Saturday, October 20, 2012

Block of the Month & Farm Laundry

We are still in the middle of harvest.  A few rainy days has made it possible for me to actually sew.  My quilt club started a block of the month last January.  I was really good about keeping up with the blocks until the weather had gotten warm.  Now is the time to start catching up.  This quilt won't be finished for Christmas, but I am planning on having the top all put together by then.  I am hoping to be quilting it this winter.

 Why do I have a picture of Dean's dirty farm clothes?
This is the type of laundry I have when he is working on the combine.  His coveralls are so dirty that he left them out on the garage floor, which I really appreciate.  Right now I have what is considered an old fashioned washer with a large agitator and his clothes come out pretty clean.  I have looked at the new water saving washing machines and I am beginning to wonder if the new machines will handle this type of dirt.  They don't even have an agitator.  My washer is working just fine, but it's over 15 years old.  Water saving washing machines in our area is not a concern.  We actually have too much water and flooding can be an issue.
If you have any advice, please feel free!
Maybe the new washing machines do a good job, but I'm wondering.

 It's nice to stop just for a second to notice the beautiful fall colors.  

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne


Anonymous said...

lovely blocks Kay Lynne,if your washer works well i wouldnt worry about replacing it,enjoy your day.xx

P. said...

Cute blocks! I hear you on the washing machine thing. My super-size, top-loading Whirlpool is...well, how long have we been married, the set was a wedding gift from my parents...29 years? I've only had to have it repaired twice, and pretty basic fixes, which is amazing. Having said that, I don't want to jinx it and am knocking on wood. My good friend has a new Whirlpool low water or whatever and loves it though. She did stick with a top loader, which I will too. I'm too tall (and old) to want to bend at the waist to do laundry!

What kind of detergent do you use to clean those work clothes? My hubs has to wear white work clothes in a cheese plant. I've pretty much given up on getting them clean. They're "clean enough." He says everybody looks the same, so it's not just me, ha.

Karin said...

That is going to be such a pretty Christmas quilt - very cute blocks!
We're in the same boat when it comes to washing machines. After 17 years, mine finally just quit and no amount of fixing was going to convince it otherwise. I read. I researched. I asked. I finally settled on a Kenmore Elite - top loader - no agitator - very large capacity. I was still skeptical, but I have had it since March and I have to say that I have been very happy with it. I use Tide and Oxyclean and thus far, it has gotten DH's clothes good and clean and that is saying a lot.