The Ironing Board is alive and well at my house! Libby over at Simply Libby is asking us to show our ironing boards. OK, here's mine.
Underneath all that is a real ironing board. I had decided that I wanted one of those big boards several years ago but was too cheap to spend the dollars plus shipping. CarGuy came to my rescue and build a big board for me out of 1/2" plywood. There is a frame on the bottom side that fits right over my ironing board so the big board doesn't shift. I padded it using Sandra Betzina's recommendation of a wool blanket and then covered it with the teflon covering. Thank goodness I have an electric staple gun, (mine, not CarGuy's) 'cause I put it to good use on this. I can lay a fat quarter on this and iron it flat without having to shift the fabric.
I can just hear you asking "What's with the floral fabric?" I use a lot of starch when I'm piecing. And because I'm basically lazy I lay this piece of cotton floral decorator fabric on my big board and spray away. It is hanging over the back quite a bit right now, but when I'm starching I pull the back up and straight pin it to the little quilt hanging above it. That way I keep the starch off the wall and the board. When it gets so full of starch that it could stand up I can throw it into the washing machine rather than have to recover the board.
I have 2 irons. The one resting on the big board is the quilting iron. The reservoir is always kept dry and this iron gets really, really hot. You can see the other iron in an upright position back there in the corner. It's the one that gets used for everything else. I'm about ready to snag Auntie's iron because it is a dry, electric iron. No steam holes. THAT I can use!
And the reason the board looks as clean as it does, is that I just finished a project (the QOV quilt) and like Paul Sr. at Orange County Choppers (OCC) I clean up the 'shop' after a project.