Friday, April 9, 2010

The Perfect Little Iron

Take a look at this baby . . . I was introduced to it by someone in a class I taught recently.

It's a cute little purple Rowenta travel iron, perfect for classes and retreats and also great for taking along on vacation or whatever.

I sometimes find the big iron a tad clumsy when I'm working on small blocks and I never thought small irons heated up enough. BUT, this one does the trick. And, the best part is--it works just as well as a full-size iron. When I saw how hot it got, I knew it'd be perfect for pressing my little blocks and getting into some of those tiny corners when I'm working on my Dear Jane blocks too.

I had to have one and so yesterday I zipped over to my local Bed Bath & Beyond (with my handy dandy 20% off coupon, of course—I always keep a batch in the car. You do know that they even accept expired coupons, don't you??).

After getting it home and trying it out myself, I must say I am not disappointed—it heats up quickly and glides nicely and it's sooo light but does a heavy job with steam. Since I'm usually not pressing huge quilts or sheets or anything, this is working out perfectly for me and my little blocks. If little blocks are your thing and you’re in the market for an iron that's compact and light that does a heavy duty job, go for this one—it works like a charm and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

My husband sure doesn't get it but working with cute little accessories either in colors I like or that are nice to look at makes it more fun. Like my heart-shaped scissors--I get a kick every time I look at them, they're so cute and functional too. (I just love hearts, you know.)

Same with pretty bowls and mugs—I love drinking out of pretty mugs and almost don't mind washing them by hand if they're aesthetically pleasing to look at. I find that my to-do lists get done faster when I write them neatly on pretty paper too. Go figure. Must be the visual thing. I think it's easy to get  inspired when we surround ourselves with colors and images we love.

We'll actually be in the market for a new vacuum soon—maybe I can find a pretty blue one to help make THAT chore more fun?? Actually, I doubt even a blue one would help me in that area . . .


Kathie said...

oh I just love that mug where oh where did you get that!
I have heard lots of good things about that travel iron I may just have to buy one two.
yes I love stationery too!
love notepads :)

Mimi said...

I just can't have enough neat little gadgets for quilting. I am going to direct my mini group to your site to take a look at this little Rowenta. I know one of them has gone through a couple and the reservoir on this one looks nice and big. Thanks for posting this information.

Kathleen Tracy said...

Kathie, the mug is one I picked up in the Lang store in Shipshewana IN last year. I still like it. They have it on the website:

I see I might need a few more!(Husband shakes head.)

Beth said...

Great iron, I think it would be great for regular size blocks too when you are piecing.
Thanks for sharing. I think par of the reason we love quilting is the visal thing yes?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this looks like a great little iron. I love my regular size Rowenta, but it would be good to have a travel size one too.

ratherbquilting said...

Love that mug and the scissors, too! Get yourself a Bissell Powerforce Bagless - we have one and I love it so much that we just bought one for our son and daughter-in-law. Not especially pretty, but great with pet hair and the best thing is that it's so easy to dump the dirt cup and all the filters come out so they can be washed out. And NO, I'm not a Bissell representative, LOL. Just a satisfied customer!

Kathleen Tracy said...

I'll have to look at the Bissell vacuum. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great information regarding the Rowenta travel iron. I have been wanting an iron for the little squares as my BIG OLD iron is- well- VERY OLD and VERY BIG. I, too, have a stash of coupons- time to shop! Springtime is here in NJ- so I am turning my thoughts from the darker reproduction fabrics to a lighter version- flowers- something cheerful. Went to a sale today and found a small baggie of 2" squares all cut- for 5cents. I will find a pattern in one of your books to use them for a spring quilt- I am having so much fun. Thank you for your inspiration!! I look forward to continued good reading on your blog. Peg from NJ

Kristy said...

Read your blog and went right out to get the Rowenta iron, and I am using it today on my daughter's wedding quilt. Thank you for such a great recommendation. I am a totally visual person...I even rate movies based on the visual appeal. Keep blogging and I will keep reading. Kristy in Ohio


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