The 4th quilt for this year Fifteen by Fifteen challenge was the Letter D quilt. First three were Letter S , Letter P and Letter C quilts. For Letter D quilt I chose blue as a dominating color. I also added some red, yellow, green and purple to make a smooth transition from one quilt to another.
I must admit that I struggled deciding on design elements. Of course, the main design element is the letter itself. To make a background different from previous quilts, I chose to use small dark blue fabric slivers. I use similar fabric slivers in many of my other quilts all the time.
I drew a sketch that helped me to decide on the shape of the letter, and where it is going to reach the edge of the quilt:
The size of the quilt is 15 x 15 inches. For that I cut out a piece of the batting that measured 17 x 17 inches. I also cut the paper letter of an actual size, and made three dark blue diamonds to start:
Then I moved one diamond to the right spot, and made a piece with dark blue fabric slivers to fill the center of the letter:
After that everything fell in places really fast:
Next – the letter D was cut out of the fabric, and the middle piece was sewn in:
Look what was left for the outer edge of the letter D:
With some adjustments the letter was successfully sewn in:
I hand stitched the letter itself first, then machine quilted the entire quilt. Machine quilting is my favorite part of the quilt making, and it is always a lot of fun. It is amazing to watch how hand stitching and machine quilting adds texture, and makes the quilt to come to life:
Here are few close up photos of quilting:
I truly look forward to the next letter challenge!