Hello and welcome to Squash House Quilts! This is my first attempt at a blog - I’ve been inspired by so many of you ever since I read my first blog - PamKittyMorning - this past winter. I’ve sewn all my life and began quilting in the mid 90’s. I’m primarily self-taught through PBS sewing shows, magazines and books and since I found quilt bloggers, I can’t believe the wealth of information and talent out there that have increased my skills and knowledge! I’m still working full-time, but my husband and I plan to retire this coming spring to a house we purchased in Eastern Washington two years ago. With this blog I hope to chronicle the adventures of our move, my quilting and other aspects of my life with my wonderful husband.
Which brings me to the title of my blog - Squash Houses Quilts. We call our newly purchased home The Squash House from the book Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. In this incredibly good fantasy, he describes a wonderful place in upstate New York and a house aptly named. Since Fall is my husband and my favorite time of year, and I love “anything pumpkin”, we thought it a fitting name for our first house purchased together as husband and wife. We didn’t search very hard for this house – I like to think it found us! We knew we wanted it the minute we stepped in the front door.
The quilt shown at the top of my page is one of my first and probably most favorite quilts. It's a combination of machine and hand applique and has a tiny bit of beading. I can't tell you how many more pumpkin quilt projects I have lined up!
To start off, I thought it would be fun to have a contest to name my latest purchase - an Electra 7 cruiser bike. Isn’t she cute? Reminds me of the bike I had as a child, only this one has seven gears and a much softer seat! Don’t you think she deserves a retro name for her retro look? So please leave me a comment with a name you think might suit her. The winning name will receive this Swatches “Texas Truffle pattern which includes a sample of every print from Moda’s 3 Sisters Chocolat line in 2 1/2 “ squares. In order to give you plenty of time to leave comments, I’ll announce the winner on Friday, Sept. 26th.
So - a little but more about me….I love gadgets! I’ll buy any quilting/sewing tool that has a terrific purpose. Since we’ve known approximately when we planned to retire for several years now, I’ve been making a point to buy all the tools/machines I think I will need prior to then so I won’t have to spend so much when our income “reduces”. Of course I don’t expect that to last too long and will most likely find myself working part-time in a quilt store to support my fabric and gadget habit at some point. In future posts I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite tools.
Don't forget to suggest a name for my bike in the comments section!