Whilst I appreciate how cold the US has been, please spare us a thought in sunny South Australia.
Today’s temperature was 45 C (113 F). Yesterday’s temperature was 44 C (111 F) and tomorrow, if you can believe it, will be 48 C (118 F).
We are used to a few days over 40 here, but 48? I absolutely refuse. I will not accept that.
We are lucky enough to have a pool, which has had a flogging these last few days. The garden’s barely hanging in there, and I keep my chooks alive by showers from the hose every few hours. They seem to be coping fine, even if they are annoyed at the showers.
So, when I’ve not been in the pool with the children, I’ve been in my sewing room.
I found a couple of jelly rolls at the back of the cupboard that take up way too much room and so when I saw this pattern here: Easy Jelly Roll pattern I thought I would try and fashion something a little like it.
It’s a funny jelly roll really, I do like all the colours together but some of the darker ones really seem to stand out. It was one leftover from the shop days, and we didn’t sell it when we closed, so it’s sat there for years waiting for a use. Today was the day.
It’s so quick to run up – it only took me a few hours to stitch them all together, but then in my usual clever way (working too fast, not thinking too much) I stitched a sashing to both sides of most of the blocks, only remembering later that they are only supposed to have one on one side.
Took me no time at all to stitch the four rows, but gee whiz, did it take me an age to place them in a half decent way. I find taking a photo works really well here to see the glaring issues.
This isn’t the final layout – I can see the glaringly obvious blue issues, so I’ve rearranged it a lot more.
It’s missing a middle white sashing and cornerstones, but I could at least see where I’d duplicated the fabrics – oh look, like that blue floral.
I adore, fall in love with, would get married to that blue circle print. I wish I had more than just a jelly roll strip.
And so, when the children are safely tucked away in bed, I shall have another go at piecing some rows.
It’s too hot to do anything concentratringish at the moment. Sewing strips together is something I think I can manage.
So that’s today’s update. Where ever you are, please keep safe – whether it’s from the stinking, horrible heat or the crazy cold.
I'm linking this up with Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts here for their WIP Wednesday.