Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Heat Wave & Sizzling Sewing Machine!

I sure could do with one of these today!! You know how it wasn't really all that long ago that I was complaining about the unseasonably COLD spring we were having here on top of our hill? Well, it must be all that global warming coming into effect, cos we've gone from averaging about 26 degrees last week to mid 30's for the last two days, sitting on 37 degrees Celsius here as I type at 4:30pm!! - that's 98.6F for those playing overseas and VERY unusual for Toowoomba! Even I'M feeling the heat a bit and I'm a self-confessed hot-weather-gal! Have to say, it's the humidity that's making me feel icky and sticky, not the temperature, cos there's storms rolling around the area teasing us with the possibility of rain ... but not following through! RATS!! Still ... it's better BY FAR than being cold!! :0) (No matter what you say, Lilly Linda!!!)

But I'm happy to report that the heat wave hasn't chased away my sewing mojo and I had a VERY productive weekend and start to the week. Firstly, I finished the top of a stacked coin quilt for my Mum's birthday/Christmas gift. Do you remember some charm squares I found at Patchworks Plus a while ago?

Well, the pink ones (I know, I know!! But they weren't ALL pink!!) were transformed into ...

This was my first try at a stacked coin quilt and I confess to making some things up as I went along, but I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out. In fact, I was SO happy with it, that I HAD to order some more charm packs from Sarah ...

... to make another smaller version as a wedding present for Tony, who I work with and who's getting married in January. The Swanky packs (the ones that are THAT colour!!) are the ones I'll use for Tony and Elese's quilt and the others ... well ... they kind of followed me home! :0) OK, so they didn't, but I'm intending to make some Christmas gifties with them, so feel justified in adding to my stash! It's a good story and I'm sticking with it! Tee! Hee! Hee!

And although this quilt top is the only finish I have to share at the moment (well, sort of finish - I'll be chatting to my super quilter Rosalie tomorrow!!) I have also finished the machine stitching on five more projects that now need some hand stitching done, so I'll be able to share photos of those soon - I promise! :0) So, all in all, my sewing machine has been sizzling along with the weather!

But right now, I think I'm going to go make myself an icy cold beverage and sit under the fan for a bit. My fave libation at the moment is a self-made concoction consisting of a splash of Mango Iced Tea syrup, ginger ale to top up the glass (Kirks is the best taste for any Aussies wondering!) and finished with four or five mint-ice cubes. If you've not tried mint ice cubes before, all you have to do is put a couple of handfuls of fresh mint leaves into a heat-proof jug, pour boiling water over them and let them steep for five minutes or so, then strain the liquid (a mint tincture or tea which can be enjoyed hot as a tea and is good for unhappy tummies!!) into ice cube trays and freeze. Actually, you could probably just make up some mint tea bags if you don't have fresh mint taking over your herb garden - like I do! :0) Mint-ice cubes are a must at our place for summer - they even give plain ol' water a bit of a boost! :0) Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh .... I can taste that cold drink now!! :0) Til next time ...


PS. It's raining - YAY!! Hope it sticks around for a while!! BH! KRIS


Kriza said...

Wow, this drink sounds great, and I'm sure I will try the mint ice cubes once it is summer again. Here in Hungary we have disgusting autumn weather with fog, greyness, wetness, and cold, the usual November weather. Fortunately not very cold yet...
Enjoy your spring, cold will come too quickly again (and warmth for me, too, hopefully!:-) )

Unknown said...

Sorry Kris , it's going to be even hotter this week! aaaggghh !!

ittybittyandpretty said...

this heat really is hard to bear but i shouldnt complain as our air con cools the whole house so we can remain quite comfortable as long as we dont have to do anything outside!
the quilt is stunning, well done

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

my my Kris, you have been rather busy, despite the heat wave! You could send some over this way, I have been in Dunedin all week and it's been pretty cold, not at all spring/summer like!
I love your coin quilt - looks lovely on the bed.

Janice said...

Your Mum's quilt is great. She will love it. Enjoy your cool drink. It sounds like more will be needed over the next few days as well.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Glad to see you haven't lost your mojo in that stinking heat.
Sounds just like Singapore weather!
I'm sure your Mum will be absolutely thrilled with her quilt and Tony with his wedding present.
Well done.
Stay cool,

Beeeme! said...

Ok, dumb question time...What is a coin quilt? have not come across this term...Information please? Is it exactly what I see in the pic?

Wendyb said...

It's times like this I'm glad I live up north....supposedly the hotter end of Oz but not this time!!!! Glad the rain came tumbling down for ya though...don't like to hear of you suffering the heat! 'o(
Your pedal must be stuck on your sewing machine.....how busy are you???!!!! Clever girl...love the stacked coin quilts...I'd love to hear how you make 'em too!
sugary hugs my dear teddy friend!
XX Wendy 'o)

Judy S. said...

Hmmm....it's hot chocolate weather here, Kris. Lots of chilly rain and wind. Maybe there's a happy medium somewhere? Nice coin quilt, you busy bee!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

The weather sure is extreme right now Kris. Hope you are benefiting from the rain.

I like the sound of those mint ice cubes - think I will try those.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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