Monday, December 29, 2008

Letters...


Diving into the world of Tonya's pieced letters has been on my back burner for a long time. This fall, with some other projects out of the way, it was finally time to give free-pieced letters a try.
As part of a challenge, Tonya sent me four pieced sets of the word LOVE and the race was on--incorporate her words into a project of my own.

Not being one for the flowery or the schmoopy, it took me a while to figure out how to use four sets of the word LOVE in a way that would be neither.

Earlier in the fall I saw this (you have to scroll down a bit) showing a typography exhibit. Typography is a big interest of mine--love the look of words in print. One of the works in the exhibit was "four letter words"--obscure ones, may of which required a dictionary. That got me thinking... Of course the expression "four-letter words" generally connotes obscene or, at the very least, negative words. I decided to do a quilt of four letter words that were all positive.


And it seemed that this was the perfect vehicle to use some of the wordy fabrics I've been collecting.


So the letters are all solid brights and the background is a cacophony of words, numbers, and other writing.




I pieced each word using one color, and Tonya's LOVE letters are in multicolors, so they stand out a bit.


Yes, they ARE wonky, but I like them that way. This was a great learning experience. Can't say I'm totally at ease with piecing letters yet, but I'm getting better at it.

The object was to have a completed top by years end, but I just ran out of time. The central part of the quilt is done, but there will be a border or two. I need to let it sit and to think a bit about the borders. There are several ideas floating around in my head.

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Tuesday morning Mr. Kathie and I are jetting out to Washington, D.C. for a quick several-day visit with our firstborn. It promises to be a culinary visit, as our daughter has been commissioned to make a tarte tatin as a Christmas gift for her boss, to be hand-delivered to the boss's house. I haven't ever made a tarte tatin and neither has my daughter, so it will be an adventure for us both.

Never knew that expertise with French food was part of the job description for a law clerk, but then what do I know?

Happy New Year to all. Back Saturday...

26 comments:

anne bebbington said...

I love the way you've used Tonya's 'loves' - and the 'writing' fabrics you've used are great - fascinating to see how different people work with the same raw ingredient

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I loved that inspiration post - that would be such a great exhibit to see. Wheeee I love this quilt - you did such a great job. My loves are so dark and drab compared to your fun words. I love how you did the backgrounds. Woohoo!!!!!

You're schmoopy. No, you're schmoopy. hee hee hee.

Enjoy the Tarte Tatin making. I finally ate my first TT here. Was okay, but there are other desserts I like much more.

ritacor said...

It´s a great Quilt, Kate!
I love it :))

Gerrie said...

I love the combo of the pieced letters with the typography fabric - very nice.

Dionne said...

Fabulous! I love the wordy fabric you had been collecting and what a great use for them!
Cheers,
Dionne

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great concept (and execution of course!) I don't know why it makes me think of that old children's joke "what is black and white and read all over?...

jovaliquilts said...

Those background fabrics are great! What a wonderful quilt. You could read it all day. :)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love the word fabrics for the wonky words! This is perfect!

Melanie said...

It reminds me of that the Beetles song "All you need is love" Great quilt and very inspirational. Have fun making the Tart Tartin. Happy New Year to you as well.

Sharon said...

I love your quilt! It's fun and wonky and not schmoopy at all. And I think that the "writing" fabrics are just perfect for this one. Great job!

I too am a typography/word nut. I'm sure there's a perfect font for any situation or word. I only have about 700 fonts on my computer! (geek!) But I love words and all things related. And I know I passed that on to at least one child. These things are best shared, yes?

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, the typography fabric with those letters, I love it!!

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

This is such a great idea! Congratulations!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

WOW. This is awesome. I "love" all the writing fabrics!!! It's great. its one of those, "why I didn't I think of that!" moments.

meggie said...

A very interesting project there. I like the idea of all those words!
Hope the tarte tatin was a success, & wish you a wonderful happy 2009.

Cindra said...

Love the quilt! What a great concept. Have a safe trip and take pictures of the tatin.

Happy New Year!

Jeanne said...

What a great project! This looks like so much fun.

paula, the quilter said...

From one type aficionado to another: Well Done! I was a typographer for 15 years and fell in love with type and how it is made. The background really supports the whole theme.

Carol E. said...

It's wonderful!!! Pat yourself on the back for an inspired beauty.

Cher said...

what a very special and lively quilt top thus far...hope the fast trip turns out fun!

jmbmommy said...

great quilt...I too have been collecting text fabric...what a wonderful idea!

ellen said...

What an interesting project. I really like the bright wonkiness of the pieces words against the tidy type of your black and white fabric.

Happy New Year to you. I hope your year is full of fun and inspiration.

Marit said...

Great quilt!!! It's both fun and clever playing with words and letters on two different layers. I really love the mix of black and white with the colored letters. This is a great design- love it!!!
; ) Wish you a creative and happy new year...

Shasta said...

What a great project! And such beautiful background fabric. I'll have to look for that for whenever I get around to making my library / bookshelf quilt. Enjoy your trip.

Hedgehog said...

I just love all those background fabrics. I have a think for fabrics with writing, too. This is a great idea!

Clare said...

Better later than never! I love your concept and the background fabric was a brilliant idea. I love the way you've done your I's in Give, Grin and Live

The Calico Cat said...

Love what you are doing! (I have several of those wordy fabrics.)

BTW Where is that staircase in Georgetown? (I go to the same old places on the same old streets.)

My husband is going to take the baby to the Capitol...