August 14th, tech problems and a relaxing summer eve

Why is it that a computer or printer decides to go on the blink when you are in need of  them right at that moment?!

I have been working on the log cabin block with the pile adding up,when the printer decided that it no longer wanted to print newspaper foundation paper that I use. πŸ˜– now what.. I didn’t want to wait until it was fixed or have to buy a new printer.. So how could I work with what I had? πŸ€” then I had a light bulb moment when I remember reading long time ago how a quilter used her sewing machine to mark lines. If I copied off on regular printer paper which it would still print ,I could use that as a pattern guide! 

So I took and unthreaded the machine,removed the bobbin,added a size 14 needle. I added ten newspaper foundation paper to one regular printed paper.


Sewed the lines as you can see. This is how it looked when finished.


Now all I needed to do was letter or number the steps in order of which lines were to be sewn first ,also which were to be of a darker fabric or lighter fabric. Worked great!



I now have 100 blocks done.πŸ˜€

This evening was warm with a soft wind, flowers ,wonderful clouds,and a moon. Oh yes,also a traveling locust.. (Sorry folks it’s a Cicada)







Can you see the little spider hiding?

And one needs to add a sunset.. Right?! This was taken several days before though.


Wishing all a lovely week, Deb

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12 thoughts on “August 14th, tech problems and a relaxing summer eve

  1. KerryCan

    That’s a great technique for marking lines! I’ve been aware of it but not done it yet myself. It certainly saved you! Your photos are beautiful–I really like the horses.

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    1. Deb Post author

      Thank you! I sure was happy to keep sewing! The printer is still isn’t working right,but there’s no hurry. Lighter horse is my favorite, he’s a real sweetie,and loves snacks. πŸ™‚

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  2. blosslyn

    Flower boarder is looking great, mine are full of weeds at the moment, have been working in the garden tonight, but I think I would have ran indoors screeching if I had seen a locust, are they very big. Another saying of my Mum, where theres a will theres a way and you have proved that, amazing what we can do when technology lets us down πŸ™‚

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    1. Deb Post author

      Isn’t amazing how weeds grow so fast!! That bug is a cicada.. Not sure why I wrote locust.. Senior moment maybe? πŸ˜€ they are a good inch in length,very harmless and very noisy! Maybe it is good that one needs to be creative once in a while.

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      1. blosslyn

        Oh we heard them in Ohio, when we stayed with my brother, the noise is just relentless, mind you, an inch long bug is still a lot longer than any of our bugs πŸ™‚

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  3. Sheryl

    It’s so frustrating when technology doesn’t work right, but selfishly I’m almost glad that you had problems because it resulted in you sharing this wonderful technique with us. You are so resourceful.
    Somehow this post reminds me of how I used to trace craft patterns out of books when my children were small. Today people would just copy them.

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    1. Deb Post author

      We do get to dependent on technology don’t we! Oh, I remember tracing things off a coloring book,so the coloring book would go farther. Glad you enjoyed the make do tip. πŸ™‚

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