Lime & Soda: the flap is over

I don’t mean the panic, I mean the flapping of the curtain.

I knuckled down yesterday and got the extra bits made. Three ties for the right side of the curtain, and a wide channel for the left. Then I mooched about some more, looking for excuses not to do the last bit, as you do. I even went to the lengths of doing some overdue mending, gasp… We’ve had two days of heavy rain, the temperature is much more reasonable (if very humid) for working, and finally, I could procrastinate no longer. This morning I got the job done.

I drilled and screwed in three eyebolts on the right-hand, outer side of the porch, and fixed the ties onto those. Then I got another batten and cut it so it was just a bit longer than the channel. I then drilled holes in it, top and bottom, and corresponding holes in the wall. I ran the batten through the channel on the side of the curtain and screwed it in place top and bottom. Job done. The curtain is nice and flat without being stretched, and it won’t now get sucked into the compressor inlet. I haven’t tried to completely seal off the section behind the curtain; without some airflow the curtain will twang like a drum, and the aircon needs some throughput.

When we get back from our holiday, I shall move a bunch of plants into the porch to make it a bit less spartan. For now, they can enjoy the natural rainfall, which is forecast in generous quantities! Meanwhile, I’m searching the internet to find those ceramic watering spikes which have a tube to run into a bucket of water for automatic watering while you’re away. I used to have a load of them but they got lost in our last move. eBay has them aplenty, but no-one wants to mail them to Australia 😦  The search continues. Also on my return, I must make another curtain for the screen door at the other end of the porch, a simple, flat panel. I have plenty of lime, grey, black & white scraps left, so it should be fairly straightforward.

And now, I have no more excuses. Back to Bonnard, and the hand quilting. 13 rows to go.


47 thoughts on “Lime & Soda: the flap is over

  1. elaine says:

    Beautiful and well done!

  2. nettyg says:

    Great solution and the quilty curtain looks wonderful. There’s some ideas around for watering your plants using soft drink or milk bottles or even empty wine bottles if that’s more your thing tps://
    Depends how long you’re going for, this method waters small trees for a week, other plants for longer.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have the orange plastic spikes you push onto the end of PET bottles for watering, but I find the holes are too big and they let the water out too fast. In any case, we don’t buy soft drinks so I don’t have any appropriate bottles! The terracotta ones work by osmosis; the water seeps out when the soil around the terracotta gets dry, rather than as a continuous drip. Once the cone is empty, the vacuum left sucks water up the tube from the bucket beside the plant. I’ll keep looking….

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    Looks so good! A great use for your blocks.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was well worth holding onto all those blocks while I decided what to do with them. As soon as I’d come up with the plan for the porch and the need for a large curtain, I thought of the F2F blocks and I think they’re perfect for the purpose.

  4. Chris S in Canada says:

    While you’re looking for the terracotta spikes, this might help get the plants through your vacation. I have not tried this myself, but have heard from a couple of folks who did.

    Find yourself some of the old-fashioned thick cotton braided clothesline – probably even the stuff you buy at the fabric or upholstery store to make welting would work. Soak it in a pail of water, then bury a foot or two in the soil around your plant, amount will depend on the size of the pot. Leave the other end in the full pail of the water. Works like a wick to keep the water moving into the soil. You might be able to have two or three wicks coming from the same large pail.

    It isn’t a permanent solution, as it probably keeps the soil too moist, but for short periods it likely wouldn’t do any harm.

    Good luck finding the spikes – maybe a pottery shop would have something?

    Love the curtain and your brilliant solution to the flapping!
    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      The plants will be OK during this vacation as they’re outside on a watering system. I wanted something that would work next time I’m away, and luckily, I’ve finally located exactly what I was looking for.
      I’ve used wicking watering systems before, but not with rope. I had the plants standing on an old towel in a tray, and the end of the towel was submerged in a bucket of water. As the plants sucked the moisture under their pots, more was drawn up through the towel. You can do something similar if you put them in the shower or bath and have the tap on a very, very slow drip.
      Next time I show my porch, I hope it’ll be a riot of happy, well-watered greenery!

  5. Looks lovely – and what a great way to show off all those F2F blocks. I hope that Bonnard is finished soon too and that the hand quilting isn’t too hard on your fingers.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m just happy I got it done without too much more faffing about! I’m taking my time with Bonnard; if I damage my fingers too much I’ll have to stop till they heal, so it’s worth going slow and steady.

  6. tialys says:

    How very enterprising of you and it looks amazing too – can’t wait until you add some plants, it will look like a little piece of indoor Tropicana.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was outside today, interviewing several plants about whether they’d like a more sheltered and shady spot 😉 There are several who told me they were a bit over the raging sun and heat we’ve been having recently. Once we’re home at the end of February, I shall start moving them inside.

  7. Well done, lass. Pat yourself on the back 🙂

  8. Oh my, oh my! I LOVE this Kate❤️❤️❤️. It looks fantastic in the limes and blacks AND it fits perfectly. Great job!

  9. cazinatutu says:

    Love the way you’ve anchored the wall side of the curtain, but made the window side able to be opened. Presumably you will need to go beyond the curtain sometimes.

    Don’t beat yourself up so much about the measurements. You’ve got the angle at the top perfect so that the curtain hangs straight, and that’s no mean feat.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. In fact, I had to go back there a couple of times today to do something, and I’d have been spitting nails if I’d had to unscrew stuff! I’ve realised what I did wrong with the measurements, and now I know, it’ll never happen again. As for the top, I’m very glad I put several layers of stiffening in that header… it made putting in the eyelets a bit of a job, but it has also prevented that bias edge stretching and sagging.

  10. This looks great! Congrats on finishing.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pleased with the fix, and it makes a nice summer room out of what was a wasted space.

      • lucyannluna says:

        It will look even better once you have your plant in. I made a quilt to hang in my conservatory between us & next door, although the glass was frosted, I needed a little more privacy (& warmer), it’s starting to fade, so will soon have to appear on my to do list.

      • katechiconi says:

        This curtain has its sun-blocked back to the really hot sunshine, and the sun from the side during the day is softened by the split cane blinds that hang beside it. I hope it’ll be a while till it fades… I must remember to take photos once the plants are in.

      • lucyannluna says:

        Mine has been up about 8 years now, Mum has quits to block the sun in her south facing conservatory, of course we don’t get as much heat or sun here

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Great job handy Kate!

  12. That looks perfect and professional. And no one in the world has one like it. I love uniqueness. One more job done. I need a kick in the kiester to get going on some projects here. Starting to feel human again. Hope the weather works out kindly for your holiday.

  13. rutigt says:

    I said it before and I´ll say it once more: It´s a very beautiful quilt!!!! Well done!

  14. magpiesue says:

    It looks FABULOUS!!! Well done you!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve given myself a small pat on the back for problem solving… It does totally transform that space, and I can see myself out there once the heat moderates a bit, doing some hand sewing or reading.

  15. magpiesue says:

    Oh, and I keep meaning to tell you, I’d be interested in doing the F2F again.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, there seems to be some general interest. I’ll look at my calendar and see what seems to be a good time to start, and work back from there for airing the idea and assessing numbers. It’s not worth doing with fewer than 9 people, I think. What’s your thought on that?

  16. Esther says:

    Love it! It is is appealing and pretty,

  17. The curtain really makes the area look far more attractive and welcoming. Hurrah!
    The watering spikes sound great. We have reciprocal pot-plant arrangements with our neighbours.

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t think I’d entrust my plants to either of ours; one is very old and the other is a rather slapdash bloke. The spikes ensure the plants decide how much water they take up, which seems the most satisfactory solution.

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