On this gorgeous Fall day, with perfect temperatures and singing birds, I have finished this October table runner for my customer. The picture above is how it looked with the sun shining in the window through the stitching.
I used a pantograph called "Sunny Leaves" by Deb Geissler. I chose Rainbows poly variegated thread #829 All Spice, teamed up with Aurifil 40 wt. cotton in a matching gold color in the bobbin. The top tension seemed a little tight, so I soaked the spool of Rainbows with silicone thread lubricant. It behaved just fine after that and so I've ordered a 2000 yd. spool of All Spice for future quilts, since I only have a small 500 yd. spool on hand.
This pantograph seemed to be the perfect fit for this Fall runner. The backing was not showing the quilting detail like I had hoped, so I've used some sunlight and some studio light to bring out the leaves on the front:
Tomorrow will be spent in Klamath Falls with my quilting student. We are finally going to choose fabrics for her first quilt project: a Log Cabin lap quilt. We're using Eleanor Burns' book, which is the book I used for my very first quilt class back in October of 2001.
I'm going to make the same quilt along with her because for some reason that makes sense to me. Maybe a few lessons down the road I'll feel differently. But since I only have one student it seems like we should both be sewing, doesn't it?
Next up in the queue is this beautiful quilt which has a Tuscan feel to it:
My customer has requested Custom Lite. This level includes one all-over design in the center, SID to accentuate the small white border, and a separate border treatment for the outer burgundy border. I had intended to start it today, but after looking at the focus fabric again, I decided to order a special pantograph design for the center of the quilt. Here is the focus fabric with its graceful swirls and leaves:
And here is the pantograph I chose. It's called "Gothic Vine" by Willow Leaf Studio:
The border idea is still in my head, but I'm leaning towards mimicking the curvy designs in the panto as well as the spikey grape leaves in the focus fabric. Since I must wait for the panto to arrive, I decided to order a cone of Rainbows #839 School Daze thread for the border. But I like to leave my options open for thread. I have to see it in person before I can commit.
Hopefully this week will be nice and productive.