The 6th and last quilt for this year’s Fifteen by Fifteen challenge was the Letter A quilt. First four were Letter S , Letter P , Letter C , Letter D and Letter M quilts.
Letter A, just like letter M has always had a special meaning to me- it is the first letter of my maiden name!
This time I chose dominating color yellow. As in other quilts I also added some blue, green, red 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 brown. To make the background more interesting I added three simple multicolored pieces.
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 brown diamonds to start:
Piece of batting measures 17×17 inches, but all elements must fit into 15×15 inches space.
Next I made a multicolored piece that I cut into three strips:
Then I started building the body of the quilt:
I got an approval from my quilt inspector and now could start incorporating letter:
These photos show how did it go:
One more inspection before quilting:
But first I finished hand stitching the letter:
When I started this series my idea was that when I put quilt close together, the colors would transition from one piece to another, and letters would reach each other making additional design. It didn’t happen exactly, but I have few variations:
Letter M is the first letter of my first name and I decided to use that quilt as my logo. The last letter A was the first letter of my maiden name Arlauskaite. So I have my maiden initials:
I also can make my current initials for Maryte Collard:
And even for my late husband, love of my life Daniel Patrick Collard:
The same letters could be used to make initials for my children, but I won’t bother you with that. Only letter S stands alone.
When the challenge of letters started at the beginning of this year I wasn’t happy at all, but when making letter after letter I was getting really happy and excited. I think this was one of the most successful Fifteen by Fifteen projects.
Linda Sanders says
I love these, Maryte! So colorful and cheerful! I find it fascinating how it all goes together.
Thank you for sharing!
The colors are fantastic and match with design !
Maryte , every letter is start of story, thanks for possibilty see them.
Kris Hartley says
Thank you for showing us the steps you go through to create the letter quilts. I found it very interesting and am better able to understand your method of quilting. I also love the colors used. I also am partial to the letter A, since we are both Arlauskaite!