The past 2 weeks have been craaaaaazy. Unexpected life changing events, deadlines at work that stayed the course (so glad for that!), one child took us on a road trip to where the college journey starts in 2 months, and another headed off to camp.
But mostly….well our modem died at home. Or at least I think it did. A repair guy came out, did some magic outside and declared it was fixed but said let’s put in a new modem. Now I can’t get the wireless printer to recognize it which is kind of a big deal for paper piecing.
In the meantime, I was still scrambling trying to decide if I even could pull together a quilt as a wedding gift in less than 30 days. Months earlier I had bought a metro rings ruler with the idea of a modern wedding ring quilt. Oh no way could I finish it that quickly. That was back when I thought I might have a couple of months or more.
Then I had an idea that included paper piecing their last name and the wedding date along with 2 large interlocking rings. I sketched it all out in EQ7, slept on it and said oh no way can I finish that in a month. I slept some more. I remembered that there was another quilt pattern I had in mind, called diamonds in the deep. Surely this had to be the one. I bought the pattern and fabric, cut out some strips and an hour into it I realized that it was going to be yards and yards of very accurate sewing because the strips are 1″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 2″…you get the idea. Maybe that wasn’t such a great idea. But I could paper piece it!
So I headed back to EQ7. I sketched out the various blocks. I printed them out and…because the pattern is on point, each block actually covered 4 pieces of paper! And there were a number of blocks. Maybe I could straighen it out and print each one on one page. Nope; the blocks are larger than 8″ so it still wouldn’t fit on ordinary paper. That would mean a series of accurately taping each block together, taking it to Kinko’s and making multiple copies on larger paper. And then….
Our internet went down and I lost a day working on that. So I’m not doing that quilt either. But I did get a row from one of the Texas quilt shops for the row-by-row that’s currently running. I’ve seen some awesome photos of some of the rows but one is plenty for me. I’m not in a rush to get that done; I just picked it up when I was busy looking for fabric for the quilt that doesn’t want to seem to happen.
In the meantime, I finally decided to replace my very worn out, takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ several years old FitBit that was being held together by super glue and I used some recognition points at work to get a new Alta for free. It doesn’t count stairs but I was happy to trade that feature off for a skinny wristband.
Oh and I have been sewing more connectors for the patchwork of the crosses quilt. I think I need at least 23 or so of the little ones that I’ve been making to catch up to the big blocks. Then I’ll make 7 corner stones and then I’ll finally be ready to move ahead on making more of the actual blocks. But it’s getting there. This is a quilt that I can’t imagine anyone ever trying to do on a timeline.
I took a forced break from the Splendid Sampler at least for the last 2 blocks until I can get the printer figure out since they both involve needing a paper template.
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I had a problem and had to buy a new modem as well… and had printer issues too. I deleted the printer from my computer, rebooted, then reinstalled the drivers. Bingo! It worked! Try it and if it doesn’t work email me at email@example.com and give me your printer info and what operating system you are using (Windows 7, 8 etc., Linux, or whatever) and I will give you a hand!
All your work is beautiful!
Thank you! I really appreciate it! I finally got it fixed (with some tears – haha!) by doing exactly that…uninstalling and reinstalling. Technology is great until it doesn’t work!
Exactly! I “Upgraded” to Windows 10, (Stupid, Stupid Girl!) and now my Word 2013 (yes, WORD-you know, the software that Microsoft sells?!) crashes about every five minutes. Sucks for an editor, I gotta tell you! Remember to clear your cache and cookies, and remove your temp files. Those things slow a computer right down and can cause painful problems. Good Luck! 😉
I feel like I’ve been lazy when I read all you’ve been doing!
ugh, I feel for you! Internet & printer issues are no fun – it seems everything we do these days requires one or the other! I hope you get it sorted out soon. I’m about 5 blocks behind on the SS because I’ve been trying to finish up the commissioned t-shirt quilt…and I jumped in to make a quilt for Orlando. I’ll catch up next month…haha!