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almost a milestone - 142 novelty quilts   General Discussion

Started Apr-11 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 976 views.

Thanks Shelley. It is fun to look back aso and see how much I have improved, how my design and fabric choices have improved. Some of those early ones were truely awful. One even had rainbow satin binding with puffy batting. Chringe.

I also ran across a few i had forgotten about that I want to make again.  Also realized that I had not updated my physical scrapbook with photos since 2018. I think perhaps I was planning to use the blog but I decided I do still like having the physical scrapbook with my notes, sizes and EQ print out along with the final photo. So I spent the evening doing that. Now all 3 records (pgysical, spreadsheet &blog) are in synch and up to date, at least on the novelties. I still need to update the Other binder, all I have are my phone photos and my posts here on those.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


I hear ya on letting documentation lapse.  

My blog & webpages were originally intended to be a "notes to me" on my quilts so that when I made a physical album of them, all the information & photos would be there.  Then it turned into "notes to everyone" and "don't repeat these mistakes"  :-)   Part of my quilting process included the webpage, the blog, and forum announcements of new content.  Sometime in 2016, I became filled with ennui and a huge case of "meh" and just stopped the documentation.  

I continued to have computer directory entries but not formal documentation.  That means ... sigh ... 5 years of quilting projects to document.  The kind of notes I took will determine the level of detail I will be able to reconstruct.  I rather suspect that more than a few projects will have scant information.  <shrug>  It is what it is.

HOWEVER!!!!  I do have a long-term quilt project actually finished!!  I finally got it bound & labeled!   I plan on taking more photos tomorrow when the lighting is better and sharing the project with y'all.

I had been documenting all my longarm customer and my own quilts on Webshots and had tons and tons of the time I found out Webshots was going away I spent a few days franticly trying to figure out how to move all those photos...........well that never happened so all the photos went off to some cyber universe never to be seen by me again!!!!!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Apr-12 are prolific! and the I-Spy Queen!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


Sometimes  updating the blog just seems to get away from us. I go from lots of posts... to really dry spells..

Can't wait to see your finished project!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


Aw man...that sucks that you lost all those photos.. Really hate it when you count on the promises of a company and some other group takes them over and nullifies that agreement..


From: judyinohio


Oh, what a heartbreaker story that is, Ami. All of your hundreds (thousands?) of photos gone with the click of someone else's finger?!

oh I remember the panic when webshots went down.  That's awful that you lost so much.  Fortunately I didn't have near that many photos on there.  I was able to pull off the ones I wanted to keep, at least the ones of my own quilts.  I think I lost the quilt shows though.  I can tell when that happened because there is a bunch of photos loaded at the same time on my google account.  I need to spend some time and down load the critical ones to my backup hard drive.  I rely on google photos way too much as my phone backup.  I have printed copies of most of my quilts and now copies on the blog, but then there are all those other photos (pets & kids).  At some point google photos is going to tell me I have too many  and have to pay something.  Or they will get hacked and I'll lose stuff that way.  a project for another weekend.  I also wonder about how to backup my blog.  Wonder if I could print the entire thing to some massive pdf?

edited to add - I just tried printing the blog to PDF - it worked great, very clean and easy to read.  But I think I have to do it one at a time.  that will take some time but probably worth it.  After the webshots debacle I worry about blogger going away or getting corrupted.

I also like to compile and print stuff to a PDF.  But I am now saving much of my stuff like photos on external storage devices.  I have bought several smaller-capacity ones over the years, but I now have a larger-capacity external desktop model that holds 5 TERAbytes - yikes!  And a flash drive that holds a huge amount too.  My computer automatically backs up once a week and saves any new or changed files.  If my desktop computer crashes, I have everything backed up on external drives.  But I still need a better way to store all of the photos on my phone, because I need to get a new phone soon.

I don't have a laptop computer right now -- too spoiled to this huge display screen, and my eyes are getting so bad, I don't think I could use a laptop effectively.  (I have dr. appt. soon to get my vision straightened out - need cataract surgery, etc.)

I am going to TRY one of those services who scan and save your old photos and videos from the days before computers - just to see if it is as good a service as the advertisements say.  I will try it one time just to see, and if it works, I will be able to get rid of a lot of that stuff that I have in boxes.  And then I would give all the boxes of old photos and VHS tapes to the younger generation if they want them.    

one summer I gave scanning photos to Marion as a project.  She did scan them but her file names leave something to be desired (things like "people I don't know", "Mom with someone I don't know", etc).  smile.  I think she was 13 or 14 at the time.  So I have them scanned but have to go through them and do some major clean up.