Wednesday afternoon and night I did a bit of random crazy piecing using some hand dyed fabric pieces and a couple of bits of commercial fabric. I am thinking that I will put these blocks in the quilt with the Flying Stars just because I can.
Since there will probably be a solid sashing color, it won't be as strange as it seems right now. Of course I will lay it out first and then possibly decide that these need to live elsewhere. Whatever happens I didn't want to waste these bits of hand dyed fabric.
Basically I did this for stress relief. You see, Tuesday had an incident that disrupted my calm life. I had put some fabric in the dryer and was putting some clothing in the washing machine. I smelled an odd smell and my eyes started burning. Then I saw smoke coming from the dryer. I pulled the door open - which switched it off - and saw flames and ashes! I closed it, ran to the sink and got water, reopened the door and doused the flames. I started opening doors and windows and tried to get the smoke to go outside. The smoke alarms screamed and the one that talks said "Warning-Fire" repeatedly. Whew!
There is still some smoke smell in the house but it is mostly gone. The dryer is outside and will have to be replaced. The best guess is that the thermostat and/or the temperature limiter malfunctioned causing a high temperature in the dryer. That caused the cloth to burst into flames inside the dryer drum.
I am so grateful that I was right there and saw. smelled and reacted quickly. This could have been a major disaster - but instead I am safe - my house is standing and is still inhabitable. For that I am truly thankful.
FYI - I learned that 4% of all house fires are dryer related. Remember to check your dryer vents and clean them out yearly. I will be adding a new smoke alarm directly above the dryer when it gets replaced.
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