Sunday, May 10, 2009

Free Style Letters

I said I would make a banner/wallhanging for our church. The balcony extends over the end of the church and is about 4 feet high and is a big blank off-white space. This will hang up there, so that it's visible as you leave church. 

This was my first real attempt at Tonya's free style lettering. I had trouble with being "free". I'm afraid I'm just a little too anal. I had pieced all the letters into words and discovered that they were all very nicely lined up with the bottoms of all the letters nice and even. I had done this without even realizing it. So, rip them all apart and make sure that they did not line up. That was very difficult for me. 

Then came the stained glass blocks. Tedious is an understatement! If you look closely, you can see that the side rows of blocks have a little bit of black leading -- they were just that much too short for the ends. I figure that once this is quilted and bound those bits of black will be covered up wtih binding -- black of course. 

This was a real stretch for me, but, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I'll get it quilted this week and maybe it might get hung before next Sunday....well, that is if the cold that I'm currently fighting cooperates. 


*karendianne. said...

Oh Liz, I'm so totally amazed at your work. This is a completely perfect piece for what you intend. It also display the array of your skill. You continually amaze me. :P

angela said...

That is amazing. Put that critic away in a lasting jail cell! Perfectionism is the enemy of creativity. I didn't notice the black until you said to do it--and then it is perfectly balanced with the rest b/c you put them in the four corners. I know how much time this represents as I used to do it full time. Great work.

Lynda said...

I don't get to look at your blog often so I took the time tonight to look at April's posts - might I suggest you put the toaster on the dishwasher door when it's open?!

The banner is turning out great - how are you going to quilt it?

Rachel said...

This is fabulous! You did a really nice job! I am sure your congregation will appreciate it. I like the stained glass effect.

Tonya Ricucci said...

great banner. those letters look so fantastic with that border.