The light gray is Kona Ash, the dark gray is Kona Medium Gray, and the binding is Kona Black.
The peacocks actually face in opposite directions when looking at the table runner, but, I took their pictures so that they'd be heads up for you. Here's the second peacock:
Here's a view of the quilting on each end. The parallel lines intersect in the half-circle ends to form a cross hatching. I did not mark out the lines but rather used the sewing machine foot as a general guide. I didn't want perfectly straight lines, but rather was going for a bit of an organic feel to imitate the lines on a feather. I thought this would contrast nicely with the paper-pieced points and lines of the peacock tails. Normally, I probably wouldn't worry about washing something like a table runner before sending it out, but with that cross-hatching, I wanted more texture and unwashed left it kind of flat. It puffed just the right amount with one handwash cycle!
Batting used was Warm and White.
Each peacock was quilted with a turquoise thread which is mostly visible from the back side, but I think stays nicely unobtrusive on the front.
The French knots and head feathers are embroidered using DMC perle cotton floss (size 5). I used a couple of blenders, one with blues and the other with greens, to coordinate with the fabrics. Each block has slightly different placements for the knots. You can also see how I outline or stitched-in-the-ditch quilted in the turquoise and then a bit further out outlined in the light silver.
Here's the other block--you can see how the knots are similar but different. Isn't that feather fabric gorgeous? I just love the gold shimmering on it!
A final look at the peacock table runner. Whew, that was a whole lot of quilting, but I really was pleased with how it came out. Even better was receiving the thank you from my partner (here's part of it):
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for my stunning peacock table runner! When I opened the package and saw the peacock block I was so happy and overwhelmed with your design for me! I had happy tears as I just sat and looked at my stunning runner! I will always treasure this runner and it will have a prominent place in my home. My 20yr old son came in and said "wow mom that is beautiful!" He really liked the colors you chose and so do I. He never comments on my swaps, but on this one he did, it is that beautiful!I know those of you who quilt, sew or make handicrafts know how great that made me feel after all the planning and work that went into this project--because in the end, you know what you made might not be perfect, but you sure hope the recipient loves it like it was.
So, there you have it--one peacock table runner! I plan on putting the block pattern online in April for download so stay tuned for an update. (It's really not that hard to make!) I plan on making this block again and I'd love to see your versions too. I can't wait to show you the lovely table runner I received for the swap, let's hope the light is better tomorrow!