Delays and technology frustration

Oh the frustration of technology!  It’s so intangible.  And so mysterious.  Apparently my blog has been compromised and anything linking to my blog (even internal links) haven’t been working .  I also haven’t been receiving email notifications of any comments that have been left in the past week.  So, if you haven’t received a response from me, it’s because I didn’t know you left me a comment.

technology frustration

After several long phone calls to customer support, I think and hope everything is fixed now.  Whether the comment notification has been fixed is still unknown.

You may have noticed there was no Sew Thankful Sunday post for November.  It’s still coming, just a bit late.  I’ve been trying to get caught up on my blog, but this little cutie kept me busy this past weekend (along with my technical difficulties).  We were in Austin for a visit and everything else got set aside.  Who can blame me?

Amelia Marie Cutbirth at 15 months old

Julie & Amelia


Let’s take a look at a few WIP’s from last month that I completed (kind of).  I’ve been working on a Mini Hugs quilt that came with my Fig Tree subscription box.  I have a feeling this will become a UFO and that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

mini-hugs @ The Crafty Quilter

Fig Tree Subscription Box


I finished the first month of my Portage Lake BOM and I really enjoyed every step of it.  I love that it has a little bit of applique and a little bit of embroidery sprinkled in.  If you’re in the bay area, The Granary still has some spots left in this monthly program (which is a pick up or mail out kit – not a class).

Portage Lake BOM, month 1 @ The Crafty Quilter

Portage Lake BOM, month 1 @ The Crafty Quilter

Portage Lake BOM, month 1 @ The Crafty Quilter

Portage Lake BOM


This little block from the Splendid Sampler finally got finished.  This is “Sunday Best” designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.  I hand appliqued this using the new cotton 80 wt. Aurifil Thread which is absolutely a joy to work with.  The thread isn’t slippery like silk is and it melts into the fabric so it’s virtually invisible.  Put it on your Christmas list – you won’t be disappointed!

Sunday Best block, The Splendid Sampler


Last month’s block for the Sugar Block Club was fun to make and a nice, easy project to work on.  I have 6 blocks completed and I’ve been avoiding the ones that are paper pieced.  Yep, I’m still not a fan of that technique.

Sugar Block Club, Month 8 @ The Crafty Quilter




That’s all for now.  I’ll have some giveaway winners to announce soon as well as a Sew Thankful Sunday post.  I appreciate your patience as I update and correct my blog.  Hopefully, it will be smooth sailing soon!

Julie 176 x 116





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  1. Being tech challenged with the easier things, I feel your frustration! Don’t think I’d know how to clean up that mess! You’ve done well. As always, your projects are wonderful. I, too, am making the Sugar Blocks, and I’m on July’s block. Now, I like to paperpiece, but I’m not loving this block. I keep avoiding it (thus I’m only on July) and little by very little, I’ve managed to make 3/4 of it. Maybe today I can finish it, so I can clean up that little pile and move on! Never apologize for your blogging schedule. If it becomes stressful, then it isn’t fun. And if it isn’t fun, you won’t enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, you’ll stop. Can’t have that!!! XO

  2. Julie, please don’t apologize for not responding. When I see all you’re working on and spending quality time with your beautiful granddaughter, I’m surprised you have time for much else – especially when technology gets in the way! I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your projects – you have a good eye for color and detail. Thank you for taking the time to show us a little snippet of your work and family.

  3. such a cutie shame the little ones have to grow up! You have been busy with your stitching lots of lovely things. Hope the computer has sorted itself, I have a problem with the tv software which they cannot sort so having a new one coming tomorrow and they will take the other away, only had it a few weeks!

  4. yes technology is a pain in the ….. , I appreciate all that you do for us out here, and when I receive a response its a real pleasure and if it doesnt come well thats okay as well as Im sure that you have a lot to respond to and time would be at a premium.
    like you Im not of fan of paper piecing. I must say I like the result but not the application. the hugs blocks look really lovely as does your little grandaughter.
    take care and enjoy whatever it is that you do

  5. Gosh your granddaughter is precious! There is nothing better than that stage when you can hold them and squeeze them. My youngest grandchildren are 6 and those days are over! Love all your quilting ideas!

  6. Julie, Mini Hugs is lovely, all your WIP is beautiful, wish I could say the same about mine.
    Amelia is gorgeous. Shot of you and Amelia is a darling, what a great memory photo.

  7. Love all your photos, especially your little sweetheart. Also love Mini Hugs from Fig Tree. Would make a neat crib quilt.

  8. Hi, Julie. I always enjoy seeing your WIPs. Thank you for the photos–especially of your little Amelia. You get to see her pretty often considering how far away she is! I’m very happy for you about that. Technology can, indeed, be frustrating! I’m thankful you’re working through it! I’m also thankful for all the great tutorials you have posted. They’ve been a very helpful resource for me. I’m looking forward to your list of “thankfuls” for this month! 🙂
    P.S. I would never mind not receiving a personal response from you. I know you’re very busy 😉

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