Continued adventures in machine quilting....

Ok, so I admit the last few days I've been avoiding the quilting machine. I finished up two quilt tops that were half done and since the only ones remaining to work on I am more studiously ignoring than the quilt machine...off to the quilting room I went.

I stared at it for awhile, then I replaced the broken needle, double checked the bobbin, put a battery in the little laser dealie and started sewing...and immediately wound up a small truckload of thread. So I fixed that, re-threaded everything and started again.

You'd think that some things are just plain common sense..I generally am one complaining about the stupid people of the world.. but, we all have our moments. If whatshisname the comedian were here he'd have handed me a sign by now and someone would have come and taken this lovely machine away from me. I hate to admit this as I've been sewing for a couple of decades now, but here it is, the main reason for my failure at running this machine. Apparently, it is required before you start sewing, that you put the presser foot down.

I know, I know..whoda thunk it right?

I managed to sew til I ran out of bobbin thread without incident. So tomorrow I will continue practicing until I am comfortable with how to handle those handles smoothly and where I need to watch the needle and weird little round foot so that I also manage to sew fairly straight and then I will try another baby quilt..hopefully I won't be sacrificing it to the quilting gods, I pray they will be satisfied with just the one.

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Comment by viki hagan on September 26, 2012 at 12:02pm

lol, Riana.. just great, I haven't been anywhere near a sewing machine.

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 26, 2012 at 8:24am

So, Vickie, ....how's it going today?

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 23, 2012 at 11:39pm
understand completely, viki. my keisha girl was the first canine, wolfdog, that became such a close and trusted friend. she was more a people than most people i have ever known. to lose her before her time was a devestating blow. all the dogs and puppies that i have rescued since i have lived here...prob over 20 dogs/puppies in last 8 years. there were some who sherif had to destroy...pit fighters. some that i didn't find in time and froze to death. beaubi is the first one that i even. onsidered going back for. don't know why, hubby questioned if it was "rebound" from my deep felt grief at losing keisha. dunno, maybe. but there was just something about him that sruck a cord in my heart. i told a deputy this past spring that i was going to sit out on road near my place with a shotgun & watch for people dumping dogs & cats. he was quiet...finally i grinned and said...gonna shoot thier tires out. let them see what it is like to be out in triple digit heat w no water....minus temps w snow & ice and no shelter fr the cold and predaters. he smiled & said they would fix thier rig and do it again.
Comment by viki hagan on September 23, 2012 at 10:30pm

I am too Riana, I would have been so upset if I'd wasted the money, even though relatively it was inexpensive, it was still a huge investment for me.

Oh rogue, so many times I've seen the notices on craigslist to foster dogs here, almost always pits.. so many people get them who've never had a dog before, they just want a 'mean/tough/guard' dog and then they are faced with a rambunctious puppy and decide they are too much work.. but I'd never be able to let them go and soon I'd have 20 dogs running around here. This is the first time in my life I've been without one at all since I was 2 yrs old when I got my first one, a crazy little papillon that went everywhere with me until his time was up. My Echo was the super special one, seeing me through a lot of hard times. And since I've never once given up on an animal I brought home...I think fostering is not for me.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 23, 2012 at 9:01pm
oh yes riana, the fostering will get ya. i cried when they finally placed a beautiful pit i needed to foster for a month a few years ago. this time with beauregard i only fostered him for one week while kennel rescue found room for him. took him in. came home cried. just lost my best canine friend in april...called amd went back for the puppy a week later. they had expected it...had not posted him on thier site yet lol. they dump dogs and cats out here all the time. the dogs i get rescued..no rescue available for cats. so i have them euthanized, while i give them one final snuggle. breaks my heart! now i have anothernkitty dumped...and of course she is making it really difficult. such a love! even LOVES the rambunctious puppy! & he her. but i already have 4rescued kitties, two rescued dogs.
Comment by Riana Noyes on September 23, 2012 at 8:48pm

Our daughter fostered a litter of pups for Humane Soc. last winter. Of course she had to keep one. Now we have 3 granddogs. Tundra, the pup(7 mo.) is sweet, but not picking up on manners. The older 2 dogs 2 tollerate his antics, but I don't.

Viki,I'm glad you figured out the problem and that it was so simple. It would be a shame to suffer from "buyer's remorse". I guess I won't get so mad anymore at my Janome when the readout blinks "stop for safety reasons" when I'm in a hurry and do the same thing:)

 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 23, 2012 at 7:11pm
uhhh....hmmmm...well, viki...i really would not call this little guy "quiet". but then, like i said, i am not really a "puppy person". and he is the oldest puppy i have ever trained..usually get my little canine friends by 5 - 8 weeks old. he was dumped out here at 4 mo. by the time i missed him & brought him back home, he was. almost 5 mo. now he is 7 mo & seemingly not getting any more mature, and definitely not in the mood to "learn" my ways/rules/tolerances! lol but there is LOTS of love, & the first canine i have ever had as a companion that is a snuggler!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 23, 2012 at 6:35pm
.....the "duhh's" just keep comming

...that was supposed to read half 60 degree "diamonds" not "triangles". it is stil a whoohoo thing that the first try fit.... :))
Comment by viki hagan on September 23, 2012 at 6:32pm

GOOD, everyone should have a dog..then they would know what love and devotion mean. Even when you think no one else in the world loves you.. your dog will always be there excited to see you and so happy just to be in the same room with you being quiet together.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 23, 2012 at 6:07pm
you have a sign "somewhere" uh huh...let us know how that works when you are "reading" it! lol...got ya ethelda...i just was so proud....cut a half 60 degree triangle, stitched in...fit! whoohoo!

ooooops....

the long side is on the bias :((....it is staying, but subsequent patches were cut right. but...puppy is either laying across the top of my feet asleep or chewing on something. we just had a little issue w him pushing down really hard on his fav chewy, while ot was resting on top of my foot. the foot on the sewing machine foot pedal. while i was stiching a set in triangle seam. :(( so...i quit sewing for the day...have my pro bar snack & go start the bbq. it is a grill-between-the-raindrops day! lollol

viki...this little love wasn't planned. after all the dumped dogs i have taken to rescue over the last 8 yrs, this is the first one that i missed so much that i went and got him back!

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