Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we are going to add handwriting to our quilts. It’s the fastest way to add personality to quilts.
Because cursive is a continuous line (with a few exceptions), handwriting is a natural quilting motif.
NOTE-Today’s post contains a tutorial, a pop quiz and homework!
Continuous Line Design
Most of the letters of the alphabet are continuous line. The letters i, j, t and x require a little modification to stitch.
The letter “i”
To stitch the letter i-stitch the upsweep vertical line and add a small circle on top before sweeping back to the bottom line.
The letter J
Likewise for the letter j. Dot the top of the letter after the upsweep.
The letter t
For the letter t, stitch the vertical upsweep of the letter, then stitch down a few stitches. Add the horizontal bar, then return to the vertical line to complete the letter.
The letter x
When stitching the letter x, complete the angled line before returning to the bottom line.
How to Connect Words
To connect words in a sentence, return to the bottom line of the text and add a wavy line between words.
At the end of a line you have two choices. You can knot off between lines or stitch under the words to connect to the next row.
Stitching “Print” Letters
You don’t have to write in cursive. With a little practice, print letters work too!
The key to print letters is to return to the bottom line between each letter to make it easier to read.
How’s YOUR Handwriting?
My grandmother taught me the Palmer Method of Handwriting–her penmanship was beautiful! Depending on your age, you might recognize the formal posture, position of the paper and the drills.
But don’t worry if your handwriting is not perfect–your handwriting is YOUR personality –and your friends and family wouldn’t have it any other way!!!!
Loribe-the (quilted) Scrivener
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