Thursday, July 21, 2011

Finally! A Solution!

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!

14 comments:

Linda said...

I'm so happy you finally got some cotton to run on Vinnie!!!! the quilting looks awesome! I think I might want to try some bobbins too. Was the bobbin area linty?? Your flower bouquet is gorgeous!! Is celery hard to grow? Does it keep producing or once you harvest, its done? It looks so good. Blueberries too...yummy! Is the lettuce groom the garden too? I grew lettuce once, I think it was Butterhead. It was really bitter. Not sure why, i I never grew it again. Guess ii should have sent you an email! Lol!

Linda said...

Not sure why my comment says groom instead of FROM. iPad trying to correct me again! Lol!

Sharon said...

This looks great. Keep trying as you should be able to quilt with all kinds of threads. My fav is so fine in the bobbin and king tut or Signature cotton in the top. Yeah I know SoFine is poly, but it's nice. My dalhia's are just getting ready to bloom, I can't wait, as I have no idea what color/style they are going to be!

Barb said...

love your quilt and glad you found a solution!

Ulla said...

Very nice quilt, you seem to work so well with Vinnie. I love your flowers and the vase! We have no harvest yet, but the tomato plants are growing like crazy.

Jackie said...

Love your flowers! The color is stunning.

Your harvest looks delicious! Particularly the lettuces. I've never heard of anyone actually growing celery in a home garden.

Sounds like you've found the perfect combo of thread for Vinnie.

Stephanie said...

Mix up that cool crispy salad and I'll bring my fork. Geez Louise it's hot! I know how happy you are to have achieved tension nirvana. Your works looks gorgeous. Your flowers look perfect on the birdie mat.

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your table topper and your flowers are gorgeous! I wish you had enough room for all of us too - I am sick of this heat!

Libby said...

So glad to hear that you found your thread solution - that is such a battle sometimes.
Love the garden pics. Nothing like taking a bowl out to the garden and picking yourself a salad *S*

pratima said...

Your quilt is beautiful, Candace! It is great that you found a solution for the tension issues. What a relief that must be!
Stephanie's tqble topper do match perfectly with theflowers from yoir garden! I wish I could gobble up a handful of blueberries from that bowl... tempting! ;)

Mary said...

I'm so glad you found a bobbin and thread combo that works. Once I found the combo that worked on my Grace and Juki set-up, I was very disappointed when the manufacturer discontinued the pre-wound bobbins. I have struggled ever since. Here's to hoping that doesn't happen to you.

PamKittyMorning said...

Mmmm delicious! Love the garden shots! Happy Anniversary as well. xo

Karen said...

Oh I'm glad you posted about your garden, that's just what I'd been wondering! I was out in the onions thinking of your comment about saving the seeds, and think of the Walla Wallas from last year :) What a lovely crop you have. I hope my blueberries do so well next year!

Houseelf said...

Oh what a relief for you! Well done for persevering and finding a cotton which works.

Great harvests!