Well, it pretty much took all day. And, while I was pressing the pieced border, all of a sudden the fabric was scorched!!!
Look at that! I looked at the iron and the lights were off. Hmm, I think something happened to the thermostat and the heat increased and burned the whole thing out. At any rate, I unplugged it and plan to not use it again. I got out my travel iron and was able to finish my project.
So today my plan was to finally work on my class project, but then I remembered that I need a new iron. Hmm. I live right around a corner from a Walmart, but I'm not too excited about their iron choices. Let me add here that I'm pretty picky about an iron. One thing that I cannot live without is a sharp point. I don't neccessarily need a Rowenta, either. My recently defunct iron was a Sharp, and I really liked it. I got it at Target, so I thought about heading there first. The problem? I had looked through the ad on Sunday and there was a LOT of cool stuff on sale this week. I figured if I went there, I would do "other" shopping and I should try to avoid that for now.
I remembered that JoAnn Fabrics has irons. I have a coupon for 50% off, so I got online to look at the choices and to take notes on prices. I also remembered seeing Rowenta irons at Tuesday Morning, and I was hopeful of finding a good deal. So I went there first. They didn't have a good selection. They only had one full-sized iron and it didn't have a sharp point. They did have a box of applique pins for 99 cents, though, and some really cute Christmas plates. I bake lots of cookies and give them to neighbors, etc. at Christmas, so I like to find neat plates to give away with them. I bought all four of them.
Next I decided to drive a bit further away to go to JoAnn's. As I was crossing the freeway, I saw a cop on the overpass. I quickly realized what that meant!!! The POTUS was flying out of our local airport to get himself to the debate as he had spent the weekend in Williamsburg for prep. We got caught up in that traffic mess when he arrived on Saturday and I knew I would be in for it again. Ugh. Anyway, I got to JoAnn and was looking for the irons. I passed by the solid fabrics and saw that Kona was 40% off. I checked and they had a bolt of PFD (prepared for dye.) As it can be hard to find, I got some. Next I found the irons, but they just have empty boxes on display--you have to ask for one when you pay. I did so and the clerk had to go way to the back of the store to get it. She eventually got back and I paid. "Oh," she says, "you can't use a coupon on an iron." Now I had considered that possibilty before I drove all the way over there. Nowhere on it did it say you couldn't use it on an iron. It did list a number of other things, like Accucut, Simplicity machines, etc. I pointed this out. She tried it, and it wouldn't accept it. That just ticks me off! So I paid for the fabric only and left.
Air Force One at the local airport today
By the way, in case you don't know, POTUS=President Of The United States
Oh, and this is not my photo. I didn't get anywhere close to the area.
This photo is mine. I took it Saturday. I told you we were in the thick of it--at Lowes--it is right across from the airport.
As I was leaving, I had to take into account the fact that I couldn't go directly home, because of the motorcade, etc., so I headed on a slightly roundabout way home. It is a way I don't often go, and I realized that if I went a bit further, I could go to one of the local quilt shops that I haven't yet visited. It is also the Bernina dealer and I did need some #80 needles, so I went. What a great shop! It is the best in the area that I have visited so far. I got the needles, and only the needles, and left. Now it was lunch time, so I hit a drive-through. I'm getting tired and I still don't have a blasted iron!!!
After considering my options, I decided to go to Target. They had a nice selection, including Rowenta, Sharp, and some others. One Rowenta was marked down $10 from $65 to $55. I was leery of getting another Sharp, so I got the sale Rowenta. Then I checked out the lamps that were on sale, but didn't find one that I loved. I did get a bag of Honey Crisp apples, though. We are seriously addicted to them and they are getting hard to find.
I got home after one. I spent the whole morning traveling all over trying to buy an iron. If I had just stayed home and ordered one online, I could have avoided pins, plates, PFD, the President, needles, and apples. Shipping charges don't seem so high anymore! It is also not lost on me that if I had just got to Target first, I could have avoided the other purchases AND the traffic mess. Oh well. Live and learn!
Have a great day!