Thursday, 27 June 2013

ggrrr

I did something bad. Not illegal bad but quilty bad. I had some fabric I didn't love, I made a very quick quilt top thinking of adding another baby quilt to sell at the PTA fair and then got to quilting it. REALLY badly, puckers and all. It was shocking. Worse than my first quilt ;)
I tried to think of ways to make it look better but everything I could think of would have made it worse and wasted more of my time!
I cut off pieces of wadding I could keep and some of the backing fabric and then threw the lot away. A total waste. Of my time. Of fabric too, yes. A big lesson learnt. I will sew what I love, experiment away and try new things but I will not hurry, I will not make something for the sake of it. I may make things I don't love in the end but if I'm honest I hated it from the start and I won't ever be starting something I don't even like. Confession over.


There was something bugging me about that missing 'g' on Bloglovin'(g) and after Helen and a few people mentioned Feedly I decided just to see if I could get it to work - I'd tried previously but it didn't like my operating system but give them time... the Feedly team have obviously been working hard and it now works awesomely on my very old (it's about 85 in computer years) macbook. So yeah!!
It had all the features I missed from Google Reader that I couldn't get on Bloglovin'. I may switch between the two until I am totally convinced but honestly from just a day of using it I think I'm a Feedly convert!!

I've added a Feedly button too for those of you using that to make it easier to follow me (although 70 something people already do - thanks!).


Oh and Lois likes spinach with cheese, yeah!


Fred is off school today (teacher's strike) and tomorrow (teacher training) so he's hanging out with me and Lois. This morning we did some gardening and repotted his tomato plant then we made chocolate banana muffins. They turned out pretty good! Not sure what adventures we will get up to this afternoon :)




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30 comments:

  1. i read in feedly too and kept with it then went back to blogger dashboard and don't like THAT anymore, I still did bloglovin and had it link to my FB page, but that's it.. so just reading in feedly and I have added a FRIENDS category

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  2. i'm doing the feedly/bloglovin twostep too. I have had a number of sewing disasters recently so I feel your pain. lois continues to be totes adorbs!

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  3. I like Feedly more than Reader so I guess it's good to have to look at alternatives! I think many of have learned your lesson... Sometimes more than once in my case!

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  4. I like the feel of Feedly - but I could not comment, and that annoyed me.. Will have to review..

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  5. Your local charity shop will probably take fabric as 'rags'. I give my bags of tiny weeny scraps and any projects like your quilt top to the local children's hospice shop and they are able to get a small amount of cash from them as rags.

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  6. I hate that missing "g", and I have been using feedly. I am also on bloglovin just for variety and such too. I learned your lesson a long while back. In the end I sew for fun and even when making a thing for someone else I need to be mostly enjoying all the parts or it is not worth it.

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  7. Everyone seemed to jump on the bloglovin band wagon now there seems a move to feedly as people realise they don't like bloglovin or it has limitations beyond their control.

    You're right make what you love. The stuff I'm never happy with is always stuff that is not 'me'. I hate it in a swap when I get a partner that needs me to make stuff I just don't LOVE. It always looks wrong and ends up a hassle!

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  8. I had the chance to make and sell quilts, but I ended up making simple things, quickly just to get a good choice. Not what I wanted to do, so I stopped after 3! Sold one, gave two away!

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  9. Sorry about the quilt. RIP.

    There's something that bugs me about Bloglovin too, and for me it's the frame at the top of the posts that you get to by clicking a link in bloglovin. They have an option of "I don't want the frame" but I can't get it to go away and so far customer suport has been no support to me. May have to give Feedly a look.

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  10. I have a Feedly button on my blog for those that wish to follow that way, but I wonder- how do you see who is following you on Feedly. I've tried to find that, but so far I haven't been able to figure it out. Thanks!

    and I hate that for your quilt. It's so hard to make yourself sew something you don't like, and it's hard sometimes to ignore the feeling of obligation and just choose to say no.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. oh bless her, look at her cute face!

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  12. I totally agree on the not feeling the love, whenever i do stuff like that it totally takes the fun out of it for me. Cheer yourself up with a project just for you! :o)

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  13. I haven't tried bloglovin-went straight to freely and it works great.
    Isn't it frustrating when quilts go so wrong!

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  14. I really identified with you about the quilt. I love to make quilts, but if there is something about the fabric that I'm not so keen on, or how it works with the rest of the quilt it can make alot of difference as to how the rest of the quilt goes.
    I just joined bloglovin, but will also be trying out feedly.
    The cakes look yummy!
    Wendy x

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  15. I am not getting on with Bloglovin and have been running Feedly alongside it. I definitely prefer Feedly. Di x

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  16. I am still following blogs on my dashboard. I have added bloglovin, ( I agree, hate the missing G) but never have used a reader to do this. seems a waste of time to me. But then I am a dinosaur..

    Lois is gorgeous! spinach and cheese? brilliant!

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  17. i learned on my very first quilt not to include a fabric i didn't like. it bugs me every time i see it. i think i'm going to applique something over the bits where it's used. but i've never made a whole project and had to chuck it! ugh!

    thought of lois last night when we went to see "man of steel". =) may she grow up to find such a nice guy, too.

    i'll trade you some choc banana muffins for our straight up chocolate ones! yummy!

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  18. I'm so sorry you had such a horrid experience but thank you for sharing. It was a good reminder to see what you love.

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  19. Any reminder to sew what we love instead of sewing for sewing's sake is worth its weight in fabric. :-)

    I've been using Reeder for almost a year and it does the trick for me but I'll have to look into Feedly. I've
    "claimed" my blog via bloglovin but I haven't tried to use it.

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  20. The missing "g" totally bugs me too. I'll check out Feedly. And Lois is just super cute!

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  21. I had a quick look at Feedly once but couldn't figure it out, maybe I was just having a dumb day, I'll check it out again... Time is too precious to sew things that you don;'t love. I'm proud of you letting it go though, I just squish things like that into the back of my cupboard and leave it to deal with another time.

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  22. All these changes are making my non techy head spin ... Know how you feel sometimes if you start something without the love it will always go wrong it's best just to call it quits until inspiration strikes again ... Have a lovely weekend ~ Sarah x

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  23. I'll have to check out Feedly as the missing 'g' pisses me off and I hate that if I use Bloglovin' app on my iPad I can't comment, and have to open the blog post in its original form (or some such thing). Just another thing to piss me off and make me not comment.

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  24. So glad I have just stuck with the Dashboard!

    As for the binned quilt, good on you!!

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  25. I keep jumping back and forth between bloglovin and feedly. I'm so torn. Sorry about your wasted quilt. I've had some real "puckers" before too...haha!

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  26. I'm so glad you tried Feedly and liked it - I wouldn't swap back to GR if it decided not to 'go away', Feedly is so much better! Nothing wrong with throwing out a project you hate, better that than wasting even more of your precious time finishing it x

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  27. Thanks for this post. It resonated with me so much that I've kept thinking about it since you posted it! So, say you can manage 10-12 quilts a year. (Even that is an awful lot of quilts.) And we have, what, 50? 60? years to quilt? I can think up 600 quilts that I want to make like, right now, and that's not even counting the new stuff that's coming out all the time. There's just not the time to waste doing a quilt you don't love. Using fabric that you don't love.

    I don't love feedly and I don't love (the dumbly-named) Bloglovin. I'm still sort of waiting on some nerd to come up with an option that's just like Google Reader? It was so bare-bones and utilitarian and I miss it so much...

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  28. Us busy mums have no time to make what we don't love, so make only what you "feel". I've tried stuff I haven't really felt like, and they are UFOs that always will stay in the state. I should donate them to an op shop or something. I tried feedly some months ago, but didn't like something about it, have been using Bloglovin since which is okay. But I hate that I can't order the posts oldest unread first. I like to read them chronologically coz sometimes I don't get to read for a few days, and some swots post about 5 times in that space of time! Lois reminds me of my niece Matilda at the same age. She had a round face and huge round eyes, but no hair! She's now a beautiful four year old with a round face, huge round eyes and lovely golden wavy tresses.

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  29. Bugger on the time wasting, but at least you learned *something* I just used my blogger dashboard to read my posts, I'm soooo behind the times/lazy ;o)

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  30. Hehe I thought only teachers in South Africa went on strike. Are you in USA? What is the past tense of strike?

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