Another Star… and other pressing issues

You’ve been pretty good about tolerating my minimalist posts lately.  I’ve been SO busy and have been determined to focus on my feathered star blocks in my spare time. 

The last time I posted a picture of the completed blocks, I showed you this:

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Now I’m here:

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I just started on block number four.  It’s averaging me about a week per block, which is about all I can get done with an hour or hour and a half per evening available for sewing.  And with all the pieces in each block, it’s a fiddly little thing!  This block will measure 14 inches square (finished).  Hang in there… I’ll get to it! I’ll have 5 of the blocks shown above, and four of a different variation of the block.  I will have a total of 9 blocks, but something special in the sashing and borders.  

Since losing all the weight over the past (almost) 2 years, my wardrobe has totally changed.   I’m finding I still need to do more shopping to fill in missing items.  When you lose 148 pounds, that’s to be expected!  One thing I really needed was a dress.  Just a nice dress for those “need to get cleaned up” occasions.  I have two skirts, but they are both a little large.  I found a blue one I love in the NorthStyle catalog here and even though it was a little more money than I wanted to spend, I decided to go for it.  The dress arrived a few days ago, and I tried it on and loved it! 

This morning I decided to wear it to church, so I showered, dried my hair, put on my makeup, and ran downstairs to lightly iron the wrinkles out of the fabric.   Because it’s a knit fabric, I knew to use a cool iron, and started to lightly press.  It worked wonderfully, until I got to the last area that had a wrinkle. 

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Lovely burn, isn’t it?  The fabric just melted away in a matter of two seconds! 

Now, I’ve been a fiber artist for about 35 years.  I think I know how to use an iron. 

The fabric melted as if I were holding a torch to a plastic grocery bag!  I’ll keep you posted as to how everything shakes out over the next few days.  I love the dress, but obviously a large burn hole like this right in the front of my crotch just won’t do! I shudder to imagine would would happen if a person were to walk by a hot fire wearing this dress!  I’m imagining the scene from the Wizard of Oz where the Wicked Witch is yelling, “I’m melting!  I’m melting!” 

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