Sunday, 26 July 2009

I've been hacked

First of all apologies for any of you who have received emails supposed to be from me directing you to a Chinese website. My email has been hacked and my contacts list stolen. I have sent them a very strongly worded email and have removed all my contacts - possibly shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted but at least it will stop it from happening again.

I have been quiet of late as I have been trying to finish my entry for the Festival of Quilts which I am happy to say has now gone off and will hopefully have reached its destination by now. I am not entirely happy with the finished result, mainly because the size constraint meant that I had to add a border that I had not really wanted. Still at least it is finished. I am showing it here with a couple of close ups so that you can see the stitching a little more clearly. The worst part was trying to get it to lie flat as it is so heavily machine quilted but I did get there in the end.

I was not so lucky with my Spring Blooms swap as the quilt I sent to France was, I believe , stolen. All that my partner received was this ...

I have blanked out my partner's address but the torn bit of the envelope, top left is where my sender details were. She just got the empty envelope and a letter of apology from the Royal mail. This is what she should have received.

What is really annoying is that I sent a birthday present to a friend who also lives in France at the same time and that has gone missing as well. If you see the above quilt or this bag on your travels please send it home. What I have just realised is that Ros also has a bag like this but with a different button so please don't jump on her if you see her with hers!

I am busy trying to make another quilt for my swap partner. I did warn her that it would not be started until the end of July. I have actually got the top done so it shouldn't take me too long to finish. Hopefully I should be able to show it in my next post. I have learned that from now on anything I post will be via a service that allows me to track it even if it costs a little more.

I did spend an enjoyable day yesterday at a workshop with Susan Sheldon who is a member of the Living Threads group. They do a regular programme of workshops and so I decided to do something a little different for me and try some goldwork. I doubt that I will ever do it again in such a traditional way but it was really useful for learning about the properties of the various gold threads and I did come away with some ideas on how I might be able to use them in a more contemporary way. In case you can't work it out they are meant to be cherries.

My birds have returned and brought others with them to use both the birdbath and the new feeder that I decided to buy. In fact the feeder had only been in place for twenty minutes before a family of six goldfinch came along. The only problem that I now have is trying to keep pace with how quickly the feeders empty. It is lovely being able to watch them whilst I am having breakfast though. So those of you who told me to be patient were right, thank you.

And finally I could not resist including these two photos that I took just before the hot weather broke, one from my front door and one from the back. They sky was so dramatic and just kept changing by the minute.

Until next time, happy stitching



  1. I'm now keeping my fimgers crossed that the quiltie I have just sent to the states gets there. So sad to think that someone may be helping themselves to the post.

  2. o my, poor you, email hacked and quilt and bag stolen - I hope all gets better for you from now on.

  3. Sorry for all your hacking and mailing woes. That's just awful.
    It is, however, good to see your post after so long!

  4. How disappointing after all that hard work. Your quilt looks amazing

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your internet and posting problems, but the quilt looks great and I will look forward to seeing it at the FoQ

  6. I love the new header photo. So sorry about the hacking and those two parcels being stolen - horrid for you. Love the quilt entry and think it should be well received - it is beautifully stitched and so unusual. I can remember struggling with gold work - you need good eyesight and a steady hand! Love the cherries. The skies you photoed are so dramatic.

  7. So sorry about your run of bad luck.
    I haven't received my Spring Mini yet, maybe it was stolen too.
    Next time I post a quilt I will label it "used underwear".

  8. Oops!! I forgot to say how lovely your quilt is. It's glorious.

  9. Your quilt is wonderful. I hope I get to see it in person someday! Hope you never have post or hacker problems frustrating.

  10. Hi Maggie,

    First of all youre Quilt for the FOQ is stunning. Looking forward to see it there. It be my first time there and Im all exited.
    Then Im so sorry that youre Quilt and bag got lost and youre problems with the hacking. I hope everything will go alright from now on.
    Thank you too for the nice comment you left at my blog

  11. Maggi, how terrible to have lost those wonderful things. Your quilt looks beautiful. Hope better things happen soon.

  12. It is terrible about being hacked. Sorry about that! Your quilt is lovely!

  13. What a horrible thing to happen. Being hacked and also your quilt being stolen. There are some really unpleasant people out there. Looking forward to seeing your quilt in person at the FOQ. I'm going on the Friday.

  14. Maggi,
    what a long post............
    I'm sorry for the hacker and for the packaging, but I'm happy for your quilt.
    I hope to see you in Birmingham.
    ciao ciao

  15. I love those quilt photos - hope you have luck with the quilt you have sent off. You seem to have had a run of bad luck otherwise - sorry about that. I shall send details of your site to my quilting friend - I am trying to persuade her to have a blog on quilting. Have a good weekend.

  16. Poor Maggi, someone really has got it in for you. I should think you have had your lot of problems now and can enjoy life again. I love the FoQ quilt and shall be on the look out for it when I go on the Thursday (hopefully)

  17. Sorry to hear about your troubles with the mail...almost seems like someone has sticky fingers in your post office....for both of them to go missing together.

    I love your contest entry. You and Angela will have to take many pictures of all you see there, just seeing your entry and hers makes me know that it will be a stupendous show!


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