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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Tuesday Tale

My new obsession, quilting, requires that I partake in one of 
my least favorite chores.....
I R O N I N G.  ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜œ
After a few quilts, I realized it was 
way past time to replace 
Irma B. Decker, who was probably at least as old as 
Sassy Singer 25+years.   My husband,
wore a white long sleeve dress shirt, tie and suit to work 5 days all year for about 
29 years. I took them to be professionally washed and starched
for about 6 months.  After weeks and weeks of starching,
they were too stiff to even button.
So I started washing and ironing them.
The last 4 years of his career his employer
relaxed the dress code, slacks with a buttoned collared short shirt or golf shirt (no Tee Shirts).

Last week I grabbed a fist full of Bed Bath and Beyond coupons
and off I went to shop for a new Quilting Companion.

Introducing Irene B. Decker on the left
and her great Aunty Irma B. Decker on the right
Great Aunty Irma still works so she will be donated along with 
a few other household items.
 Irene has a retractable tail...which thrills me to no end.
As you will see below, Irene has more steam holes, a smart steam dial,
auto clean and a wider heel rest (thanks to her retractable cord).
AND Irene is a light weight in spite of her lanky look.

I'm pretty sure Irene and I will have a long lasting friendship...
hopefully she will be as dependable as her Great Aunty Irma.
Irene has been very busy since she arrived.
Starting this week you will be seeing several completed projects and there will be more to come.


  1. I like that your household helpers have names, that's nice ;o) I can only imagine how long it takes to do dress shirts & suits and all that men-equipment. I liked ironing in the old days as they had good stuff in tv and to see linda evans or joan collins while ironing away a big laundry pile was a good thing. but today with all the crapola even ironing is no longer as it was once... sigh...

  2. Mom's iron is 2 years old and it didn't come with a retractable cord. Darn! But it is lightweight, which is a blessing. Enjoy Irene!

  3. I suggest you hang on to the old one until you find out how the new one does. I to hate all things ironing and glad to say have not touched my iron since retired in 2006. my iron looks a lot like your new one and I HATED it from the day I bought It. that is why I suggested holding on to the old one. hope your luck is better than mine... i was blessed, bob wore uniforms that were replaced each week by his workplace. did not have to do anything to them. yay for that.

  4. Hari OM
    retractable - like, as in whilst actually ironing? No more catchy-catchy = blue words when the cord sticks in between the iron surface and the rest pad? Or getting all criinkly and unstraight and just horrid to iron without getting knots??? Go Irene BD!!! YAM xx

  5. Oh yes. Quilting does require lots of ironing. It looks like your new one will serve you well.

  6. I love her. I have accumulated several irons due to storage unit clean outs. I might sell them and get one like yours.

  7. Funny how all the sudden things you feel like you just got are old. I recently replaced my bath towel. It was no longer soft, had holes, I thought, it isn't that old and realized I had it for almost 23 years. It dried me enough!

  8. Wowza, Irma has been around the ironing board a few times! I'm sure her new family will appreciate her too.

  9. Now that's a bit of irony MOL!

  10. Hubby loves to iron and I hate it. We don't have that much to iron anymore and I'm happy about that. The new irons are awesome though. User friendly.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  11. I used to enjoy ironing, but haven't touched one of those things in at least a decade, if now longer. If I really cannot stand the wrinkles, I use my handy-dandy steamer. I remember sprinkling my dad's work shirts with starch, then work the collars, then the wrists, the button plackets, the shoulders, then the body. Gosh, that was a REALLY long time ago!

  12. Irene looks elegant and practical. Excellent combination!
    I'm neutral on ironing - I try to time the activity to coincide with a favourite radio programme, or listen to a podcast.
    Cheers, Gail.

  13. I think I may have had Aunty Irma's twin sister at some point :-)

  14. My closet-dwelling iron hasn't seen the light of day in months! I only use it in summer because I wear cotton. Welcome Decker!

  15. Mom thinks she is the only person left in the world who still irons. Her number one requirement for an iron is lightweight. Then it has to have good steam power. We think she currently has a Rowenta. She irons all Dad's shirts, even his t-shirts, and most of her tops and pants. She irons everything as soon as it is washed and dried so that she doesn't have a big basket of work to do.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  16. I also dislike ironing. I replaced my iron last year when I retired my heavy old Morphy Richards. I wish the new one had a retractable cord though. No matter how well I wind it up, it is always unwound when I get it out again.

  17. I have never liked ironing. I look forward to seeing your completed projects. XO

  18. Looks like you’ve moved up in the iron department. I iron every day....gotta wear clothes without wrinkles. ~Island Cat Mom

  19. Ironing and dusting are mom's two least favorite chores.
    Mabel & Hilda

  20. Good irons are VERY important for good quilting. Your old one served you well, but the new one is going to be even better! If you donate that old one, you are passing on all those years of practice makes perfect to someone else.....that's grand.

    Hugs, Pam

  21. I have that iron! Bought it a year and a half ago when we moved. It's a great iron except the retractable tail has got my fingers a couple of times... :)

  22. I wonder if Irma is related to ironing board man?

  23. I replaced my iron when we moved. My old one was ancient! LOL! My sister-in-law is learning to quilt. She joined a sewing club. Have you ever seen a kitchen boa? She made one and they are so clever.


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