Sunday, June 9, 2013

Iron Envy?

Before discussing the iron issue, I just must say how much I love my design wall. On the left is what I started in Jacquie Gering's workshop last summer. And on the right are some of the elements of my Winter calendar challenge.Okay, irons. At workshops and retreats, whatever iron I am using is better than mine. Now, is that really true? Holly has the exact same iron as me - a Rowenta Steamium. You know, the one with 400 steam holes. And somehow I am convinced that Holly's iron is better than mine. At QuiltCon, taking the architectural piecing class with Jacquie Gering (just love how she teaches), the classroom was stocked with Oliso irons. Of course I fell in love with them. And I had a chance to buy one - about $140. But then I had to talk with myself about whether I really NEEDED this iron and whether it truly was better than mine. Just prior to QuiltCon I was doing a fair amount of ironing in preparation for the CMQG January meeting about modern piecing. I really overworked some of the soft tissue in my right hand. My Rowenta weighs 4.5 pounds when full of water - that's a hefty amount to lift again and again. Former CMQG president Beth has temporarily loaned me her Oliso so I can decide whether I truly want an Oliso . What makes the Oliso so special is that it automatically lifts up when there is no hand on the handle Right now I'm thinking I need this iron.

  We're off to Paducah for a few days. I've never been to the National Quilt Museum, and John's game for a little road trip, even if it means quilts and fabrics. I haven't told him yet but the hotel he booked us at for a couple of nights is literally right down the road from Hancock's of Paducah, one of my favorite on-line sources. And it gets better. A quilter who has influenced me over the years, Emiko Toda Loeb, is in a featured exhibit at the museum - she was the inspiration for the log cabin quilt (see below) which hangs in my dining room as well as for the wall hanging for my sister Paula's Freeport, IL house. There is another exhibit featured Regina Alexandra, a sparse modern quilter. When we get back, I'll make a decision about irons.  Assuming I didn't spend too much in Paducah...

My Dining Room Long Cabin, 1996
Paula's Freeport Log Cabin - 1990

1 comment:

Z Any Mouse said...

Hi Donna, I'm curious what your final decision on the Oliso iron was. I bought an expensive Rowenta several years ago, and it was the worst iron I've ever owned, lasting only about a year. Since then, I've stuck with the plain old Black and Deckers.