A turtle and an owl can be best friends too!

Quilting requires a lot of work! I tend to take break from heavy projects by working on smaller ones.

Mr turtle or Andy as we lovingly call him was born one day because my husband (Mr A) complained that he didn’t have anyone to listen to his computer-science/programming problems! (I do listen, but…..he needed a better audience 🙂  )

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When Mr A is at work, Andy roams around the house, at his own pace.

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Since Andy started getting lonely at home, I made him something from scrap fabric to keep him company. Andy loves hanging out with Mr owl when he is not busy listening  to Mr A!

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Mr A hates Mr Owl, he says his eyes are scary!!!

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The Human Turk Strikes Back

After finding no single whiteboard with all the features I wanted, I decided to write one of my own. It uses enyojs, tornado, and redis and has lots of nice features. It is released under GPLv2

This is the GitHub page: http://anandtrex.github.com/collabdraw

The demo resides here: http://collab.cloudapp.net

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In short the features are:

  • Works on most tablets out of the box, interface designed for touch interfaces
  • Multiple rooms, pages for collaboration
  • Take quick snapshots of the board
  • Upload pdf and annotate on whiteboard
  • Support for SSL, and authentication
  • Fast, handles lots of users simultaneously

One of the goals of this project was to serve as an educational aid for online courses — similar to what is used on sites like coursera.org or udacity.com, except instead of specialized and expensive hardware and software, all one would need is a cheap tablet and a server running this.

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A book on quilting

Since I have been bitten by the quilting bug, I’ll be posting only about quilting for a while as I won’t be working on anything 🙂

I found this awesome book on quilting in the library. Its perfect for people like me, who find it almost impossible to cut fabrics to the exact measurements. This book talks about free-form quilting, which I think is what I am going to do in my next quilting project.

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And when I’m not working on my quilting, I’m savoring these yummy chocolates my husband got for me 🙂

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WIP – Blue quilt

Things you learn when u quilt for the first time:

1. Cutting a perfect square out of fabric requires a lot of math, talent and patience.

2. Pins hurt a lot!

3. Arranging blocks is not simple as it seems, especially if the fabric has a pattern which looks upside down from another angle!

4.Rotary cutters are SHARP and keeping them at a safe distance after cutting does not come naturally to everyone! (slight cuts on my fingers prove that!)

5.If you are new to sewing, then keeping a 1/4 inch seam is an almost impossible task.

But, you also learn that quilting is fun! As the blocks keep building, the excitement level increases.. I can’t wait to finish mine!

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The Days are just packed!

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Since yesterday turned out to be bright and sunny, I decided to pay a visit to the Joann store in Ballard. I received the fabrics that I ordered online few days back, but it turns out, I need more fabric. I didn’t want to invest in some fancy expensive fabric as this is my first quilt and I’m bound to screw things up 🙂 For instance, I found it so hard to cut the fabric even though I have a mat, ruler and a rotary cutter. Its so hard to align it and is way difficult than cutting paper. Also, I ended up wasting quite a bit of fabric while trying to cut with the rotary cutter. Now, after cutting around 30- 9 1/2″ squares, I have got the hang of it.

My first quilt is gonna be very simple and BLUE!!

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I also couldn’t stop myself from buying these shades of pink 🙂

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