Monday, January 12, 2015

It's All About Flexibility

    I know everything doesn't always go smoothly in my crafting world, but I had two major fails in two days and I had to go back to the drawing board on a project and a purchase.

    The first fail was my bathmat project.  I was going to make a bathmat like a mini quilt with a towel as my backing fabric but it was not to be.  The towel stretched when I was sewing my fabric on it and I got really frustrated with it.  I had to re-think my options for making my bathmat and I've decided to crochet one with fabric strips.  Crochet is really fast and when you use a big hook with big fabric strips, it goes really quickly and I really like to crochet.  The tutorial I will use to figure out how wide to cut my fabric strips, how to join them, and what size crochet hook to use is here at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I'll be pulling my fabrics out tonight and I'll start cutting them up.  I wonder how a dishmat for the kitchen counter would work made with crochet.  I have some curtain fabric leftover with some other blue and yellow fabric that would be fun to crochet.
     The second fail happened this morning when I finally opened the package that contained the Brother Software I bought to integrate purchased embroidery designs onto my Brother PE 770 embroidery machine.  I looked at the package and the Windows operating systems listed on it were all the old systems and my computer is running Windows 8.1.  I had no idea that they would be selling something that ran on these old systems.  I've emailed the company to see if I can return it for a refund.  In the meantime I had to do some additional research to find a reasonably priced replacement.  After checking the threads on Quilting Board again, I found Sew What-Pro software.  I did check some reviews on this software and it seems to be just what I need and it's even a little cheaper than the old software I purchased.  Here is a link to purchase the software.

    I never know when I'm going to have to change gears to get something done, so I try to be flexible with my ideas.  I hate to totally give up on an idea until I've tried it a different way at least once.  Dear daughter would say I'm stubborn (like my Dad), but I prefer to say I'm persistent.