Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Few Words

Following on from last time, I've managed to join up my first batch of letters into words:

The missing first word is "believe," which will be the next thing to sew. This is post #300 today, and the quote is from the Bob Ross Remix video that I shared in post #100. There is plenty of inspiration in that video, so yes, this is just the beginning!

Now that I'm starting to understand the strategies for making the letters and joining them up, it's moving along pretty quickly.

Last time I was worried about the legibility of the c's, u's and i's,

which came from these fabrics.

When I looked at them again I decided that there wasn't enough contrast in the two c's and one i, so I made new ones. Plus, I thought the c's should be bigger to go with those large a's:

The old c's are on the left there, and the new c is sewn in.

It was unplanned, but lucky, that I used the same background fabric for many of the letters that went together in the same word, like the h, a, and n. I think it is easier to read, so I'll remember it for the rest of the quilt. The first "happy accident" of many, hopefully!


  1. These are great! I have some words I want to make for one of my quilts. Been dragging my feet about doing the work.:)

  2. It's so interesting to see the improvement with size of c, u and i which is partly to do with more background fabric - that contrast is so important, isn't it? It's looking great.

    1. Thanks, Jillian! Yes, the balance of contrast is the thing -- hopefully in the middle ground between a shout and a whisper. :D

  3. I am impressed that you do these straight from your creative mind they are working so well and yes I too prefer the bigger C

  4. The letters are very clear and easy to read. Do you keep each letter the same size each time you make it? ie: are both "a's" the same size with the background fabric changing? That's an intriguing exercise.

    Thanks for sharing the Bob Ross remix video. It brings back happy memories of Saturday afternoons when my daughter was young, and we would spend the afternoon watching all of the art and sewing shows that ran on PBS.

    1. Thank you! I've been making the letters in batches, so all the a's at the same time, from the same two fabrics. They are about the same size, because they are strip pieced, but there are individual variations in each one. Once you get the hang of it, it moves quickly, and it's a lot of fun!

  5. Improv letters are kind of addictive. Or can be. I did some of this in a class with Bonnie Hunter in summer 2014 when I caught her in Champagne/Urbana, IL and was able to get into her workshop. Yours look fine. Interested to see the whole phrase.


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