Starting in January, I will be participating in a one-year term group where we will make words for each other, with the end goal to make a quilt of letters and phrases and words. Since gathering the group together, though, I realized that although I loved quilty words, I hadn’t the faintest idea about making them.
I bought two books (one recently and one a few whiles back) and read them both cover to cover. Then I decided I wanted to have the best of both worlds: the fun wonkiness of Tonya Ricucci’s Word Play Quilts and the shapes and precision of Sam Hunter’s Quilt Talk. I bought the Kindle version of Quilt Talk, which included a digital printout of the letters, but I just couldn’t face doing foundation paper piecing for an entire alphabet, so instead I printed out the pages with her drawings of the letters’ shapes and used that as a guideline.All of this is to say that I started a new blog: Quilt Abecedary.
I, like many of you, are fascinated by font and words and graphic design. I always say in another life, I would have gotten a graphic design degree, but alas, that life is in the past. So maybe this is a way for me to have fun with type and typography in a quilty way.
What is an abecedary? Or an abecedarian? I wrote about it on my introductory post, but both are known as types of ABC primers, or a record of the alphabet in some fashion. More info about an early stone abecedary can be found on the post for the Letter B.
I have included a tab above, Quilt Abecedary, where I will link over to individual letters as I get them made. My goal is to do one a day in the month of October and with tomorrow’s posting, I’ll have finished from A to E.
It’s not really meant to have followers, as it will be a completed reference work, with a finite finish date and serves as a documented journey of my working my way through the alphabet. If you are going to try your hand at making quilt words, you may want to check it out. I also have a Pinterest Board dedicated to word quilts, just to inspire you.
My apologies to those of you who received my unfinished post, Rolling Rainbow. Sometimes things just get the better of me.