I had mentioned in a previous post that I was thinking about starching some quilt blocks to crisp up the fabric a bit. I've never starched anything, but do have some Mary Ellen's Best Press Starch Alternative I can try. It was suggested to me that perhaps just steaming the blocks would get them back into shape, so I think I'll start with that first and see what happens. But when I was given the suggestion that sizing could be an alternative to starch, and that Walmart carries it, I decided to investigate. I know that American Walmarts do not carry much of the same stuff as Walmart in Canada does, but you don't know unless you look. I looked at two different Walmarts, Canadian Tire and Fortino's this weekend and all any of them carry is "speed starch." The prices vary considerably too!
This is all that appears to be available locally: Easy On Speed Starch. No other brands, and nothing called "sizing." Do Ontario quilters only use Mary Ellen's, I wonder? The above-pictured spray can of stuff ranged from $2.50 - $3.50 a can, depending on the store, so I picked up a can of the $2.50 stuff from Canadian Tire. Why don't we have .97 cent sizing? I'll keep my eyes open in my travels around here, and make note to look in the Buffalo Walmart during a cross-border shopping trip in the future. Sometimes the differences in product availability between the two countries can be both frustrating and annoying!
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