7/10/2011

BB CW #28, the Swap Gift that did not get Swapped, and Digitizing

Can you believe I had to miss the LQS employee party last Christmas because of a day job faculty meeting?? Oh, the angst. So here is the swap gift I made for that party that unfortunately did not get swapped lol:
We were to make a quilt using a Little Quilts pattern. These are currently on display in the LQS.

For several years, I haven't touched my embroidery digitizing software. My old ME computer that housed it went on the blink and I was in a bit of a quandary about switching things over to a newer computer because my embroidery machine takes a floppy diskette, and I wondered whether to try to fix such an old computer. If you can believe it, I felt very sentimental about throwing the ME computer out, old as it was, because I had really learned about computers on it, adding memory, fixing problems, doing reformats (ME systems were so unstable and needed that sometimes), and other things. Finally decided to throw it out, though, which meant throwing out equipment that matched it in age, so it was quite the clean-out. Sorry, old ME!

Meanwhile, the next oldest computer, XP, went on the blink. Good grief. It would not do a System Restore for any date in this century, and it refused to do a Destructive Recovery several times, so I toodled off to Fry's to get a new computer. I had been thinking about doing that for a while anyway. When I got back, the XP had given up and done a Recovery, so then I had two computers to get set up again and install all of the software on, and more and more. The new computer has a 27" screen!!

My point is, and I do have one, is that I got the Embird digitizing software up and going complete with external floppy drive on the XP computer. I have spent thousands of hours digitizing, so of course I had to look through my designs and gloat over the good ones and wonder at the bad. Below are three purchased and free designs that I put together along with a fill background that I stitched out years ago for a chair seat (the chair is a somewhat odd oriental style and I thought this collage fit it nicely):

I have digitized several of Timothy's childhood drawings (thank goodness he didn't do these as an adult, eh?), like this one:

And of course here is BB CW #28:

When the XP crashed, I lost my password information for the Flickr group where we post our BB CW blocks, so I can't post it. I have tried every password I have ever used and am reduced to begging Yahoo to let me use Flickr again. So far they replied and asked me where I went on my honeymoon. I don't remember ever answering that as a Secret Question, since I didn't really go on one, just a few days in Helen, Georgia. Not looking good so far.

5 comments:

Gretchen said...

Love your block!! Hope you get your password soon. Now I know who to go to when I need computer fixes:)

MJinMichigan said...

I love the fabrics you used in that block. Sorry but I had to laugh when I read your password woes. I know it's not a good idea to use the same password for everything but whenever I try a new one I immediately forget it. I recently signed up for Etsy and made a purchase. I tried to make another purchase less than a month later and had already forgotten my password. It looks I'll never be able to use Etsy again.

Kathie said...

great block, great fabric choices, wow!
sorry about the computer woes
nothing worse....
hope your enjoying your summer break, every minute of it!
Kathie

Sheila said...

what a pity about the flickr thing, this block is fabulous, hope you can get it up there soon

Heckety said...

Sounds like you are doing really well- I really don't like getting used to new machines, but I guess there comes a point when you have to! Love seeing your photos!