How many times do I go upstairs to do something and get completely sidetracked? Everyday it seems. Sigh. I don’t know if you know this but “SHE” stands for Sidetracked Home Executive. 🙂  This past weekend was no different. I had grandiose ideas about being able to stitch for long stretches of time. Then I remembered that last week I’d tried to replace the bulb in my sewing room chandelier with one of these energy efficient numbers:


When I screwed it in, it wouldn’t work. I tried it in other light sockets & it worked fine.  It appeared that the socket part of the chandelier must too old. And the logical conclusion was that I must rewire it. Perhaps “logical” was being  loosely interpreted. But that marked the detour. In the course of the week’s errands, I picked up a socket from the hardware store. The weekend came. I went up to sew and remembered that I needed to change the socket. Sweet Mr P took the chandelier down for me. When I took the socket apart, I found this:

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I’m responsible for the cut wire. But it was most certainly fried, blackened right down at the socket. That explains why it wouldn’t work. Took about 30 minutes to rewire and I was able to put in the bright daylight bulb. At least afterwards I was able to get on with getting some things done:

Garden Gate Blocks
Garden Gate Blocks for Bee Europa virtual bee


Scrappy bright log cabin blocks
Log Cabins for We Bee New Virtual Bee


Urban Chickens for We Bee New Virtual Bee
Urban Chickens for We Bee New Virtual Bee


And finally,

Hawaiian Hexie
Hawaiian Hexie top finished!

So yes, I am often sidetracked but most of the time, I’m reasonably productive. I’ve put the Hawaiian Hexie top aside for the moment, until I figure out how I want to quilt it. For my hand-piecing pleasure, I’ve pulled this out:

Spring Carnival
More EPP – Spring Carnival

I’ve changed my plan because the big hexie to the right was originally in the centre but it didn’t give enough contrast so I replaced it. Didn’t think that through very well, did I? Much better now. I haven’t a clue what this will become. I’m thinking a large cushion cover but we’ll have to see how it progresses. The colours remind of spring. Seems we missed winter this year so might as well look forward to spring.  🙂

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15 thoughts on “Sidetracked

  1. Susan says:

    I’m impressed that you could rewire the light. And that it didn’t burn the house down when it blackened and died. That’s a great hexagon runner finish, but I like the other EPP project, too.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m impressed! My method of rewiring would go a little something like this: “Honey, the light doesn’t work.” 😉 Great job on finishing your Hawaiian Hexies! Are you leaving the edges as they are or trimming them down to be smooth?

  3. Lin Marsh says:

    As far as being “sidetracked,” I find the older I get the more I think about the hereafter. When I walk into a room, I wonder what I was here after.
    Nice blog. I like seeing your progress

  4. Cyndy Brunz says:

    Sidetracked! I get sidetracked on the task that sidetracked me in the first place!

    Love your new EPP project. I have been thinking about starting that same pattern!

  5. Brigid says:

    Wow! So many different projects. I love the paper pieced – and that fabric line is one of my favorites ever. Such pretty colors.

    I have a Garden Gate quilt planned to work on later this spring using up my Modern Meadow yardage. Yours look great.

  6. Elisabeth says:

    I know the feeling, I get sidetracked a lot. You seem to have been super productive despite that. Love your Spring Carnival. That reminds me that I should get back to mine which has been sitting in a bag all winter.

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