On Friday we went to Staples, one of our favourite stores it seems, and then to the pet store. While Mr. Q.O. drove, I was taking pictures. The above one is of the streets we travel along to get to Staples, just after we turned on to it. It’s pretty even in the dead of winter because of the tree limbs.
A little further along the street. This is one of my favourite streets in the downtown area. The houses are all rather fascinatingly quirky. It must be rather wonderful to live there with nothing but trees to see out one’s front windows.
We’re almost there now.
Even the parking lot at Staples is surrounded by trees.
Then we were off to the pet store. On the way, we went along the street on which the emergency vet clinic is found. More trees and planters out in front of buildings.
And for those buildings where there’s no room to put out a planter? They find room somewhere on the building.
On Sunday we had thunderstorms and rain. This was taken from our living room window as the rain was absolutely pelting down.
My plans for the weekend as far as quilt-related things went pretty well. I didn’t quite finish piecing the blocks for the baby quilt, but only have 9 or 10 left to go. If there’s a good baseball or soccer game on tonight, I’ll likely be able to finish those up then. But the big accomplishment for me was that I did manage to sit down and start learning EQ. I m so impressed with the capabilities — and that’s after barely scratching the surface. Once I started working my way through the lessons in the manual, I was pleasantly surprised to realize it is much more intuitive than I initially thought.
I have a Mac and really dislike having to put PC-related software on it. However, at Christmas, Mr. Q.O. found a great used PC laptop so on Saturday morning I loaded EQ on it and started. About four hours later and I was already feeling like I could manage to design a quilt. I’m not finished working my way through the lessons but will spend a little time each day this week on it so that I don’t lose what I’ve learned so far.
I have EQ6 and, as I hadn’t used it, I didn’t take advantage of the pre-release upgrade price for EQ7. So for those of you out there who do have EQ7, I’d be very interested in hearing what you think are the benefits of EQ7 over EQ6. Are there more blocks in the block library, more capabilities? What struck you first when you started using it as being a great-to-have feature?
Smudge was quite alert on Saturday evening as he lounged about on the couch.
While Lester was catching up on some sleep.