From My Pieced Alphabet:
It is obvious that the blue V above requires more pieces than the green one.
The green V is from my Altadore alphabet. The Altadore alphabet is an attempt to create a greatly simplified shadow alphabet and thereby minimize the number of pieces and the sewing time required to make it.
That simplification comes at a cost. Letters like S and E cast a great deal less shadow than letters like V and N. The black predominates over the white in the neighborhood of the V and N and so they lose some readability.
If, however, the shadow is made light and the letters made dark this becomes a very readable, attractive and useable alphabet.
As a quilter, pieced lettering was my first love. To see more samples of my letters go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Lettering.