I love how graphic this bargello-style Flag wallhanging is. From every angle it grabs attention!
Since the quilt is small, I knew I wanted a dense quilting design. My customer asked for a pantograph, so I knew right away I wanted to use this perfect (although difficult to execute nicely) design called "Square Fold Diagonal":
Since the top and bottom edges are jagged:
I began by drawing the uneven lines onto the pantograph plastic to prepare for quilting the top edge:
My next consideration was thread. Either red, white, blue or variegated right?
Nope. I just couldn't mess up the look of this flag with any color of thread at all. So I chose to use YLI clear thread, with Aurifil 50 wt. white cotton in the bobbin. My machine happens to love that combination, so the look was just what I was hoping for - lots of texture with no messy thread:
This horse-themed wallhanging got treated to "Square Spiral" in the small size. I chose to use Aurifil 40 wt. on top in a tan/burnt orange color - #2320. In the bobbin I used an off-white Aurifil 50 wt. cotton.
The thread color was perfect on each fabric. And I love the texture!
This Fall quilt was finished using a newer pantograph (to me, anyway) called "Grape Leaves":
This quilt needed a good thread color that was NOT bright orange. A little birdie told me that this customer of mine would not like that. I took one of the leaf colors from the border and chose Aurifil 40 wt. #2320 - again! - and it was perfect. I used the same color 50 wt. in the bobbin. The stitch tension was beautiful, and showed up nicely on the back:
Next up is this one, a favor for my sister. She made it for a friend of hers that loves to photograph the night sky. So she asked me to somehow duplicate that theme in the white area of the quilt top:
The backing looks like this:
Which inspired me to find an August night sky image, since the recipient's birthday is in August:
Which inspired me to order glow-in-the-dark thread late last night from Superior Threads:
I ordered white, blue and yellow because I'm not sure which will look best in the white areas of the quilt. But I can tell you this:
I AM SO EXCITED TO TRY IT!!
I am also planning to use some metallic thread in the white area so that it sparkles in the daytime.
Big plans. But my machine will dictate the final decisions, as always.