Feeling hot, hot, hot…

It’s been hot this week. Really hot. And humid. Bleurgh! 25°C (77°F) is about my limit, but it’s been way up in the 30s recently, and there is pretty much no air conditioning here in Switzerland. So whilst all my sun-worshipping friends are basking away and topping up their tans, I’ve been wilting, like the delicate English flower that I am 😉

I had hoped to do some more free motion quilting this week, but who wants to be manoeuvring a big quilt under a small sewing machine in all this heat? Not me! So, a change of plan… I’ve moved all the fans we own into one room, put the shutters down and whiled away several hot and sticky afternoons stitching together hexie flowers for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. So far, I’ve sewn all 14 yellow flowers (7 with little polka dots and flowers, 7 with big flowers and no polka dots…), and I’m about to move on to another colour. Get me!


Despite the heat, I did manage to get some machine sewing done this week, mainly in the evenings when it’s cooled down a little.

Last Thursday, the second block of my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Block of the Month arrived, which reminded me that I hadn’t made a start on Block one yet… So this week, both blocks got made. I’ve never been a huge fan of basket quilts, but having made these two blocks, I’m starting to change my mind. I think they’re lovely!

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I also thought it would be fun to make a new skirt to take to Barcelona next week, so I dug out my Emaline skirt pattern from Sew Serendipity, which I’ve been wanting to make for a while. I decided to use this beautiful brightly coloured Kaffe Fassett print. I’d initially bought it to use as a quilt backing for what I’d planned to be a bed-sized quilt, but as the quilt came together, I changed my mind and decided to make it lap-sized instead. Happily this meant there was plenty of backing fabric left over to be re-purposed as a beautiful summer skirt!

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The skirt itself went together reasonably quickly. I had to do a bit of adjusting – the pattern is designed for someone 5’4″ tall, whereas I’m a smidge over 5’10” –  and I ended up lining it to help prevent creasing, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. In fact I’ve already worn it! It’s so light and cool to wear, and really comfortable too, that it looks like I’ll be making this pattern over and over again. And maybe wearing this skirt will motivate me to get out the original quilt top and backing, and finally make a start on quilting it! Well, you never know…

Linking on up to WIP Wednesday, despite limited progress!

10 responses

  1. I love the bow on your second basket block! So cute. What did you use to line your skirt? It looks beautiful. I’m Irish and living DC and I find the heat in the summers pretty woeful. I’ve been steering clear of linings in case it makes skirts/dress too heavy, but would love to hear what you used!?

    1. Oh my – DC in August! Now that’s hot and humid! I lived on Long Island for 2.5 years, but DC is something else…
      Thank you for your lovely comments, I love the bow block too, so so cute. Pretty fiddly with 1″ x 2″ rectangles, I’ve never used such small pieces before, I was amazed it turned out the right size 🙂
      I was hemming and hawing about whether to line the skirt or not, but I’m so pleased I did; I used a lightweight cotton lawn and it helps keep you cool and comfortable, you don’t get any seams rubbing on your legs because the lining’s in the way, and the skirt doesn’t stick to your legs. I wouldn’t like to use anything heavy for it, but the lawn worked well. Not that I’m an expert or anything. It’s only the 2nd skirt I ever made…

  2. I hear you about the weather. I live in Austin and the temps have been about 100F recently. You have been up to lots of quilting lately and I love them all.

    1. Thank you, Ava! I try and quilt a little every day, but in this heat it’s difficult to summon up the energy. I have friends in Texas and they’ve told me about the heat – I’m fortunate it’s not quite so hot here, I think I’d just melt away in 100°F 🙂

  3. I love the sweet yellow fabrics you are using for your hexies. I live in Arizona, if you want to talk about heat! There’s A/C everywhere, but if you step outside for a minute, you burst into flames! LOL

    1. LOL! Arizona, wow – that’s hot! If it was me, I’d stay in the air conditioned cool and quilt the summer away 🙂

  4. Love your fabric choices! Oh, and I hear you about the heat. 25C is my limit too, with 19-21 being my favourite temperature! thankfully, my sewing room’s nice and cool!

    1. Thank you, Dominique. And I thought I was the only person who hates the heat – it seems I am not alone!

  5. I’ve never been a huge fan of basket quilts, but your blocks are making it very tempting!

    1. Thanks, Kate, I have to agree, I really thought they were too old fashioned and fussy for me until these little beauties popped into my mailbox!

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