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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Black Beauty No. 1 Finale ~

I began this piece recently, named "Black Beauty" which hopefully... will be part of a series. See that post here.  The photo below shows a close-up of the quilting after outline quilting (three times!) in a gold colored thread, and then a turquoise blue thread for the outer spaces, without any hyper quilting in the center feather shapes ~ yet!
I actually debated about whether to even add the hyper quilting, as I do love the puffy-looking texture of the feathers... perhaps another time?!
But I love free motion! So quilt the feathers, I did!  In a solid colored purple thread.  All of these threads are by Superior Threads from their Art Studio line of 100% polyester, tri-lobals.
I will also admit to you all out there, that the triple outline of the feathers, with the gold-colored thread... was very difficult to do!  Not in a bad way, necesarilly --- just something I want to get better at.  It will take a good deal more practice to get the spacing more exact, the curves a little smoother and prettier... and a good deal more patience, as well!  I can't wait to practice it again.  I love the looks of it!
The picture below shows one of my newer quilting motifs, which I call "the patched screen door."  What do you think of it?  Kind of looks like it doesn't it?  I like it that is NOT perfect...
and because it is fairly easy for me to get bored with one design, I chose many different 'fill-in' motifs.
I know I've mentioned her before, but if you don't know, or haven't seen Patsy Thompson's website or her books, or her videos... she is one superbly talented lady in teaching, and in her ability to show and explain the perfect execution of this style of feather, which I happen to love! 

The whole tablerunner, laid out on the patio table.  This runner was cut from basically the entire length of the faux leather fabric, so it is quite long; 50 inches.  I hand-drew the curvy lines for the two feathers, which meet in the middle, and form the basis of the feathers.
And it was the first time in a long time, that I have made rounded corners, which was requested by the person I custom made it for; my friend Annette.  I cut the binding on the bias, matching the turquoise and purple colors, and I love the black graphic print of the batik, too.  It's a little faded in the picture above, but brighter in person.

Hope you had a nice long weekend.  Counting down my days of vacation... make that "staycation!"  Sad face, but happy days!  Three... more... left!

Soli Deo Gloria!

13 comments:

Terri Stegmiller said...

Such beautiful work Leslie!!!

elle said...

My goodness, Les. Isn't that vibrant. An amazing job. The screen door is so innovative. I like it. The variety is wonderful amd I understand boredom. It is laid out and my daughter likes the curved corners as well. From the long view I'm not so sure about that light spine but even with my wondering I'd still think it a keeper. Good job!

Teresa in Music City said...

That turned out just stunning!!! I may have to try stitching on leather sometime. I love your choices in filler types and those feathers are just gorgeous!!! I have several of Patsy's books but haven't really practiced with them yet. Hopefully soon =^..^=

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Leslie, the table runner is gorgeous. Beautiful quilting.

Jennifer said...

This. is. beautiful. Really, Leslie. I am blown away with your stitching! I have tried free-stitching and it was so hard for me so I can really appreciate your art :) And thanks for your kind words over at my place!

Margaret Applin said...

Masterpiece!!! I love how the dark background plays through the stitching! The preciseness of your stitching continues to blow me away!! Just amazing work!!!

Cathy H said...

Oh my gosh...Leslie....the table runner is beautiful........love all those colour threads you have used.....and different background fillers.......and those feathers......you are one talented lady.......

Joanna said...

Wow, Leslie, this is one of the most beautiful pieces of free-motion quilting I've ever seen! In your intro, you wrote that you're an "aspiring master quilter." I think it's time for you to delete the word "aspiring" - you ARE a master, and this is work you should be extremely proud of. It's amazing!

Amy said...

Truly beautiful! I keep going back to this post to look at your feathers. Very inspiring.

Amy said...

Mmmmmm....Leslie, you've made something quite yummy! I keep forgetting how wonderful a runner can be with a gorgeous feather down the middle!

Amy said...

Gorgeous! Such stunning work.

JamQuilts said...

just found this one after looking up hyper Quilting. . I live the feather work . . Live you i could also do a little more practice with the echoing quick question . Then working with this fabric just What batting did you use . Also the backing fabric .
Julie.

JamQuilts said...

Just found your blog after looking hyper Quilting. . Great feather work and i love the colours you used. .
What batting and backing fabric did you use in this project. . ?
regards
Julie

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