26.3 A little rest from the heat

June 21, 2012

SINCE this past weekend we’re having AC problems and problems with phone tag with landlords, and landlord in the ICU of the hospital (please send good wishes/prayers his way), and generally misery in the main part of my house most of the time.

Until today.

And TODAY ONLY it appears looking at the projected temperatures of the upcoming weekend.

Finally the temp inside my house has broke below 85. Before this week I forgot how stressful, headache causing, nauseating, and draining just sitting in that sweltering heat can become. 83 now seems “cool” inside. Tolerable.

Which thanks to a single day cool front has lowered temps quite a bit for one afternoon.

So I’m enjoying today, and telling you that until the AC is fixed, I don’t have any energy/desire to post/podcast/ or do anything cooking / sewing / blogging related. Pretty much don’t want to do anything except give a weather report of the inside of my own house and sometimes have the energy to read back through other people’s tweets.

And drink water / tea. lots of drink.

And the one day I actually went away to a) sew, and b) get away from this mess of a house, was the one day that there was a possible connection & time for the person to come look at (and possibly fix) the AC. And I wasn’t home. Figures. Sux.

What makes it worse is that at work I am near several several machines that run at 100-300 degrees all the time and our lab re instituted that we all always have to wear lab coats even though the samples we deal with are all contained in vials with caps. Last summer I could periodically at least walk around without the lab coat for a while. Hot at home. Hot at work. No escape lately except for sleeping.

But today … cool …


Sunday morning I finished the last of my embroidered pieces on my periodic table quilt while I was out of town.

The group names of the periodic table for which I plan to applique a single hexagon to the side as a key to the groupings.

I will also have to cut up these names and rearrange them so that they can be appliqued to the front of the quilt top.

Here’s a slightly closer picture showing some of the variegation and the different color shades of threads I stitched together.

I tried to be random for which sides got which color grouping, and I tried to pair a light strand with a dark strand.

I already miss the easier portability of this embroidery, as I currently have the rest of the quilt top back in my purse, sewing down the one trim that I decided to use (well it’s probably getting paired with a 2nd trim outside of this).

Here’s the trim I chose. A round ric rac style of trim.

I am/was/am/maybe pairing this trim with another black trim that has spiraled gold pieces. If I do decide to put the 2nd trim on the quilt, it will lay over the top of the ric rac of the trim and be on the outside of the diagram. Double layer would be double work tho.

I DO NOT like the pins I have to use to keep the trim on while it’s in my purse. Because I fold this quilt up into a ball (or sometimes fold it) to move it around and then the pins poke back out at me.

Earlier I mitigated that problem with roxanne’s glue, but this time, I don’t want to use that glue to tack the trim down.

And I am appliqueing this trim down through the narrow gaps in the trim (provided already) and doing it all by hand so that the applique stitches aren’t really showing up at all! 😉

The only other piecing I’m doing right now is some paper piecing on my dancing ribbons quilt. This has 18 pieces for the circle, and today I realized I am one piece shy of having 9 done. But here’s a picture of 7 I took earlier today.

As you may see that the paper is still on the back and will be until these things are sewn together in a big ol circle.  So I’m not exactly half done (there are other parts to the outside as well) but I am pretty well close.

These blocks are mindless and it’s fun to think of the end result, even if all it is, folding, cutting, pinning, sewing clipping threads, ironing, repeat. And each ‘block’ has so many little pieces.

Two things of note here:

Now my dark purple is too dark but since I ripped out 2 blocks for the dark blue background, I am not ripping the blocks again, the dark purple will just have to stay dark.

And this picture shows a lot more ‘yellowing’ than what the colors actually are. Problem with not using a flash earlier and the ambient light etc.

These strips actually alternate with 9 other strips that haven’t been sewn yet.

Mind numbing. But this will be great when done. But I couldn’t paper piece 8 hours a day for several days straight w/o going a little nutzo.  (hmm, gretchen, familiar?)

Anyway, I don’t know when my AC will be back to normal and I can stop obsessing about the temperature in my house. I don’t know how long it will be until I have another perfectly perfect day to be able to sew or come talk to you again.

So if it’s a while, stay safe, drink lotsa water!


  1. Hee! Hee! I don’t know about nutso, but I am certainly burned out! Can’t make myself do much of anything quilty!

  2. […] I have podcasted about it, blogged about it when deciding my trims, and then mentioned it again when showing some of the embroidery I did for it. […]

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