The 5th quilt for this year’s Fifteen by Fifteen challenge was the Letter M quilt. First four were Letter S , Letter P , Letter C and Letter D quilts.
Letter M has always had a special meaning to me- it is the first letter of my first name! I had no problems of choosing a dominating color- pink! As in other quilts I also added some blue, yellow, green and purple to make a smooth transition from one quilt to another.
As always I drew a sketch that helped me to decide on the shape of the letter, and where it is going to reach edges of the quilt.
This time the color of repeating design elements- three diamonds- was burgundy. At first I struggled with other design elements, because I didn’t want to repeat anything else I used before, except those diamonds. But the problem got easily solved when I looked into my UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) box and found there few pink leftover log cabin blocks.
The size of the quilt must be 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 burgundy diamonds to start:
From there just needed to keep building the body of the quilt top, adding new scraps and moving them around until the design pleased my eyes:
Now I already needed to think of the construction of the top. Construction sometimes gets complicated. The shortest part of M got sewn in first.
Then the other parts followed.
Finally the top was finished:
Free hand quilting has always been my favorite part of quiltmaking but first I hand stitched the letter itself:
Some detailed images:
I really love this quilt. As it represents my first initial, my granddaughter Rita photo shopped it that I could use it as a logo:
Now we have only one more letter quilt to make until the end of this year: that’s the Latter A. Actually I already have it made and the picture is going to be really interesting when I put all 6 of my Letter quilts together.
Linda Sanders says
I am like you, this is my favorite one too! The M is so beautifully shaped and colors are beautiful as well!
Thank you for sharing!