November 15, 2017
Crimson maple flames
Against corner of gold house
November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017
Now. Don’t laugh.
I’ve been washing clothes with water and a magnet system for the past two months.
My clothes are as clean as if I had doused them with a detergent.
I still have to spot treat stains, but I had to do that before using the magnets. And sometimes I have added some tea tree oil to the washer or dryer if I thought there were mold/mildew issues that needed to be addressed or I just wanted to add a clean, fresh scent. Adding any of your favorite essential oils would give laundry their smell.
And, no, my clothes don’t smell like whatever they got into before I washed them without the essential oil addition.
I am on a well, so I don’t have the added ingredients that city folks have, like chlorines and fluorides. Those chlorine chemicals also clean.
I have to tell you, I like what is happening a lot. I am so less itchy these days.
I don’t know that I’m ready to outright recommend this system to you.
I’m still experimenting.
For instance, I wanted to make sure that the clothes being washed weren’t holding a lot of residual soap–and that’s going to take some time–especially since I just switched out summer t-shirts for warmer winter ones.
But I can say that it is pretty clear to me that the recommended amounts of soap I had been using is excessive, to say the least.
You know, I can remember back when I was a kid, and every other ad on the tv was for some kind of cleaning product, but laundry detergents were there a lot. I think we got kind of indoctrinated that we needed all these chemicals.
I stopped soaping off in my showers years ago, and, again, my skin is so much better because of using less soap. I do use soap when I’ve gotten into something really greasy or dirty, but mostly, the warm water is good enough. Best of all, I’m preserving the natural colonies of critters (good “germs”) that are are first line of defense on the skin that is the largest organ we have. I don’t smell. I am not dirty.
Water, I’ve learned, is actually pretty naturally corrosive in and of itself. You might need a bit of soap for a grease stain, but not for just cleansing and refreshing fabric that is not greasy.
And history shows pretty clearly that terrible diseases got eradicated by cleanliness and quarantines. Changes in hygiene practices made all the difference. And hygiene maybe does not need so much soap. We have germ phobias that have been carefully developed by advertising. Some critters are good guys.
Soap works by making water slippery, which works to pull dirt and grime out of fabrics.
Powerful magnets can apparently change the surface tension of the water in the same way–or so the claim goes.
I bought two of these really strong magnets, and they live in my washing machine.
The company is Water Liberty, and you can check out their videos and claims at waterliberty.com.
I am now considering getting their Nano towels and their highly concentrated enzyme cleaner for stains. I’ve been using enzymes in my hot tub for years now. They eat organic matter, and they work really well.
Turkey Tracks: November 15, 2017
I love this quilt.
I love everything about it.
I have loved every minute spent making it.
This quilt stretched me. It let me go off into all sorts of new quilty directions.
Here is “Butterscotch Fall.”
One year ago, in early fall, I got inspired for the milli fabric by a range of fall fabrics I saw in local quilting stores–and that inspiration set me off. I had been trying to come up with focus fabrics for this quilt project over the summer. As I worked on the quilt, the butterscotch color kept coming on stronger and stronger–some times lighter, sometimes as dark as honey. When the top was finished and I was hunting for backing, I knew when I saw this 108-inch wide Carolyn Friedlander cross-hatch fabric , called Butterscotch, that I had both my quilt’s backing and its name. (This fabric is from Friedlander’s Architextural line.)
I wanted this quilt to have an organic feel of fall: colorful leaves, trees going bare, bees, hives, the idea of harvesting fall honey, blue water under a vibrant autumn blue sky, vivid green moss, the ghosts of Halloween, the grey and blacks of the darkening days and longer nights, and so on.
I was paralyzed about how to quilt the top when I remembered that Jo Diggs once told Coastal Quilters members that you can’t go wrong with using a Bishop’s Fan pattern to quilt. I liked the idea of this old-fashioned pattern on this modern quilt, which in turn used ancient millefiori rosettes as its design. And I have the Bishop’s Fan groovy boards for the long arm. (If you don’t know Jo Diggs, take a minute and look at her web site gallery.)
You will see a Japanese text fabric used in all its color ways in this quilt. For instance, it’s in the grey star above and in the star below in gold. These fabrics were designed by Suzuko Koseki.
Here’s the first rosette, which began to set the tone for the quilt:
I am so proud of this quilt.
It is PERFECT!!!
Thanks you so much Katja Marek!