Little Treasures September 2014 is Finally Here!!

LT09-1Heya Everyone, How are you doing this month. I had planned to get this up last week for you, but my plans were delayed when I just forgot.. literally, I changed my host, and went to work on the Twas The Night Blog Hop things I needed to finish up so I could ship them out. So with that done and on the way, I was putting everything away when I saw the September block and went.. oh shoot!!! So here it is, and I hope you will enjoy it.

This is a 15-Inch block, created in EQ, and Bernina Designer Plus software. The artwork is from Graphics and Graphics.

I’d also like to share with you Joyce’s finished block. She sent this to me in email a few weeks ago and it tickled me pink to see one of the Little Treasures blocks done by someone else. So please let Joyce know what you think to in the comments below.

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Change Has Occurred!!

Ok, so the nameservers have changed and my new host is seeing me now, I did my first restore on my site and I have to say I am really impressed. Even tho hosts have usually been able to restore my site when something has gone wrong, I still use a Backup plugin for WordPress called UpdraftPlus. It is free, and deserves a nod. While I will still check for the little things I may just be able to get September up later today or possibly tomorrow morning. I’m so excited.

The cool thing about UpdraftPlus is that it takes my backup, uploads it to my Dropbox folder for me, and allows me to keep a pretty current backup. I took a backup the night prior to my changing hosts so that my backup would be current, even tho it had done a backup only a few days prior. Once I changed hosts, I uploaded via ftp that backup to my new host, and did a restore, and my site came through it looks like with flying colors. I do feel it’s necessary still to do a few checks through the site, but I bet all is well and I couldn’t be more happy about that. Usually when you change hosts, it can be a nightmare. For something that is free, I’d be willing to give them some money just for not making it stressful. :)

Let me know what you think, I actually think the site loads alot faster now than it did before and if you have previously visited me, you might “feel” it. I know the word feel is odd, but literally, when your having problems on your pc, you just can “feel” the issue because it’s like having a fight with your mouse.. LOL

To Rachel, I’m sorry, your comment got lost with the host change, but I did receive it in my email, and yea, I just finally got fed up, and there are so many good hosting solutions out their and really nothing wrong with the old host, they offer 24/7 support, the prices are good, I never had issues with bandwidth or space, but it’s suppose to be a wordpress host, and they tout themselves as that, but they aren’t doing a good enough job for me anyway, so I decided it was time to just make the move. It’s not fun to have to visit tech support each time you go to work on your site and that’s literally what I was having to do and I’ve developed sites for years without having to visit tech support, so it is just not something I’m use to doing. The host I had prior to this last one I left because I had a site with Joomla on it, and Joomla had updated to version 3 at the time. However, that host was not ready to do the necessary changes (which was a php update) in order for there customers to update to version 3 of Joomla, so consequently after waiting just under a year for them to change, I left to upgrade my Joomla for that site, and consequently created my blog instead. LOL

Hugs,

Marian

Changing Hosts

It shouldn’t be long now. I’ve just changed the “nameservers” for anyone who knows what that means. :)

I had gone today to upload Little Treasures for September, and I kept getting errors. After going to the host and having them fix problems for the upteenth time this year, I finally decided I’d just had enough. This host was due for renewal come the end of November of this year and I already was thinking it’s just been so much trouble. For all the hosting changes I’ve ever made, it’s never been because of sheer frustration until now. I liked this host for the first year, but even the switch to this new server just isn’t making me happier, so I decided to put my money for hosting elsewhere. It should take me a day or two to get everything checked over after the change, but I will try to get September up by tuesday.

If you should visit, and not see things like they should be, that will be why.

Cya Soon,

Marian

Little Treasures August 2014 Now Online!!

LT08-AugustJust about the easiest block you can put together is this months block for Little Treasures.

It goes together easily and quickly.

This is a 15-Inch block.

The artwork is from Graphics and Graphics.

This design was created in Electric Quilt v7, and Bernina Designer Plus Software. At this time, I have decided not to include the cutting files, opting instead to give you tutorials on how to create your own. I really would love to share the svg files with you and have permission to do so, but it is not possible to import the svg file in with the software such as Silhouette Studio without having to resize the svg. Because it’s to difficult to note the sizings that each svg would need to be, I’ve opted to show you how to make your cutting files from the pdf file provided for your patterns instead.

With this block, I used 100% cotton flannel for the fabric on her dress and bow.

The bow middle uses the same new technique I showed you with May and June’s block in which you do the machine embroidery right on the background block. It’s so easy to do you will wonder why you didn’t try it with May or June’s block. :) Ok, I’m hoping someone will someday make one of these blocks, so while you can use normal applique methods with this block, I would still love to see anyone make a block.

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It’s So Great To See You Again!!

DSCN1451I am so happy to see you all again. Today is my day for the Cya In September Blog Hop organized by Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt and cheerleader Shari, both of whom have done a wonderful job getting everything setup and ready for all of us to show our projects from over the summer.

A huge thank you to you both, I love participating in these hops, they keep me motivated and active and I love being able to share with everyone what I’ve been up to.

Note: I’ve been informed by my webhost today Monday the 15th of September, that they are migrating (transferring) the server I am on to a newer server which will mean I will need to change my DNS/IP number at my domain registrar. If you should experience not being able to access this site, it will be because the domain is switching ips to the new server. I will get those numbers updated the moment I notice the migration has taken place. Please come back in a few hours should you experience a problem.

I didn’t start on any summer projects until late in the summer, about mid August to early September actually. My main machine was out of commission and off to the shop for just over six weeks this summer, so the only way I could sew was via my embroidery machine, which is always setup to do embroidery even tho it will also do normal sewing.

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Little Treasures July 2014

Little Treasures July 2014After much wait, and what probably seems like forever, the July block is now online. I know that I said I’d have this done last month, and I really thought it would take me only a day or two to have them online, but alas, I had cut the fabric shapes at the wrong size and needed to redo all of my blocks. So unfortunately, real life, and time took their toll and I’m only just getting them caught up now. August’s block is done, however I need to write the documentation for it still. Because I have a Blog Hop obligation on monday the 15th, I will shoot for getting the August block online tuesday.

Little Treasures is the artwork of Gabry from Graphics and Graphics.

This design was created in Electric Quilt v7, and Bernina Designer Plus Software.

At this time, I have decided not to include the cutting files, opting instead to give you tutorials on how to create your own. I really would love to share the svg files with you and have permission to do so, but it is not possible to import the svg file in with the software such as Silhouette Studio without having to resize the svg. Because it’s to difficult to note the sizings that each svg would need to be, I’ve opted to show you how to make your cutting files from the pdf file provided for your patterns instead.

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Little Treasures July and August — Coming

2014-LT07I know you’ve been waiting sew sew patiently for me to post July’s block. I just realized this evening that my post from last month didn’t post, so now I’m just going to apprise you of why you have no blocks. Their is no really great excuse, ever since I started this BOM, I’ve just had no success in getting them added on time each month. Last month was no exception. I had to send my Viking machine away to Rome to be fixed. It’s taken until this past Friday to return home. I could not sew whatsoever during the month. Yes, I have my Brother, but I absolutely do not like doing normal sewing on that machine of any kind and plus I don’t know the sewing side of the machine to stitch out properly on. If you know anything about sewing machines, you know you can’t just start sewing without some knowledge on getting the settings properly on these machines today. I also do not have the necessary foot to do the blind stitch.

I am hoping to have the blocks up tomorrow (Tuesday August 5, 2014) but I really expect it’s going to be Wednesday or Thursday before I get them done. Now that my Viking is home, I need to reset it up. It came home Friday night, but I haven’t been able to touch it all weekend due to obligations we had over the weekend. The blocks are cut out, ready to sew, and if all goes well, I can finish the documentation and post on time, but if I have an fixes that need to be done, their will be a delay.

The following is a preview of the August block…

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