Friday, April 11, 2014

Public Service Announcement: Change Passwords!

According to the news today, there were some security problems when several websites used a security patch update.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/04/11/heartbleed-vulnerability-prompts-need-to-monitor-web-use-dhs-says/

Everyone should change their passwords IMMEDIATELY for programs such as Facebook, Google (Blogger too), Etsy, WordPress, Yahoo (including Flickr), Instagram.

For a handy table list to go over, to see if any of the websites you use are affected:

http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

They are advising: if the chart says unclear, might be affected, or yes, change your password immediately.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April goals

Hi!
Linking up with Sew Bittersweet Designs to post my goal for April!

Primary goal:
Complete the teacher gift quilt tops.
I'm using the Pieces of Hope layer cake and Hugs n Kisses by Quilt in a Day, and the bonus HST blocks from the Autism Swoon quilt.


Whee--I'm cutting into a layer cake! Yum!


Secondary goals:

1--Depending on how many and how the teacher gift quilts stack up, I'll probably just make fabric bucket bags with the autism fabric for the techs/aides.

2-- Cut all the patches/pieces for the rest of the blocks for the baby's star sampler.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Day


My son has autism, so this is my light.

Yesterday, I started cutting up the Pieces of Hope layer cake that I've been saving. Pieces of Hope by Riley Blake is an autism-themed fabric line. Lots of stripes, dots, puzzle pieces, and words of inspiration to describe autism. Each purchase of the fabric donates money to Autism Speaks, the national organization for autism awareness and research.

This layer cake is going towards teacher gifts for my son's teacher and aides.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March finish

Hi!

I've been able to sew every day this past week. Yay!

I reached my March goal:
Three blocks for the baby's star sampler.


Other things I accomplished:

Sent my charms off in the mail to Michele at Quilts From My Crayon Box for the Kate Spain Charm Swap Round 2. Here are my fabrics: Daydream!

Reflections in Tangerine and Cadence in yellow.

I also finished all 10 blocks made from the bonus HST units from the Swoon quilt. I'm going to use them as a teacher gift quilt. I don't really have any ideas for a layout though!
Help! Ideas please! Something simple!


So gorgeous and fun, aren't they? Very rainbow and busy.
These blocks were a lot of fun to make, because I had the HST all ready to go, sorted in piles by color. I had my Quiltmaker Magazine as my resource for block options (thanks to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville for helping me remember that I had that issue!).
I challenged myself to work fast, because I usually don't work fast, and I don't have a lot of time with a newborn.
I also challenged myself to just make decisions quickly, picking a block layout and colors.
And I had a lot of fun! I actually found myself giggling once. Amazing! (maybe it was just late-night tired and having a few minutes to myself, and just giddy with finally having a baby asleep and off my lap and chest.)
Oh, this just gave me an idea for a book review. Note to self! Hint: 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

I'm linking up with Kim at My Go-Go Life for Sew-Jo Saturday:

http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2014/03/sewjo-saturday-3.html?m=1

And as always, linking with Melissa at Sew Bittersweet Designs:

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/?p=4663

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Line of Duty

Such a sad day. A huge 9-alarm fire happened in Boston, MA, USA, today. That's between 20-30 fire trucks.

Last I heard, 2 firefighters died while fighting this fire, and several more were injured. We call that "fallen" or died "in the line of duty"--that firefighter is the thin line between you, the average person, and the danger. That term is also used for police officers.


The red line is used for the firefighter, and a blue line is used for police and sheriff.

May their families be blessed and comforted. May their fellow firefighters continue to fight strong and be comforted.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Top o' the afternoon to you!

I'm so excited to be able to wear my Claddagh ring today. It's the first time I've been able to fit it on since last summer, since all the pregnancy swelling started. Not bad for having a two-month-old baby.
I'm so proud to be able to wear it again, symbolizing my love, loyalty and friendship to my best friend, my husband!
Yay!


One of these days, I'm going to make the Ireland Block of the Month quilt from McCall's Quilting. The patterns are all free!

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Free_Ireland_Quilt_Block_of_the_Month_Patterns




And I ordered this pattern from Creative Quilt Kits:

Now I gotta put the baby down for a bit, to scrub potatoes (for twice-baked), start the coleslaw marinade, and check on the corned beef in the crockpot!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm a Guest Blogger!

Hi!
I'm so excited!
I'm getting so many first experiences lately! My newest one: my first time guest blogging!

Check it out:

http://suepellanddesigns.com/2014/03/rachell-reilly-and-the-fire-fighter-quilt/

Sue Pelland wanted to show off my Maltese Cross Dresden, and asked me to introduce her readers to my block. I used Sue's template "Leaves Galore" to cut the curves on the cross. It seems my cross used her template in a unique way.