Planning Your Lettering
Adding lettering to a quilt takes a little planning.
I sewed this quilt, featuring an African batik picture in the center, from a pattern that I designed (see my 3 April 2011 post). Now I want to add my initials and the date on the back using my Deerfoot alphabet (see my 23 April 2011 post).
This looks good; except for the AJ combination. Because there is so much empty space in the J it feels distant from the A.
This diagram can now be used to calculate fabric requirements.
It is a guide for cutting pieces for the letters and the background.
It is also a guide for sewing.
The planning for this quilt came down to: 1) Choosing an alphabet, 2) Choosing the best size for that alphabet, 3) Adjusting the letter spacing to get the best result.
It's not a lot of work; but it makes a big difference.