Morning from the new Desert in South Texas. Yesterday it reached 104 – heat index about 109! We probably have another week or so of the high temperatures then it may start going down to the 90’s – YUP a cold wave! The Casino is going to be so nice – hope it is 50 degrees in there! I am doing great on riding the indoor bike each morning. Last night I did another 15 minutes after supper and did a total of 10 miles on the bike for the day! In addition, I have lost a pound – of the 3 pounds that, for some reason, I had gained back and that is a NO-NO for me!
After my lovely mess up with my Enduring Legacy quilt escapade I am back to where I was on Sunday morning! It took me about 12 hours to clean up the mess and without Clay it would have taken longer. I have now put it to bed for the next 2 weeks.
Through this mess we figured out that the LED lights that Clay had added in February above the needle were too bright! I wondered why I was having issues seeing the threads on the quilts I had quilted since then, as that was unusual, but I attributed it to my eyes! WRONG. He is just so smart – he had added a lot of LEDs under the throat plate that really helped me before the new group of lights were added and had then wired all together. So to fix the problem, he reduced the voltage on the new group of lights and now it appears that I will not have that problem again. I will start quilting on this puppy in September. I need a little time away from that mess!
You can see how he added lights to the HQ he made the metal plate to put the LEDs on and used double sided tape to connect to the machine. He amazes me with his ingenuity and abilities to make or do anyting to make something better. He was that way with our 36′ Fifth Wheel – we had all florescent lighting, modified the kitchen table, and more! I STILL miss not having it, but do not miss all the work in loading and unloading!
In the meantime I have completed my Butterfly blocks for Stonefield’s Section 6! One more block to go and it is the Cat and Owl in a boat! I want to finish tonight!
I have started making blocks for Alexander Bean Pot yesterday. I love Carol Hopkins Reproduction quilt books and her directions! This particular one provides the directions for one block which really makes it easy and fast when making a different fabric set for each block! I selected 16 sets of light and dark for 16 blocks, then decided to make 2 of each colorway. I will more than likely make another 16 group sets when I complete the first 32 blocks. I enjoy cutting out 2 blocks, sewing them, and then start on the next 2. This way I am not constantly standing, or sitting! The blocks are 5″ unfinished, 4 1/2″ finished! I love the way she did the sashings for this quilt and I will be looking for a nice red reproduction fabric in my stash when I finish all the blocks.
In case you are wondering about Kevin’s project, they have been gifted to a quilting buddy! Now I plan on making more Alexander blocks the next couple of days and then vacation time! Have a great rest of the week and happy stitching!
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