Again – welcome to the new Desert of the South! We are working on records of heat – There have been over 7 days straight of 101 + with horrible heat indexes! But they say…. yup ‘Fall is around the Corner’. We will see!
Things have been rather hectic here for the last week and it threw me off my Compulsive (OCD) behavior in making York Lodge blocks! Living in the country really has advantages and disadvantages! Mostly inconvenience with Internet and Phones. We both got the brilliant idea to increase our cell support and discontinue the land line. That was the week that was. Clay climbed his 60 foot tower 7 times trying to get the “top of the line” Cell phone booster mounted and trying to get a steady system. Friday that system was in the mail at UPS as a ‘return – did not work’ item. We are now waiting for another system that will not be as complex and will work (we tried it first thinking the more expensive would be better)! I am glad that experience is over with and he said that he feels he will not have to climb the tower anymore – I hope not – he is 74! But a very sure-footed 74 and I have faith that he will be fine if he does climb it again!
Now on to my ‘poor me’ story and status on York Lodge. One day last week for some reason I realized that I had renamed York Lodge to Yoder Lodge – I do believe that was due to the stress of making these puppies! (Is that a good excuse?) I went back and made corrections and was lucky no one picked up on my renaming the quilt! LOL!
Here are a few stats. I started this learning project in late June. It has been quite a learning experience! This is not a quilt for the faint of heart! I would have put it aside, but my goal for this year is to clear out the UFO’s from the past 2 years! My friend Gretchen is way ahead of me on doing that! Hat’s off to her!
Back to York Lodge! I had finished 10 blocks and really thought I was on a roll to finish in July only to find out that I had 8 of the 10 that were delivered to the trash! Too many issues. I bit the bullet and started over again. I prepared 5 blocks and figured I could catch up – no problem. Well, there were problems with them also! Two were made and in the trash and then I started checking my work and realized the other 3 would have not made the cut either – more trash. Two more in the last 2 days have bitten the dust – So in total I have made a total of 28 and only 18 have survived. There are a total of 30 for the quilt! I am down to 12 now to complete the project!
I have not used that much fabric, but am on my 3 spool of 1,422 yards of thread, and at least 350 hours of work. Will I ever sell this quilt – NO – but I will show it next year and have it appraised.
There is a strict process that has to be followed and accomplished for each block and one screw up and it will be toast. Interruptions (like this past week) tend to make it more difficult to focus on the project. Number 18 block was made perfect! Yesterday’s work did not yield a block – but I have high hopes today. I have made the same lime green block 3 times and each one went in the trash. I am beginning to think that this color will not make it in the quilt! We shall see.
Here are my accomplishments as of today! Hoping to get at least 2 done today – but I have set that goal so many times (to make 2 a day) that I wonder if it is possible!
It is time now to head out to the sauna and do a 30 minute mental relief walk! Maybe today will be a great day for York Lodge as I am ready to check out of this facility and get on with another piecing project that has been sitting!
Have a great day!
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