My new Oliso iron finally arrived! I just love it - it has little feet that retract when you touch the handle. This allows you to leave your iron in a horizontal position at all times. When you are ironing large pieces of fabric or small pieced blocks that allows you free use of your hands. Takes a little bit of getting used to, but once your're accustomed to it you'll find it very hard to go back to a conventional iron. It turn itself on and off and steams like a dream. This is my 2nd Oliso; the first one is 5 years old and was beginning to show it's age a little. When you use an iron everyday in your studio it does take some wear and tear. I will be taking both Oliso's to the retreat so that everyone can play with them too!
Last night during "Cupcake Wars" I decided to cut out a project that I could sew during our retreat free time. I used my Go!Cutter "Tumbling Block" die and cut up all the red and white fabric left from my stash. Using the free pattern that came with the die I will make a twin size quilt to use as a quilted sample for by booth in April. I was curios as to how long it would take to get organized, iron the fabric and cut: 1 hour! Just enough time to hear the end of "Cupcake Wars"
Last weekend I started this table runner project using the Go!Cutter "Rose of Sharon" die. It's very quick, as you only have to make 3 blocks, set on point with a nice focal fabric. I finished the fused raw edges with a very small zig-zag and Superior Rainbows thread. It's still a little puckery, but that will go away when I quilt it! Love that fused applique!