Problems on top of problems

I haven’t disappeared.  My computer quit accessing the web, my car’s clutch cable broke, and my back went out.  Before all that happened, I did finish about 20 little quilts and a couple of dozen knit cat toys which I donated to Clowder House.  I forgot to take pictures – oops.

I more or less finished the double four patch.  It could use a little more quilting, but it is a flannel bat, so it doesn’t require the same amount of quilting as regular batting. I haven’t taken photos yet, but I will eventually.

See, I installed fedora linux on my computer.  It was a windows vista machine.  When it stopped recognizing my wireless connection for no fixable reason, I decided to try linux.  I will be writing more about that at my other blog.

When I photographed my giveaway winnings, I also took some pix of my favorite found quilts.   But I don’t have photo editing software yet, so I can’t do that post.  Nor can I show you my booty from the upcycle exchange open house I went to last weekend.  I am working on this, but I am clueless as to how to install software on this computer.  Linux is different.

So far, fedora linux is better than windows vista.  It boots MUCH faster and is just as easy to navigate.  I like how it looks – it is different – the main task bar thingy is on top. It looks cheerier than windows – more friendly – even though I don’t know how to install software yet, I am confident I can learn.

My car is costing almost $600 to fix! Yipe, that hurts!  But that clutch cable did have about 150,000 hard miles on it.  The car is a junker and I really didn’t want to fix it, but we can’t afford a newer vehicle yet.  Hopefully, I will get my car back today or tomorrow.  No Car And No Internet SUCKED.

My back is giving me trouble.  I have no idea what I did, but I can barely sleep or walk.  I can’t sit and quilt – it’s too painful.  At least I can surf the blogosphere and see what ya’ll are crafting.

Clean Up Time

Between the basting of the waterwheel quilt and the making of the double four patch and general use, my studio space is a disaster. So, today is clean up day.  When the studio once more looks functional, I will be making little quilts to quilt as the warm ups for the waterwheel quilt.  These are to be donated to Clowder House.  Clowder House is a retirement home for cats whose owners are not able to care for anymore.

The last little quilts I made I gave to friends and family with cats and the quilts are a big hit.  The cats love ’em and they protect chairs etc. from cat hair.  I found Clowder House online and they are located right in my ‘hood, so I can give them this batch of little quilts.

Basically, the little quilts are made from leftover fabric from a quilting session. They are scrappy and not really made for looks.  I make them first to test tension and get my machine set up for the Big Quilt.  They vary in size, but the largest ones are about 36″ square.