I'm working in color again!!
All of the blocks for the tree skirt are finished, so I took a quick break to put some time into my Barn Door quilt for Sarah's quilt along.
It is SO nice to be working in color again! Of course, working with AMH means working with lots of it. While both of the blue fabrics "read" blue to me, each have 16 colors on the selvage! I'd say I'm making up for my time spent in a world of beige and ivory.
Also, after spending a month with linen, moving back to quilting cotton is kind of an adjustment. The cotton feels thin and slippery compared to the linen. It's rather nice to have less bulky seams, though. :)
And did you notice the lovely new iron in the pic above?? It was my Christmas present this year!
She's a beauty! I have been working with a gross old Sunbeam, whose only redeeming factor is that it never shut off. Ever. Unfortunately it also ran so hot the plastic above the heat plate was starting to brown. Ick.
I'm happy to have this lovely new Reliable. I'm hoping it's just that, reliable. It's nice and heavy so that, even with my bent old ironing board, it achieves nicely pressed seams without much effort. I had to put all my weight behind the Sunbeam, and would still have only moderately pressed seams before. The only downfall I've noticed so far with the Reliable, is that it is true to the 7 min timer. After 7 minutes, it turns itself off, even if I'm using it. Thankfully it beeps first, so I can hop over and turn it back on before it cools down. It also heats fairly quickly.
In other news, I managed to injure my neck this week. I can hardly move - which makes sewing a bit of a challenge.
I bet you're wondering how I injured myself?
I'll give you some guesses:
1 - I was enjoying the fresh powder on our beautiful Utah slopes and managed to fall just wrong on my neck. (Falling...that sounds like me, right?)
2 - I took up professional wrestling, but Mr. Stone Cold was a bit much for my 5' 5.75" frame.
(yes, the extra 0.75" is necessary and important to me...)
3 - I was doing my hair.
I know, I know...you all think I'm an amazing skier and a tremendous wrestler...but it was actually #3.
**Imagine the phase with the same sing-song tone as Agent Wilde's "LIPSTICK TASER" from Despicable Me 2**
For real. Embarrassing.
I was pulling my hair back into my typical, wet, I-don't-want-to-do-my-hair-today bun before work, and somehow kinked my neck just wrong. At that moment, I probably looked about like Gru does in that picture above. I'm certain my facial expression was pretty close. And now I can't move.
Maybe in a few days I'll feel more like myself again.
In the meantime, if you catch me around town, I'll be waddling slightly to keep it still and turning my entire body to look at things.
Linking up with Sarah and Lee.