Friday, 26 April 2013

From Buildings to Battings...

Clock tower in Downtown Amherst, Nova Scotia

           The top of Mrs Pugsley's Emporium! 

...Wool Batting...
 In putting a shop together, it's important that you, as a customer, have an easy time getting around in the shop and enjoy your shopping.  Items should be easily assessable and yet look appealing. 
I've been working on how to display the batting.  It's light to lift, but awkward on a bolt.  This small bookcase worked well- the bolt fitted sideways- keeping it clean and visible. 
I cut a 6" piece of the batting and hung it on the side- so people can touch and see.  A lot of people are hesitant to try something new. Sometimes, by having the product so you can see it- helps to understand the product and how it may be different than what you currently using, but it might give that special quality you have been looking for.
100% cotton, 80cotton/20poly mix/ 100% wool
showing loft

I cut a 6" wide strip off the end of each bolt, then made 6" squares in a pile.  I was amazed at the difference in lofts.  The one on the right is the wool batting!  The one on the left is 100% cotton.  In the middle is a cotton/poly blend.  This doesn't mean one is better than the other.  It just shows there are different products and you may want to experiment with a different batting.
Thomas Fuller designed buiding
  Amherst, Nova Scotia
The full building, well sort of...there are wings out the back.  It was the original post office and customs house in Amherst.  It is of national interest, because the building was designed by the Dominion architect- Thomas Fuller.  He designed Canada's original Parliament Building - which was lost to fire in 1916 and replaced - except for the round library at the back, that is original.

Canada's Parliamentary Library, Ottawa
designed by Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones
Stone was used from all over Canada
-opened in 1876-
View from the Peace Tower
Ottawa, Ontario
I hope you have enjoyed this small bit of info on the building that Mrs P's is/will be housed in and on why the building is important to the Built Heritage of Amherst and Canada. 


  1. What an interesting post. Loved the history lesson, and the batting comparison is not one I've seen before. No wonder I like wool batting so much - look at the loft! You must have the most unique building for your shop in all of Canada...and beyond.

  2. Wow , what a beautiful building for a quilt shop , I must be sure to check it out if I come to Amherst this summer.