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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Binding fabrics, quilting.............

I really had to search for fabrics that were in this quilt to use for the multicolor binding.  I knew I used the end of two fabrics and I really hid the others when I put them away.



 I started the quilting in the border that is spaced the same as the rest of the quilting.

I went shopping for 8' light bulbs in addition to other things yesterday.  Today my electrician is coming to put a new ballast in the fixture at the bottom of my basement stairs.  I put a new bulb in 3 months ago and it is already dying, $10 down the drain.  I have to get the daylight bulbs and they are more expensive than run of the mill type fluorescent bulbs.  I hope this fixes the problem.  Most 8' bulbs last me at least 5 years and some are at least 10 years old.  This year I had to replace 5.

6 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

The new twisted bulbs are suppose to last like 10 years and I find they burn out faster than the old ones. Not a good law when they passed it. Hopefully the new ballast works longer. Chris

Beth said...

One thing I really miss from my sewing space in Nebraska.... is my florescent lighting. Chicagoland and here have those horrible can lights...which cast so many shadows... right where I really want light. If I wouldn't have to patch the ceiling... I would put some up!!!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I really love the fabric for the binding. It is so juicy with color. My husband installed an overhead fluorescent fixture over my sewing table a couple of months ago. It has this puff plastic covering that make the light real even. It has helped immensely in lighting the area, especially at night. So far, the bulbs are hanging in there.

Nann said...

We have 8 footers in the laundry room. I would like to replace the unit with two 4 foot fixtures just because the long fragile tubes are precarious to transport. And I agree with the comment that the current curly compact fluorescents don't seem to last very long. I have an older CFL in one lamp that has lasted for years.

Paule-Marie said...

I think that like everything else, they are making fluorescent bulbs cheaper. When I first started buying the compact fluorescents, I paid $40 for the daylight ones. Most of those lasted around 15 years or so. Got my money's worth. some of the new ones I have bought in the last 5 years lasted a month or two. I don't even want to think about how much mercury is in them. Did you know a broken fluorescent has to be treated like a hazardous spill? One electrician I know broke one in his home, got a rash on his feet, went to the doctor who knew what it was and had to report it. The electrician got fined $250 for the breakage.

When we moved into our new house, I put LED's in the whole house. Only the garage, hubby's workshop and the pump house have fluorescents. When they die and the cost of LED tubes goes down, that's what's going in there.

I like the daylight LEDs way better for their brightness and very small power usage (we are totally off the power grid). I have the equivalent of 450 watts in my kitchen and the power usage is something like 10 watts or less.

JJM said...

Everyone so far has a fluorescent bulb story... I don't and will keep my opinion to myself. (*._,*)

Always enjoy seeing your progress photo's.

The smoke from the forest fires in Washington and Oregon have drifted into our valley so bad, we can not even see our mountains. Really nasty.

JJM