What is this lovely purple object? :) It's a nice fold-up l.e.d. light:
Hard to take a photo of a lit light. Grin! It small but it packs a punch of lumens. Quilt In A Day was having a sale online so I bought this for half price - worth every penny! Maybe you can tell the size from the flower pin there on the base .... folds up pretty flat, runs on batteries and is easy to use. Has two levels of light and really makes it better for me to do hand piecing at the kitchen table (only flat surface available to work on here).
The weather forecast last night called for thunderstorms and rain all day today but it obviously blew across the region faster than the forecaster expected. I woke up to the sound of a lawn mower running outside my window and a view of bright sunshine. Happy day! After breakfast, my brother Kevin helped me strap into my big black boot (has seven velcro straps to hold my foot into the thing) and I went out to sit on the front porch. Lovely sunshine, gentle breeze, about 75 degrees. Perfect!
I sat and watched the birds, petted the barn cat and read my blogs while Mr Frank the farmer mowed our very large 'lawn' area. Poor guy, his mower decided today was its last day of operation - as he was going around a big hickory tree near the barn, the steering rod broke right through. 'Things do wear out,' was all he said. :) We had a pleasant, short chat and then he was off home to make pork chops on the grill for his wife's Sunday dinner. Oh, he did tell me that those two piggies in the barn are his grandchildren's 4H project.
I read most of the afternoon and then came inside to make supper and work on the newest block for the Splendid Sampler, Hand In Hand.
First I mis-cut the striped block shapes - they were the correct size, but the stripes weren't going the way I wanted. I had to cut the blocks on the bias to get them to work. Then the yellow points were a puzzle. There was a template for that shape ... but I don't have a printer here. So, I carefully made the picture on my iPhone screen the correct size (thankfully there was a 1" mark to measure by), then again carefully traced off the shape. It was nowhere near a triangle ... and I could not see how it would make that shape ... but I just kept reading the directions and following along. What fun! Can you see that there are shadows along the long sides of each yellow point? It turned out that the template piece was folded and sewn into a seam between two rectangles to create each of those point sections. Cool!
There is something about this block that makes me think Egyptian ... but I can't put my finger on just what it is. :) Well, it is finished and that is the important thing. _Something_ achieved for today, anyway. LOL.
Tomorrow is another day ... wonder what sunrise will bring?