Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekend Report

I wish I could say I accomplished everything I wanted to but its just too darn hot!  As someone pointed out to me recently, its so hot the trees are fighting over dogs.

Saturday I spent the day cutting more random strips for my spiderweb quilt. 
And while I was at it I cut 1 1/2" strips from the same fabrics for another scrap quilt. 

 All the strips are sewn together now and I'm cutting them into triangles now. 
I'm not sure how I'm going to lay them out yet but here is one option.

Yesterday I finally finished my Which Witch's Boot embroidery. 
And it looks fantastic if I do say so myself.  Next up is piecing it all together!

Oh...and last week I completed two more minis!  So now I have four minis needing quilting.

Back to the heat for just a moment...I know there are other places in the country that are experiencing higher temperatures right now but I need to whine for just a minute.  I promise to make it quick.

You'd think that after almost two months of 100+ degree weather I'd be used to it by now...but I'm not...not one little bit.  Being as our house is almost all windows with no shade trees and on a lake canal, its like living in a giant terrarium.  By mid afternoon our air conditioning struggles just to stay at 85.  We've had three days under 100 since mid June.  All this is making me very cranky.  Because really...who wants to quilt in a hot room with an iron going?  Not me!

I happy to report that yesterday I found a solution!  Let me introduce you to frogg togg's Chilly Pad!  Whoever designed this towel is a genious!

From frogg togg's website..."To the Chilly Pad is made from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch. When wet, the towel begins to evaporate and cool, providing cool, soft comfort to the user. When it stops cooling (about 1-4 hours, depending on conditions), you simply re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it's cool again."

Chilly pads are meant for staying cool while doing outdoor activities but let me tell you something.  They work great for keeping cool in a hot house while using an iron! 

And with that I'm off to go use my iron!

Till next time...


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love to iron - even in the heat, I know, silly. Love the triangles, something I have not yet tried. Thank you on the Chilly Pads, passing the info on to a friends with MS who is having difficulty with the heat.

Leah said...

I love your witch's boot. It looks lovely. And I am anxious to see the progress on your on your spider quilt.

Anonymous said...

I bet our troops would love those pads! I know my husband was always looking for something like that back then.
Cute mini quilts!!!! Love them. I have on similiar to the one on the left.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I L♥VE Which Witch!!! :-) And your mini's are adorable! Fun strings too. Stay cool and out of trouble!! ;-)

Wendy said...

You have been a busy girl! I love the layout that you have here for the strings......very pretty.....and your stitchery project is beautiful.....may have to try one of those towels it has been in the triple digits here also.....

Yvette said...

I need one of those chilly pads and it doesn't even get that hot here. I am hot at 80 degrees. LOL!! I really don't think I would be doing well in those temps. I feel for you,

OK, this is the third boot like that I have seen today. I adore it!!! I am trying to resist but I am getting week. Did you use crayons to color it in?

paulette said...

Your projects are ALL wonderful...I can't imagine getting all that done in that heat!! It's about 75 degrees here..perfect! I wilt when the temperature gets over 80...can't imagine 100!! OUch!!
No wonder the chilly pad is coming in handy!! Stay cool!

Lori said...

I love your newest little quilts!! Your string quilt is going to be awesome too! I love the star.
Hope you get some relief from the heat soon.

Lynette said...

ahhh :) The boot *does* look marvelous! (and that star on top is amazing)

Jen said...

You were so productive! Look at all these beautiful projects! I need to find one of those towels, they sound awesome, thanks for that! I am totally loving your spiderweb blocks, this is going to be a great quilt!

Unknown said...

I'm a new follower(also new to quilting) I love all the possibilities that you present for scraps. I too keep it all. I was wondering if there are patterns for the blocks that are displayed on newspaper above? Thank you in advance. Claire brown