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Monday, July 15, 2013

I may have popped a cork or two this weekend ....



WE have a new winery in our neighbourhood.  ( Ok new to us)
Living on the escarpment where wine
growers are everywhere, it is not hard to find them...
John Howard owns this one, and simply put it is called
MEGALOMANIAC,  John wanted to call it JOHN HOWARD wine...
but his friends teased him and out spilled a few profanities, said he was going to be yet
another MEGALOMANIAC, and the name stuck...

I love a MAN with a sense of humour....
and I know all about that....I am married to one...
ohhh not a megalomaniac...a man who loves to laugh with me.

We ventured out on the weekend, just the two of us for a a nice ride..
ok, so it was five minutes away...but my was it romantic...wink.
We held hands, kissed each other every time I took a photo,
and ran up the aisles of grapes, laughing like 2 young lovers...
And I did not even have a sip yet! 




I love John's signage...LOOKS like a TOMBSTONE.....
not sure if that is what he was going for...but his name is embossed below
his signature label....JOHN HOWARD...



Can you believe all I had with me was my Iphone....trust me when I said 
the view was gorgeous...a perfect summer day...



Rows upon rows of grapes...with all the rain we have had they are growing in abundance...
not sure if that will have any affect on the wine... 
but the wine we tasted..welllllllll we will be visiting often...


I snuck over and grabbed a grape or two....PUCKER power...
ok, they are much better in the wine ...lol



David limited me to one glass , ok so it was 12 oz....wink...
kidding actually, I like wine but I am what you call a Sommelier...
I swirl, sniff, sip  and spit...
I can tell you what wine goes with what...how to cook with it,
how to make preserves..but drink it ...I leave that to David.


I really prefer my coffee...
I did get a lot of sewing done this weekend too..
will show pics of some sneak peaks later......Hard not to notice
that OTHER LADY had some HO HO HO sneak peaks....





Ohhh and look who won our very first OLISO iron 
giveaway...

Seline you will be able to PRESS ON for days...
( she is in our HEXIE Queen Blog hop)

Next Monday we will be giving away the blue one...
if you are feeling blue because you did not win...

WELLLLLLL, leave a comment on
what is your favourite thing to iron...
EVERYONE CAN ENTER....

and the next one may be yours...
next MONDAY we will announce the next winner..
and the following week we give away the yellow one! 


Is Blue your favourite colour...
DOES OLISO have your name on this one....?

Well let us know what you love to IRON!

I love to iron my sheets...
I love to iron my t-towels....
I love to iron my undies...
YEP I LOVE TO IRON! 







97 comments:

  1. My favorite thing to iron is quilt blocks because it means I'm accomplishing something awesome.

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  2. Darn...you took my answer already...I was going to say "undies"...I thought NO ONE ELSE would EVER say that...I should have known....hmmm....so I'll go with something so mundane...I actually like to iron ....well....actually I don't like to iron at all if the truth be told...BUT I bet I could really get into the whole 'pressing matter' if I had a nifty blue iron to play with :)

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  3. Congratulations Seline! Hate to say, I really don't like to iron except for my quilt blocks. Everything else go to a lovely lady who loves to iron. Guess who will get the blue iron if I win, Carol not that one, but my ironing Carol!

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  4. My daughter (and now her friends and Their friends) make fun of me for the fact that I even like to press my jeans. Cannot help it! I don't like wrinkles! Wish I could iron them out of my skin ;)

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  5. I must say that to iron is not my favorite things in life to do. But I have to as I love clothes made of cotton and linen. I love to press my patchwork blocks of course, that is quite another thing, don´t you think ? LOL
    Have a great day,it is morning in Sweden now and time for breakfast.

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  6. I love to iron my quilt stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a fun day you had! Popping corks and popping sour grapes...bet you smiled all day! I only love to press quilt blocks...everything else is a chore! But I guess if I were the lucky winner, I would love to iron so much more! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. The only ironing I do is my patchwork! I always hang my washing straight out and fold or hang everything straight away. Can't waste good sewing time doing the ironing!

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  9. I love to iron half square triangles.

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  10. I love to iron fat quarters. They fit on my big board and I can iron then without getting them out of shape.

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  11. Ohh what a fun day in the wine vineyard.. I have always wanted to visit one and be allowed to stomp the grapes like Lucy did in one of her shows! ha!

    I don't normally like to iron but I hate wrinkles so if throwing the item in the dryer for a few minutes with a wet cloth doesn't do the trick, then I will drag out the iron and ironing board...

    and I have been known to iron clothes once I was wearing them... have burnt me belly a few times doing that. lol

    I would love to own one of the last 2 Oliso's for my brand new quilting spaces. :)

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  12. I love(?) to iron my block pieces as they are stitched together. It is great satisfaction to complete an entire block or top, press it, and see how beautiful it looks!

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  13. Ironing was not my favorite thing until I started to learn to quilt and was introduced to the magic an iron does when I press pieced fabric. Now I love to press my quilt blocks.

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  14. I love to iron my quilt blocks.

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  15. When it comes to ironing quilt blocks are on the list of favorites as well as my cotton shirts!

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  16. I love to press binding - lets me know I'm close to finishing!

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  17. I love to iron new fabrics that are going to be quilts some day :-)

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  18. I'm not sure that I love ironing, but I sure do love the clean, pressed fabric when I'm done. I keep my iron up all the time for ironing in my sewing room so that I iron every seam that I sew. Keeps everything so neat and tidy. I am, however, sporting a nice scar from a close encounter with my iron a few weeks ago.... reached over it for something and found myself burned in the crook of my elbow....nasty. With one of these great irons, I would not have been burned! Thanks for the giveaway and for the wine tour!

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  19. It's too hot to be ironing anything now, but if I want my quilt blocks, bags, etc. that I am making to look their best I must press on. Then I go sit in front of the fan to cool off.

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  20. I am picturing you with a fantastic scarf and in a convertible then running through the grapes with it trailing behind you. How fun to visit that winery! I love to iron only when I am quilting. Ironing sheets and clothes, not so much :)

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  21. The only thing I iron is fabric for my quilts. I am lucky to be married to a lifeguard and he only wears shorts and t shirts....So that's what I usually wear too.
    And I gotta tell ya....My dad used to make the best wine from cherries. so sweet. yummy.

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  22. I love to iron my quilty stuff, hexagons, bits and pieces. And I'll tell you, I actually don't love ironing clothes. I have an old iron, and will be so happy to get this new blue one. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  23. What beautiful shots of the vineyard Samm! I didn't see a vineyard this weekend but finally I got to see my sewing room again! I just posted a picture of a little pillow I made - you're going to love it. :) I learned to iron when I was barely tall enough to see over the ironing board and started first on Daddy's handkerchiefs and then pillowcases. I also remember ironing my grandmother's bras - huge, thick cotton cups! I love ironing fabric these days and any iron that makes that easier is the perfect iron in my book. I've seen the Oliso irons at my local sewing machine store and they look amazing. Whoever wins this one will be thrilled I'm sure. And did I tell you that it would go with my Blue Willow dishes? I know, I know, that's a stretch since my dishes don't reside in my sewing room but whatever. :) blessings, marlene
    P.S. I saw some polka dot dishes in the Dillards ad this weekend - thought of you because I know you love polka dots. Now if they'll just make some gingham ones!

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  24. I have a 12 year old iron.. that needs to retire=)

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  25. I'm not a fan of ironing but I love ironing my quilt blocks....means I am quilting, something I have had very little time for lately.

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  26. I like to iron fabric because it means I'm starting a new project.

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  27. Sounds like you and your husband had a grand time at the winery. I can't say that I love ironing anything, but it's a necessity to do so at times. I use cloth napkins which have to be ironed. I've saved a bit of money because now I don't have to buy paper towels and/or paper napkins nearly as much as I used to. I also use my iron when sewing. Sew a seam ... press a seam ... sew a seam ... press a seam and on and on.

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  28. I love to iron my piecing, as I am making a quilt. Other ironing, not so much! Oh --- and I am a believer in pretreating my quilting fabric, so I iron the fabrics, when I am getting ready to use them --- not when they come out of the dryer --- that would be ironing it twice.

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  29. Hmmm... I can't say that I truly *love* to iron anything. I mainly just tolerate ironing because I know it's a necessary evil with sewing. Perhaps a pretty blue iron would make me happy to iron?! I'd love to test this theory ;)

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  30. Blue IS my favorite color and I need a new iron. My old one catches on the seams of my blocks and bunches them up! I love washing any new fabric added to my stash and ironing it nice and pretty. It makes it easier to cut, too. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  31. The pictures look idyllic and such a sweet story behind them.

    Congratulations to Seline on the iron win. Uh, honestly I am not at all fond of ironing though I do PRESS seams like crazy, like almost after every seam but yardage? I'll pick seams in that case because it means I am getting some piecing done---and that is my favorite part!

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  32. So many comments that I could "ditto" - quilt blocks, bindings, fat quarters... but I also like to iron my 'good' napkins because I know that means we'll be sitting down to a meal with good friends or family and I'll be enveloped with their love and laughter.

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  33. I hate ironing...except when it's a quilt project, and then I just love crisp seams

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  34. As a kid it was my job to iron the pillowcases and handkerchiefs, but now I only love to iron my quilty things. That label on the wine is very cool as is the "headstone." Looks like you had a fun weekend!

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  35. I love to iron everything in site. i kid you not, Husbands dress shirts & slacks my daughters liltte sleep pj boxers , fabric ,pillowcase, sheets, the guys boxers, even the t shirt and shorts we wear. I iron every single morning and wash laundry every single morning.

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  36. I learned to iron by ironing handkerchiefs and the pillowcases same as that 'other lady' Carol. We are of the same era. I can't remember when I last ironed something that was not quilty related.

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  37. Basically I just iron my quilt fabric, tops and backs and formal wear. I sure could use a new one mine doesn't even make steam anymore.

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  38. Oh, I am feeling blue
    I need an iron new
    To press all my lovely quiltys
    This is my favorite true <3

    :) Pat

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  39. I love to iron my fabric and also my embroidered tea towels.

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  40. I wash all my fabric before I use it, and when it comes out of the dryer it is a tangled up mess. I actually enjoy the untangling, ironing, snipping off the freyed threads and neatly folding the newly washed fabric.

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  41. I love to iron shirts, I like crisp clean ironed shirts. I like to iron my fabric, I like to press making my blocks. I need a cool new iron, but for now my old one do the job just fine.

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  42. I love to iron tiny baby dresses. I have three daughters that I made lots of dresses for. There is something about sewing together and pressing a freshly smocked dress that I LOVE!

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  43. I love to iron my husbands' shirts because he is always going out in shirts that are wrinkled and I am so embarrassed! Yesterday he wore a Hawaiian sirt and he noticed that the top of the pocket was twisted. So there he was trying to finger iron it smooth...oooooooooh!

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  44. I love to iron my husbands' shirts because he is always going out in shirts that are wrinkled and I am so embarrassed! Yesterday he wore a Hawaiian sirt and he noticed that the top of the pocket was twisted. So there he was trying to finger iron it smooth...oooooooooh!

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  45. I love to iron the t-towels that I am embroidering right now - averaging two a week getting ready for Christmas gift giving. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. Judy C in NC

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  46. I love to iron finished quilt blocks (that means I actually got them DONE!)along with fabric and the occasional shirt (most everything we wear is permanent press and I'm a maniac about snatching things out of the dryer so they don't wrinkle!) I'd love to win this...thanks for the chance!

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  47. I love to iron linen pillowcases (the ones you used to be able to buy in the 70s. Nice if they are also embroidered. (I don't and never have ironed sheets, but wouldn't mind sleeping in a nice bed that had ironed sheets). There is also something sexy about ironing a man's white shirt, particularly nice heavy pinpoint oxford. (Even better once the ironing's done to have my DH in the nice white shirt!).
    I also like to iron my completed blocks.

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  48. Hmmm...I would be lying if I said I loved to iron! I'm certain it must be because I have a rotten iron. If I had a new one *wink*, I would love to iron my quilt tops.

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  49. I don't really like to iron but I do like how I am a better quilter when I iron my blocks / fabric.

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  50. I love ironing binding strips, because it means the quilt is almost finished, and it means some wonderful relaxing hand stitching time for sewing down the binding...my fave! My second favorite thing is drinking wine ;)

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  51. My favorite thing to iron is fabric :)

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  52. What a wonderful weekend! It's nice to get away with our special ones and that looks like such a great adventure!
    Love to iron? Well.....um.....maybe LIKE to iron fits better. I guess it would be pillowcases? I used to love to iron little frilly dresses, but then I raised three sons and little frilly dresses were not a part of that!

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  53. I'm not a big fan of ironing...maybe it's cause I have a cheap iron.
    The only thing I don't mind ironing is my quilting blocks, HST, etc

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  54. I like to press my quilt blocks :)
    I can remember as a kid my Grandma would pay me a quarter per piece to do her ironing, man I could iron for days back then & I loved it!

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  55. I love to iron Wrangler Jeans. I love to put lots of starch on and get that crisp crease down the center and back of the jeans. A man in starched Wranglers equals eye candy for me.

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  56. My favorite thing to iron, er, PRESS, is the FINAL PRESSING of a quilt top before I quilt it (if is it smallish) or give it to a longarmer to work her magic.

    Lynda in Spokane

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  57. Oh my goodness it has to be table linens :) Thanks for another chance to win!

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  58. I love the name brand of that wine. One of my kiddos and I joke about being Megalomaniacs all the time. It is just a fun word to say too. I love to iron my hubby's pants and of course my quilting pieces! :).

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  59. It sounds like you had a happy and interesting day. I am glad you enjoyed yourself.
    My favorite thing to iron is my quilt tops.It is the final step before I lay it out to prepare it to quilt. It makes me happy when i have it ready for this step.

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  60. This is so exciting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will break it in ironing my HO HO HO and Hexies. (I rarely iron anything outside of my quilt projects) I'm a drip dry kind of gal or I use the dry cleaners. Even my hair is drip dry. Really, thanks very much.

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  61. Well here goes, I would just love to win an eliso. I only have 5 irons and all I love to iron is quilt blocks. I never iron clothes! Well, here's hoping!

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  62. Sure would love to win one .... and dedicate it to my quilting and only my quilting. with that said you guessed it I love to iron my quilting projects, to make them nice and flat,some arm strength might be needed too.
    thanks for the chance to win a great iron.
    in stitches

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  63. Hi!
    Ohhhh, a good iron.... I am on my son's used iron. I used our other son's iron. I love to iron a cotton shirt, right after my quilting fabric of course...
    I love smelling, a watching and feeling the cotton shirt crisp up! I love how it hangs in the closet...
    Thanks for the giveaway, take care, Leslie

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  64. I must iron the buttonhole facing on every blouse that isn't sewn down. I also catch the tails (rolled hems) of my shirts. If those two places are not ironed, I know everyone can tell!

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  65. i love to iron nothing!! my aunt on the other hand loves to iron!! bed sheets...pj's ...socks!! yup if you can wash it, she will iron it. I only iron my quilting. if it has to be ironed, i dont wear it :) Jessica

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  66. I enjoy ironing because it makes everything look crisp. My favorite things to iron is fabric before I start a project because it means I am starting on something new. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Madame Samm isn't it nice to play some times....good for you and DH..I would love to put my name on this iron..Let me see other than fabric. I love to iron my pillowcases and tableclothes for sure...my granddaughters dress,s I feel like they should always be ironed, yes even her sun dresses. I like to iron my T-shirts and capri's and I have to say yes their are still special times I wear a one piece slip and they are a have to iron too. I just feel well dressed in whatever I am wearing if it is ironed...that is my story on ironing and I am sticking to it...heave a great night.

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  68. I love to iron my linen tea towels. They look so nice when they are flat and they dry things better too.

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  69. I love to iron my just washed fabric when it comes out of the washer...no dryer for my fabric...I love to see the beautiful pieces laying all over my studio/family room floor to air dry. They turn out so crisp and nice after that! (and I love blue...wink wink!)

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  70. My favorite things to iron are the my sewing projects, they seem to come to life after each seam, and then, the last ironing of the completed object makes me feel like I have completed a work of art, of course, not every piece is.

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  71. How romantic ! It's like you were young lovers in the south of France ! OK Madame Samm....the rooster is too stinkin cute ! I'm going online shopping right now !! As far as ironing goes, I only enjoy ironing anything that has to do with quilting. When I was a kid, pillowcases and my daddy's handkerchiefs was my job. My son rodeo-ed in high school and he wanted his cloths starched on rodeo night (a cowboy thing ) I taught him how to do it, he irons better than me ! Ok gone shopping, have a good one !

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  72. I love ironing my stash, and pressing seams, and ironing a finished project - especially with STARCH! :) Ironing a shirt is okay (if I must)...

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  73. What a totally fun time! I would love to do that. I'm a wino plain and simple. Swirl, sniff, sip and swallow. Repeat with another glass. hee,hee,hee.

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  74. My favorite things to iron are my quiltblocks. Because when you iron carefully, your sewing becomes more secure!

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  75. Love your thread catcher and your hexie station! I don't really like to iron and the only thing I iron is my quilting things, oh!

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  76. Love your posts, the only ironing I do is my quilt fabric and blocks. My son's Scout leader told the Scouts they had to take care of their own uniforms,so I taught the kids to iron and "retired", Helen

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  77. I love to iron quilt tops and newly washed fabric. Newly washed is about to become something lovely and interesting and the finished tops are nice and crisp and ready for sandwiching. I love them both.

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  78. Favorite thing to iron is pillowcases because they make fresh sheets on the bed look stunning. Thank you for a chance to win! Janita

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  79. Oh, I iron any cotton shirts, blouses, and pillow cases. I have to have cotton looking absolutely fresh and perfect! Love the look, love cotton, and love the chance to win a great iron. Thank you.

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  80. I don't mind ironing for quilting, but hate ironing clothes!

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  81. When I was very young, I would iron my father's handkerchiefs. Still a very pleasant memory.
    Now I mostly iron when quilting. Occasionally a shirt or two.

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  82. My favorite thing to iron is a freshly sewn quilt block. I don't iron unless it is for quilting or sewing. My husband has learned over the years to not ask me to iron his shirts or pants :) I would love to win this iron, as mine is on it's last leg.

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  83. I love to iron the seams on the borders because that means the project is nearly done. It Would be nice to have a fancy new iron!

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  84. I like to iron completed quilt blocks and completed quilt tops (yipee, finishes)! Blue is a lovely color! I need a new iron.

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  85. Your "tammy bag" is SOOO CUTE! I've got to make one. I like to iron freshly starched jeans; there's nothing like wearing a pair of crisp jeans.

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  86. I learned to iron by pressing my father's handkerchiefs and then moved on to his dress shirts. Correct pressing is the most important step in sewing, and in an attractive wardrobe.

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  87. I am currently ironing leftover material to make into scrappy quilts. I enjoy ironing,it relaxes me.

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  88. Would love an Oliso iron of any color. And yes, I love to iron - maybe not underwear though!

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  89. hehehe...I thought I was the only one in the world who ironed their undies! Like you I iron everything, even washcloths....love to iron and I hate, hate, hate wrinkles with a passion...I would love to win this iron as mine is on its last leg...and blue is a wonderful color...

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  90. I love? to iron quilt fabric and finished blocks I love ironed pillowcases but seldom iron them maybe a new iron would inspire to do it more often

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  91. anyone that sews can use an iron. just stopping in this week to see what it going on in your lil' world.

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  92. I grew up ironing everything, even my dad's shorts! We would sprinkle the clothes with water and put them in a plastic bag, then a couple hours later we would iron. Strange as it may seem I still love to iron! Mostly fabric these days. Oh, blue is my favorite color........

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  93. Lets see...do I like to iron anything? Probably just my quilts!

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  94. The only thing I 'love' to iron is quilting fabric.

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  95. Well..I hate ironing my husband's clothes but I love to iron my quilting fabric!

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