Go Bold or Go Home

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I finished making my Gardenvale cross blocks early this month and then jiggered around doing just about anything BUT start cutting the setting triangles for the edges. I had bought two different fabrics for these triangles and making the decision of which to use was holding me back. One fabric is light and quiet and the other dark and dramatic. Drama won out, obviously.

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Looking at the blocks in black and white helped me make the decision. I think the lighter fabric would have fizzled the rich and bold colours of the blocks. Go bold or go home !

Hopefully I can get this sewn together without too much drama of my own… lets leave all that to the fabric !

This is one of the little things I’ve been jiggering around doing instead of the cross blocks:

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Oh yeah, and I want to welcome back to my sewing room; Olie the smart iron.

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Olie made his appearance 2 years ago under the christmas tree. Up until early November he had been hard at work when he abruptly made a little fart sound and refused to heat and press again. That was all very disappointing because I know it is a very expensive iron and the warranty was only one year. In my opinion, when a customer pays that much for something the manufacturer should do enough designing to have it last longer than 22 months. The papers that came with him said to take him to a qualified person to fix it. I phoned several appliance repair places and the shop that knew the most about that iron said they weren’t able to get parts. Contacting the company, they made me an offer that I would ship the iron back to them and include $69.00 USD and they would send me a replacement iron with a full year warranty. I really gave that some thought because that is the equivalent of $100 CDN which makes the total investment of well over $300…   for an IRON !!! They agreed to pay shipping both ways – international shipping out of Canada is absolutely nuts. So, 7 weeks later here he is – I had actually given up hope of ever seeing him again the wait was so long. The reason why I was drawn to this iron was because it has a 30 minute shut off feature as opposed to the 8 minute one that all the other irons have. Oh yeah, and the “smart” lift feature – I thought that would be easier on my aching wrists and shoulders. Anyways, I’m happy to have it back but if it goes phfft after the 1 year warranty is up, that’s it, I’m going to kick him to the curb and find a new love !

If anyone else reading this has one of these irons that has lasted longer than 22 months, could you please let me know how old yours is in the comment section up at the top by the date ?

Thanks so much.

linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alison
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 09:18:22

    I love your Gardenvale quilt! That fabric line is gorgeous!

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  2. Verria
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 10:37:59

    I have a favorite iron also. Her name is Irene. Just a cheap one I got at a garage sale but she stays on more then 8 minutes. Shes packed away right now until I get home in April and I can’t remember the brand name so not much help. I just thought I was the only one that named their iron. lol

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    • Colleen
      Jan 20, 2016 @ 14:15:18

      Maybe it’s just you and me then ! I like the name for your iron – you can sing that great old folk song “Goodnight, Irene” when you’re done for the day 😉

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  3. Leslie
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 16:02:30

    i have had one for about 5 years. it has been fine until this last 6-12 months. the auto shut off is random…the up down feature comes with a ugly slow grinding sound now and it even occasionally puts the stand up when i am ironing something . i probably will not get one again. i love your gardenvale quilt!

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    • Colleen
      Jan 20, 2016 @ 17:53:12

      Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know. I’m glad to hear that I might get 5 years out of this replacement.
      I know what you mean about not getting the same one again.It’s very iffy for me too.

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  4. allisonreidnem
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 17:34:59

    I haven’t formed a relationship with an iron! They can be short lived here as our tap water is very ‘hard’, full of scale producing minerals. Using the black and white photo to help decide on the fabric for the setting triangles is a great idea – must remember this when I’m having trouble choosing.

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    • Colleen
      Jan 20, 2016 @ 17:50:39

      lol ! Well, I spend so much time with him and tell him everything, I thought he should have a name.
      I never put water in my iron and it usually lasts a very long time. The one that I’ve been using in Olie’s absence was a cheapie I bought so long ago that it doesn’t have one of those timed shut-offs at all.

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  5. Valerie
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 19:56:45

    I like your dramatic setting triangles! Really looks good. I can’t help on the iron. I never had one of those. My favorite is turning out to be one of the cheapest Sunbeams I bought five? years ago for peanuts to have as a second iron for pressing blocks. It stays on for about twenty minutes.

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  6. jennamarynowski
    Jan 21, 2016 @ 00:15:10

    Love the colours of the quilt!

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  7. Carrie Wikanderr
    Jan 21, 2016 @ 21:18:19

    The fabrics really make the plus quilt beautiful I love the background blue, too.

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    • Colleen
      Jan 22, 2016 @ 08:14:11

      Thanks Carrie, yeah I had a layer cake and a jelly roll and I wanted to make a very simple block that would let the fabrics/prints take centre stage

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  8. SarahZ
    Jan 22, 2016 @ 09:50:12

    Oh yes, easy to see the theme here! 🙂 I love Gardenvale and happy to have a mini and a regular charm pack…now to get a jelly and my “grand plan” may come to fruit…if I don’t end up using these up first 🙂

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