How is your week going? I have a nice pile of books and notes from my library time last week, *plus* all of the shutters are now painted and re-hung on the house. They look amazing, and it makes the rest of the house look like it got a paint job. I am so happy with how it turned out, though it was very, very warm and just a bit humid. But now it's done and I probably don't have to do it again for several years. The books, though, I have some serious plans for.
Some of you may remember that I started making sailboats out of leftover half square triangles a little bit ago. I had planned to make them into a baby quilt, but then I had another idea:
Not a great picture, but yes, I want to make a word quilt with them. I have a great sentence to put with the boats, but as you can see, I'm having some trouble with the letters. Really, with the size of the letters. Okay, and some of the shapes, too:
No clue what happened with that S! I've been wanting to make a whole word quilt for a long time, and I have three really good ideas, but one thing and another has held me back. I've done some words, so I've made a bunch of letters, but unfortunately I can't show you any of them because they're names of real people. I have really only done capital letters, too, and now I'm thinking that I want at least some of these letters to be lower case, for design purposes if nothing else.
See how those letters are all inconsistent sizes and just look odd? The "o" may be on steroids or something! And what happened with the "y"? No idea. I think my way forward here is more practice. I need to make some smaller pieces to get more practice with the letters and get them to be consistent sizes. Thankfully, though, making some small pieces sounds like something I'll enjoy, and it sounds like a good use of sewing time, which I confess has been in short supply lately. Oh, and I'll make some more sailboats, too!
So that was my failed experiment for this week, but I do also want to talk about an experiment that has really worked out well for me-- daylight light bulbs. Friends, I had no idea what a huge difference these would make in my life. I haven't given any thought to light bulbs in literally decades, but now I am so sorry that I waited so long to pay attention.
I took the advice of many people and also did some research and tried a bunch of different bulbs. Some of them were very expensive and some were cheaper, but all of them were much, much better than the regular soft white bulbs I had been using. I tried several brands, but I ended up returning most and keeping these:
I kept these mainly because they were the cheapest, to be honest. I paid $3.82 each at the Walmart near me. There was not that much difference in the light put out by the different bulbs, but there were huge differences in price. Some of them were as much as $11 each! These put out a wonderful light that is a lot like natural daylight, and is bright and clean. It's amazing how great everything looks, plus the colors look clearer and fabrics match a lot better. And they lift my spirits, which is really the best thing!
One thing to look for is daylight bulbs, not full-spectrum bulbs. Full-spectrum did not put out a great light, and I thought the daylight bulbs were brighter and cleaner. Also, there are both dimmable bulbs and non-dimmable bulbs, and the non-dimmable ones are much cheaper (but obviously don't work with dimmer switches). I used these in the sewing room and liked them so much that I got some for the garage, too. And now I want them in the kitchen!
I also got a light therapy box-- which I love-- but that's another post! It's THIS one, which is cheap and puts out a nice light on rainy days. I know I'm probably not using it correctly, but it feels good to have it on when it's gross outside. I've even taken it with me to the library, which is somewhat dark, especially in the section I mostly use.
So there are the results of two experiments! I'll be thinking up some kind of saying or phrase that I can practice making letters with while I finish up quilting the Harry Potter quilt. If you have a good suggestion, be sure to let me know!
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