Chris was away this weekend at his annual golf trip and that meant it was my annual sewing alone weekend. There were a few "chores" like getting the newsletter out and picking a new backup service (Dropbox was failing so I've switched to Carbonite) but mostly I sewed and quilted all weekend. If you are interested in my Dropbox experience I'll tell about it at the end of this post.
I quilted several veteran's quilts for Country School Quilters and I'll share those tomorrow.
I dyed some fabrics for my next QOV. It will be a mystery quilt project for this summer and I hope to get started piecing it this week and I can't wait to share the pattern this summer. Mostly I am so excited about the cranberry red that I dyed. I've been working on trying to get a really good cranberry red for a long time. I hope I can duplicate it!
I also finished sewing all those HST pairs together. It took forever to press them. I didn't know how I was going to put the quilt together so I pressed all of the seams open.
Then I started playing with layouts. I've seen a lot of chevron quilts and thought I'd see if I had
enough of each color to make one. I can pull it off not I'm not all that fond of it. I also don't want this quilt to turn into a PITA requiring fussy placement and tracking of rows. I still want it to be a quick and easy project.
So I decided to piece then into a bunch of 4-patches like this. Then I can lay them out in just about any log cabin-like setting.
Oh yes. It will be a lot more interesting and vibrant if I do it all scrappy.
Today I'm off to the dentist for my FREE crown. Of course it won't be all that pleasant but at least my wallet will be happy. When I get back I need to load another quilt to start quilting and I hope press and starch the fabrics for the mystery QOV quilt.
Check out what everyone else is doing at Patchwork Times.
About Dropbox. I don't know what happened but in February Dropbox started really dragging our internet service. We couldn't do much of anything on the web. On March 3 I stopped the synching. I contacted Dropbox to get some help to see what was going on.
You can't call Dropbox. Your only contact is email. Their advice was to uninstall and reinstall the software. I did that twice. The second time things got totally out of whack and Dropbox then refused to update any file that was created after March 3. "Matthew" from Dropbox tried to help but I always had to wait a day or more for his responses and eventually he just stopped responding. I knew I had to switch services at that point.
I spent a total of about 6 hours researching all of the different services out there. There are lots of them and they all have different options and fees. (I have too many files to bother with free services.) I selected Carbonite for 3 reasons:
- the price is less than Dropbox
- they do have Sync (for my phone and tablet) and Share options
***** they have telephone support and it's based in the US. I called them to ask lots of questions about the service and reached a very helpful person. A REAL LIVE PERSON!
It will take about 5 days for everything to get backup but so far, so good.