One of those nights

So last Thursday I got a bunch of borders cut and sewn on the Amy Butler squares. I was feeling so productive. After the kids were in bed that night I picked them up to press them and gasped with horror as I realized two things:

1. My iron had died. The lights were still lit but it was not heating up. This is the THIRD Black and Decker iron that has done this the past 3 years. The first two I had replaced by B&D because I’d had them such a short amount of time. (This involves a crazy story for another day.) So by the time I got this one I’ve been extra careful with it – only plugged it in a surge protector, etc. Has anyone else had this problem??

2. Then I realized that the outer borders on these blocks were a different shade of white! (I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture or not.) I hadn’t noticed it in the bright daylight, but in the evening it was glaringly apparent. And since I was making this for the store where I work, there was no way I could leave it. So, out came the seam-ripper. So much for being productive.


  1. says

    oh, that stinks! Yes, you can tell that those are 2 different whites. : (<br /><br />I have a Rowenta iron that is at least 7 yrs old – I highly recommend it. It is a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth it if it lasts so long.

  2. says

    Don’t you hate that? I’ll be sewing along and I’m like "hey, this is going really easy" then I realize something is totally messed up.

  3. says

    Oh no, but I like the two different whites. The same thing happened to me when I made my wonky log cabin quilt and I just left it like that.

  4. says

    I did the same thing a couple of months ago…somehow some Kona snow got mixed in with Kona white…and so I had to spend an hour with the seam ripper taking several pieces out and replacing them! It’s so frustrating to make those kind of mistakes!

  5. says

    There must have been something in the air because my iron went out on Thursday too! I can&#39;t live without my iron. We have all been wrinkled and no projects are getting done in the mean time. <br /><br />I was thinking of getting the Rowenta from Costco. It&#39;s funny that Consumer Reports likes the B &amp; D and gives it high marks for durability.

  6. says

    I’m so sorry to hear that Amy! I hate unpicking, but I sure spend a ot of time doing it. :)<br /><br />I got a rowenta iron on sale at Target and love it! It is so much better than the other irons I’ve had. I think costco has one in stock for about $50 right now.

  7. says

    Oh Amy, I am so sorry! What a pain to have to unpick all of that. I bought a Rowenta iron a while back and it has worked like a dream for me. It was a little bit more money but it has been worth it.

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