Saturday, June 16, 2018

Moving At A Snail's Pace

The Extreme Ironing webportal describes extreme ironing as "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt."

I had lots of  fabric to prepare last week.  Unfortunately, I chose a humid day to get it done.
The blocks for my Chimney Sweep/Album blocks were from a swap that  used pre-washed fabrics. Even though I no longer pre-wash my fabrics, I prepped yards of Kona natural and some Civil War fabrics to sew more blocks.  While I can't say I was as wet as the gentleman in the photo, I was pretty damp.

Here they are placed with the rest of the blocks.

I hit a snag with the baby quilt I am using as my June One Monthly Goal project   I was using a traveling combination cutting board/ironing surface and didn't realize my iron touched the handle that was dangling off the edge.  The polyester braided handle melted and left a residue on the iron's surface.  In my blissful ignorance, I proceeded to iron my blocks.  Ugh! What a mess.

These are a few of the pieces I had to remove.  I made some new block components and will sew them today.  This small project is wearing me away, one small disaster at a time.

If you are buried in scraps and looking for an innovative way to use them.  Take a cue from the art work I found at Home Goods this week.

I didn't measure the shadow box frame, but I would guess it was about 24 inches square.  The fabric appeared to be wool, but it could have been a blend.  I'm not sure how I would like this color combination hanging on my wall, but it might be an artistic way to store jelly rolls on a sewing room wall that doesn't get much sun.

I'm happy with my seven Chimney Sweep blocks so I am Whooping it up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  There are lots of fabulous projects posted this week.  Stop by and check them out.


  1. Hi, Kathleen! Love your Chimney Sweep blocks, and that Extreme Ironing web portal is hysterical! I'd be ok with it except for having to haul the iron and ironing board up with you... The art work is interesting - I wonder what it would look like if you took a leftover string, paired it up with a strip of felt, and rolled it. I may have to give that a try when I get back home! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  2. EXTREME IRONING?!! Seriously -- is that dingbat using an electric iron UNDER WATER?! What will they think of next? Sorry you're having so many trials and tribulations with your project. Isn't it always the "quick and easy ones" that end up driving us crazy?

  3. Oh, I'm sorry about your melted handle episode! I have that same mat and have very close to doing the same thing. It's a design flaw, for sure. Your Chimney Sweep blocks look great altogether like that :)

  4. Yikes! I can almost smell the singed handle. I'm glad you were able to fix your blocks. I love the use of solids in these.

  5. Your album blocks are looking wonderful. Keep on dodging and working through those obstacles. It's going to get there. Love that wall hanging. I wonder what it would be like in a colorful version.

  6. I would have never believed Extreme Ironing was a real thing till I saw the website. I am still rolling my eyes. Your album blocks are so neat and crisp and even. The framed fabric rolls reminds me of Quilling, in which thin paper strips are rolled, pressed and glued to make different shapes. I have seen some lovely cards with quilling.

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    I love your page on your post.. That is so pretty..

  8. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.


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