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!
Pat Arndt says
And I look forward to your next also. But let me take a moment and appreciate this one. Colors are wonderful, hand-dyed always great. Design element is holding my interest and overall, love your special style! More! More!
Gunta Skeltona says
Maryte, it is likes hot summer day with D!
Good design idea!