Finally I got into my sewing room and got some Bliss Baby Blocks done. I stopped trying to complete the applique center on each flower and concentrated just on getting the blocks finished. My aim was to complete all 30 blocks this weekend and then work on appliquing the center circles before and after work this week. I need to get this wrapped up and sent to the quilter pdq. (Linda, that would be you!)
I stuck the blocks up on the design wall as I made them, without any real design plan in mind. Plenty of time to rearrange things when I finish.
A couple of things helped me stream line my sewing. One was placing an ironing board right next to me while I sewed. It is amazing how much time hopping up and down to press the little units takes!
I have a number of irons that I use when I sew. No, I don't use them all at once, I use different ones, one at a time. I have a fancy Rowenta steam machine unit, which I am trying to make last. I go through irons like you would not believe. I buy two or three a year, seriously. At least Ozzie stopped eating them, thank goodness. Remember this?
I have stopped paying a ton of money for my irons, since I go through them just as fast if I get an expensive one or a cheap one. I do prefer a heavy iron though, so I tend to avoid the light weight ones.
And I have one big gripe about most of the irons on the market. Why can't the automatic shut off feature take longer than 8 minutes to shut off? I need it to stay on for at least 20 minutes at times. It is so annoying to have to keep turning the iron back on and adjusting the temperature setting. Are there any heavy weight irons that cost less than $40 that do not have the automatic shut off feature, or at least have it timed to go off in more than 15 or 20 minutes?