I iron when I sew and when I don't - I need an ironing intervention

I have come to the conclusion that I need an ironing intervention. I iron when I sew and when I don't. My ironing board is always up and yes, I voluntarily iron items other than seams. Let's hear all the terrifying details.


I have a terrific iron and ironing board. It has a little storage area underneath, where I have a pile of ironing. It also has a a rack on the side where I also have a mound of wrinkled items.

Here is a picture of the normal ironing any self respecting quilter or sewist does. I am pressing the seams of a section of my Cubs quilt. This took less than a minute. 2017-01-23-001

I continued to iron however. Years ago I made a set of Christmas placemats which I ironed as I sewed. I used them during the month of December and I am just now ironing them.


I had also used my Christmas apron in the month of December. After washing, it was wrinkled. Hey, we're talking 100% cotton; it 2017-01-23-002wrinkles.

I also had used another set of homemade placemats on Christmas Eve. I can't put this stuff away without ironing it, isn't there a law or something?


What good are clever placemats without matching napkins? Naturally they need to be ironed as well. Why? Well, because?

Growing up my mother ironed everything. If we were really good and deserving, we got to iron also! Hooray, what a treat!

We started out with the honor of ironing my father's handkerchiefs, easy enough. My Mom assured us that my dad would comment on how great that ironing felt!

We could then move up to ironing my father's boxer shorts. They were way trickier and I got bored. I would get creases in them and my Mom would take over.

My younger sister moved up through flat sheets, fitted sheets and even tablecloths! I always found homework to do. Redo, whatever!

But the ironing bug had bit me and I still feel a certain need to have things I have made be nice and smooth. You see why I need an intervention? I need to tolerate wrinkles better.

I'd write more but I still have the fall table linens to iron.

Sew happy!

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