I made this quilt recently, and when I posted it on Instagram (follow me here) a few people asked for a pattern. This isn’t exactly a pattern per se, but close! You’ll need my book Quilt Talk for the letter patterns, but I’ve done the rest of the math for you: measurements and construction notes are below!
Begin by choosing the colors for your words. If you have a fat quarter of each you’ll have plenty. You might squeak by with a fat quarter of background, but I’d recommend having a half-yard on hand in case you decide to get fancy with how much background you put around the word block.
I chose my colors in a gradient, light to dark. I chose to make NEVER and THELESS in the same color to bring that word together, despite it being split across two lines. I don’t have KONA recommendations for you as I used a mixed bag of fabrics from my stash, and there are at least three different companies’ solids in my house! Make it your own – you’ll love it more!
If you haven’t already switched over to newsprint for your paper-piecing, this would be an excellent time to start as you’ll appreciate it on the smallest letters. It’s more see-through than regular copy paper, and tears off with far more ease. I use the Carol Doak Foundation Newsprint by C&T, but any newsprint that will go through your home printer will do.
The words are 17” wide (finished) and the interior word panel is 28” long (finished). I added a 2” border all round to make it 21” x 32”.
All the letters are CAPITALS.
The kerning/K-space (space between the letters) is a bit fussy, but happily, these things are easy to stretch a little with a hot iron, or ease, as needed.
Start by copying the letters:
- SHE x 2 – copy at 170% for 6.4” tall (just a hair bigger than 6 3/8”)
- WAS WARNED – copy at 50% for 1 7/8” tall
- NEVER – copy at 100% for 3 3/4” tall
- THELESS – copy at 70% for 2 5/8” tall
- PERSISTED – copy at 57% for 2.14” tall (just a hair bigger than 2 1/8”)
Measure your letters as you print them to make sure you maintain size, and adjust accordingly if they’re off. See Quilt Talk p12 and 13 for printing and sizing tips.
Paper-piece away… I recommend looking at Quilt Talk for the section on pre-cutting (p13) for letters as it will speed things up for you, and save you fabric.
How I paper- piece begins on p15 if you need a refresher. I like to peel the paper from my letters before I set them – if yours feel wobbly give them a spritz of starch or sizing.
Kerning/K-space (listed in descending order of size):
- SHE x 2: cut 4 @ 6 7/8” x 1 5/16”
- NEVER: cut 4 @ 4 1/4” x 1”
- THELESS: cut 6 @ 3 1/8” x 7/8”
- WAS WARNED: cut 5 @ 2 3/8” x 3 /4” and 1 @ 2 3/8” x 1 5/16” for between WAS and WARNED
- NOTE: There is no K-space between W and A in WAS or WARNED (this tucks the A next to the W more gracefully)
- PERSISTED: cut 8 @ 2 5/8” x 3/4”
Put the K-spaces between their letters, and give each word a hearty press, with steam as needed, to make it 17 1/2” long (including the seam allowances).
Cut 5 @ 1 1/2” x 17 1/2” to put between the rows of words. You could experiment with reducing the word space between NEVER and THELESS for more impact.
Border, quilt, and bind as desired. I recommend something simple on the quilting so as not to dilute the words. I find a simple cross hatch to usually be quite effective – I did a diagonal diamond cross-hatch on this one, one inch apart, basing the diagonal on the interior angle of the V in NEVER. If you choose to make a wallhanging remember that, because a wallhanging doesn’t get the wear of a quilt that gets cuddled a lot, you can afford to be simpler/less dense about your quilting.
This is for personal use only – please don’t sell what you make.
Please post yours on IG – and tag me @huntersds and #neverthelessquilt so I can see it!