Little Treasures November 2014

LT11-2014wbWell she’s finally online and ready for you to download…

Little Treasures November 2014 was created by Marian Pena and the artwork was purchased at Graphics and Graphics.

She was drawn in Electric Quilt and the embroidery created in Bernina Designer Edition.

This is like all the others a 15-Inch block.

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Apologies to all…

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to take a moment and apologize. It’s been two months since I last posted. I realize you were waiting for Little Treasures to finish up and for that I am sorry it hasn’t been posted.

The day after my last post on Dec 8th, I found out that my credit card info had been stolen. It took just over a week to get that all straightened out, but my bank was a godsend getting the money back into the account as soon as it could. It’s not easy because we can’t just walk into the bank to fix the problems, everything had to be faxed and mailed to us for the signatures and such. Just as I got that all fixed I had two reports of malware on this site in my email. It’s a very scary thing to realize that people can just send a file into your host and have it send you somewhere else, or take your information. I didn’t want anyone visiting my site until I knew the problem was fixed, so that went on for several weeks. I now have placed scanning plugins into the site itself to scan for malware. For those of you just checking your websites out on virus scanners like I did before, don’t trust it, add your site on google’s web developer service and have it run a scan if you don’t want to use plugins. It will tell you what files need to be fixed on your site. I still run google, because they ultimately will shut me off like they did before if malware is found.

So, I was writing the post for Little Treasures (it’s half way done) and I went to take a final picture for the site of the dolls. I needed to give them a little iron, so I was ironing and somehow when I lifted the iron it fell out of my hand, and I grabbed it with my other hand not even thinking in the process. Suffice it to say, the hand was burned badly and I couldn’t do a thing with it for the last month. The doctor has cleared me now to sit in front of a pc for hours at a time and sew again, so all is good on that front.

I have a blog hop obligation on Monday, tuesday Little Treasures October and November will be online.  With December to follow within the week. I still need to do some writing on the documentation for December, but it won’t take so long.

I wish to thank you all for concerns, the time you took to write me and I do again humbly apologize, I didn’t post because at the time I didn’t want anyone visiting my site during the malware thing and I probably should have posted, but I wasn’t thinking about how to handle all that and when I hurt my hand I then just couldn’t post.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding,

Marian

Little Treasures September 2014 is Finally Here!!

LT09-1Heya Everyone, How are you doing this month. I had planned to get this up last week for you, but my plans were delayed when I just forgot.. literally, I changed my host, and went to work on the Twas The Night Blog Hop things I needed to finish up so I could ship them out. So with that done and on the way, I was putting everything away when I saw the September block and went.. oh shoot!!! So here it is, and I hope you will enjoy it.

This is a 15-Inch block, created in EQ, and Bernina Designer Plus software. The artwork is from Graphics and Graphics.

I’d also like to share with you Joyce’s finished block. She sent this to me in email a few weeks ago and it tickled me pink to see one of the Little Treasures blocks done by someone else. So please let Joyce know what you think to in the comments below.

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Change Has Occurred!!

Ok, so the nameservers have changed and my new host is seeing me now, I did my first restore on my site and I have to say I am really impressed. Even tho hosts have usually been able to restore my site when something has gone wrong, I still use a Backup plugin for WordPress called UpdraftPlus. It is free, and deserves a nod. While I will still check for the little things I may just be able to get September up later today or possibly tomorrow morning. I’m so excited.

The cool thing about UpdraftPlus is that it takes my backup, uploads it to my Dropbox folder for me, and allows me to keep a pretty current backup. I took a backup the night prior to my changing hosts so that my backup would be current, even tho it had done a backup only a few days prior. Once I changed hosts, I uploaded via ftp that backup to my new host, and did a restore, and my site came through it looks like with flying colors. I do feel it’s necessary still to do a few checks through the site, but I bet all is well and I couldn’t be more happy about that. Usually when you change hosts, it can be a nightmare. For something that is free, I’d be willing to give them some money just for not making it stressful. 🙂

Let me know what you think, I actually think the site loads alot faster now than it did before and if you have previously visited me, you might “feel” it. I know the word feel is odd, but literally, when your having problems on your pc, you just can “feel” the issue because it’s like having a fight with your mouse.. LOL

To Rachel, I’m sorry, your comment got lost with the host change, but I did receive it in my email, and yea, I just finally got fed up, and there are so many good hosting solutions out their and really nothing wrong with the old host, they offer 24/7 support, the prices are good, I never had issues with bandwidth or space, but it’s suppose to be a wordpress host, and they tout themselves as that, but they aren’t doing a good enough job for me anyway, so I decided it was time to just make the move. It’s not fun to have to visit tech support each time you go to work on your site and that’s literally what I was having to do and I’ve developed sites for years without having to visit tech support, so it is just not something I’m use to doing. The host I had prior to this last one I left because I had a site with Joomla on it, and Joomla had updated to version 3 at the time. However, that host was not ready to do the necessary changes (which was a php update) in order for there customers to update to version 3 of Joomla, so consequently after waiting just under a year for them to change, I left to upgrade my Joomla for that site, and consequently created my blog instead. LOL

Hugs,

Marian

Changing Hosts

It shouldn’t be long now. I’ve just changed the “nameservers” for anyone who knows what that means. 🙂

I had gone today to upload Little Treasures for September, and I kept getting errors. After going to the host and having them fix problems for the upteenth time this year, I finally decided I’d just had enough. This host was due for renewal come the end of November of this year and I already was thinking it’s just been so much trouble. For all the hosting changes I’ve ever made, it’s never been because of sheer frustration until now. I liked this host for the first year, but even the switch to this new server just isn’t making me happier, so I decided to put my money for hosting elsewhere. It should take me a day or two to get everything checked over after the change, but I will try to get September up by tuesday.

If you should visit, and not see things like they should be, that will be why.

Cya Soon,

Marian

From EQ To PDF To Cutting File

The video is 22 minutes long. Currently, this lesson is available via video only. If you’d like it in images also, please leave me a comment.

What I forgot to mention in the video is that if your pattern is an applique pattern, you will need to reverse the pattern in EQ first to do this.

To reverse a pattern in EQ, do the following:

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Reverse In EQ 1

Press CTRL+A on your keyboard (for mac users, do whatever you do to Select All), or choose your Pick icon in your left toolbar and drag the entire design so it is completely selected.

You can also go to the Edit Menu and choose Select All.

Reverse In EQ 2

Click where it says “Flip left and right”

Reverse In EQ 3

Once you click the “Flip” icon, you’ll immediately see it has reversed the pattern.

The images in this lesson are derived from the Little Treasures May BOM 2014 with the artwork from Graphics and Graphics

Enjoy,

Marian

Little Treasures July 2014

Little Treasures July 2014After much wait, and what probably seems like forever, the July block is now online. I know that I said I’d have this done last month, and I really thought it would take me only a day or two to have them online, but alas, I had cut the fabric shapes at the wrong size and needed to redo all of my blocks. So unfortunately, real life, and time took their toll and I’m only just getting them caught up now. August’s block is done, however I need to write the documentation for it still. Because I have a Blog Hop obligation on monday the 15th, I will shoot for getting the August block online tuesday.

Little Treasures is the artwork of Gabry from Graphics and Graphics.

This design was created in Electric Quilt v7, and Bernina Designer Plus Software.

At this time, I have decided not to include the cutting files, opting instead to give you tutorials on how to create your own. I really would love to share the svg files with you and have permission to do so, but it is not possible to import the svg file in with the software such as Silhouette Studio without having to resize the svg. Because it’s to difficult to note the sizings that each svg would need to be, I’ve opted to show you how to make your cutting files from the pdf file provided for your patterns instead.

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