If you've been reading my blog since I got Vinnie, my Gammill 18-8 Premier longarm, you know that from time to time I've mentioned experiencing tension issues. After my last quilt I found that Isacord in the top and bobbin worked really well. That was great, but you know.....I'm a cotton gal through and through! I liked the look of Isacord, but I also really, really wanted to get cotton to work. Recently I heard from a couple of different blogging friends as well as a quilt shop worker that magnetic bobbins from Fil-Tec worked really well. I decided to give them a try. They worked amazingly well - and cotton to boot!
I just finished quilting this little Schnibbles table topper on Vinnie. I used Fil-Tec's Cairo Quilt cotton thread in the top as well as the same in their magnetic bobbin. I also used Warm and Natural batting. I set my Towa Bobbin tension gauge at about 200 and off I went! I didn't need to make a single adjustment!
I am absolutely amazed at the stitches on the back - they are as good as the front and no thread showing through from the top! Fil-Tec has lots of variegated cotton threads, too! I thought I might also try some of the Masterpiece cotton threads in my "thread graveyard" that I have left over from all my experimentation in trying to achieve "tension Nirvana" - LOL!
We've had several harvests in the garden the last couple of weeks, but today is the first of the dahlias to bloom! I mixed them with a few Coreopsis and placed them on the kitchen table on a lovely gift a while back from Stephanie. Don't they just compliment one another?
These were picked a while ago and I didn't get a chance to post them until now. Our first celery, blueberries and yellow squash. Also the jalapenos and sweet banana peppers are producing like crazy! We can pick all of these almost daily now - plus two other types of summer squash.
Check out this lettuce - doesn't that look like a nice, cool, summer salad just waiting to happen? I feel so bad for all of you who are stuck in oppressive heat! If I had room, I would invite you all to the Squash House for a little respite!