We’re back in business. Before I tell you about the computer virus and what you can do to keep your computer safe, I want to share some photos with you. I went to Bee last Saturday and took many pictures. Above is a sample that Colleen made for the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Wouldn’t you love to have that table runner in your home? The pattern (it’s in a book) and the lovely woolens may be found at the shop. Stop by and take a look.

Jennifer Lewis (left) and Jeanne Bird (right), mother and daughter, took last year’s sampler BOM classes. Note how different their quilts turned out. I love the creativity involved in making each quilt uniquely her own.
Now for my experience. I want to tell you in detail what happened to me in the hopes that it will not happen to you. I was on Google Search looking for a tree skirt pattern. I want to say up front that in no way do I think Google was responsible for what happened to me. I clicked on a site (wish I could remember what it was) and once in, I got a pop up. A little square box appeared in the middle of the screen. I think it even had “Explorer” at the top, which made me think it was legitimate. A message said that my antivirus program had detected three Trojans that could ruin my computer. It asked did I want to get rid of them. Well, yeah! Therefore, I clicked “yes.” Then it started downloading “My Personal Antivirus.” My brain finally kicked into gear and I thought, I don’t have that, I have McAfee and it just ran a scan on my computer four hours ago. I tried to get out of the program but I could not so I shut the computer off and called my IT guy. He told me that when that pop up first came up I should have just gotten out of the program by hitting control, alt, delete, or just Xed out of the internet browser. So be sure and do that if that ever happens to you. Do not do what I did and say “yes.” After you X out of the internet, you can always rerun your virus scan to see how legitimate the message was. You probably will not find a virus. Eddie, my IT guy, says they are fishing (I think that’s spelled phishing) and trying to get you to buy something or trying to get your personal information. I was fortunate that Eddie was able to remove everything harmful with no problem. I understand Nanette over at Freda’s Hive had a bigger problem and had to reinstall everything. Keep checking her blog (see sidebar) to see what she has to tell us about her problem and how to avoid it.
Primrose Design has a groovy 1960s kitty pattern. Her Stitch School also shows you how to make the various stitches. Check it out.
I hope everyone is having a great week! Until next time, happy quilting,
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