Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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New Yarn!

It's afternoon coffee time and a good time to post.  This morning one of my friends picked me up and we plus another friend made a yarn shop visit.  I have a store credit there and used some of it to get this beautiful red yarn.
It's going to be a scarf and I will begin the knitting very soon.  The yarn is slightly two-toned but I'm not seeing the variation of color in the photo.  I think it will be beautiful with both my black and my camel wool winter coats.  I haven't chosen a pattern yet as I want to browse through my books and patterns.

After the yarn shop we paid a visit to Hobby Lobby (one of my favorite places to shop) and I used my 40% coupon on a light with attached magnifier.  I also got a few sewing needles, both for machine and hand sewing.  I've been doing hand-piecing at night and it's nearly impossible to see the needle eye to thread it so I got some I hope will work better.  We three were in agreement that cheeseburgers would be a good lunch choice so we went to Steak and Shake.  Our choice did not disappoint.

Now I'm back home, feet up on the ottoman, coffee in hand, and just about ready to do some machine quilting on my siggie blocks.  I've pondered on what to use for backing and what color of threads to use, and I've decided that since the blocks are of a variety of colors, I'm going to use a variety of fabrics on the backs of the blocks and use threads that match up well with the fabrics.  The back will be scrappy and that's just fine!

While I was out having fun with my friends, John stayed home and did some yard maintenance.  He's working very hard around here to keep the leaves under control and doing a great job of it.

Thanks for your visit.  See you next time right here at Happiness Is.  xo xo xo

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Finished A Little Quilt

I managed to machine quilt this small quilt today on my home machine.
The quilt is square but the pic distorts it a bit into looking like it's not quite square.

I should have found a better place to put it to snap the pics front & back.  I hurried and put it on my sewing task chair.  I used the new walking foot on the Viking machine.  I am really liking this machine and I prefer its walking foot to the Bernina one that I also have.  NOT that I'm not still loving my Bernina.  I do.  And my older mechanical Pfaff that I bought in the early nineties.  I don't want to part with any of them.

Now that I've practiced on this little project, I'm ready to try some QAYG quilt blocks.  I can't wait to see how I do.  I still need more practice on the free-motion quilting but the straight stitching with the walking foot seems like it's going ok.  I'm going to do some quilting on the siggie blocks shown in a previous post as well as begin some larger blocks of homespun for the king size bed quilt that I want to make.  If these go ok, I'll post some pics. 

Thanks for your visit.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reader's Wrap Completed ~ Now For The Next Project

Good morning, Peeps.  Did you survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday?  I'm not a shopper on Black Friday anymore, although many year ago I did participate.  When it became the zoo that it currently is I stopped going out on BF.  I saw a couple of news reports of violence over parking spaces and a TV.  It's crazy out there and I prefer to remain at home and do my shopping at other times or online.  I have very little shopping to get done so I'm thinking it will be fine.
Last month a friend and I went to the yarn shop and I bought enough for about four projects.  The first one was this blue Reader's Wrap.  I knitted one several years ago just like it in an orange tweed to wear during autumn.  I like wearing wraps and shawls for layering so I made another one.  I finished the knitting last night but I have a few yarn tales to hide and then it needs blocked.
The chair in this pic ^^^ is a new find.  A friend listed it on the local online yard sale site and I snagged it.  Later I'll add a better photo.

The measurements in the pattern are 24" x 60".
My wrap is approximately that.
This is from Pinterest.
Love it.
Yesterday I wrangled the new walking foot I ordered for the Viking machine for QAYG.  Because I put it on the machine incorrectly, I kept getting a message on the screen that there was a problem.  After I watched a YouTube video the problem was solved and now it is just fine.  It works great.  I'm wanting to hurry up and get started.  Patience is NOT my best virtue, not by any stretch.  Honestly.
Christmas decorations are going up all over town.  I haven't even gone to the attic to retrieve mine.  I'm not a Debbie Downer but I just don't do much holiday decorating anymore.  I even dread putting up the tree.  I enjoy it once it's decorated, but it's no longer a fun thing to do like it was when I was young.  I probably will get around to doing it this week or next weekend.  Don't misunderstand, I love and enjoy Christmas and all the decorations and stuff, it's just that it's not as easy as it once was.  You know, with all the bending over, reaching, etc.  I'm getting old, Folks!  Ha Ha  :)
Wishing you a safe and happy weekend.  'Till next time, TTFN.
xo xo xo

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pinterest Shares

This has been such a good Thanksgiving Day.  I hope yours has been also.  Now I'm back home and have my feet up and enjoying the comfort of my big easy chair.  One of my sons and his wife invited us to have dinner with them.  Later in the day I visited my sister's family at her house.  I saw some tired faces there on the mommies and their young kiddos.  They all were gathering their belongings and heading to their homes.  I stayed only a short time to have a glass of iced tea with my sister and her hubby.
I'm a Pinterest junkie and I wanted to share a few things I've seen on there that I think are so cute and neat.  Whether or not I get any of my own made remains to be seen.  Perhaps you will want to also.
Knitting stitch markers
Wouldn't these be a great gift for a knitter?

Isn't this snowman ornament just cute as can be!

I just love this cute little chenille snowman too.
I get in the mood to craft when I see pics like these.  Pinterest has so many terrific ideas.  My problem is that I have too many interests and likes that I want to do way more than I will ever have time for.
I now am going to do some blog visiting & reading and then see what comes after that.  Have a good
night.  xo xo xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Stuff I Needed For Machine Quilting

Happy Wednesday.  We are having some rain this morning.  Our little recently transplanted pine tree will benefit from the rain.  Last minute shoppers will find it a bit of an inconvenience, however.
I've been checking into lots of sources in my quest to learn how to quilt on my sewing machine.  Just about all, perhaps even all, of the videos I have watched have these things in common:
use machine quilting gloves, use a walking foot for non-free motion stitching, and use a Supreme Slider pad on the machine.  All three products were available from Amazon.com.  I really am pleased with these gloves.  They fit either hand and are thin and lightweight.  The fingertip grips are great.  The small size fits me nicely and I can truly can an improvement in moving the fabric under the needle when I wear them.

This is the Supreme Slider and the small hole is to be positioned beneath the needle where it can go up and down through it.  The pad is to aid the fabric to move more easily during the stitching.  Before seeing the videos, I had no idea such a product existed.  The Supreme Slider arrived yesterday afternoon and I was busy so I haven't tried it out yet.


All the siggie blocks are picked free of loose seam threads now.  I was spending time with my grandchildren yesterday and they were curious when they saw me picking threads.  We were watching Finding Dory so most of the time they were focused on the screen.
When I make the cranberry salad later I may post the recipe and a few photos in case anyone would like to see it.  Of all the cranberry salad I've had over the years, this is my favorite recipe.  My mother obtained it years ago from a lady in her home economics club.  I was just a girl then and I wouldn't try it.  Silly me.  The same with the dressing.  I refused to try it because it had celery and onions in it.  I'm still a picky eater but, thank goodness, I've grown up a little bit since then.  Nowadays the dressing at Thanksgiving is one of my favorite parts.  And pumpkin pie.  And egg noodles.  And so on and so on.  Yum Yum.   I'm looking forward to tomorrow's dinner, can you tell?
Well, Friends, I hope you have a safe Thanksgiving holiday, including today and the weekend, especially if you're traveling.  Be careful, be safe, and keep a watchful eye out.  Just in case.

I appreciate your visits.  'Till next time,
xo xo xo

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The First Quilting Class I Took

Good Tuesday morning to you from Indiana.
This morning during my coffee time I've been tweaking my blog, so you probably note the changes and additions.  Get used to it:  I am a blog tweaker.  For now, I have it to my liking, but surely changes will happen again in the future.  I know me.
So, here we are a few days away from Thanksgiving.  Food shopping and preparations, right?  I have everything I need except for fresh cranberries, so I'll pick some up when I go out later.  In my family, the tradition is that I am to supply cranberry salad at our holiday dinners.  No exception this year.  I'm not looking forward to visiting the grocery stores today, though.  Undoubtedly, it will be a busy place.
Last night I was able to finish ripping apart all the blocks from the quilt top (see previous post).  Then I began to pick out the loose threads on the sewing lines.  Arghh.  My fingertips were beginning to feel sore so I quit.  The short stack in the lower part of the pic still needs picked. 
Sorry for the low light in the photo.  I'm using my iPhone for photos because my laptop doesn't receive the card adapter that I have to use to upload photos from my regular camera SD card.  I can't figure that out either.  My old laptop would, but I no longer have it.  John's desktop will do it but I never use his computer.  Guess I may have to if I want to use my point & shoot again for blog pics.  Or, I might update my camera to a different model.  The one I have is fairly old.
In the photo below is the first quilt I pieced and quilted.
In either 1999 or 2000, I can't remember, I took a class for beginners at my local quilt shop.  My now dear friend Pam (I met her when I took the class) was the teacher.  She taught the class how to cut pieces with a rotary cutter, how to machine piece, how to assemble the quilt, and how to get started with the quilting.  I chose to hand quilt this one.  My quilting was so-so and it took me f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  But I got-er-dun.  I think the pattern name for this quilt is Birds and Blooms.  I re-made the quilt blocks because the first blocks were wonky.  I didn't like them and so I started over.  I added the other pieces with hand applique which I do enjoy even though that also goes slowly.  I hung this small quilt on the wall in the guest room recently.  It looks nice contrasted with the light paint color on the wall.
I didn't get any machine quilting practice in yesterday and not sure if I will have time today either  since I have other things that I need to do.  Maybe this evening I'll squeeze it in.  I needed a walking foot for the machine I'm going to be using, so I ordered one and it arrived yesterday.  I need to try it out and make sure it works properly.  It wasn't a cheap little item so I want to be satisfied with it.
John was excited to tell me this morning that he woke up during the night and got up to peek out the window at the corn feeder he recently made for the wildlife that visits us out here.  Standing there was a large buck.  John loves wildlife, and the outdoors, so he was very pleased.  Earlier though, before bedtime, he saw a raccoon inside the feeder happily bingeing away on the corn.  This venture might get expensive!
I'm so glad to be blogging again.  I started my very first blog in January 1997, and since then I've started over a few times.  One of my blogs got hacked and I had to abandon it.  More recently, I lost my muse, or whatever one says, and in frustration I chose to quit.  I truly did not plan to ever blog again.  Yet, here I am.  I'm a female.  I can change my mind, right?
Also, being almost seventy, ( G.A.S.P! ) it's been many, many years since my last English grammar class.  So, please be nice and overlook my little punctuation errors, etc.  I could look things up, I suppose, but, I don't want to.  Call me lazy.
Well, I need to be getting busy otherwise so I will close this post.  I'll be adding more links on my sidebar later when I have time.
So, 'till we meet here again, have a lovely day, or night, wherever you may be.
xo xo xo

Monday, November 21, 2016

Setting Up A Corner For Sewing

Me again.
Yep.  Already.
I have a headache and don't feel like working so I'm back
with another post.
On Saturday John helped me set up this table in the living room
as a temporary (or not) sewing corner.
I dislike sitting on this type of chair when I sew so may need to
bring my task chair in here.
The pics above and below give a better look at the portable table pushed up to the machine.
It actually is made to fit a Singer Featherweight but I'm making it work for my purposes.

I asked John to grind off the corner of the table (where it's diagonal in the pic)
so it would fit snugly with the machine.
I no longer sew with a Featherweight so might as well put it to use here.

When we moved here in February we knew there wasn't a room to dedicate as a sewing room so we share the 3rd bedroom for my sewing & crafting and for his office space.  It has worked well but for a while I want to have this additional space.  We don't need a formal living room so it's no problem.

Besides learning to QAYG (see previous post) I want to make a quilt for our king size bed.  I'll need this larger space for sure.  The light is better in the living room which is a definite plus.

It's time to run down to check the mailbox so
I'll say TTFN.
xo xo xo

Learning How To Machine Quilt

Well, just when you thought I'd given up entirely with blogging, I'm back. 
I know.  I know.
You're probably doing an eye roll or shaking your head.
Or both.
If you've been a reader of my previous blog(s), you know that I had another one recently but it didn't last long.  For the past few years I had pretty much lost interest in my various crafts and blogging.  For no known reason, my interest in both has sparked and I'm back and ready to get busy.
Last night I was watching a YouTube quilting video and a thought hit me out of the blue.  Immediately, I went to the closet to get this quilt top and began ripping out the seams that join the blocks together.

This is a quilt top that I made from the blocks of my
International Siggie Block Swap
that I hosted on a blog back in 2009.
I ripped these blocks apart last night.

This one is an oops.
I accidentally ripped part of the block's seams.
Never mind, I'll fix it.

For a few days I've been trying to learn how to quilt on my domestic sewing machine.  Oh my goodness, do I have the utmost respect for quilters who use a domestic machine.  Compared to quilting on a longarm, I think it is more difficult.  The first day I thought I would never be able to learn how but every day I get a bit more comfortable with it.  I have a long way to go but I am not giving up.  Determination!  Yes, ma'am!  Since I no longer have a longarm, and I can't hand quilt anymore due to arthritis, this is my plan for completing my quilts.
Once I feel ready, I'm going to finish each block with the Quilt As You Go (or QAYG) method.  I'll machine quilt each block separately, joining the top, batting, and backing with my quilting stitches, then when all blocks are completed, I will join blocks into rows, and rows into a quilt top.  There are many videos that teach how this is done.  I can't hardly wait to begin!
Changing the subject, can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week?  It seems like this fall has slipped by in warp speed.  Mercy sakes!
I'll be back soon with more posts.  I have so much in my head to write and share here.  I hope you'll stick around!  'Till next time, have a great day!  xo xo xo