It’s all hands on deck as the days between here and the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach at the end of the month slide by. New patterns are working their way to completion through the efforts of my readers and testers (heroes, every one of ’em). And then there are the photos to shoot…
Today I shot a couple of rounds of photos of my latest, and to date, most ambitious pattern yet – Blanket Statement. It’s a full alphabet of paper-pieced patterns, right down to the numbers and punctuation. I’ve been noodling on this since last year (my sketchbook says April 20th 2011!) and it’s ready to launch at Long Beach. It’s coming out in two versions to start: one on a clam-shelled CD of PDF files in a trusty pattern bag, and the other as a spiral bound book that will lay flat on a copier for all you folks that don’t like mixing computing with quilting! I will tackle a downloadable option in August.
Why make it paper-pieced? Because it’s the best technique for the job! It was important to me that this alphabet be readable (the first rule of font craft) and so the design demanded some smaller pieces to round out the curves of the round letters. Doing these with templates would be migraine inducing… the whole point of this sewing and quilting game is to have fun, right? While paper-piecing might demand a little more fabric than going the template route, it more than makes up for that in ease of construction (and you don’t have to draft all those templates). You’re not sure how to paper-piece? Well, stop by the booth in Long Beach and the aforementioned heroes and I will show you how!
In the meantime, here’s a picture of the alphabet in all its chunky-funky sass, with Lily, a sweet young lady (and niece of my dear friends Paula and Neil) who graciously offered to model with it in the bright California sun today.