March 31, 2011

Out with the Old and Shop for the New

What a face in the Quilt Tent!
Last night DH basted the Patisserie Quilt for me. Later I'll post about the batting I used, but not today. While he was working the iron I love to hate gave up the ghost. I knew it was a goner when the timer which hasn't worked in over a year shut off. Sure enough, it was never to come on again. Luckily I have some amazing neighbors and a quick phone call and a trip out into the rain had a loaner iron in my hand for the night.

Basting Tennessee Waltz Patisserie Quilt 
That drat iron! It had a non-stick sole plate, so as the coating started to wear off it began leaving marks. You could never tell quite when it would mess; but it always would. Not often enough to land it in the trash, but I'd guess at least once per project.  It's favorite thing to do was to pee hot water all over me. I sit to iron so that means burning hot liquid on my legs. Truly not pleasant. But no matter what how crazy it made me it kept working and so did I. Of course until now.

In case you were wondering, my new sewing area is right where this quilt is laid out, so rather than set up the sewing machine to take it down, I switched away from the Dresden for now.  It's only for a little while.  Today I've been marking the snowball blocks with the quilting pattern I'm using.  I'm more than halfway and my hand is thankful!  I'd like to freemotion between the snowballs but I'm not sure what design; I saw a double heart that might work....  Any suggestions?

It is pouring down rain here.  So hopefully it's warm and dry where ever you might be.


stitchinpenny said...

What great news - time to quilt!
I hope the pattern and the free motion turn out as beautifully as you imagine them.

stitchinpenny said...

By the way - I buy irons at model year change. I like Black and Decker so I have 3 in line that I bought at 75 percent off. I only require a nice sole plate, auto off and good steam capability.

QuiltSue said...

Patisserie does look lovely.

As I think it's for your daughter I think a heart motif would be good, specially if you have a sort of intertwined 2 (or even 3, to represent you, your DH and your DD) hearts. that would be very appropriate. Otherwise how about a star, echoing the star in the pattern, for a star of a daughter?

Heather Landry said...

Oooh I like the commenter above me who recommended the intertwined hearts for each of you! What an awesome idea!

I'm sorry your iron spit at you and misbehaved. I would've loaned you my $100 Rowenta that I never use. My MIL bought it for me as a present so I could iron Ronnie's clothes when we got married. I just bought permanent press clothes. LMAO I rarely use my iron unless I'm sewing (like I said RARELY). LOL You sure do make me want to sew more often though. I've been wondering how hard it would be to make some simple short and shirt sets for the girls. Or maybe a pajama nightshirt. Hmmm.