This is the fabric Chris of Dye Candy Fabrics sent me; her gorgeous lime green-aqua-turquoise-dark blue tones. I love this whole piece, which is the the backside. Edit note: The front is the faux brown leather, which you will see below (although the picture isn't so hot from inside my studio!) Chris also has a blog (check it out on my blog roll, or click the link above).
I did the feather in turquoise blues for all three rows, outlining it once. The two outside feathers are hyper quilted with a rich, reddish purple thread that I love. And ran out of!! (very big sigh!) But here's a partial detail of the faux leather frontside of the fabric...
So what's a girl to do but improvise. I don't usually pick variegated, but I did for the center feather row. And I really kind of like it. It's different, and appealing as much of the color ties in with the other colors used too.
I used Superior thread; their Rainbow's variegated, and the solids are the Art Studio line I believe they are discontinuing, and something new is coming "Magnifico" I believe... I look forward to seeing it. Of course, my go-to-girl, 100% cotton Egyptian Extra Long staple with Masterpiece cotton in the bobbin.
And I used a 90/14 leather needle. Even though this isn't real leather, and it's a polyester based fabric, it's thick, but the leather needle works like a dream. I also used my straight stitch plate, as I think it's makes for a smoother stitch. And making smaller stitches makes for soft, drapey, smooth curves on feathers.
Love pink and orange, together!
And the texture of the brown leather is sumptuous!
I have more to share ~ because the more I do, the more inspired I get. And just like home improvement projects... it may just get out of hand? Nah. Couldn't be.
Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. Looking forward to getting more sleep --- yeah - right. Big sigh. Off to work I go! EnJOY!