Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tech Sunday - Another use for Docs

I was talking to another longarmer about using Google Docs spreadsheets and a new idea that I will playing with in the next couple weeks came to me.  Why am I filling out hand written take in sheets.  I can use Google Documents for that.   I can even email a copy to my customers so I don't have to print anything.  Just think of all the paper this will save.  I am so excited.   Google Docs even has a form that can insert things into a spreadsheet.  My inner geek is just screaming YES!   Look for a review after the first of the year.  :)

If I can think of a way for customer signature, I could put my marking tools form up there too and just email copies to my customers.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A maze ing

I have drawn this pattern a lot, but this is the first time I have ever quilted it. I love it. And it was the perfect choice on the T- shirt quilt for one of my very favorite boys.

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the frame today

I am a bad Aunt. My sister, Mom and I worked on a T-shirt quilt for my nephew last Christmas while we were at my parents house in Florida. The top was done before I came home. All I needed to do is actually quilt it. Life and business has gotten in the way. Today I decided it was THE DAY. And here is proof that not only is the quilt on my frame, but that I actually did start quilting it. Before you think the poor boy has been freezing waiting on his quilt, he has other quilts. After all he has 3 quilters in his family. But what is the benefit of having a longarmer as an Aunt if you can even get your quilt quilted. Of course my sister, Mom and I all have quilts sitting in my closet from before my sister started this project. I promise the quilt will be on it's way soon. I may even mail the thread I got for my sister at MQS.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tech Sunday - Scheduling Post

This is a post for new bloggers.  Did you know that you don't have to publish your blog post immediately.   Let's say you have a half an hour free and you can write two blog post.   You can get ahead for you next Tech Sunday post by writing next week's post now.    I tend to use this option sporadically.  When I do sit down to blog I normally have carved out time on my calendar.  It is dedicated to blogging.  So doing more then one post is the best use of that time.  If you haven't used this option, you need to.  Trust me!  It is life changing.  And it is how I am planning to keep up with Tech Sunday.   I have heard that you need to post constantly and preferable 3 times a week.  The only way this will happen for me is if at least some of the post are scheduled ahead.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tech Sunday - Mobile Documents

One of the great things about being a longarm quilter is that I get to work out of my home.  This is also one of the bad things about being being a longarm quilter.   I love not having a commute. I love that I can just walk up stairs for lunch.  I love that I don't have to dress to impress anyone.  I also love that I get to set my own schedule.  When I decided to go into business Matt and I had a discussion about customers and decided that I would meet my customers at a local quilt store.  Have I told you lately how much I love Wish Upon a Quilt?  They are absolutely wonderful and they let me do drop off and pick up at their store.  Love, love love them!

When I am meeting with my customer I do not have my computer or printer.  Yet I need to be able to tell them about when their quilt will be back.   I keep a spreadsheet in a Google Docs that has a list of my customer quilts, when I received them, when they are due, if they are custom or edge to edge so that I can look at it an estimate when I can get my customer's quilt back to them.   I can look at this spreadsheet on my smart phone, iPad, laptop, and desktop.  I can print it and put it on my wall in my studio.  I live and breathe by that spreadsheet and it goes EVERYWHERE with me.  I also put some of this information on a Google Calendar which I can access ANYWHERE.   Mileage tracking is easy because I have a spreadsheet for that as well.    I put my starting mileage in before I leave the garage and put the ending mileage in when I get home.  Then I can easily use the spreadsheet to calculate the mileage for my account at the end of the year.   I don't know how I would live without my smartphone and trust me none of you want to be around me if it goes away.   

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Longarm happiness

I have been having so much fun!  Got to love applique quilts and wool batting. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Time for a change

I decided that it was time for a change.  I have been wanting to change up the look of my blog.  I liked the dark brown background, but the white font made it hard to read on my smart phone.  I have been noticing that I am more attracted to blogs with white backgrounds so I decided that today was the day.  I have played with a couple different colors for the headings, and am not necessarily sold on the current one.  I also want to load a header picture.  But for now I am liking the cleaner look.

I also have been working on writing a program for the Carolina Longarm Association with my friend, and fellow blogger, Sheri of Maxine and Me Quilting. In doing so I am doing a lot of research into ways professional longarmers can use technology in their businesses.  My goal is to do   weekly posts on some of the information on my blog.  Since I know that blogging on a regular basis is important, and it something I really want to get myself to do, I am planning on do a post every Sunday on technology.

Since today is Sunday, I am going to kick of my push by saying that it is really easy to change the theme of your blog.  You should really look at your blog occasionally to see if it still has the look and feel that you want it to.  Personally, I loved the chocolate brown and lime green color combination that I was using, but I no longer think that it was a good choice for my blog.  The whole idea of a blog is to get your message out, if it is hard to read because of your color choice then your message is being diluted.  I know that I could go out and get a snazzier theme, but I have notice that I seem to like plain looking blogs, so the basic template for blogger works for me right now.