Monday, April 2, 2012

March CQ Block - Finally

 The weekend was fraught with printer and computer problems, and I did not get the photos I wanted to use printed out. I am working on a quilt for a friend which has photos included. My printer decided to stop printing halfway through two of the photos, and you know what that inkjet fabric costs! Fortunately I think I can still use the two sheets for smaller photos of my own if I can orient the paper correctly in the printer. I had to buy more inkjet paper but the Hobby Lobby did not have the same brand I have been using. I bought what they had - the only other choice being the local quilt store 10 miles away - hoping it would blend in ...but no. As I feared, the stuff I bought from Hobby Lobby resulted in a much sharper, deeper image. I was about to reprint ALL the photos for the friend's quilt when I HAPPENED to find an envelope with ONE SHEET of the other brand of inkjet fabric sheets in it. SAVED from spending yet another $20, I thought.

Then I ran out of ink ...

Finally, Picasa, which has been my friend for so long, turned on me and would not let me upload. I keep getting the message that my disc is full , or read only, or something - I have no idea. This PC is only 6 years old, how could anything be wrong with it?

Oh, but that's not the end of it. I decided, to heck with it. I had bought some fabric to make skirts for the summer and thought I could still manage to be somewhat productive for the remainder of the weekend by cutting out several of them and have them ready to sew up during the week. I have a tried and true skirt pattern that is very simple, very comfortable, and easy to fit. It's great for summer - a throw on skirt that you can wear very casually but can get by with wearing it to work too. I bought some really pretty crinkly gauze for a couple of skirts for our trip to Savannah later this month.

Then began the great pattern hunt. Although my favorite skirt pattern was in my hot little hands just days ago, it had apparently vaporized since then. The frustration just wasn't worth it so at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon, I hiked to the Wal Mart and bought the pattern again - a sure fire guarantee that the old pattern will show up any minute now -- just so I could say the weekend had not been a total loss.

Some weekends, I'd rather be at work.

On a more pleasant note: this afternoon I uploaded the photos below directly to Google web albums from my camera's card and was able to edit them in Piknik (which is going away soon.) If you're still with me and not sick of me and my travails, here's my March CQ block with a few of my favorite details. Still a lot more to do:

March CQ Block, Aunt Mae in the right in the photo and my grandmother on the left. Still lots to do - I have another photo or two of my aunt to include..

This vine with the french knots is one of my favorite details in the block.
Here I used the barred chain stitch with French knots.

All three blocks together. Clearly I have more to do. But I like to let them rest for awhile and then revisit. 

This was one week that I welcomed Monday morning where I could get back to my cube.

Hope you had a saner weekend!


  1. I take my sheets to Kinkos and print them on their printers. Don't mention it is fabric. Just walk in like you know what you are doing. I figure the pages are no heavier than cardstock. My last batch printed perfectly.

    Your blocks are looking so pretty & feminine!

  2. Your block is very pretty: I really like the pink button treatment and your vine. I'm glad you showed all three blocks: it shows how well they harmonize.

  3. So frustrating when the technology we come to depend on lets us down!

    Your blocks are looking great, Deborah!


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