Taps playing for my mini iron.

Yes, my Dritz Mini Iron went kaput.

 

 

I’m right in the middle of prepping a 100″ border.  I almost panicked.  But I managed to keep calm and convinced myself to try using the Rowenta travel iron since it is small.

To replace my mini iron I would need to go to Joann’s either at Lake Ozark or Springfield, MO.   Each are a one hour drive and since I am recuperating from surgery I am not too excited about that.  I could mail order it but the last time I ordered from Joann’s it took FOREVER to reach me.

Walmart at one time carried them in their stores.  I saw one after I had purchased mine.   They no longer carry them in the store.  So I went online and you can order them online from Walmart but it ships from a Third Party.   So I was left with trying to substitute with my Rowenta.

I am pleased to announce that I was able to  work quite well with the Rowenta.  I did have to work slowly to achieve the neat little curves but I am pleased with my work.  So no rush to get to Joanns.

While I was working away on my border, Tink, fell asleep listening to the Oak Ridge Boys.  I don’t know how she does it.

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I am working on the final border for A Boy and A Girl. Ta Da.   I am excited that the journey is coming to a close for this project.  I have so enjoyed making this quilt.  I have been challenged.  I have honed my applique skills to the next level.  I have found a new confidence that yes, I can do that.  Overall this has been a wonderful journey.  I have one more applique quilt to complete before I embark on my Baltimore Album journey.  I have the confidence to tackle the Baltimore quilt that I did not have prior to making A Boy and A Girl.  It is a quilt I have been passionate about for over 30 years.  I am now confident that I will be able to add the Baltimore Album quilt to my resume and collection.  Now that’s exciting.

The final border.  Wow!!!!  I have learned so much working on this quilt.

This is what my sewing room looks like while I am sorting and looking for “just the right” fabric .  All those Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I have quite the pile of scraps.  I was thinking that they would work nicely up in Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone.  Something to think about.

You would think I should be embarrassed to show anyone what a mess my sewing area is, but hey, it’s creative clutter and when I am finished it gets cleared and put away.

Today is my birthday.  I am thankful to have made it another year.  I am a breast cancer survivor.  I am four years cancer free.  Time is precious.  Make the most of every day you have.   It took me a couple of years post surgery to realize I was going to live.  Now I have grand ambitions.  Namely, a Baltimore Album quilt.  It has taken me 2 plus years to make A Boy and A Girl.  The Baltimore quilt will probably take me about 3 years to make.   It’s a goal to strive for!!

Happy Birthday to Me.

Happy Stitiches Everyone.

Sissy Malone

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About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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