Saturday, April 25, 2009

Becoming a Computer Geek?

A few weeks ago many bloggers were posting old photos of themselves and their families dressed in their Easter best. I wanted to join in, but I couldn't get my old scanner to work. So I went out and bought a new scanner. The guy in the store told me that I would be able to hook it up myself. Well...... he obviously doesn't know me! I am totally computer challenged, but in order to save myself the installation fee, I decided to give it a try.

I read the instructions. They made no sense to me. I re-read and re-read and still nothing clicked. So I just turned on my computer, put the installation disk in the drive and followed the instructions. There were a few snags, but I seem to have done it! So just call me a Computer Geek. Okay? I am really proud of myself!

I wanted to scan something in order to try it out. So I chose this photo of a quilt I made about 8 or 9 years ago. The principal of my school at that time asked me to make something colourful for the long brick wall in her office. She wanted me to include some of the students' work. This is what I came up with. It is actually one of my favourite quilts, and I would have posted it on last week's Bloggers Quilt Festival, but I don't own the quilt anymore and I couldn't get a picture of it without my new scanner.

I had the kids in our ME (Multiple Exceptionalities) class draw the pictures. We had some really talented kids that year! I created applique pieces out of their pictures. Everything was hand sewn. I did the applique, but the sashing and borders were done by several students in my class. I taught them how to sew and once they got the hang of it, they were off and running! I wanted this quilt to have an African theme. Gosh there are a lot of memories in this thing!

14 comments:

Barb said...

That quilt is awesome!!! I can see why it would have alot of memeories in it for you...too bad it is not yours.

L. Jane E. said...

What a fabulous quilt! I have a soft spot for jungle themed quilts.

Quilt Pixie said...

what a great quilt! I love the animal shapes and the pyramids for a filler ove ron the right bring a smile to my face.

the dutch purple rabbit said...

the quilt is lovely
more inportant is the fact that you install you're scanner all alone. If you not scared from computers you can do more than you think. I remember some one telling me a computer is doing that wath you want. so if you computer is doing something strange. it is not the fold of the computer but you. I blame that person for a lot of ugly words that came out of my later but it is true.

nynke

nicolette said...

The quilt is absolutely fabulous. What a wonderful reminderd of those kids work and what a shame you don’t own it anymore.

Living on the Spit said...

What a wonderful piece of art and full of memories.

Congrats on mastering the scanner! You computer geek, you!

Reddirt Woman said...

I love that quilt! Your talent is boundless... beautiful quilts and scanner-hooker-upper-extraordinaire!

You Rock, my friend!

quiltmom said...

Hetty,
Stunning stunning children's quilt- I bet the kids in the class loved it too- They would love seeing their drawings in fabric.
Thanks for sharing your quilt.
Congratulations on getting the scanner set up.
Regards,
Anna

The Calico Cat said...

Those are great appliques & a nice bright quilt.

W. Latane Barton said...

It's amazing what we gals can do when we really set our mind to it.

Eileen said...

yay!! I knew you cold do it! And what a wonderful test picture.. love the quilt and the story behind it.

*karendianne. said...

Hetty,

Another treasure!

em's scrapbag said...

That is an awesome quilt. So cool how you envolved the children.

Vicki said...

What a beautiful quilt you made, I just love the animals, they are great.

Also congratulations on getting your scanner to work, way to go Hetty, you computer geek you!!!!