Tuesday, November 20, 2012

To The Letter

I have been going back and forth, and back again about whether the flower centers should be muslin or red.  You can see them both in this photo:

I have taken them off, put them on and now I have finally decided:  I am making them red like in the borders.  Final!

Okay, even a hardened dog owner like me gets a little nervous when this happens!  Look at the tension under the paw -

Okay, now the lettering.  I decided I wanted this quilt to be all hand done by me.  So I drew my own lettering.

This is how I work.  Using freezer paper  I start with a rough style and size and just keep adjusting (not starting over) until it looks right.   Then I cut them out.

Here is my date, a little smaller than my initials.

I use a ruler to line up the bottom line, then I hand baste.  They are not perfect, but then neither am I.

Consider adding a little of your own personal style to a special quilt.


  1. Awesome Barb! I like the muslin centers, but either way will be great!

  2. I think the design is stronger without the muslin centers, but either way, the quilt is going to be absolutely smashing! (Hyperventilating a bit about the dog shot...)

  3. Looking wonderful! love the little birds on there by the way. As for the doggie....I have a labrador too and if she sat on a quilt in progress there would be strong words! Your lettering is great - you clearly have an artistic flair to be able to draw them so well. Thanks for sharing your progress - is a pleasure to see :)
    Every Stitch

  4. THANK YOU!!!!! I really needed to see and hear this right now! I have been looking at my jubilee back, the one with the words on it, and I have been really stymied with it! It just was not looking done, or enough, or filled, or something!!! Ack! This is exactly what I need to do to it.....make it personal! Thank you so much, Barb! You rock! :o)

    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  5. Understand your dilemma for the flower centers - looks great either way.
    My fear isn't so much the stretching as the possibility of dirty paws. I guess not a problem with coco. Thanks for sharing your lettering process - well done!

  6. I have been crazy about this quilt from the very first time I saw it. I even tried to use it as inspiration for my own quilt. I went a different way, but I still love this. You are doing an amazing job!!

  7. Coco has a firm opinion- muslin centers, please! :D

    I appreciated how you said you do your letters. The fact that you don't start over but only keep adjusting was insightful about making it personal. Excellent brief tutorial.

    Your quilt will be lovely piece of work.


  8. Gorgeous! I've said it before, I know, but it is!! My pref is the little muslin flower centres, but hey! It's your quilt. Love the initials...it makes the quilt so much more meaningful.

  9. Wow!!! Beautiful! No to the muslin centers. Love the initials and date...the perfect finishing touch. The only way I'd like it better is if you made it for me!!! :)

  10. Barb it is just BEAUTIFUL....I am happy you drew your own lettering, I agree make it your own totally.
    I like all red in the flowers , just mho.
    oh Coco would have given me a heart attack with the paw on this beautiful
    Keep going its going to be another amazing quilt!

  11. That's stunning, Barb!
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. :-)
    Details here: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/reverb12.html
    Take care
    Kat xxx

  12. That's going to be a masterpiece, and I love the red fabric!
    I'm sorry about your daughter, from your previous post. How fortunate that you are able to help her get through this.

  13. Wow, That is a beautiful quilt! The lettering turned out great...your fearless! Have a very blessed day, a very Merry Christmas, and a New Year filled with blessings beyond measure!