Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Little Night Music

Tuesday night some John Mellencamp on CD was the night music while I cut and sewed borders for the Caramel Blues UFO.  Yes, a CD--I don't own an i-Anything and either listen to the radio or CDs while I cut and stitch.  I'm a throwback to simpler technology, but at least I don't have to work by gaslight or candlelight as my ancestors did :)


I did manage to get three of the four border strips on before an electrical incident caused a work stoppage.  While preparing to press this second border, the iron began to make loud popping/clicking noises that even drew the cat's attention.  In fact, Mini gazing upward at the iron was what made me notice the smoke coming out of the steam vent!  The iron had shut itself off but the smoke was alarming and I quickly unplugged it and took it outside onto the concrete patio, afraid that flames would begin pouring out.  But they didn't.  I checked on it numerous times for 10-20 minutes and it cooled off by then so I could go to bed without worry.  Scary moments, though!  Tonight I plan to get the final border strip on and begin piecing the backing.  I have a cheap backup iron that will work just fine :).

10 comments:

Sarah said...

I also don't own i-anything but prefer to listen to the radio or audiobooks. I'm too spoiled with my flourescent lights, not sure how I would handle candle light for working...

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You may be a throw-back to simpler technology but an electric iron is a MUST! Glad you weren't sewing by flame-light! Sheesh!! The border fabric is lovely, by the way.

Lee said...

Oooh, I like the quilt; and I don't have an iAnything either - even my cell is as basic as it gets - no texting even! I had an iron that did that a couple years ago too (Rowenta) and it scared the daylights out of me...all 3 of us went running as we were in different rooms than the iron - I'm in the bad habit of leaving it plugged in and turned on relying on the auto-off feature.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness...you are working so hard on your UFO that you blew out an iron!!

Dawn said...

Oh, smoking anything in the sewing place can never be a good thing.
LOVE that border fabric and your quilt.

Shay said...

Scary times at the Orts house with an uncooperative iron. At least you have a back up!

I only have an Ipad ...my cell phone is over 5 years old !

Patrica said...

Holy Smoke!!! Glad that thing did not ignite while you were pressing the quilt and ruin your work. Love the border fabric. Quilt on!

Lorraine said...

Yikes......that happened to me a few years ago....lots of fizzing and popping ....and being upstairs I raced in to the bathroom next door and popped it on the tiles in the middle of the floor....no flames luckily....but a dead iron all the same...just don't make them like they used to!! Nice borders btw!

Kate said...

Burning irons do put a damper on the quilting don't they. Glad it didn't turn into anything more serious.

Stephanie Davison said...

I believe the iron was trying to contribute its sound effects to your music.

Beware the popping iron!