Monday, December 6, 2010
I found the first USA in a quilt magazine some years ago. It was part of a patriotic quilt.
It is inconsistent. The U is bottom heavy. The S is Fat. The A is top heavy and feels short. All three letters could be from different alphabets.
I think these letters were designed on a grid and that the designer was afraid to go off the grid.
I decided to try redesigning these letters using the same grid.
It is no longer bottom heavy. When it comes to sewing, the old U and the new U can be sewn the same way. One is not easier to piece than the other. One just looks better.
It's no longer top heavy and it's no longer short. Originally the A and U shared almost no design elements. Now they do. Now they look like they are from the same alphabet.
The vertical bits at the ends of the S are a bit fussy. The other 2 letters don't have fussy details.
This reads well without the fussy bits and it's simpler to sew.
THE MORAL: An alphabet needs to be consistent to look good. Consistency is not a matter of conforming to a grid. A grid is just a tool to help you design. Consistency comes from using common design elements.
There are a lot of different possible pieced alphabets; to see some of mine go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Lettering.