“Fractured Landscape Quilts” book

An SBQG member, Eva, would like to briefly review a copy of “Fractured Landscape Quilts” by Katie Pasquini Masopust at tomorrow night’s SBQG general meeting. If you have a copy of this book and can bring it to the meeting for a quick look, please contact Eva, or reply to this post, or contact Sherilyn (SouthBayQuiltersGuild@gmail.com) and I will put you in touch with Eva. Also, if you have any thoughts to share on the book, we’re all ears, er, eyes!

Luella’s – Upcoming Events

“Don’t miss this!” from Luella’s Quilt Basket:

Please join us on Tuesday evening (August 17) at 6:30 for our 5D Embroidery Software Launch Party! This fabulous new software from Husqvarna Viking is so user friendly. There are so many new features that you will have to see it for yourself.

Then on Thursday, August 26, we invite you to join us for Designer Ruby’s Debut Party. Join us at 6:30 pm to experience this wonderful new sewing and embroidery machine from Husqvarna Viking. It will be love at first touch!

We have a new format for our Class Preview event. On Friday evening (August 20) at 7:00, come and “Meet the Teachers” and see the classes we have on tap this fall. Each teacher will give you a brief introduction to their classes and show their samples. The teachers will be available to answer your questions. You can sign up for your classes and receive a 10% discount off your class fees at this event. If you want a sneak peak at the classes, the new schedule is posted on our website.

Tuesday Tutorial – Machine and Hand Quilting Techniques

How to Tie a Quilt Using a Sewing Machine. Plain stitches, decorative stitches, or buttons.

Hawaiian quilting by machine. “Some ancient Hawaiian princess is likely rolling over in her grave.”

Quilt As You Go (video). Treat each block as a mini-quilt. Assemble the blocks with sashing, and then quilt the sashing. Very portable.

Tuesday Tutorial: What are blogs, RSS, and Google Reader?

Thanks to Dottie for this guest post to kick-off our Tuesday Tutorials!

“Blog” is short for “web log”. A web log is a kind of online diary, where someone posts little articles about whatever they’re interested in. Many blogs are updated daily or several times a week. They show you photos, post free patterns to download, make you laugh, let you learn about life in other countries . . .

There are some really good blogs about quilt making, knitting, crocheting and other crafts. How do you keep track of them? How do you know when they post something you haven’t seen yet?

“RSS” stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It’s an easy way to keep track of websites whose content changes frequently, without having to go visit each of those websites just to see if anything’s new.

“RSS in Plain English” is a quick explanation of how to get started:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

Google Reader is a popular way to read RSS feeds; it’s the one I use. You need to go to Google, click the Sign In button at the upper right, and create a new Google account by entering your email address, and creating a new password. Don’t use your regular email password – create one just for Google. (If you already have a Google Gmail account, you can use that.)

Once you have a Google account, at Google’s main page, click the “more” button at the top of the page, and choose “Reader” from the drop down menu.

Here’s Google’s Help page on getting started with Google Reader:
http://www.google.com/support/reader/bin/answer.py?answer=113517

Depending on the way the blog owner has set things up, you may be able to read the whole article directly from Google Reader. Or you may just see a page title, so you need to click to leave Google Reader and go to that blog to read the rest. If you set your browser to open a new page or a new tab when you leave Google Reader, it’s easier to go back and take up where you left off.

Some blogs you might like:

Material Obsession, a quilt shop in Australia:
http://materialobsession.typepad.com/

Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts does interesting things. In her right hand sidebar, she links to some good tutorials, and has a long “blogroll” – a list of other quilters’ blogs for you to try.
http://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com/

Moda Bake Shop, from Moda Fabrics, has free patterns for their jelly roll and layer cake bundles.
http://www.modabakeshop.com/

One Pretty Thing roams the Internet finding ideas from the craft blogs, and posts a daily selection for you.
http://www.oneprettything.com/

– Dottie

Note: If you have additional questions on blogs or RSS Readers, please ask. We’re here to help you understand, and enjoy the abundance of quilt and craft blogs available on the web!