Being that you haven't heard much from me lately, I thought I would come up for air and tell you about what I've been doing. I have actually been sewing like I have a job! In my last post I showed you some of the cut pieces for Lil's Simpler Tymes Quilt. I began sewing it last week and just couldn't stop.
Here is the finished top - ready to feed to Vinnie Gammill! As much as I dislike making square in squares, I must admit I loved working on this quilt! It spoke to me the minute that I saw it. Mr. Squash loves it, too, and says it reminds him of hot chocolate. I'll most likely do an all over pantograph when quilting it as I'm not confident enough yet to do anything special. This is going to be my lap quilt for watching TV in the evenings.
Recently these gorgeous Jo Morton fat quarters arrived at the Squash House. This is her new line called "Toasty". Perfect colors for blending! I like them so much that I ordered a second set of fat quarters! I've found that her lines sell out quite fast and if you really like something, you best get as much as you want right after they release! One of my favorite places to shop these days is Sew Unique Creations. I'm sure many of you know of it - somehow I just stumbled onto their website recently and am glad I did! They have a fantastic selection of Civil War fabrics and great prices to boot! The owner, Tara Lynn Darr, also has a great blog here!
The other main thing that has kept me from posting are of course learning all there is to know about Vinnie Gammill! He is an interesting creature - very complex and we're glad he's come to stay! The other day I was attempting to set the tension with King Tut in both the top and bobbin. I learned that he just doesn't seem to like King Tut in the bobbin. After a lot of experimentation, I found that King Tut and So Fine in the bobbin are a good combination. So I ordered a nice color of So Fine for the bobbin and this week I should have my first real quilt to show! In the meantime I am still watching Pam Clarke's DVD's on longarm quilting and recently picked up this book called Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry. She has a really unique way of quilting feathers that I am eager to try on Vinnie!