Lime & Soda: much cooler already

Sadly, I can’t do a triumphant unveiling of the full Lime & Soda project.

The curtain’s up, and it’s already doing a great job of cooling down the porch in the afternoon, but I have managed to stuff up the curtain measurements quite noticeably, so it’s not done done, just nearly…

Here’s the porch before. During the morning and early afternoon, the sun comes in at those windows on the right. During the late afternoon, it comes blasting in the windows at the end, as you see in the photo.  Added to that, we have the aircon compressor sitting there on the left, belching out even more heat. The place is unusable in the summer.

We put a batten up on the ceiling, which has small dome head screws sticking out at intervals along the front face. If you click and zoom on the photo you’ll see what I mean.

I then put eyelets through the header of the curtain at the same intervals, which then dropped over the head of each screw. I’d have like silver eyelets but couldn’t find any. Yes, I am very picky…

The curtain hangs nice and straight. Such a shame it’s not quite large enough… We need the gap at the bottom for air intake, but the sides are both short by about 3 inches.

As you may remember, the idea for this curtain was to shut out the heat from not only the compressor but also the sun in the afternoon, when it’s low and comes in at the rear. However, I failed to take something into account. The compressor draws air in as well as blowing hot air out.  The intake is on the side that faces the curtain. Guess what… The curtain plasters itself all over the intake and prevents the aircon functioning properly. This being the case, I’ll need to make a tweak of some sort and am therefore not beating myself up over the fact that somehow, somewhere, I’ve lost several inches from the width of the curtain. I suspect I was over-generous with hems and failed to allow for the fact that they needed more than my usual ¼ inch allowance. I know how to fix the problem. I need to sew a 3 inch channel down the left hand side of the curtain, run a batten through the channel and fix it to the side wall at top and bottom, to prevent the curtain flapping and being sucked against the intake. Probably something similar on the other side as well, to hold things taut. It’s going to be an interesting exercise in seeing how much of that sashing fabric I have left!

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the shade in the porch, and the fact that this lovely curtain also blocks excess sun through the french windows and into the living room. In spite of the sunblock backing, you still get a slight stained-glass effect from the seam allowances on each block, and the greens really glow. Once the size and flapping issues are fixed, and I’ve made a similar curtain for the front screen door, I’ll eventually be able to open those french windows and cool the whole porch down even more. At that point, it’ll be cool enough for some plants, which will really give me a fresh tropical feeling 🙂

One step at a time…

49 thoughts on “Lime & Soda: much cooler already

  1. JAW-DROPPINGLY MAGNIFICENT. I cannot believe how you have made this, it’s amazing!!!!! You will fix the bits that need attention very quickly, and be even more proud of yourself. ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. itwasjudith says:

    A great result, indeed. What a joy to be able to have a liveable porch soon 🙂 Il looks very pretty

  3. And you have a matching watering can too!
    What a shame it needs more work and that the measurements did not quite work… ah well, it does look beautiful and I know that you won’t take too long to fix it.

  4. nettyg says:

    I’m always pleasantly surprised by how much difference blocking the sun and glare makes to a room. Looking good!

  5. claire93 says:

    a shame that it needs some teaking, but it really does look rather snazzy!
    I notice you also already have matching cushion covers in there – very coordinated lol.

    • katechiconi says:

      I made those when we first started F2F, as the plan was they’d go with the quilt I’d ultimately make from the blocks. But I think it’s all worked out better this way. I have two more blocks left over, which will make one more cushion for the chair that currently has none. Don’t you think Avis’ NYB blocks make a fabulous tablecloth?

  6. craftycreeky says:

    It looks great, I love the stained glass window effect, I’m sure it won’t take you long to tweak it 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Actually doing it won’t take long, but getting round to it just might… I must test how much of a difference it makes over a whole day, rather than just 4pm onwards, when it had already heated up a lot.

  7. tialys says:

    It looks gorgeous – I love all the coordinating cushions, tablecloth and watering can too. It’s transformed the porch into a summer room. Sometimes even the best calculations go astray but I know you’ll do the fixes and then it will be perfect.

    • katechiconi says:

      I couldn’t resist dressing it all up. There are some plants due to go in there as well, but I’m going to hold off on those; they’re currently on a watering system, and I want them to stay there till after we get back from our holiday.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow. I think this has such impact and I love the way you have the stained glass effect. What a wonderful space you have created.

  9. This turned out wonderful! I’m going to file this idea away for myself because I’m hoping/trying to buy a house at the present since my rental has sold. Who knows I might need to do something like this at some point.

    • katechiconi says:

      Patchwork blocks make wonderful curtains. This is my third lot, and I’ve always loved the stained glass effect. Plus if you use the sunblock/blackout fabric on the back they do a great job of insulating the space. And since I’m hoping to revive F2F, you’d have a ready-made source of blocks 🙂

  10. jmcheney says:

    Your quilt is fabulous! It has a powerful dramatic punch & really cools that area down. And isn’t it a great thing that you are an engineer as well as an artist?

    • katechiconi says:

      Big chuckle! What I am is a woman who was single most of her life and had to learn how to do anything that needed to be done by herself. I’m sure there’s a ‘better’ way to get this curtain up, but this way was cheap, and easy, and quick, plus you can take it down to wash it very easily.

  11. elaine says:

    It’s beautiful! Love the colors – so perfect for a sun room/porch! Your talent shines through 🙂
    I think any artist continually adjusts their work till it’s just how they want it – be proud and enjoy it! Can’t wait to see it with your plants 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I much prefer your explanation: that I’m ‘adjusting my work’ rather than that I made a blooper and need to fix it! Plants will go in once we’re back from our holiday away. I’ll try and remember to post a view with added greenery.

  12. dayphoto says:

    IT IS BEAUTIFUL! I love it!

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It’s absolutely stunning !!

  14. kathyreeves says:

    The porch is looking amazing with the new decor. Get those tweaks handled and you’ll be all set. It is going to be lovely!

  15. EDN & LNCE says:

    I love your patchwork its amazing! You are really talented!!!

  16. What an ingenious solution to a big problem. You did a good job of figuring out how to make it work. Nothing goes smoothly the first time. Inevitably, adjustments will be necessary. It turned out beautiful though. Guess I’d better go get busy now. I’m weeks behind. ;( Have a great weekend and sending lots of hugs.

  17. knitnkwilt says:

    Where there’s a will there’s a way. And you are on it!

  18. rutigt says:

    I hope you managed to fix all the problem, because the quilt looks wonderful hanging there. Just to look at it must make you feel happy!!!!

  19. I love what you’ve done with the sunroom. I had a bit of sunroom envy after our visit. But now I’m kermit-looking with envy… Speaking of green, the sunroom will look even more fantastic adorned with plants ♡

  20. Goodness! I would have been considering ways to move that pesky aircon compressor! It looks fabulous, nonetheless.

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