Okay, I think I'd better defend myself over the whole ironing board issue before someone calls the quilt police! LOL! I don't know if they make those tabletop boards thinking that people won't use them a whole lot or what, but the fabric they use for the covers seems a bit flimsy and not of the best quality--kind of like that somewhat thin but stiff fabric you can find at discount department stores for a couple bucks a yard. Add to that the fact that I often do things like sew up 284 half square triangles and press them open all at once--I have a feeling that doing that repetitive pressing tends to overheat the batting and the board cover and eventually the textiles start to break down. I never leave my iron plate down on the board and half the time I don't even leave it sitting up on the board, so that's not the problem. Maybe my iron is too hot? But I don't really think so.
One of these days soon, I'll need to stop quilting long enough to sew up a new ironing board cover. I have some nice, heavier cotton, and Quilt Nut was kind enough to take pity on me and provide THIS link to a site that shows how to make a new cover for your board which is pretty cool.
I wish I could stay home and play with fabric today--I'm still working on the tulip quilt--but it's time to get ready and head to the job that pays me to show up. Happy quilting and crafting!