Saturday, January 26, 2013

The "app" made me do it!

    After the comments about apps for the iPhone.....I went looking at the suggested sites.  I wasn't too inspired by the fabric or project database ones I found.  I wanted organization and reminders, and not a design app.  I discovered that I could just add extra pages for what I wanted in the "Reminder" app on the phone.
   I began a project page to list the things I have going on.  By clicking the arrow next to each item, I can enter details and progress.  I can list what I need to purchase, due dates, and even set priorities.   All right this will work!
   I did decide to try the Quiltingcalc app from Kauffman fabrics suggested by Deb at Simple Life Quilts.   I know I can do math, but this little app has a lot going for it.   I went to Marietta's Quilt Shop to pick up some background fabric for my project for the Heart Blog Hop coming up in Feb.  Before I left, I took a quick photo with the phone of the design and double checked the pattern for what I needed.  Good thing I did, as I need 2 fabrics for the background.  I listed that on the project reminder.

iPhone Screenshot 2   At the shop, I found my fabric and was just browsing.  Oh, there were some really pretty red ones.  Out came the phone and I looked at the pattern, and decided I could use more than 3 reds in the center.  Matter of fact, I better think about binding  since I was making the pattern larger.  On Quiltingcalc app I enter the size I expected to end up with and  hit calculate.    Looks like I need an extra 3/8 yard of fabric for binding.  Guess what, I came home with...... an extra 1/2 yard of  a couple of red fabrics.  Remember to build that stash.    Oh boy, I now have an extra excuse when I come home with extra feel good fabrics!   Do you think I'm in trouble or just enabled?

 

  My day for the blog hop is the 15th......but believe me I need the time to finish what I have planned.  This one will be sweet and colorful, and the one in progress is hot!

Happy stitching.  

5 comments:

  1. All of this app talk goes right over my head. I have a dumb phone. : )

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  2. I'm glad you like the app Debbie! I use the camera on my iPhone to take quick pics of so many things like stitch settings on my machine display, the selvage if I need to remember the fabric line, the box of the light bulb that fits in a certain lamp... it's always next to me so it's handy (I still try to keep a small paper notebook there too as I'm terrible at jotting down important notes on the back of whatever is nearby!). Keep having fun!

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  3. Sounds like you found what you needed -- apps and fabrics! I use Errands to organise myself.

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  4. WOW you have really taken to the Iphone apps like a real pro already. I'm really interested in your travel duffle bag project as I've thougth of making one for the gals in the office for Christmas one of these years. I can't wait for you to get that one started. I see a project for your sweet husband in the future....an additional room to the house for those extra feel good fabrics! :)

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  5. Just looking at your list of projects made me feel a little frenzied, I'm glad the phone is keeping you organized. I use my phone like Deb does, if someone asks my what I use for something, I just snap a pic and text it to them. My daughter loves that since then she has her phone at the store and has a picture to find what she's looking for.

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