Adventures in Ironing

I am not what you would call Suzy Homemaker, or even shall we say Martha Stewart. When I was young, I learned how to iron on a tea towel (I also learned how to cross-stitch on a tea towel). I am really great with a flat piece of fabric, I can iron it like nobody’s business. But when you add sleeves and a collar, pleats or ruching…ugh. It took me two hours yesterday morning to muddle my way through. I can’t say that our clothes are perfectly ironed, but they are slightly less wrinkled. Afterwards, I was feeling so homemakerly that I decided to do some sewing. I worked on piecing my kimonos quilt top and I had high hopes of having it finished yesterday. All the sashing is on the first two rows and they are sewn to each other, after two tries of sewing, ripping out and resewing the bottom row, I finally gave up. For whatever reason, my bottom row is not lining up with my other two rows. Sigh. I did, however, reassure myself that I have plenty of the fabric I need for the border. The problem with buying fabric for a project four years from the time you actually work on it, is that you buy the fabric knowing “ok, I’m going to cut my sashing this wide, and I’m going to cut my borders this wide”. Well, I bought the fabric, but didn’t write down what I planned to do with it. So I made my best guess and cut my border fabric – luckily, it fits just fine! Whew!! Hopefully, I will be able to get my problem on the bottom row figured out and have a finished quilt top soon…that would be so nice. It is really looking great with the sashing on it. And since I was sewing, my iron got even more use yesterday afternoon.

I am also having issues/anxiety about my Neighborhood RR. I wanted to lay out my blocks in a more organic fashion, not just three rows of three. But, it is hard. And, I’ve never stitched on 36ct before, so that is making me nervous too. I think once I get into a groove with my gridding it will be fine, but right now I am feeling a little panicky about it. I need to get everything laid out so that I can make a start on stitching my block. Eek!

I didn’t do much stitching this weekend, but I did a little on Their Song while we finished up watching Firefly. And Best Buy was having a fabulous sale on DVDs of TV series, so I got all of the X-Files seasons on DVD, except Season 4, which they were out of. So, I’ll have to see if I can talk Eric into watching those with me sometime.

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Thank you all for your compliments on my Just Nan RR. I went looking for a frame for it over the weekend, but ended up coming home with the perfect frame for my Lemon Meringue Sampler. I just need to get a mat cut for it. It is going to be so pretty once it’s framed and hung. I’ll be sure to post a photo when I get it put together. And speaking of Casey Buonaugurio (she designed the Lemon Meringue Sampler), there’s a cute Christmas ornament by her in the new issue of Just Cross-stitch. And to go in my kitchen with my Lemon Meringue, I think I may have to stitch this…

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Isn’t this the cutest piece – I just love the colors in it. Anyway, that’s enough rambling for me this morning. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend – my massage was well-needed and very enjoyable. Have a great week!

I am grateful for new inspiration.

44 thoughts on “Adventures in Ironing”

  1. Your “Their Song” is coming along nicely. Yesterday I saw a blackbird up on the very tip top of a neighbor’s tree, just hanging out there ( I live in Phx, AZ). It reminded me of the designs of Blackbird Designs. Visit me at

  2. Your “Their Song” is coming along nicely. Yesterday I saw a blackbird up on the very tip top of a neighbor’s tree, just hanging out there ( I live in Phx, AZ). It reminded me of the designs of Blackbird Designs. Visit me at

  3. I love your progresson Their Song..it’s so pretty 🙂
    I’ve got the ice cream sampler…LOVE IT! I’m thinking about doing it over 1 for my kitchen 🙂

  4. I love your progresson Their Song..it’s so pretty 🙂
    I’ve got the ice cream sampler…LOVE IT! I’m thinking about doing it over 1 for my kitchen 🙂

  5. I have just spent all day ironing, well i went ot work and have been on here quite a bit maybe thats why it took me all day lol

    i love the ice cream sampler too where do i look to get it,

    definately have to stitch that for my kitchen

  6. I have just spent all day ironing, well i went ot work and have been on here quite a bit maybe thats why it took me all day lol

    i love the ice cream sampler too where do i look to get it,

    definately have to stitch that for my kitchen

  7. I hope you don’t mind that I posted your Queen of the Needle, but I just loved it and I truly like to have photos about anything I discuss up on my blog. If you do mind, let me know and I ‘ll take it down.
    Tracy

  8. I hope you don’t mind that I posted your Queen of the Needle, but I just loved it and I truly like to have photos about anything I discuss up on my blog. If you do mind, let me know and I ‘ll take it down.
    Tracy

  9. Stitch Wizard

    You just have the best taste in things!! I too would like to have the ice cream samler plus Little House Needleworks has one I want I think it is called Garden Pleasures that is coming out! These are really pretty! Their song is really beautiful and your stithing is really pretty!! Ironing isn’t my favorite thing either! UGH! I would much rather stitch! Debby 🙂

  10. Stitch Wizard

    You just have the best taste in things!! I too would like to have the ice cream samler plus Little House Needleworks has one I want I think it is called Garden Pleasures that is coming out! These are really pretty! Their song is really beautiful and your stithing is really pretty!! Ironing isn’t my favorite thing either! UGH! I would much rather stitch! Debby 🙂

  11. Im not an ironing fan either :)Their song is looking lovely! I like the CCN ice cream chart but it’s very similar to LHN coffee menu which im stitching at the moment and so probably won’t be adding it to my stash anytime in the near future

  12. Im not an ironing fan either :)Their song is looking lovely! I like the CCN ice cream chart but it’s very similar to LHN coffee menu which im stitching at the moment and so probably won’t be adding it to my stash anytime in the near future

  13. My best ironing tip…buy permanent press! LOL Seriously, I will only iron for stitching, sewing and craft projects. I’ve developed a real talent for getting clothes out of the dryer at *just* the right moment.

  14. My best ironing tip…buy permanent press! LOL Seriously, I will only iron for stitching, sewing and craft projects. I’ve developed a real talent for getting clothes out of the dryer at *just* the right moment.

  15. The ice cream sampler is so sweet- no wonder you couldn’t resist! Ironing clothes is not for me either, quilting on the other hand is a must.

    Their Song is looking very nice!

  16. The ice cream sampler is so sweet- no wonder you couldn’t resist! Ironing clothes is not for me either, quilting on the other hand is a must.

    Their Song is looking very nice!

  17. I love Casey’s designs also. I am curious if you have the October 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher with her Caramel Apple Sampler in it. I would love to stitch that. I have a stitching blog also at if you would like to take a peek.

  18. I love Casey’s designs also. I am curious if you have the October 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher with her Caramel Apple Sampler in it. I would love to stitch that. I have a stitching blog also at if you would like to take a peek.

  19. I loathe ironing. Take it all to the cleaners. You can wash everything yourself if you want to and just ask them to press it all.

    My cleaner knows dh & I by name.

  20. I loathe ironing. Take it all to the cleaners. You can wash everything yourself if you want to and just ask them to press it all.

    My cleaner knows dh & I by name.

  21. I keep second guessing the layout for my Neighborhood RR – but I think I’m just going to go with the advice that Barbara left for you – “just have fun with it!”

  22. I keep second guessing the layout for my Neighborhood RR – but I think I’m just going to go with the advice that Barbara left for you – “just have fun with it!”

  23. I share your debate over gridding your RR. I did not want 3 of 3 either and it took much fussing and some wonderful help from my friend Ann to make it come out right. Hang in there. It is worth it in the end.

  24. I share your debate over gridding your RR. I did not want 3 of 3 either and it took much fussing and some wonderful help from my friend Ann to make it come out right. Hang in there. It is worth it in the end.

  25. Your ice cream sampler is as sweet as ice cream itself!!

    Good luck with your rr! I know you’ll come up with something great. And if you still end up using a 3 by 3 grid, perhaps you can have your stitchers’ designs intertwine. Enjoy the process and have fun!

  26. Your ice cream sampler is as sweet as ice cream itself!!

    Good luck with your rr! I know you’ll come up with something great. And if you still end up using a 3 by 3 grid, perhaps you can have your stitchers’ designs intertwine. Enjoy the process and have fun!

  27. Aussie Stitcher

    Ironing is something that my hubby generally does, he needs business shirts for work. I try to fold everything as I take it from the clothesline therefore (fingers crossed) no ironing required. (insert wicked laugh)

    Their Song is looking wonderful and I hope you sort out your quilt soon.

    That ice cream sampler, is it a LHN or CCN design by any chance?

    Joanne

  28. Aussie Stitcher

    Ironing is something that my hubby generally does, he needs business shirts for work. I try to fold everything as I take it from the clothesline therefore (fingers crossed) no ironing required. (insert wicked laugh)

    Their Song is looking wonderful and I hope you sort out your quilt soon.

    That ice cream sampler, is it a LHN or CCN design by any chance?

    Joanne

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