Farewell, Beloved Friend

Today, we mourn the demise of our dear friend and devoted fellow quilter, Thomas Fal. 


T. Fal passed quietly at home, sometime in the last 24 hours, serving faithfully until he was found, deceased, this morning.  Mr. Fal was at least ten years old, and likely much older.  Nobody remembers the last time I needed an iron. 

When friends were asked to what they attributed Mr. Fal’s long life, they expressed that it was likely the fact that he had never had water poured into him.  Water was always spritzed onto fabric before Thomas was used to create steam. 

He survives countless spritzing bottles.  He will be grieved by his current partner, Blue Bottle.


Temporary quilting services are being provided by the aged and revered General E. Lectric, who has returned from retirement for this temporary duty.


Okay, so this is only partially in jest.  I’ve known for a while that my iron was not going to last forever.  But, it was still a surprise this morning when it wouldn’t turn on.  I am sad because I know that it is going to be hard to find another iron that will last as long as this one did. 

Have a great Thursday.  Thank goodness I’ve been looking around and know exactly where I’m going to go and what I’m going to buy next.  Lane


lindaroo said...

I'm sorry for your loss!

I'm very interested to know what you will purchase to replace your faithful iron. I recently bought one as an emergency replacement, and it's been very disappointing. With the diligence you always put into your decisions and purchases, I will probably purchase, with confidence, whatever you get!

Anonymous said...

I have a cordless panasonic that I adore. I have had it for about 5 years. The sole plate is smooth as silk and it gets good and hot.
Melissa in Texas

lw said...

I am still mourning the 1940's iron that a neighbor gave me when she moved away back in the 1970's. I used that iron until it finally died from being dropped-- the bakelite broke-- in the 1990's. They don't make 'em like they used to. My current iron is one of your T. Fal's brothers. It's a little bit hard to clean, but seems to be working okay otherwise.

Terri in BC said...

I splurged two years ago on a Oliso, and like you, I don't use water in it, rather I spritz it on. Much to my disappointment, it quit working and I am back to using Old Faithful, my 20-year-old Sunbeam.

Churn Dash said...

I love my panasonic irons. My first lasted ten plus years until I dropped it. The second less - someone borrowed it at retreat and dropped it. I love the sole plate on them.
I've tried the cordless panasonic at the quilt shop but I wasn't fond of it.

Susan Entwistle said...
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Susan Entwistle said...

Love, love, love and enjoyed your post. So what are you replacing Mr. Fal with, pray tell? And will you be in mourning for a respectable amount of time before replacing your dear old friend?

Knitwitsowls said...

I feel like blue bottle will get over him rather quickly and find herself a swanky new chap!

Juliet said...

I'm back to my Philips dry iron since my Bosch steam generator turned up its toes two weeks ago!
I had 2 Tefal steam generators that did not live through their guarantee period (but I got full refunds) so I couldn't really recommend that type for your replacement.
It might be another Bosch for me.

Anonymous said...

You fooled me. I thought you had lost a fellow quilter. I have a great steam iron. It is a "Rowenta" and if I ever use it, I love it. Don't put much water in it, cause I'll forget to pour it out when I'm thru. It is a seamstress iron, so you can imagine how old it is. Does a great job, if & when I use it. Always put distilled water in it. Weather here is great, cool mornings and wonderful afternoons just right for yardwork. Come when you can. lum