Thursday, April 19, 2007

Been having a lot of down time...ugh!

It's been a frustrating couple of days since returning from Chicago on Sunday evening. I've eagerly sat at the computer to upload pictures and information about our trip, but have been greeted often by this:

"Hey-I'm thinking"

message from the computer, soon to be followed by your session has timed out or the server is not responding....aaarrgghh!

You know, we pay the big bucks to get on broadband for a faster response/experience on the computer and for the most part it's worked out fine, until the last week or so. At first I thought it was just blog land, but, my DH sits on his PC in another room and I can hear his words of frustration as well.

Anyway, as a quilter, time is valuable, or even if you are not a quilter, time is valuable, but, when it comes to multitasking, quilters are probably better or at least more inventive than most. That being said, here is my work/PC frustration zone. I've taped messages to myself reminding me of what I need/should be doing if blog land did not exist. On the right side of my screen, I've listed quilts that need to be finished and are in various stages of completion. The last one is a pink and brown scrap quilt that is pieced in the center and has an appliqued border. You can see parts of the appliqued border on the typing tray to the right. I like to use Elenore Burns' method, using fusible interfacing sewed to the right side of the leaves/petals. You then clip and flip the items sewn and you can iron them in place to sew around later. Next to embroidery, applique is a great way to have a hand project at the ready for any "down time" you may have.

Taped to the other side of the computer is the work list, laundry, video tapes I need to put on DVD, mow lawn, take pictures of my quilts. This is a great thing to keep me motivated and grateful that I am alive and I am a quilter, leaving a legacy of quilts for my family.


KCQuilter said...

Love your lists!!! My house is full of sticky notes--reminding me of what I am supposed to be doing (instead of playing on the internet!!!)

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting too! I just moved from Alex's city of San Jose, lol...never did see her or get invited for coffee. Previously I was out in your neck of the woods in Cincinnati, small world!

Glad you had a great time at the quilt show, I sure have been enjoying everyone's pictures.

jenniebeth said...

I love how you have your blog! I need to get to the Chicago show...only about 3 hours from me..I do plan on going to Paducah. thank you for sharing your quilts and your life!

Lilli said...

Thanks for sharing the applique tip. What I hadn't heard of was putting the interfacing on the right side before you flip.

I appreciate how you describe it as a good project for 'down time' because I've been looking for projects I can do in front of the TV. In the evenings, TV time is how hubby and I spend time together.


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