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Thread: Another Reason to Make Warm Quilts

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    Another Reason to Make Warm Quilts

    Remember reading about the deep freeze that set in between 1793-1830? Well, it looks like we might be in for another one! Time to break out the wool batting! Story here
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    I may have to rethink my Warm & White!
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    To think of even colder winters surviving in this ancient cottage does not make me happy!

    I've been blessed to have made adaptations each winter to improve the chill I felt my first year here, but the place IS over 200 years old, after all, and is not known to have been built for 'tightness' or warmth to begin with. It was the kitchen, and that alone was supposed to have made it bearable, LOL!

    Who in those days in the south cared much about the poor cook who apparently lived in the loft upstairs right under the un-insulated roof. I can only imagine how many "quilts" she must have slept on and under. And how many times she had to trek down the narrow, steep stairs at night to stoke the cook fires.

    The wing I have as my bedroom was added much later, late 1980s, and is a DIY job at its most "minimal" skill level. The floor tilts at a noticeable level to the outside corner where I have my armoire against the wall. The closet backs to the front porch wall and is cold in the winter. No door, only a drape covers it. My feet freeze all winter so I am never without with socks AND shoes until the minute I put my feet under the covers in bed that I now first warm up with the electric blanket, gift from my sweet daughter. Getting up to tinkle is a real treat, LOL!

    Nope, do not want to even think about the 'great minimum'.

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    Jan: you need to get busy and make large scrap utility quilts and cover all those outside walls!
    Beauty and quilted insulation will really help!

    I'll stay in Florida! You should hear us whine when we get two cold days together! I don't leave the house if it's less than 50 degrees!
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    Here in SC Texas what few cold days we get are a welcome break from the to hot long summers we get here. We know they will not last long. I make most of my quilts with a very thin batting or they are to hot to use.

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    ​That sounds like good news to me because the glacier ice could sure use colder temperatures to recover. Some countries depend on the ice for their water and it does not look good with Global Warming.

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    Jan, I bet you have awesome views where you are!! I live in Central FL and it used to be when we first moved down we wouldn't golf with temps under 55 - 55 was sweatshirt weather in MI. Well now I need a sweatshirt at 75 degrees! NOT looking forward to any freezing temps!! AND we do get a few freezing temps some winters.

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    My husband read in the Farmers Almanac this morning that we are expected to a "bad" winter. No idea to the truth or validity of it.

    As for the coming years ... I am FINALLY going to start making quilts for ME as soon as this baby quilt is done. People need to stop A) getting cancer (chemo quilts), B) getting married, C) buying homes, and D) having babies - because I've done nothing but GIFT quilts to others since I began quilting about 6 years ago.

    note: the getting cancer needs to stop for all the other reasons as well!!
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    All mine are made to be extra toasty. If I am not totally cozy under a quilt I can't sleep.

    For a little more insurance that I sleep well I have an electric blanket under my quilt.

    Also, it doesn't take much to warm this house. It has 6" of insulation all the way around. The walls, ceiling and floors and storm windows.
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    Interesting note on the people whose website the OP linked to.
    http://issuepedia.org/Space_and_Science_Research_Center

    I think I will wait and see what happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    Interesting note on the people whose website the OP linked to.
    http://issuepedia.org/Space_and_Science_Research_Center

    I think I will wait and see what happens!
    Well, I think we will have a bit to wait ... although from the look of it, not too long. In the meanwhile, I'll get quilting!
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    I have several quilts here. I have a remote start truck with heated seats and 4 WD, I think I'm pretty much ready for cold weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have several quilts here. I have a remote start truck with heated seats and 4 WD, I think I'm pretty much ready for cold weather.
    Oh I love heated seats!!
    We rented a car a couple years ago with heated seats.........I was in heaven!
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    Here in the UK we have had a run of bad winters, and have just had the worst summer on record so I am just finishing two quilts that will be added to my OWN collection so I have plenty to pile up on my bed to keep me and Muffin warm.

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    hmmm Global Warming ? don't get me started !LOL Read the farmer's almanac its more reliable than some think tank that is paid for its observations.
    Just like mercury poisoning our streams from fishing etc.. what occurs naturally in nature ? Mercury ..

    Oh well-let me getback to sewing !LOL
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    Our house is appx. 100 yr old Farm house w/70 pecan trees. My DH put a false wall outside the house with new hardy board siding so we should be nice and warm this winter. He built a frame and then put tarpaper inside each and insulation and then the siding. So for in our 105 deg. temp. and the dust storms and 70 mph winds we stay cool ; so we will see what the winter will bring. We found out the metal roof was not sealed and had it sealed to keep dust and wind out. (did not know about metal roofs). Our problem here is not being able to find anyone willing to work at anything. even offering high pay and working with them does not work.

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    By the way the ants here are building real high walls; and its 87 deg. currently. Not sure about this.

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    Interesting article . . . thank you for sharing!
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    Jan, I would love to see pictures of your cozy cottage. The idea of it being over 200 years old is intriguing.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I think I need to make more quilts. I have two on my bed already!
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Last winter they predicted a harsher winter than the prior year ( the one with the really big storm) ... well I decided to go out and by a snow blower the be prepared ..guess what it was one of the mildest winters on record. So if you want a mild winter ... buy a snow blower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Last winter they predicted a harsher winter than the prior year ( the one with the really big storm) ... well I decided to go out and by a snow blower the be prepared ..guess what it was one of the mildest winters on record. So if you want a mild winter ... buy a snow blower.

    Well, since you live near me....Thank you for buying your snow blower!
    We found out the same thing a couple of years ago....when we bought our new snow blower....lol
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    I think I need to make more quilts. I have two on my bed already!
    Only 2! I have given up on ordinary bedding so my sheets have been used to back some quilts I won't use a duvet as I sweat too much when I am having a bad time and can't wash them so I have a large quilt underneath me, it makes the bed cosier as well, and I have one of top with another one folded in half to go over my cold feet! Then I have a stack on the Ottoman at the bottom of the bed to grab another one if I get cold, or Muffin has stolen one of my mine

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    Well, folks this old earth has been warming and cooling for centuries. We may be having climate change but I don't think it is man made. And the human population just keeps on multiplying. I don't think it has ever reduced it sized in history.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age


    Shows the pattern of temperature and ice volume changes associated with recent glacials and interglacials


    Sediment records showing the fluctuating sequences of glacials and interglacials during the last several million years.

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    For you, Karen, my cottage on the farm.
    I WISH I had current pictures since I've been living in this darling place, but I just don't. So I'm showing you the drive and gate; the view of the "big house" -- my cottage is hidden behind it; the view from the rear porch of the "big house" -- same as that from my cottage window; the front view of the cottage; the living room/studio prior to my arrival. Where you see the siding is where the addition was added for kitchen/bedroom/bath.

    The land is more rolling than it appears in these photos. The distance to the pond (green on the left off the back porch) is probably 1200 ft. Just off the view of the cottage, to the left outside the frame is the original wellhouse, still in use now as a storage house and haven for the kitties in the winter.

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