Monday, January 16, 2012

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

I got a iphone a month or so ago. I love it. I made it a soft iphone case, just in case,  (it gets cold here, where I live).

It does things I never knew I wanted "done".  I have lunch with friends and get all kinds of hints on how to "use" my phone and we share App's, (especially the free ones). We do this quietly so as not to scare away nearby diners. There are a few that have added to my "cyber" sewing experience. Allowing me to keep in touch with some of the wonderful new friends I have met this past year.
So, here are the ones I find useful in the sewing/quilting/swapping realm- I would love to know, if you have these, or if you get them, what you think…….. OR better yet, if you have ones I NEED to have too. Share!!!!
(These are all available for FREE via the App Store)
Flickr for the iphone:
Take a picture and post it to your Flickr page complete with comments, tags and other fun info. The one thing it doesn't do is let you post your photo to a group. Perhaps if enough of us complain they might add that in an update.
QuiltCalc by Robert Kaufmann:
You are just going to have to play around with this to see all the fun things it can do. Make sure you have enough time to check it out.
Jo-anns app:
Despite my love for my LQS, I do need to go here for buttons, notions, rotary blades etc, etc. Their app has mobile coupons- directly to your phone, within the app. You just show it to the check-out cashier and voila! No more forgotten coupons….. there are other features with this app but I primarily use it for the coupons.
USPS Mobile for the iphone:
I just discovered USPS Click-n-ship on my computer (right before Christmas) and couldn't believe that I could skip waiting endlessly in line at my post office and order the boxes, print the labels (with free delivery confirmation) and even have my mail man come get my packages right from my porch. And this handy iphone app lets you do the same right from your phone, including scanning bar codes and QR codes on packages. This last feature is beyond cool. First you print your labels from your computer/printer. They will have a bar code on them. The you open the USPS mobile app on your phone and scan the bar code. Then you can track your package right from your phone without having to type in all those numbers. ;-) to see if your package got to its intended destination.  You can order free boxes and schedule a pick up from your phone as well as look up zip codes, calculate shipping costs and find a post office near you (if you still want the whole "in-person" experience).

As you can see, I am easily impressed and eager to find more fun helpful things to do with my phone. I am certain there are more wonderful apps out there and as I get ones that have some connection to sewing/quilting/life I'll pass them along. Please do the same.


  1. Slowly, but surely I'm edging towards upgrading my phone sometime this year, and I think it may have to be an iPhone. I'm finding apps I would love to use that are only available on portable devices, so I may have to step up a decade with my technology ;o)

  2. I got an i-phone for christmas too and am still trying to work out how to use it:) The flickr app sounds good - will have to check it out!

  3. Oh I didn't know about any of those, I have a iPhone, but feel like I am so out of loop with everything, thanks Stephanie! I will check them all out!


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