Monday, May 18, 2009

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.

16 comments:

  1. oh, that stinks! Yes, you can tell that those are 2 different whites. : (

    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.

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  2. Oh no! That must have been disappointing. I can tell in the pic that there is a very slight difference.

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  3. That is too bad! I loathe "unsewing". It drives me crazy!

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. I didn't see the whites right away, but when I looked I did see it. Rats!

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  7. 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!

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  8. There must have been something in the air because my iron went out on Thursday too! I can't live without my iron. We have all been wrinkled and no projects are getting done in the mean time.

    I was thinking of getting the Rowenta from Costco. It's funny that Consumer Reports likes the B & D and gives it high marks for durability.

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  9. Oh I totally feel for you! All you can do is put on a fun chick flick and rip away. Good luck!

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  10. That's frustrating! Sometimes I wish my iron would die so I could get another one. LOL

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  11. Oh no. I know all about those nights... I hope that you are making progress.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear that Amy! I hate unpicking, but I sure spend a ot of time doing it. :)

    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.

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  13. 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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  14. oh no!! Seam ripping is definitely not on my "favorite things to do" list! Good luck!

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  15. Well then...if it must be ripped hope you have a seam ripper you really like. So sorry...true bummer!

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  16. Bummer!! Those sort of things happen just when you get going! Did you find a new iron yet?? Hope so :)

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