiny look of this velvety fabric?

Take a look at the closeups of these rather unconventional Christmas Fabrics. Aren’t they just beautiful? Well, I almost hate to divulge yet another weakness of mine – yes, fabrics! But that comes with the territory of being a quilter – so I am in no big trouble there! :) And really, my addiction to fabrics is not all that bad. It’s definitely not as bad as my dish-aholism.

But you ask, what do quilting and horses have in common? Oh that….

Well, you see… Many quilters use a special kind of soap to pre-wash their 100% cotton quilting fabrics because it is just perfect to wash out the sizing that comes on fabrics fresh off the bolts. I can’t find this soap in the regular craft store in town except in the local vet supply store. So I broke out the phone book and look in the yellow pages to see where this local vet supply store might be located…

*** finally found the vet store after missing a turn***

I simply looked like a fish out of water in that vet store. I just didn’t belong there! It’s no surprise when the burly guy in a plaid shirt and overalls behind the counter looked at me rather funny when I asked to purchase the biggest jar of Orvus Paste Soap they had in their store.

While waiting to pay, I saw out of the corner of my eye another guy stocking up inventory in the back. He acted like he was following the scene at the counter with great interest. After the transaction was completed, he just couldn’t suppress his curiosity any longer… he came out to the counter and wanted to find out what I was going to do with the Orvus soap. He looked a bit perplexed when I told him sweetly before leaving the store, “For pre-washing my quilt fabrics!” Has he not read the label on the back of the jar?

So, there you have it – quilting and horses have the Orvus Paste Soap in common! Must be some soap if it can be used to wash delicate fabrics AND livestock, imagine that!!