Some of you may have seen this WIP earlier. I just finished the binding and have it ready to go for gifting. I hand quilted around many of the letters. It has a plain striped back. I have though of adding some appliqué, but will think on that.
One of the pleasures of quilting, for me, is wandering through the fabric shop, with no immediate projects in mind. Occasionally, serendipity will lead me to a fabric that suddenly coalesces into a fully formed project in my mind. That is what happened to me with this alphabet pattern.
I’m a big fan of whole cloth quilting for quick and easy projects. I love the whole process of planning, piecing, and completing a quilt. But, for me, quilting is all about, well, QUILTING! A whole cloth quilt gives you the opportunity to really spotlight that aspect of the craft. That is why this alphabet fabric caught my fancy. I knew we had a few additions to the extended family coming up, and I could just see a fat baby, or even toddler, lying on this on the beach, or in the park.
My initial thought, with this pattern, was an all over FMQ. If one looks closely, one can see that the letters have a stitched pattern printed right on the cloth. It almost seemed to be calling for hand quilting around the letters. There are a lot of letters, though. If I had tried to quilt around them all, I’d still be here, quilting, a month later! I decided to quilt around blocks of 5 letters, and stagger which letters I chose, from line to line. I really liked how the quilting gave the letters a raised, tactile quality. They look so puffy! Just the sort of thing for little hands to run over and feel!
This quilt, and its twin, are already destined for their little respective owners!
The quilts are called Letters.