Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trying to Stay Cool

I used to really dislike air conditioning. Now I can't imagine how we'd survive without it during this heat spell.  For about a week running we are under a heat advisory as actual temps rose to 101º yesterday and the heat indices were predicted to be as high as 114º.  The high humidity makes it feel like walking into a sauna when you step outside.

We had a couple young girls from church over yesterday and they pulled some of the weeds/grass growing between patio stones and also helped carry some of the brush Tom was cutting out to the burn pile.  Even 11 and 12 years olds find this heat oppresive it seems as they only lasted about 1/2 hour at a time before running into the house for respite.  I sat down and pulled a few weeds with them but I didn't stay long either.  Today I've paying the price with lots of jigger bites still itching. 

I think I'll stay in the house today and get started quilting a few of the tops that have accumulated recently. 

I did finish piecing the Dear Jane least as much of it as I want together before I start lap quilting it.  I think that will be a job for later this fall.  For now this is what it looks like.  The outer two rows are lying unattached.

One more Dutch Treat block done Sunday night


And three done last night.  When they are simple ones like this it's pretty easy to get two or three done in an evening.



197 blocks done. That means only one more and I will have half the blocks finished on my second Dutch Treat!


Barb said...

Mary, that dear jane is awesome, the way you have placed the squares, the colors....just amazing.

Caroline in NH said...

Your Dear Jane looks fabulous! I love the layout. I am thinking that after I get a few of my current projects cleared out, I need to get back to my DJ. And I actually found my Dutch Treat book today while looking for something else! That one is practically throwing itself at me!

Crispy said...

Great blocks Mary and the DJ is just stunning!!


501 Quilt Blocks said...

What you've done thus far is just beautiful. I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard of Dear Jane quilts until a week or so ago. I'd like to try something like that some day.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Mary - I really LOVE the way you have set your Dear Jane blocks!
The quilt top is gorgeous!

Your little Dutch Treat blocks are just darling! I enjoy seeing them here as you finish each one.

Riley said...

FABULOUS setting for the DJ, Mary, one of the prettiest I have seen.

Rose Marie said...

Yummm .... I like your version of Dear Jane!

I've been sorting through my siggies and the letters that came with them. When I sew my siggies together, I will have to sew your's and your DH's side-by-side.