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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?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

big sky autumn ~ a tablerunner

hello out there!

oh my.  this. runner.  it's my very, very {current} new favorite!

i swear ~ i {almost} swoon every time i look at all the tremendous depth of color in this hand-dyed piece of fabric by chris daly.  chris. your fabrics make me do a happy waltz! 

i'm not bragging. 

i'm just loving it.
my. oh. my. oh my!

and ~ i have to tell ya.  the right needle is a real factor in the joy i have in the time i spend quilting.  and i take my quilt time seriously!  i quote from  superior threads: "Titanium-coated needles have been available for longarm and industrial machines for many years but these are the first titanium-coated Topstitch style needles made for home machines. Superior Threads (USA) and Organ Needle Company (Japan) have applied the latest technology of titanium-coated needles to the Topstitch style for home machines.  Because these titanium-coated needles have an ultra thin coat of titanium nitride, they will stay sharper longer and outlast any current Topstitch needle on the market.
"Why topstitch?  The Topstitch needle is the most common needle type used and recommended by professionals and educators.  We recommend the Topstitch for piecing, quilting, embroidery, appliqué, and construction. These needles are available in four sizes to accommodate all thread types, including metallic threads.  The Topstitch needle has a larger eye and deeper groove.  It is often referred as the MAGIC NEEDLE.  It really does make a difference in your sewing experience."

why yes.  yes, it does!  {and although the pic is 80/12... i used a size 90/14 needle with the 40 wt magnifico thread~always!}
i began with a rich, warm, golden magnifico thread for my initial pass of feather quilting.  i then turned to the turquoise colored thread in magnifico for the swirl quilting motif on the outside of the feathers. 

and when it came time to add hyper quilting, to echo the feather motif inside the original feather design, i used turquoise again.  in my view, this ties it all together, giving the entire piece continuity. 

with so much color in the fabric, i felt i needed to keep the thread colors, and quilting motifs, simple and harmonious.  there are only two colors thread here.  but... it looks like so much more, doesn't it? 

interesting though. notice the colors do appear to change slightly, at least in our eye's perception, as it moves up and down the colors of this quilted runner.





and while you're at it... choose a great thread.  this is magnifico, {once again}.  if i'm going to spend all this {fun} with intricate design motifs, and complementing this drop-dead gorgeous hand dyed fabric... isn't it worth it to use great quality products?  i sure do think so.

and i think they are magnificently showcased in this beautiful runner.

please know ~ i'm not looking for compliments. 

i'm just sayin' ~ use the good stuff!

...and make your 'stuff' look good!!!
i'm so pleased with how this turned out...   and delighted to offer this "big sky autumn" tablerunner for sale in my etsy shop.  and hey!  i'm having a sale on everything in the shop with coupon code: FALLSAVINGS20 for 20%. good until the end of october!  {yay!}.

your comments are so welcome!  i have sure enjoyed everyone's comments on the giveaway post immensely; so fun!!  and have you commented on that post yet to have a chance for a $25 gift certificate from superio threads?!  you do NOT want to miss out!
 
because of prior spam issues, i have enabled comment moderation on the blog, so it may be a while before you see the comment appear, that is ~ until i approve it.
soli deo gloria!  and have a glorious day!
xo
leslie

15 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful!!!

Martha said...

This is beyond beautiful!! Do you have a tutorial showing how you make your feathers? Do you have a stencil, draw them yourself? I have been looking back at your blog and I can't find Three Creative Studios where you say you have a tutorial posted. Do you have a book? Just love your work!! I would love to take a class from you but I live in Baton Rouge.

Southern Gal said...

I want to say I so appreciate your willingness to share tips with a novice and wannabe. You are a treasure.

Barb N said...

Love your photos that show the difference in the needle. I'm sold!
Plus, your runner is gorgeous!

Cathy H said...

Beautiful quilting Leslie......

Marti M said...

Fantastic table runner! Your work is beautiful.

Barbmcg said...

Simply Stunning!!!!

Sheila said...

Another beautiful project , amazing !

HollyM said...

It's beautiful! As always, your stitching is exquisite!

Lynn said...

I agree the fabric is just luscious! I also think your quilting is fabulous too. That Magnifico thread is just so shiny and pretty.

Joanna said...

Leslie, thanks for all the tips you continue to post. Titanium needles are now on my shopping list!
I don't know if you've ever mentioned this or not, but are quilting on a long-arm or domestic machine? Cotton batting or something else?

joanne sharpe said...

I LLOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!! Oh my goodness you are so talented.

JamQuilts said...

Just love the feather designs on this one after. The choice of coloured tread add more light and movement to this piece. . And so You should be pleased with the results . Its amazing. Well done. .
Must try out that brand of threads very soon.

Julie.

JamQuilts said...
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JamQuilts said...

Just love the feather designs on this one after. The choice of coloured tread add more light and movement to this piece. . And so You should be pleased with the results . Its amazing. Well done. .
Must try out that brand of threads very soon.

Julie.

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