Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's Not The Heat - It's The Stupidity

http://casualhardcore.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/stupid.jpg It's hot here today. Hot and humid. Last night I finished appliqueing my long talked about but little photographed quilt. The one with all those berries I was making. Bill and I basted it last night and I started the hand quilting. Yes, I am spending the summer with a quilt in my lap. Probably not the smartest thing I have ever done - but what to do? The quilt has a deadline. (Note: I went to google to find a stock photo to post of "humidity". None available. So I typed in "hot". Another idea that wasn't so good. I didn't get the kind of photos I anticipated. Sigh.)

I expect a long, hot, cranky summer. I really shouldn't be cranky at all since I will be spending it doing what I love to do, but I am getting hot flashes just thinking about it. The central air is on and I have 3 fans pointing towards the couch where I will be quilting. Think of me when you are out in the surf and sand with the wind in your hair.

So, how are you keeping cool this summer? Post a comment below about your easy, breezy solutions before midnight June 24th and you could win this - our very, very, last kit of Ship Ahoy!
Laurie

147 comments:

Mary Grace McNamara said...

My plans for keeping cool include taking the kids to swim at any friend's house who has a pool and will have us, and sewing in my nice cool basement sewing room. That's about it! Of course having a nice summery kit to work on like that Ship Ahoy kit would help a lot!

MGM

Logan said...

Poor you! I'm quilting mini quilts this summer. I never realized how much fun they could be! Right now I'm working on a windmill variation,Grandmother's Fan with 30's prints and a log cabin with my fav. fabric line of all time! Prairie Paisley!!! Can't wait for clermont Farms!!!!!!!

Melissa C said...

Ice cream, lots of ice cream. This won't be good for the hips, but nothing is better.

Amy R said...

Oh Laurie - the things you do for us! I just finished a table topper for my SIL's 60-th, so I'll soon be like you with a quilt on my lap. Bug gosh, today is a beautiful day in southeastern Michigan! I hope many of the days ahead will be just as beautiful for you to work on your quilt. Maybe you could even sit outside?

Brush Creek Creations said...

Me and the kids love to sit by our pool during the day and watch movies into the wee hours with the air on at night. Also, water balloon fights are popular here this summer. I can't fill the balloons fast enough. I would love to have this quilt kit to work on in the evenings, though. Jen Mayo

Anonymous said...

lemonade with LOTS of ice, and my Gramma's swing on a shady screened in porch (working on small applique blocks!)

Lizzie said...

Morning, Here in Northern California it is pretty cool. Maybe you ought to come out for a visit and bring that quilt to hand quilt here where there is no humidity!

Margaret said...

Oh, I'm like you. I will be sitting in the ac, keeping my laptop off my lap (it's hot!), and stitching away when I get the chance. Not quilting though. Poor you! Ugh!

Nancy said...

i will be spending the summer in the sewing room with the a/c and a fan...and lots of ice water.. I am halfway through making 121 paper pieced blocks for my Love Letters Quilt...

Lori said...

Quilting in the air conditioning and lots of time at the beach. I would love the Ship Ahoy kit. Perfect for a beach project.

SheilaS said...

Well, I fractured my wrist so I am not moving much. So there-how to stay cool-don't move much! Frankly that's not much fun. The ice cream and lemonade sound like a better solution!

PamKittyMorning said...

Running the a/c is what I'm doing. Love the title of this post. You kill me with your hilarity.

Abbybeth said...

I'm doing lots of workouts in the pool and spending time on my apartment balcony which usually gets shade and breeze (I'm in Michigan too!)

MM said...

Watermelon, Blue Bell ice cream, and lots of Dr Peppers!

Anonymous said...

Pool!!!! Air Conditioning! I love your fabric and patterns!!

Gwendie said...

I'll be sweltering with you. I have to make and hand quilt a baby quilt by next month and just found out it's a boy (!) last week. No central air, either - just one fan and lots of open windows. Luckily, NW Oregon isn't too bad till after July 4th.

jabeybaby said...

We are still wearing jackets in northwest WA so keeping cool hasn't been a problem. :-)

Glenn said...

Keep cool my friend.

Movies and treats while quilting will make the task at hand seem to go faster.

Robin C said...

it's hot here in Virginia already so I'm hiding in the house, air conditioning and a nice tall glass of ice tea. A couple of cold tea bags on the eyelids for a few minutes really cools you down and refreshes the face. other than that, just don't move.

Thelma said...

Where I live summer and winter are the best months for sewing, when it's hot and humid all you can do is stay in as much as possible and eat ice cream. That's my plan for this summer!

I'm so tickled you have one Ship Ahoy kit looking for a home, thanks for the opportunity to win.

Meg said...

I'm not a fan of the heat and humidity, either, so I'm feeling your pain a bit. My plans include lots of reading in the shade on the back deck when it's breezy, drinking lots and lots of iced green tea, not cooking except on the grill, and paper-piecing hexagons for a charm quilt that I'll quilt this fall.

Stay cool!

Sherri said...

Just finished my quilt using all of your fabrics from my stash...love it!

http://aquiltinglife.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-is.html

Kathryn said...

I have an overhead fan in my sewing room, so it's been on constantly this summer. Hooray for electricity!! Kathie L in Allentown

Erin in MI said...

Laurie - you need to have your DH make you what mine made me! He went to the hardware store, bought a bunch of PVC tubing and connectors and made me a quilt holder. It's basically a stand on legs with a long tube of PVC that swivels around. I use it to hold the excess quilt off my lap when I'm hand quilting in the summers. It works great!

Sandy said...

After I play my 18 holes of golf in 90+ degrees, I go home, strip and jump in the pool! That usually cools me to the core. (Oh, I put on a swin suit) Nosey neighbors. LOL Thanks for the giveaway.

lesthook said...

All you can do in NC to stay cool is stay inside as much as possible,LOL!

Monica said...

Texas is hotter than heck right now and we still have July, August, and September to get through. So we're keeping cool by staying indoors with lots and lots of air conditioning.

badlandsquilts said...

One thing we discovered last summer when my oldest had a broken elbow, is to take those cooler sheets (looks like a FQ size sheet of little blue frozen cooler packs) and slip this into a pillowcase... This time of year I am happy my sewing room is in the basement!

JenH said...

Staying indoors! The Texas heat is brutal. I'll escape it for a week for a trip to Hawaii (can't complain about the heat when you're on an exotic island), but then back to AC and frozen yogurt.

Nancy said...

Keeping cool: stay inside in the a/c, make sure you have clean towels for showers after you come inside from working in the garden, drink water, and try to remember how nice winter felt! LOL!

julia said...

How to keep cool in summer? Hmmm...open the window and let the chill in *lol*...
No, the best thing is homemade lemonade with mint...;o)
Can't wait to see the berry-quilt!
Julia

Judy said...

Still longing for some sunshine here in Oregon!
We do have the air conditioners ready & waiting for a hot fall.

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Kim M said...

Don't do eat either. Stay indoors and sew alot I hope. Lots of air and fans

lynnquiltsalot said...

My plans for this summer include spending lots of time in our finished basement (which is freezing with the air conditioning on) and sewing my little heart away every chance I get. Would love to add that Ship Ahoy kit to the mix. Thanks.

Melinda said...

It has been over 90 degrees here for almost two weeks. The only way I know to stay cool is to stay inside with the air on. It is miserable outside.

The NCQ said...

I am either going to be out on the boat on the lake or in my quilting room with the ceiling fan stirring up the air conditioned air. I also plan to quilt with fun, wild and whacky fabrics that are nothing but cool!!! Of course the Ship Ahoy kit would look lovely in my grandson Noah's nautical themed room as he transitions to a big bed.

Anonymous said...

There is no problem keeping cool in Western Washington. We've had nothing but rain since May. If the sun does evetcome out, I'll be sipping iced tea on the deck with a good book.

Tressa said...

Otter pops, slushies and hunkering down in my basement... ahh... summer.

Darlene B said...

Well...this won't cool me down, but this weekend I am going away for a couple days with my sister (something you two can appreciate!) to the BEACH!! I'm sure the cold waters of Lake Michigan will keep us cool when the sun and hot sand heats us up!

Conni said...

Caffeine Free Diet Coke and an air conditioner! Maybe a run through the sprinkler with my granddaughter, too!

Lindy said...

A I R C o N d i t i o n.....full blast...within reason...trying to finish piecing my daughter's quilt...I promised her in May.......

Kim said...

I'm hibernating indoors with the a/c units in overdrive! Perfect quilting weather! ;-)

debbie said...

So sweet of you to let someone win the kit ~ hope it's me! It is very hot here in sunny Fl, planning on going to Sanibel this w/e to celebrate my DD & SIL 10th Anniv and going to Ft Myers Beach for the 4th with all of the family ~ so staying cool?! Probably NOT!! LOL!Oh well, it beats freezing OR working, so I'll try to adjust! :) Thank God for A/C! Enjoy the summer, winter will be close behind! Debbie :)

Anonymous said...

I make up a lot of excuses to open the freezer . . ." wouldn't you rather have iced tea? Ok, I'll get the ice for you" . . . I even looked in the freezer for my keys . . .what? Well they could've been in there :) Chicago summers are are tough without air conditioning! Good luck to everyone! And thanks Laurie!!

Pam.p@comcast.net

Sharon said...

I'll be staying cool under a wool quilt that I'm also hand quilting. :-) I was insprired by your free hand baptist fans, I marked the first round and we'll see how brave I am with the rest of the rows.

Debbie said...

I have always said you can't take off enough clothes to stay cool. I haven't stripped yet, but I try to stay inside during the middle of the day. I close most of my blinds to keep the heat out. I listen to some oldies but goodies on the radio and work on some projects. Nothing gets me more motivated than songs that I can sing along with.

SheilaC said...

I hate the heat and humidity too! And as I get older I like it less and less....

I am usually sitting in front of the fan with a popsicle and a glass of ice water :)

And I stay out of the sun as much as possible.

SheilaC

sue said...

I'm not going to lie - I can't handle heat (or cold), so I stay in the air-conditioned house. If I have to be outside, I put on a pair of capris, go barefoot and sit quietly on the deck.

Connie F said...

A/C and lots of Ice Tea!
And I love your title!

SueB said...

How I stay cool in the summer is go out on the front porch in the hammock. There is always a breeze blowing across the front porch. On Sunday I had a blanket across my legs. Cool mountain air in Rural Virginia.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

It may be 97 degrees here today, but it's 75 in my sewing room:) That's where I'll be found this summer. (And occasionally with my head in the freezer.)
Hats off to you for hand quilting!

Patty said...

I am so lucky that my sewing room is in my basement and it is so cool down there. I love it, I don't even need a fan going to keep me cool. Plus I usually have my huge cup of water along side me.

Mimi said...

A tall, cold iced tea will do the trick!

Janet said...

My plan for keeping cool this summer is to go down to the basement - its always cool down there and the lighting is excellent for hand quilting. :0) I can't wait to see your berry quilt! Your husband helps you baste!!! He's a keeper for sure!

Julie said...

Keeping cool by getting up early (5:00 am) and getting my exercise done. Sitting on our comfy outside couch with a book adn ice tea...quilting is a must no matter what the temperature :)so hope you pick me to win your Ship Ahoy kit...it looks refreshing!

Lizzie said...

Oh my, I wish I had the problem of keeping cool right now!! Winter for us, cold and windy today. Looks like we might have some snow this weekend, I'm spending my nights quilting - maybe I should be doing yours...? Hehe.
Lizzie
xxx

LORI S said...

I am planning to stay cool this summer by catching up on all of my favorite blogs. Hopefully (with your help! lol) I will be able to keep cool by creating a fun quilt with a Ship Ahoy kit!!! That way I can envision myself on a boat in the water with some breeze. :) Other than that, I will be getting hot chasing my little ones around!

Lori

Barb in Mi said...

Hmm, eazy-breezy solutions - for me it's rather: no rest for the weary, but in an air conditioned office set to freezing.
Hang in there - we just had the longest day yesterday, so it's all downhill from now...
Though I could imagine a great sail tour or cruise, with a Ship Ahoy kit. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Sheila said...

I could send you a picture of my hair for your humidity photo? haha I think there is no keeping cool with the crazy weather this year, but I try with lots of iced drinks, and a dilly bar every evening. (Lots of Sheilas seem to have good taste, btw.) SheilaH

One for a wish.. said...

Here in Australia we are heading into winter..so I have just pulled out some flannels to start stitching together- bet that's hard to imagine!
However, in summer I pull down the curtains, open all the windows and wear as little as possible..and hope no one comes to visit!

sandy said...

We plan on doing outside things in the early morning or later in the evening. Of course we are fortunate to have air conditioning in our tractors while we are putting up the hay. In the afternoons, my grandkids and I plan on enjoying a cool, refreshing, drink or treat. Sewing if I get a chance in the heat of the day, the sewing room stays pretty cool.

rebecca said...

My plans for the summer are golf and classic car drives. Maybe I'll fit in some work!

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Lisa said...

I'll be at work most weekdays...we have a/c there!! Then a friend just had a pool put in, so lots of visits there for the summer!!

Thanks for the chance!!

Mary said...

Oh, the easiest, breeziest of all. Watermelon, no one feels hot when eating watermelon. A slice looks like a smile. That an a ceiling fan.

Kaye Prince said...

I feel your pain, I have a couple of quilts sitting just waiting for the binding to be sewn on but I can't even think about it with this heat and humidity!

Becky said...

I'm keeping cool by sitting under a ceiling fan drinking ice cold crystal light lemonade :) Take your shoes off, wear lots of lightweight cotton, snack on chilled watermelon - is this helping yet?

Good luck with the hand quilting!

Mariel said...

Lucky for me, my sewing studio is on the lower level of the house. It stays cool down there most of the time. I'm doing the same thing as you with the hot flashes. I also love the idea of ice cream and watermelon! STAY COOL!

scottylover said...

I am staying cool by cranking the air up in my sewing room and sewing together quilt tops from a ll the blocks I have stashed! Then I will have something to hand quilt this winter when it is so cold!

Sandy A

Kathie said...

keeping the a/c running and lots of popsicles in the freezer! Ice tea in the pitcher and hopefully I will be cool!
sorry to hear you'll be hand quilting this summer, ugh!
maybe you need to have the quilt on a table and off your lap while you hand quilt!
good luck!
Kathie
funny my word verifcation is behot!!!!

Anonymous said...

I plan to spend time with my feet in Echo's splash pool or in the a/c catching up on sewing.
Jill

Luvs2quilt said...

Keeping my cool this summer?? well, after my 'day' job, LOL, I will be coming home to my log cabin eating a bite with my hubby, and my son, my cocker spaniel, then I will cooly swerve into my quilting...there is nothing in the whole wide world like hand stitching....ahh..summer eve with my quilt....now that is a wonderful summer!

Kristy said...

I prefer ice cold drinks when it is hot out. Oh, and of course an air conditioner is also a priority :0)

Ginny Worden said...

Isn't it amazing what we will endure to get things done. So far the weather hasn't been that warm, but when it does warm up, the ceiling fan is my biggest help, as well as spending time cutting rather than sewing. Then when it does cool down, I'm ready to sew.

kjb139 said...

my breezy summer will be spent planning weekend trips to Martha's Vineyard and once in a while to Nantucket where cool breezes always blow!

Kathy in MA

Jen in NY said...

I also have a quilt in my lap...I was just thinking that the timing to do a binding was not great! I'm keeping cool by eating lots and lots of ice cream. Right now it's cookies and cream with a scoop of vanilla. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I plan to spend time in a cabin on a lake in Maine. The water is always cool and on warm nights I can sleep on the porch listening to the loons calling. Without electricity or my machine I will work on applique blocks during the day.

Molly's Mom

Robin said...

Keeping cool means something different all day long. Like last night, I was so cold I couldn't sleep and today it's in the 90"s. My way of keeping cool is going downstairs to quilt with a fan blowing under the frames. I can feel it now..................

passingdowncrazy said...

Iced coffee with one of those yummy creamers!!!

Debbie Rhodes said...

Keeping cool this summer will take lots of ice water and staying indoors with the a/c and fans.... My sewing room has a nice ceiling fan that keeps my cool as a cucumber!!

ledamewood said...

Keeping cool with lots of water, AC, and staying on the lower level of the house. Lower level sounds nicer than basement doesn't it? That's where my office is and also where my sewing area is and of course all my quilty supplies.

Lynn D in NC

Anonymous said...

I will spend the summer working in an office without windows. But, I plan to retire soon and then will have plenty of time to quilt. I would love to win the drawing for the quilt!
CN

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My solution is to sit either in the shade on the deck or with my feet in the water on the dock while doing hand stitching these days! Very hot and humid here too. And very much in need of that Ship Ahoy kit!

Cindi P. said...

I am going to Pennsylvania to visit my daughter and son-in-law and of course, darling grandson. Their town home association has two pools...and taking lots of handwork...small handwork...
I hope you are able to stay cool in the fans...

Sherrill said...

WHEW!! It's HOT here, too! 102 today, I think! UGH! Anyway, I'm inside (the house, the car, the store) where it's a/c'd OR in the water (pool) but only before noon! LOL After that, it's TOO HOT. That kit is calling my name..thanks for the great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Plenty of iced tea and frequent trips north!!!
~Joyce in MI

S. said...

Keeping cool = Mind over matter. I bought several packages of plastic ice cubes to keep drinks from being watered down. I use a neck wrap with gel in it that soaks up cold water & you wrap it around your neck like a scarf. I ride my bike in the early morning to exercise. AC is okay.Sleeping outside in the cooler summer night air feels good.I plan my garden work for early morning or late evening to keep cool; I quit when it gets hot. Lots of cool showers after working hard.Summer skirts are fun and much cooler to wear. Windows are open to catch a cool breeze. Yeah for summer! and summer quilting!

Anonymous said...

I live in Utah by the mountains. Hot days and cool nights! I keep the windows open to catch the breeze. Thats how I stay cool. I also love to quilt and would love the Ship Ahoy Kit.
Thanks,
Ladybug
M_Davies@Q.com

Becky S. said...

Hot weather makes me cranky too. At least it isn't humid in Colorado! To keep cool, I stay inside with the AC on and drink lots of iced tea and lemonade!

Cory said...

I feel for you hand quilting through the summer. I hope to be going camping up in the mountains, up high above the heat. Take care and God bless, Cory

Karen said...

It's very hot and humid here in Nebraska also, and raining all the time. I have slugs in my flower beds which is so disgusting. I will be spending my first summer with hot flashes outside in the heat all day long. I'm a mail carrier so I always smile when you write on your blog about the several trips into the Post Office. Thank You, job security for me. Thanks too for the chance to win the Ship Ahoy kit. Hope you can stay somewhat cool hand quilting that quilt and when do we get to see pics? Karen

Laura said...

Not so hot here in the pacific northwest! We are still hoping for sunshine some time soon. I'm hoping to find some heat in sister's oregon at the outdoor quiltshow in a couple of weeks. I would love to win your kit and I'm looking forward to Clermont Farms fabric line!
Laura T

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

My husband always has the air conditioner going full bore. I'm usually under a quilt as well even though I'm not quilting it.....

Nan S. said...

We're going to the northern coast of CA for a few days to cool off. I'd love to win your beautiful kit!!

Dee said...

Ice Tea, nothing quenches the thirst as "sun" tea. Ice cream helps, of course, doesn't help the butt:) On to smaller quilts.

Nancy said...

Eating sherbert. That cool smooth taste in my mouth is very refreshing. Ceiling fans cranked up all the way help too. Your red white and blue puts me in a summer state of mind and that helps too!3333

Vicky said...

Drinking lots of ice cold water and sweet tea. Definitely will be indoors in the A/C during the day, but the evenings are pleasantly cool here, and that's when Penny and I go for a leisurely stroll. Love the kit. It would be so happy living at my house with all of its cousins!

Lori said...

It's been so cool here in Central Oregon all I have to do to stay cool is open the doors!! It doesn't even feel like summer yet:(

Lisa S. said...

I'm right here with you in the Ann Arbor/Dexter area and I'm NOT going to try to keep cool! I wait all winter to be warm and I'm going to enjoy it. My DH says I'm the only person he knows who likes humidity!!

Carol Sc said...

I don't have any clues for keeping cooler than yours --- just live about fifty miles west, so we get the rain (it's starting again now) before you do. Too bad the Tigers didn't get rained out last night!

Helen said...

It's no problem staying cool here in Seattle since so far we have only had three days above 70. We're not real happy about that.

Kathy said...

We are going to New England in August, where I am going to dip my toes in the Atlantic Ocean along teh coast of Maine! (Not much dipping of anything else...that water is COLD!) Then, to Mt. Washinton and on to Lake Champlain. Ah...I can taste that 'Lobstah', Cabot Cheese, and the Maple Creemee's from our favorite sugar house in VT!

Quilter Kim said...

I will be keeping cool this summer by catching up on my longarm quilting in air conditioning. Also on our camping trips, if it's too hot our camper has air conditioning. It's all about being comfortable.

Barbara said...

Lots of 'sweet tea' helps me stay cool here in Georgia! Also not doing too much house/yard work and doing more cross stitch, rug hooking and reading. Stay cool!

Barbara S.
Georgia

Janet said...

I live high on a plateau overlooking the lush Annapolis Valley on one side and the powerful Bay of Fundy on the other.It is rare for there to be no breeze, and the temperature is about 10 degrees cooler than it is in the valley. So keeping cool is not too difficult most days. My house is shaded by mature trees, so that helps too.
To keep the bulk of my quilts off my lap I quilt with it sitting on a 6 foot folding banquet table - works for me!!
Love seeing what you gals are up to - put me down for a shot at that kit!!

sdgreider@yahoo.com said...

Our pool will be open soon and hopefully we'll be spending our weekends cooling off as we read books and spend time with our family and friends!

Mary said...

Ice cold watermelon! And an air conditioned sewing room. Hopefully we'll have a milder July like last year.
Happy quilting!

Sharon S said...

Rasberry-lemonade sweet tea & fans. Windows open to enjoy the evening breeze!

Sandra Henderson said...

Welcome to MY world.
It's in the 90's here, hit 100 and the humidity is 98%!~
As I'm steadily quilting away... 3 a/c's running and we have a 50% surcharge on our electricity!!! Feel any better?!?! lol, NO! lol
Lots of cold showers works well. We have an outdoor shower since we live on the ocean, but your husband to work building you one!! :)
or making you homemade ice cream...

NorahS said...

Fans on in every room. Lots of ice water. Ice cream. Trips to the beach. I will, by the way, be quoting your post title. True here in Michigan!

catherine said...

I'm in graduate school. I live on the Eastern shore of the SF Bay where it is comfortably sunny. I commute for classes to foggy SF. You know, the place where Mark Twain described the coldest winter he ever spent as a June in SF. Soon I am starting a job East of here where it is HOT (low 100's). So, a nice, fresh, nautical themed quilt top to piece in the evenings would be a pleasure to think about while I am sweltering during the day. Just saying....

quiltnmaryf said...

I will be working...in the office from 7-4. After that I hope to garden a buit and then do some quilting. I must admit that hand quilting isn't on my list...but I admire your doing it!!Unward and good luck!! A lovely cool drink will help..and maybe movies filmed during winter...

Michelle said...

I hate the humidity too! Some days I play hooky and go to the pool but if that's not possible I run through the sprinkler. Who cares what the neighbors think!!

Anonymous said...

I plan to stay indoors. It is too hot and humid in Houston to do anything but sew. Thank goodness the yard work is left to others.

Jackie said...

Mostly staying inside with the AC and lots of doing lots of quilt blocks on the maching - hopefully I will have quilts to bind on my lap this winter!

Lee Anne said...

Cool breezes on our wrap around porch provide a quiet oasis for quilting! A little bit of heaven on earth! Love, love, love your patterns and fabrics...thanks for sharing your talents!

Melinda said...

Way to hot here in Texas to be handquilting. I will stay cool going to the lake and staying inside in the air conditioning working on some ufo projects.
Melinda

arlyce said...

The annual quest for comfort in the 3 H weather. I'll be getting up even earlier to do chores, doing handwork rather than using the sewing machine, and assuming that flattering posture of keeping my elbows raised and away from my body as I go through the day, If all else fails I'll drive around--my granddaughter noticed the moths in my car (yes, I hook and keep my treasures from the thrift shops in my car until I can sneak them in and launder them)....enough of them and the air will move around nicely. I'm almost at the point where they don't distract me as I drive. Lifting my thoughts to being on the water while working on the Ship Ahoy would surely clinch my plans for climate control

bamagirlkathy said...

I love reading your blog! you are so entertaining!
Kathy

hannah said...

I'm spending as much time as possible in my sewing room this summer, or taking my six grandkids to the pool. Lots of lemonade, Diet Coke, ice cream. Would love to win the Ship Ahoy kit. Thanks for the opportunity!

Karen said...

I am keeping cool by drinking smoothies, and putting some leftover smoothie in dixie cups with a popsicle stick and making a popsicle out of it.
Karen H

farmhousequilter8 said...

On the days I am not at the farmhouse (quiltshop) I plan to be at our cabin and floating in the lake. Of course, this is after mowing here at home and at the farmhouse.

Anonymous said...

Just plain ol staying in for now. Expecting the grandgirls and will take them swimming - I'll send a tall icy beverage to ya. Bet that quilt will be gorgeous!!
Linda P in Ga

Lisa said...

My plans for keeping cool this Summer: don't turn on the oven (yeah!), drink tall glasses of fresh iced tea, go to the movies or the mall where it's nice and cool, work with small English paper-pieced handwork, make good use of the tower fans, live in the bottom part of the house, have fat free vanilla yogurt blended with a bit of fruit and ice for dinner, visualize a sub zero blizzard, run cool water on my wrists...and since I live near the ocean I usually just need to open the window and a nice cool breeze comes in.

Trisha said...

I could make up something funny..but the truth is at this moment my husband is putting in a window unit because it is HOT! I also go to the pool almost everyday and try to do the work in the mornings and hide in the basement sewing in the hot parts of the day!

alda said...

...cool water in the north of Germany ( where our family is living), there we're gonna spend our vacation as usually ;-)) I will baste a Halloween quilt and make it ready for hand quilting, hope to place some stitches on it in the nature. We will enjoy the Baltic and also the north see and the family outing with a ship ...oh yeah...just only 3 weeks until our trip....

Doina said...

Showers and hot tea! I am happy to live in a colder climate region. But the winters are very cold. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Jacque said...

I too am in the process of hand quilting a large quilt with your American primer fabric - my quilting buddies think I am crazy.. but I don't do machine quilting well and I love having something to pick up and work on.
I just finished hooking one of your sister's patterns - 3 marching roosters -so got to have something to keep the hands busy.

Have a wonderful summer and thanks for a chance at more of your great fabric.

Nancyz said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I quilt in the a/c during the day and the cool evenings are reserved for walking my dog, Murphy. I love Clermont Farms!!

Fairy Gardener said...

When it's really muggy, I like to quilt on my screened porch which also has a ceiling fan. Because my house is in the middle of the town forest, the porch seems to stay about 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the house.

Love the Ships-A-Hoy quilt kit give-away. I'd feel really cool working on that this summer.

Siobhan said...

I can't wait to see the quilt! I'm sure it'll be worth the aggravation. For me, keeping cool in the summer means spending part of the summer in Ireland, where the 'heat' gets into the low 70s. The month spent in the US will be spent indoors, in the air conditioning!

llo said...

It has been plenty hot here in sunny Florida. I have been working on small quilts except that I just got a Minick and Simpson quilt back from the quilter and I do want to put the binding on this week. Would love to win the Ship Ahoy kit!

Linda O.

Toby said...

I will be keeping cool by hopefully swimming in my pool. This is a big change for us as we have opened the pool the last two years and been unable to use it due to the lack of summer in Illinois. However if we can stop the rain and tornadoes I think we may have some warm days this year! Also I am concentrating on baby blankets this summer, building a stash for all my co-workers and friend's grandbabies to come.

Kathi Schaffer said...

lemonade or ice tea with LOTS of ice, sitting on a shady screened in porch on Gramma's swing and thinking COOL thoughts!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

I live in Ireland so naturally I'll be cool all summer!!! Bring your quilt on over!

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Jo Anne said...

Sewing in the basement. Knitting with cotton yarn. Knitting socks because they are small. Quilting on the long-arm machine.

Audrey said...

Sounds crazy, but I am going to work and staying in the AC! I come home and one of the rooms in our house has AC and it is my sewing room! Whoo hoo!
Audrey
audreybretz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to be in your drawing, I love your work.
Ronnie

Emma said...

I always have a quilt over me even when I'm not quilting because my husband likes a COLD house. Would love to win your giveaway. Stay focused!

Helen said...

P.S. Yesterday it was 77 here in Seattle. It had been a record-breaking 272 days since the last time the mercury hit 75 on Sept. 23. Today it was 73. But so far no problems with the heat. If it stays at this temperature, everyone will be happy.

aztel2000 said...

I keep cool by sitting on my balcony overlooking the lake under a big crank-out awning. Sometimes I embroider and sometimes I applique. I am for sure avoiding hand quilting and saving that for the cool evenings!

WoolenSails said...

I am making small pieces this summer, much easier to do in the heat. I also plan on working more with the machine, so I got a rolling air conditioner that I can use in my work rooms to keep me cool.

Debbie

Cyn said...

My plans?

Lot's of ice water, a vacation in the mountains, staying in the shade and in the air conditioning!

Today it was in the high 90's and when you added in the humidity it felt like it was in the 100's!

Tomorrow it's going to be 88 which is going to feel cool. LOL!

Next week, I'll be volunteering part of the week at a day camp so it will be lot's and lot's of water! :-)

Love the kit and I'm looking forward to seeing the Clermont Farms fabric.

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

greg said...

I'm cranking up the AC in NYC and sewing! I just finished Cabin on the Shore and I'm trying to decide on my next project... Alma's Quilt, maybe!

Kym said...

I always find it good to wrap frozen ice blocks in a towel to put on my tummy when quilting in the heat. If that fails quilt under a big shady tree...heaven!!

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