I've been showing you the individual letters from my quilt To Be Continued..... Today is the last day.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I wish I had picked different colors for this quilt. I tried to go through the color spectrum from green through blue to purple as I advanced through the alphabet. It seemed like a good idea but it didn't work. I should have picked a couple of blues to go with the yellow background and left it at that. Then the quilt would have had greater unity.
Don't misunderstand me. I might use these colors again on another quilt. The colors do go together. It's just that they didn't work with this quilt.
Friday, November 23, 2012
There are 29 letters in this quilt from 29 alphabets. They may look involved and complicated but none of them are. Take a close look and what do you see? Straight seams that anyone can sew. Diagonal seams at 45 degrees that can be made using the connector corner method, sometimes called sew and flip, which anyone can do. And that's it.
The one exception is the first A and it can be paper pieced quite easily.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
There are 29 letters on the front of this quilt that I named To Be Continued.... Each one is from a different alphabet. When they are all together like this, it is easy to over look one or two. So I've decided to show them to you one at a time, starting 2 days ago.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Every year my wife Linda and I put quilts into the Heritage Park Quilt Festival here in Calgary. The year this quilt was part of the festival I had two other alphabet quilts exhibited as well.
We met a friend in the park who said she'd seen my quilts and they were wonderful. Then she said that someone else did an alphabet quilt and it just didn't flow.
Linda and I had been all over the park and the only alphabet quilts we had seen were mine. It was this quilt she was referring to.
And she was right. It doesn't flow. Every letter is from a different alphabet that I'd designed. They don't look like they belong together because, in point of fact, they don't.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This is a sampler quilt. It shows samples of 29 different pieced alphabets on the front with another one on the back.
I began my quilting career by designing pieced alphabets and quilts to put them on. It didn't take me long to realize that it would take me years to sew all the quilts for all the alphabets I had designed. So I made this quilt using a few letters from some of my alphabets.
Since I intended to continue designing new alphabets and alphabet quilts I named it To Be Continued.....
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Often when I design a quilt, the blocks form secondary patterns and are no longer obvious. This is not the case this time.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fort St John
Blocks in rows and columns can sometimes be monotonous. So once in a while I like to design a quilt with offset blocks.