Monday, June 04, 2007

The red blue

On Saturday I made the word blue for my Stroop effect quilt. (And what did I do on Sunday? Nothing as fun as this was!) Making these letters is the most fun I've had quilting in a long time, and I always enjoy quilting! I've been playing around with different angles in the letters. It's a real mind bender to know how to cut and stitch angles so that you end up with the fabric opening in the right direction enough to cover the area that needs to be covered. I'm learning! None of the letters are sewn together, and I've left plenty of extra fabric so I can lop things off as need be. The letters are different in scale -- compare the b and u -- and partly I love that and partly it drives me crazy (as my husband says, it's not a long trip!). I'm going to make lots of color words before making any decisions about things like scale. I'm practicing this type of freedom in my quilting (just like I try to practice being 'random') and I'm hoping the final quilt will be the better for it.

I also realized that I was not picturing straight rows of words, but rather helter-skelter words at odd angles all over the quilt. I don't know if that's how I'll actually do it, but it will be a piecing challenge if I decide to go that route. Still, I think it can be done. Whatever I decide, I may have to re-do some words or letters, but at this point that thought doesn't bother me. This quilt is a real learning experience.

6 comments:

Samantha said...

can't wait to see this finished! so much fun!

Tonya R said...

oh, yes, play play play.love your "blue" with its angles and love the attitude.

Elaine Adair said...

Just LOOKING at these letters makes we want to go home and MAKE them.

Life is short, play hard!

Clare said...

I love doing Tonya's letters too. They never come out the same size and all over the shop, but that is what it is all about yes?

Hedgehog said...

Just found your blog - can't wait to see this quilt develop!

Shelina said...

I'm so glad that I saw this before I started piecing my letters for my challenge quilt. I was thinking straight square letters would be easier to make, but yours with the angles and the different scale look so much more fun.