Saturday, October 2, 2010

Back to the studio

Well the thread emergency was averted. My package arrived yesterday on schedule. Lesson learned, it's a lot cheaper to buy more thread than I think I need, rather than pay for two-day shipping to get it in an emergency!

I took a trek to town yesterday to meet members of our guild at the library to set up a display case with information on our show and on quilting. We're two weeks away from the show! Wow. I've been involved in planning events before, but I had no idea what was involved in putting on a quilt show. We've been  working on it for two years, but a lot of my work, as publicity and program chair, gets crammed into the last few weeks. Next time I'll remember to get my own quilts done earlier so I can concentrate on the show instead of trying to do everything at the last minute!

On a non-quilting note, while I was at the library I cruised through the Friends of the Library book sale. I picked up a few older quilting books, some hardback novels and some paperbacks. I was talking with another customer about how hard it is to remember whether you have a particular book and she showed me her list. Well, I used to keep a handwritten list but that was many books ago. So last night I checked around for book catalogue software and found one for Macs that I am impressed with.

It's called Bookpedia. You can download a demo for free, which I did, and buy the full software for $18, which I will do soon. I entered some of my new books and all I had to do was enter the ISBN to pull up all the information on the book. Once you save it you can sort by title, author or other criteria. You can also use a scanner to scan the barcode, rather than typing in the ISBN.

I don't know that I will ever enter all my books, but I think it would be worth the time to catalogue my quilt and fiber related books, and the ones by my favorite authors. Sounds like a good project for those cold winter evenings.

Looks like a busy weekend and I have a long list of things I want to get done.