Playing with Backs
Manyberries Trails is a series that I designed and my wife sewed. The same basic unit, but with a different background color, is used for all 4 quilts. In each quilt a different corner of the basic unit is used as the center of a block.
For the labels on the backs I pieced my wife's initials and the date. I took the opportunity to experiment with fine tuning an alphabet.
This is okay but because of the pattern on the blue fabric the letters are not as sharp as they could be.
However, the P and 9 look small because they only touch the base line with narrow points.
I overlooked the H; it's points could use extending as well.
If there would have been a 5th quilt in the series, I would have shortened the P and 9 to match the H. I would have slightly shortened the top of the S as well.
Typographers and calligraphers have been making subtle changes like these to alphabets for centuries. Their purpose is not so much to improve the readability, although it often does, as it is to improve the overall attractiveness of an alphabet.
Quilters often ignore such subtleties and go with what's simplest to sew.
I think that quilt "calligraphy" is an area that offers great opportunity for any one who wants to go exploring.
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