Wednesday, October 25, 2006

THE COMPUTER FROM HELL


My computer has really been giving me problems. Or maybe I have been giving it problems, I'm not sure. I had trouble getting on line, then couldn't get on line at all for a few days. Verizon came out and put a new box on my house and now I am back on line. But I have really screwed up some other stuff in the meantime. Have you ever had a problem with your computer crashing after loading pictures onto your blog? I get that some times. I have wondered if Blogger distributes any problems, such as virus, worm, trojans, spyware??? I don't suspect them of doing it on purpose. But there are so many creeps out there who take pleasure in creating problems for others. My husband works for the government and was recently alerted that they are not to use any MP3's on office computers. Apparently McDonalds in Japan awarded MP3s as prizes and they contained a trojan horse. I doubt that McDonalds knew that, but the problem still remains. It stinks to be at the mercy of hackers.
OK, how about something pleasant!
I completed my Buggy Barn Geese quite a while ago (not quilted) but never got it posted. It is really a different style quilt. When you cut the pieces you stack layers of fabric together and cut the same shape from all layers. There is virtually no waste. Then you rearrange the pieces in the stack so each layer is different. Because you layer the lights and the darks together, you end up with half the blocks in dark background and half in light background. I couldn't quite get the whole quilt in the photo, but you can see that the blocks with the dark background are all in the center of the quilt, and the outer quilt has the reverse. I have never made anything quite like this before. It wasn't difficult. You trim up all the blocks to size, so everything fits. It did take lots of space due to the size and the diagonal set. It was fun to try something new. I think Buggy Barn does cool stuff!

I am playing with triangle pieces left from old projects, some from many years ago. I have been making them into Broken Dishes blocks that finish at three inches. I actually had to make more HSTs to add to the pile, so it is a nice mix of old and new. I am tying to get a jump on the season that must not be named in October. The LQS always has a party and gift exchange for employees and teachers. Everyone brings one gift and then a big fight breaks out to see who gets to keep the best one. It is actually a game that I find embarrassing, but of course I want my item to be awesome. We shall see.

I have over 200 blogline entries showing up, so obviously I haven't been keeping up! I will have to do some speed reading! Wishing you well!

22 comments:

Angie said...

HI Marcie, you need to run your antivirus program every day to keep those nasties away! One day last week ours picked up more than we have ever had it pick up! So be careful.

Love your Buggy Barn quilt! I find myself more and more drawn to the more primitive style. As a matter of fact, I'm getting ready to start an applique from a Jan Patek book...it will someday be my Christmas quilt! :D

Libby said...

Computers can be so frustrating -- glad you are getting back to normal. That Buggy Barn quilt is a great one. I really like their patterns. In the beginning I was mystified, but if you just follow their steps it comes out right every time *s*

Bonnie said...

Your Buggy Barn quilt is very nice. I love those crazy flying geese.

Screen Door said...

I'm a real fan of buggy barn. Great quilt

Lisa D. said...

Wow - I love your Buggy Barn quilt!! Totally awesome!

Nancy said...

I love your buggy barn geese. I've done their stars and love the way their patterns work.

I've done the Chinese gift exchange (what it's called in this area) and like you don't really care for it. But most people seem to think it's fun so I go along.

Good luck with your computer problems. We miss you when you're not able to visit.

Linda_J said...

Wondered what technical difficulties you had been having---enough to make your hair curl, right?

quiltpixie said...

I've got a buggy barn pattern tucked away for "some day". If yours is any indication, maybe some day should come soon in my house :-)

Sweet P said...

I really like your Buggy Barn quilt. I never realized how cute their quilts are. I guess I'll have to try one someday.

I'm sorry to hear about your computer problems. Hopefully you've got them fixed now.

Ruth said...

I like your buggy barn quilt. It's very cute. Hope you've got all of your computer bugs sorted out, those issues drive me mad.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Doing something Buggy Barn has been on my list for a while. Seeing yours makes it move higher on said list! Bravo.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Nice to see you posting again. I detest computer problems - LOL I've had my share lately (actually with our ISP, not with my computer)

Your Buggy Barn quilt is terrific!

Patti said...

Your new quilt is marvelous Marcie! Yes, Buggy Barn pattterns are different - but not hard - and the results are so wonderful. I have every one of their books and several of their patterns. It's so hard to choose which one to do next.

KCQuilter said...

Good to see you back in blogland! And I LOVE your Buggy Barn quilt--especially the flying geese. I have been a bit intimidated by their patterns before, but maybe now........

anne bebbington said...

I love buggy barn patterns and that is a really lovely quilt top you've made :o)

Anonymous said...

I have not seen that Buggy Barn pattern. I love it!!

Judy L.

tami said...

The quilt is gorgeous.

I agree about the hackers. It is so sad that people so smart think only of creating havoc. I have always said they should use their powers for good instead of evil.

Hedgehog said...

I love these geese. I really need to try a Buggy Barn pattern soon! Hope the computer problems are over soon!

Judy said...

I knew this would be a great quilt when I spied it on your design wall!! It did turn out wonderfully! A very cool design and the sashing idea is fabulous!

Mary said...

I just saw a version of this quilt in Quilter's Newletter Magazine. It's really cute. I also like the broken dishes with the center applique block.

Dawn said...

I love your buggy barn quilt! I have wanted to do that pattern for so long! Yours is wonderful!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I had to figure out how to set up a few things in my computer this week - boy was I happy (and a bit thrilled) when I got it all working right. Phew! Yes, sometimes you do make a mistake and make things BAD - yikes!

Love your Buggy Barn quilt - it really is fun!

Cheers!
Evelyn