Excited About an Iron!?

Cordless Iron

Good Morning, Quilters!

I must confess, ironing is like dusting to me–I rarely see the need–unless I’m quilting, of course!  I will throw my clothes away  in the dryer for a few minutes if ironing is required.

Whenever I go to a quilt show or market,  I scour the shops for exciting new supplies, notions, ideas…

Last month, at Quilt Expo in Wisconsin, this little gem caught my eye.  A cordless iron–the Panasonic Freestyle Cordless Iron!   

Now that is exciting!!!

Part of my frustration with ironing is the cord.  It is always in my way!  No more twirling and twisting to get the cord out-of-the-way!  And, won’t this be great when you’ve basted a quilt and you see a few spots that need ironing?  Or when you just need a little spot pressing and you don’t want to drag your entire quilt over to the ironing board?  You won’t need to get an extension cord!  Perfect!

The only thing that is different (besides the missing cord)–you have to put the iron in the base every time you set it down-to re-heat. The shop owner was extolling the virtues of the pointy shape–pointy on both ends, not just one.  I’m not sure that has helped me in anyway…but it hasn’t hurt either.  I have only owned this iron for a few weeks but I  love it already!  I talked to a friend who has owned hers for more than a year and she is very happy with it!

I guess what’s old is new again!

Using Starch, Sizing, Best Press in QuiltingWhat about YOU?

Do YOU hate to iron?  Do YOU iron outside of quilting?

Or do YOU LOVE to iron–I have several family members that iron for pleasure!

We’d LOVE to hear!

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Happier Pressing!

Lori

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I NEEDED These Scissors!

Tula Pink Scissors

Good Morning, Quilters!

I recognize the line between Needs and Wants is blurry–especially when it comes to quilt notions….

But when I saw these colorful Tula Pink scissors–they went straight to the need category!

I wasn’t sure about the snips…but who doesn’t like a matched set??

–like a sweater set…(am I showing my age?!)

So both the iridescent scissors and the snips came home with me…(insert smiley face!)

Tula Pink Scissors

Once I tried the snips…I realized they were actually a NEED too!  I’ve always used small scissors to snip my threads.  Now I’m a convert!

DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT

In other news, I just received a package from my publisher, Martingale, with all the samples and quilts I sent off for my book.

This version of The Square Flower (page 96) didn’t make the book…

(One can’t take these things personally-LOL!)

Tula Pink Scissors

I wanted to demonstrate that the Square Flower can be stitched into any shape–like diamonds shown here.

Wouldn’t this be a fabulous quilt border???

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

I think I will go buy a bouquet of yellow Daffodils…

What about YOU?

Any great finds at YOUR local quilt shop lately?

Have you tried any motifs from Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…Confession:  (I have to admit…the Tula Pink scissors weren’t the only “needs” from my last trip…more next week…ssshhhhhh!)

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Open Line Friday – Fabric Markers

Micron Pens, Fabric markersHurray!  It’s Friday…

Time for another Open Line Friday…Please ask away…No question is too big or too small.   Also, please help answer questions…as a group we have a lot of experience.  So join in!  The More, The Merrier!

I’ll start by commenting on the Mystery Whole Cloth Quilt-a-Long.  (By the way, if you haven’t joined in, it is not too late…You could easily catch up with the group!)

THE ZIG ZAG

I know a lot of you are struggling with the Zig Zag…and I think a little struggling is okay…that’s how we improve.  However, The Zig Zag is not critical to the design of this quilt and it is more important that you enjoy the process.  No one should be discouraged, nor should you spend inordinate amounts of time on The Zig Zag.  If you are struggling, replace the Zig Zag with a gentle wavy line.  Double this line IF it would be fun and a reasonable challenge for you.  If not, skip it.  Later in the project, you will be able to go back and add the extra line IF YOU WANT to do so…

I would rather see you do any free motion quilted line than a programmed stitch or a “feed dogs UP”  design.

Micron Pens, Fabric markersPERMANENT MARKING PENS FOR FABRIC

Today, I have a question for the group:  What are YOUR favorite permanent marking pens for fabric?  Can you recommend any good articles, links, tips about using marking pens on fabric?

FOLLOW UP ON STORING BOBBINS

Last week someone asked about storing bobbins and you all had great ideas!

I have two favorites:  The Bobbin Saver  and a wooden bobbin spool rack.

Thread Saver Bobbin HolderThe Bobbin rack is found at JoAnn Fabrics.  I use it of the Bernina 820 bobbins which are too large to fit in the Bobbin Saver above.

Bobbin HolderNow it’s YOUR turn…What are YOUR Questions and Answers!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin, or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!