I have been very busy with a little of this and a little of that lately. I'm still cleaning and tidying things up. I vacuumed all over the house today. It started when I decided to clean up behind my entertainment center when I was installing a new antenna. My new vacuum can extend way beyond my normal reach and I found all kinds of dirt I didn't know was there. Okay, maybe I knew it was there but chose not to see.
Last weekend I finished a cute little wall hanging for my daughter Holly to use in her classroom. She's a special ed teacher for grades 3-5 and has two students in her classroom who are non-verbal so she's trying to teach them sign language:
I used a fusible batt called 'duo fuse' by Innovative Craft Products. I'll admit, I wimped out and used fusible because I just didn't want to pin baste and although I know I have fusible spray, I took the easy way out. It worked really well except for the sticky deposits on my ironing board cover. At first I thought it was really stiff, but it was easier to quilt than the June Taylor brand. It took less than an hour to machine quilt but about 3 hours to sew the bind down on the back - crazy!
I used my brand-new iron from Vermont Country Store -- a DRY iron -- wow!
I know what you're thinking -- How in the world can it press without steam? Oh, mon ami -- it does so very well, and without the distortion I get when I use a steam iron. I bought the iron for an upcoming workshop with Anita Grossman Solomon, who recommends the dry iron. I'm getting some practice in before the workshop!
I pressed all of the fabric I will be using for next week's workshops with Kim Diehl. Tomorrow I'll get the pre-sewing done and I'll be all set for the classes -- phew!
I'll have my blogoversary giveaway reveal tomorrow so be sure to check back in!