Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lightning never strikes the same place twice...

if I say that enough it might actually be true! I have an unbelievable fear of lightning. I'm getting better at dealing with it yes, but the fear is still there. Oh no, I've released one of the 5 things you might not know about me! No really, if you even remotely know me, you know that I have a sometimes unreasonable fear of lightning! Perhaps I was struck by lightning in a past-life, or maybe it is just the fear of electricity pulsating through me -- yes, I was electrocuted when I was younger, nearly burnt my thumb and pointer finger clear off (another story/another day). For whatever reason, I do not like lightning.

Okay, how does this relate to quilting? Guess what... my machine was struck by lightning! Actually an incredibly strong surge, but lightning caused the electricity to flow through the house and BAM... right into my Gammill! Thankfully, the only thing that managed to fry was the ballast for the light and a transformer. Wow, no big deal, we ordered the parts, and my hubby fixed it in no time. Needless to say, the Gammill stays unplugged all of the time now!

What does this all have to do with this post... I have been trying all week to work on a quilt! I'd get an hour of quilting and BAM - thunder rumbles, lightning lights... of course, it is the rainy season in South Florida but you wouldn't know this because we haven't had rain in months. This week Mother Nature has been trying to catch up because we've had a storm everyday. Sometimes I wish it would rain between midnight to 6 am so that I could quilt all day and never fall behind on my schedule due to lightning!

Anyway you'll all be happy to hear I finally finished the quilt. This is Cilla's quilt it is a Kim McLean applique pattern found in Kaffe Fasset's "Quilt Romance" book.


  1. That is a beautiful quilt. Wonderfully Marchettied too of course!!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous quilt!! Love how you did the quilting on it, too.

    And, Sheesh! I'm going out tonight to get another good surge protector for my sewing machine!!

  3. Lovely quilting. I always unplug my machine from the wall when I am not working, even though I had circuit breakers installed in case of a surge. Lucky the damage to your machine wasn't more serious.

  4. It looks so beautiful, can't wait to pick it up! Thanks for your perserverance with the lighting. I hope to pick it up the 5th or the 6th. I'll call you. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Cilla

  5. Thanks everyone! And Cilla, the 5th is much better for me, I have meetings almost all day on the 6th. Talk to you soon!

    Oh, and hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July!!!

  6. That's why your so energetic!!!!! Ha! Ha! Beautiful quilt. . .love the colors!


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