Friday, October 19, 2007

A version of "Star Struck", and Virus Protection

Once again, I've returned to Bonnie Hunter's blog and started one of her inspirational projects - this time it's "Star Struck." I had a special purchase of all light shirtings, and my pile/stash of blues was threatening to break the drawer, so here goes another project.

I cringe when I hear bloggers apologize for their less-than-perfect photo quality of their photos, but I am going to apologize for MY photo quality. The colors are much prettier (getting dark, wintry-looking here). And I'm not sure if I will stay with this layout - it's just a beginning. At first, all the blues were mixed up, but it was too chaotic, so used the same blue in each star to calm it somewhat.

And YES, I saved all the trimmings from my Quick Corners - they will finish at 1 inch after neatly trimming them up. There will be more.

This is a very forgiving pattern. I am not a fussy sewist, so I was worried those points and matching seams would be tedious, but they are turning out quite precise and the busy fabrics (ah hem) help to hide my faults.

Now, next subject. Just a teensy bit unhappy, agitated, aggravated, etc. I had to purchase a new Anti-Virus Program - no problem, the year had elapsed, it was time. I liked the old version and tried to download the newest version at a $10 savings over the computer store. NO WAY JOSE! No cooperation, no help, nada, nyet. (Self doubts of "I am probably not smart enough to figure it out!"). It was Saturday night - can't go out shopping tonight, nor tomorrow. I did NOT use the computer all Sunday! My word -- such withdrawal pains!

Monday AM, bright and early, purchased the newer version from my local computer shop. Loaded just fine - shut down to reboot and turned this baby back on. Sitting, waiting, wondering, (on DSL) watching the clock - is it working? what's wrong? I've ruined it - 10-12 minutes later it actually was loaded up and ready to USE. I was convinced it was me, my mistake, I messed up, etc. - you know how women blame themselves first! Tried one thing after another, shut down again, (I KNOW I followed instructions!) removed extra programs, ran a scan, defrag, etc. No improvement. Wasted at least 4-6 hours in the process! Still, 10-12 MINUTES TO GET THIS COMPUTER GOING!!!

Checked the internet for "Slow loading XXXXXXXXXX Virus Protection" and apparently everyone in the whole world has the same complaint! Hooray, it's not just me! That's just the way it is.

I will alter my morning activity, trudge downstairs to the cold computer area to turn this baby on 10-12 minutes before I want to actually USE it. Next year I will NOT purchase that program again.

Quilt Guild tomorrow, and retreat NEXT weekend! Happy Day!

15 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

My IT (information technology) guy has installed a freebie on my computer that is absolutely wonderful. Go to www.grisoft.com and download the AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security 7.5 for free. Did I mention it's free? I have it scheduled to download new virus definitions every day in the wee hours of the morning. It works great. And did I mention it's free? A very satisfied customer here.

sMC said...

ditto to paula, the quilter. Very satisfied. But you mean you actually READ the instructions :)
Love the quilt, naughty girl giving me more inspirations.

joyce said...

Don't you just love computers! My modem is not working, something about the firewall, I don't know really, but I can only use DH's computer on the internet. No bookmarks, horrible keyboard etc etc. Hoping for my computer gurus to make it over here some time this weekend.
The free virus protection sounds good. My sons never use any. They say the protection is always behind the new viruses anyway. They think viruses are made by virus protection companies. Hmm...

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

In Canada my phone company offers a free anti-virus program in conjunction with the high-speed internet package - so far so good.

And, love your new pattern!!! I like how you used the same fabrics for each star, but it is still totally scrappy!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Su Bee said...

That program is going to make your start-up that slow every time??? Yikes - you might be doing a public service to tell the name?
I love that star pattern - it's on my list........wherever that is, lol!

Marcie said...

I use that same free program that Paula uses. Mine did what yours is doing. But I was able to go to the program file and re-set the schedule so it scans at a more convenient time. I really hated waiting so long after turning on the computer. Come on, we want instant gratification, right?

Annie said...

Love your new pattern....I don't remember seeing it on Bonnie's site - I'll have to check on that one!! I too get free virus from my internet provider - all the paid programs crashed my computer.......good luck........!!

Joanne said...

I love this pattern -- it's been on my list to do for ages. I like the RWB you're using.
Virus Protection: two words: AVG FREE!

meggie said...

I have AVG, free. Have no trouble- touching wood quickly, just in case. haha.
I like you new quilt, love the blocks.

Mama Koch said...

I need to get a newer version of mine--just haven't done it.
Love the star pattern of Bonnie's--it's on my to-do list too.

julieQ said...

I have one of these cut out...but not put together!! Your looks so fun. I like Bonnie's site!

JulieQ

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hmmm, I like the idea of the freebies, but like you I just paid to update mine...and I have been wondering why I need to start the computer when i start my shower as well, email me the company and we will compare notes. Love this pattern, I have made similar in brights, it is great, Tracey

Jeanne said...

We have used the AVG for some time now and are very satisfied. No problems. Your quilt is looking very nice. Lots of tiny triangles!

Shelina said...

I've been happy with AVG as well. I also use Zone Alarm for firewall protection, and use AdAware to scan for spamware. Spamware tends to slow the system way down, so it is nice to get them out. All three programs are free.

Kathie said...

Very snappy looking star quilt. I'm so glad to have found Bonnie Hunter's site too--endless inspiration for all aspects of quilting.