Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to add a pin to Pinterest from a Samsung Galaxy S3

I have looked all over the Internet to figure out how to pin from my phone.  I took information from 3 different websites to figure it out.  Here are the step by step directions.  My phone is an Android-based (Ice Cream Sandwich) Samsung Galaxy S3 but I think it would work the same way with all Android phones.

The first thing to do is download the Pinterest app from the Google Play store.

Install Pinterest to your phone. 

After it is installed, using the web browser go to the website that you want to pin. 

You now want to go to "Share Page" on the Android. The way to do it on the Galaxy S3 is to touch the icon in the lower left bottom corner.  There should be a selection to "Share Page."   (Sorry about the glare.)   

Touch "Share Page" and another window will pop up with the pinnable images on the website.  

Touch the image that you want to pin and another window will open. Touch "Create Pin."  

Your Pinterest account should open.  If not, you will have to login to your account.  Select the proper board and touch "Pin It."

On the Galaxy S3, watch at the top of the screen.  It will say "Pinning" and then "Pinning Successful." Here it is pinned on my board.  See the far upper left corner.  

I am an AVID Pinterest pinner so I had to have access to pinning on my phone.  Now when I am waiting in line somewhere or riding in the car ( NOT driving, of course), I can spend my time PINNING!  

There is a link on my blog to follow me on Pinterest.  Happy Kwilting and Pinning!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jodi Barrows - Square in a Square Technique

I got to see Jodi Barrows when she came to the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild of Kernersville, NC in October. 

Here is the quilt guild website. 

Jodi was a very interesting speaker and had many beautiful quilts to show.  She has written several books and is in the process of working on a series of fictional novels based on her family's history.  If you would like to find out more about Jodi, check out her website.     She has lots of good information and several videos.  Her square in a square technique is fast and simple and allows you to make blocks for many of the traditional quilts.

I bought several quilt kits and have started working on the primitive stars mini-quilt.  Using Jodi's  technique, it will make the mini-blocks easier to work with.  I'll try to make some pictures and post them.       

Friday, October 19, 2012

Where our quilt cotton starts - in the cotton field

This past weekend, I got to ride on a cotton picker.  We have a  vacation home in Hyde County, NC and one of my husband's friends works for a cotton farmer.  They are picking cotton now and I got to ride in the picker. It was fascinating seeing where our quilt cotton comes from.  This cotton may show up in a quilt shop near you!

The picker uses a GPS system and is auto-driven down the rows.  The driver has to turn the picker around and get it lined up.  After that, it goes down the row using the GPS.  The computer system keeps track of how much cotton is picked in the rows.  The farmer can analyse the yield and then fertilize the next year based on the yield.  It is all very tech-savvy!

Here are the bales that are made in the machine.  They are 90 inches and when it gets to the proper size, the machine will wrap the bale in plastic and drop it in a holding area in the back of the picker. The next bale is started.  The bale in the holding area can then be dropped at the end of the row.  A guy with a tractor will pick it up and move it to an area where it will be taken to the cotton gin. 

Here are some pictures of the cotton fields and what the cotton looks like.  This is before the cotton boll breaks out of its shell.

 This is a picture of how the shell breaks open.  The fluffy cotton is in the middle.  The shells have to be taken out of the cotton as well as the seeds.  The next picture shows how some of the cotton explodes out of the shell. 

 Hope you enjoyed your tour of the cotton fields and the cotton picking process.   Eastern North Carolina is full of cotton now.  They will be picking for the next 4 - 5 weeks.  Think of those farmers when you are sewing on those 100% cotton quilts! 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bernina Quilt Frame

Here are pictures of my 1st quilt on my Bernina Quilting Frame. 
I put the top and the backing on the wrong rollers the first time and had to redo it.  There is an excellent You Tube video Part 1 here:   Bernina Quilt Frame Video   
and Part 2 is here:Bernina Quilt Frame #2
I watched these videos about 10 times and STILL loaded the top on the wrong bar. My Bernina 830 was having problems stitching so the quilt did not quilt well.  The 830 is in the shop now for adjustments. When I get it back, I plan to put another quilt on the frame and try again. 
There is not a lot of other information about the quilt frame.  Here are some of my suggestions and thoughts. 
1. I would suggest setting it up for the largest size.  Switching back and forth between the sizes would not be an option. 

2. It does take up a lot of room and has taken over my daughter's room.  She lives in Ohio and comes home rarely.  I have to clean and straighten up when she comes home so she can get to her bed.   (you can see her very cluttered bed in the second picture.)
3.  It is very sturdy and heavy so it won't be taken down and put back up easily.  Plan on leaving it in the room that you set it up in. 
4.  You could use other sewing machines with it.  It has a flat tray that most machines would sit on. 
When I get my Bernina back, I will try it again.  I have 2 quilts waiting on it.  Hope I get it back soon. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My First Embroidery on Bernina 830 - Veternarian Symbol

I am going through my pictures and trying to get a Flickr account started so I can pin the pictures to Pinterest.  I am uploading pictures and ran across this one.  It was my very first embroidery on my Bernina 830.  I thought I did a pretty good job with it. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hyde County, NC Sewing

Last week we sold our camper that is in a campground in Hyde County, NC. Here is a picture of my sewing area in my camper.

 A few weeks back, we bought a mobile home right across the road.  I still have the same view but I have my OWN room and my OWN TV!  It is wonderful and I have enough room to leave my sewing machine up and have a full size ironing board.  I have worked on lots of quilts while enjoying my river view from my window. 

I have moved everything around three more times since this picture.  I'll try to get some updated pictures up soon.  I like my final arrangement the best. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bernina 340 Embroidery Machine

Here’s a picture of my latest machine.  It is a Bernina 340. I wanted something that would embroider while I did other things.



 It is not as wonderful as the embroidery side of my 830 but it does an excellent job with ornaments and smaller items.  I have tried not to get a machine with embroidery for years.  I knew that I would go crazy over it if I did.  I was right.  I LOVE it!  I really like the fact that I can embroider quilt designs on my 830.  I have the jumbo hoop and it makes fast work of each square.