Mar 23, 2011

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A POWER TOOL (DON'T TELL AUNT CHRISSY)



It was time to move the q-snaps on Spring Quakers, so I decided to give it a quick pressing with Ye Olde Iron. For almost every other stitcher on the planet, this would not involve an Act of Congress, but this is me we're talking about. Article 7, sec 4, paragraph 2 of the "Things That Thou Shalt Not Do Without Adult Supervision" includes the use of an iron and/or any other small appliance or gadget that can cause great bodily harm and/or burn the house down.

I decided to risk it.

What can I say? I never learned how to use an iron.

Stop that horrified gasping, please.

As it turns out, Aunt Chrissy happens to be a Master Ironer (level six status, don't you know), but I never had the opportunity to spend an afternoon learning the finer points of pressing something to within an inch of its life. I think this has to do with the fact that I am left handed, but only use my left hand to wield a pen or a fork. Everything else is done with my right hand. So you can imagine my confusion when I step up to an ironing board and am confronted with a "right side" and a "wrong side".

Anywhoose....I whipped out the iron and managed to press out a few of the wrinkles before snapping a crappy picture of my progress. I'm a little more than half way through with this one, but I have to confess that I'm still not one bit bored by it at all. Is it all of the color changes? The separate moteefs? Should I be thinking about this type of design more often to ward off stitching ennui?

These and other questions will rattle around in my tiny little brain as I tidy up the house today and finally get the laundry put away. Stewey's new "You're going to go sit in TIME OUT in the laundry room, Mommie" has given me the chance to get things caught up in there, but I can't seem to take that last step and get the clothes into their respective bins, cubbies, and drawers.

When will I ever just do something all the way through for once and not whimp/flake out in the middle? (Heavy, heavy sigh).

Oh well...baby steps.

We're hurtling toward the weekend, folks! I hope that you are enjoying your Wednesday and that wherever you are is exactly where you want to be!

22 comments:

  1. Looking good on the Spring Quakers.
    I love to iron, but i save up a bunch of it to do at the same time. Guess I'm a little wierd that way.

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  2. I got to read your post as a reward for finally FOLDING the laundry I did last week. You're in good company. :)

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  3. Iron = Power Tool. LOL. I love it on home improvement/decorating shows when they tell the men to sew using the power tool known as a sewing machine.

    Hate ironing. Hate. It. I *only* do it for needlework, not for clothing.

    I'm good at getting the laundry washed, dried, folded, and put back in the basket. I'm horrible at getting it back into its proper spot, too.

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  4. That is such a pretty piece. I'd love to do it someday.

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  5. Dear Coni, I love your Spring Quaker. Love the fabric you are stitching it on! Before your ironing story was over I was worried that you'd scorched the fabric or something...so glad that didn't happen! I'm sure you under-estimate your ironing prowess!

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  6. Spring Quaker looks fab, as always. Ack! Ironing! I only iron needlework. That's what a clothes dryer is for!!! LOL. Love to Stewey.

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  7. You had me worried when you started telling us about 'ironing' and 'stitching'....I was expecting the worst! Whew!

    SQ looks beautiful!!!

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  8. oooo well done you for tackling the iron on your piece ..lol I've got to fight with my leaning tower of ironing tomorrow :( reward stitching :) love mouse xxxx

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  9. Why the worry over ironing, you tackled it well. SQ is looking beautiful, you will have this finished in no time. Love the colors you have used, my favorites.

    Love to Stewey from Miss Molly.

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  10. Love your Spring Quakers, so pretty. Ironing can be soothing, ok I know I'm weird. It's ok though, I have friends who don't even own an iron! Now laundry....I hate doing laundry, all aspects of it. I'll do anything not to have to fold stuff and put it away, don't understand why it can't magically happen! LOL

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  11. haha I just finished 2 loads of laundry & am NOT putting it away tonight...there's stitching to be done! Love your Spring Quaker; am thinking I need to order it now.

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  12. My problem is leaving the last load of laundry in the dryer...I always forget it!

    The iron and I don`t get along either...I always manage to burn myself. I avoid it when I can.Love your Spring Quaker...it gets prettier with every post!

    Kisses to Stewey...

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  13. So fun to read you blog! Thanks for the chuckles. BTW: My husband has to pay me to iron his shirts! I have a friend who loves ironing. If any of you want her phone number just let me know! LOL

    Peggy H.
    www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!! And, not too wrinkled.

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  15. Ha! When my oldest son was four years old I took out the iron (for some unknown reason) - he said, "What's that, Mom?" I still treat the iron in the same way - keep it generally hidden, except for small stitching needs.

    Mary in MN

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  16. I just love the colours in this picture hun; I think it'd make a wonderful 50th birthday gift for one of your dear blogger friends. :) hint, hint....

    Hugs, Shar

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  17. I was a brave fool yesterday for using the hotel iron on my sampler finish. I actually put a tiny scorch mark in it but I know no one will see it but me.

    As for the laundry. I have a special person designated specifically for putting my laundry away. He looks suspiciously like my husband but his voice is sometimes different. When we can't find him we know he's out somewhere messing around with dish-dryer girl!

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  18. So glad there was no disaster with the iron and the stitching...you had me worried there!

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  19. Your Spring Quakers is BEAUTIFUL. :) Thanks for posting. Always, always, always enjoy reading. :) Cathryn

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  20. OMG! I don't iron either. As the only daughter of a working mother, I had to iron every week and I hated it. I got the worse beating of my life for sorching the bottom of my pesky, younger brother's foot. He kept laughing 'cause I had to iron and he was laying on the couch kicking the ironing board so after a couple of minutes of telling him to stop I just grabbed his foot, stuck the iron to it and he never bothered me again when I had to iron. I should confess that we were teenagers so old enough to know better so the beating was justified but I had the last laugh 'cause mine only hurt for a little while but his burn lasted a lot longer.

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  21. I don't do much ironing, either. In fact, I have a pile waiting that is going to need washing again, it's so dusty!
    Love Spring Quakers! I think the headband idea is great for taming the extra fabric.
    How are you liking working with Valdani threads?

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