Whew, What a Weekend!

Honestly, I'm pooped!
Daughter had lower back surgery the first of this month; so I've been trying to help out as much as possible....while living more than an hour from her. I've made two trips this month to pick up the grand-daughter (giving Mom a break) and have carried frozen meals each time.
So, this is a "weekend of cooking" as my grand-daughter was picked up Friday afternoon. So far, in the freezer are large containers stacked...and labeled. The weather is going to be bad this afternoon and early evening...high winds, rain, tornado warning. So, Aidan will be "staying" one more day...and missing a school day tomorrow...because Nana is not driving in this mess. She has 13 days of school left this year...so, I'm not overly worried about missing one day (and it is a no-test day). Yeah...all you teachers go ahead and write me...but, I won't be changing my mind. I'm not driving in this stuff!
Anyway, I've been busy cooking Stuffed Pasta Shells with Sauce (3 lg); Cheesy Ranch Noodle Casserole (2 lg); Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole (3 med); Chili (2 lg); Spaghetti Noodle Bake Casserole (2 lg); Beef Stew (1 lg); Broccoli Potato Bacon Cheddar Casserole (2 lg); and Potato Salad. 

I'm considering pumpkin pies and carrot cake...but am too tired to stir anything else. So, they will wait until tomorrow morning...and may magically turn into cupcakes instead. :)

Also, keeping up with registrations for the latest BCQC-1...which has over 80 ladies signed up! I love large groups...they are so much more fun! (and work). But, who is afraid of a little extra work when it comes to crazy quilting! NOT ME! Hugs to all...I'm going to take a nap!



Open Registration - BCQC-1 (Basic Crazy Quilt Course)

NOTE: Registration for this course is now CLOSED. The next open registration for the same course will be 22-24 June.
REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, 29 April (Central Standard Time)
NOTE: I do not accept late registrations for classes...you need to register within the dates of the open registration period. I'm sorry, but I just have too much going on to keep up with early or deal with late registrations.
The FREE class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.

These 12-Tasks include:
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions. You will need to obtain your own supplies as I do not sale kits.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block that measures about the size of a sheet of print paper.
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class. This is an ON-LINE course, so basic computer skills are needed (printing documents, uploading photos, etc.).

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email AND Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Sunday morning, 30 April...then please email me to let me know. I don't want you go get "behind" in class right at the start. :)
Because this is an ON-LINE internet class:
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant.
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files. IF you use an IPad to take photos...you will need to email them to yourself, download them to your computer, and then upload to the class blog. If you use a phone or camera...follow the instructions for that specific camera to upload photos to your computer.
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the Adobe.com site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of information...so paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class! 
This Basic CQ Class (BCQC) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the other crazy quilt courses offered throughout the year. You begin with this course.

One of THOSE days...

Have spent 3+ hours looking for a file on this computer. Not in any of the "places" it should be...but I know I would not have deleted it...so, that means that I was not paying attention...and it SAVED into a folder that I had been in immediately before. Now...which folder? There are only about 400 on this computer (and over 56,000 photo files...so I'm serious!).
Then, took a break...went to Pinterest to relax. Got "pulled in" by the idea of changing over to a business account...then changed my mind half way so deleted the "request"...and found that it actually deleted my entire Pinterest account. Now, have to hope they can help and get me back...or I have lost years of photos/albums.
Think I'll just go back to bed.

Challenge - 2018 Calendar Contest

Are you working on a block for the 2018 Calendar Contest? If you have forgotten, it's all about musicals! You have the opporunity to get really creative!
Photos are due May 31st so you still have time.

Here are the guidelines again

I'm looking forward to seeing some very fun blocks!


Celebrate the little things...

Some of you know that I've been really "cranky" about the new Blogger platform...as it makes my life much harder. Well, I've found a simple way to "overcome" the limitations. It won't mean much to you perhaps...but, if you have a lot of blogs yourself...you might need this tip.

First, the problem:
Prior to the new blogger platform...all of the blogs were listed on the left by order of last read...so, this made it easy to "check" everyones progress in the courses. I didn't have to be concerned about "missing a post" as the blog name would be at the top. 
AFTER the platform changed, only the "3 newly posted" blogs were at the top. Every other blog is listed alphabetically. So, if there were four blogs with new posts...I never knew about that 4th one automatically. Instead, I had to go down the alphabetic listing and open every blog to see if there were any comments. And there are 40-50 blogs...so that takes some time. Just scrolling up/down to find the 2017 Class blogs takes a little time.

But, I have found a way to help a little. While I can't change the platform... I have gone in and added a little " ` " symbol to the name of the newer class blogs (2017 classes). So, instead of having to scroll down through all 40-50 of my blogs...I can see these at the top of the list and more quickly "click and check" for new comments. It's a way to "get around" the Alpha listing ranking system...by putting all of the 2017 courses "first".
A simple thing...but it makes my life easier. And, that surely makes me smile. So, for today...I'm celebrating the "small things". :)