Friday, July 25, 2008


When I was asked to be Violette's godmother, I agreed without hesitation. I knew I would make her a quilt. I planned one with beautiful bright flowers in rich jeweled colors. I began to purchase fabrics for this quilt.

Then I started playing with Tonya's Wonky Alphabet. I cheated a bit. I drew out the name first, so I knew what I wanted it to look like. I wanted the two t's to look connected, and I wanted a nice wide V. (clicking the pictures will enlarge them.)But the letters tended to disappear on the background fabric I used. I really wanted to use it, after all, it was a lovely shade of lavender (a light violet).

But I found this very dark purple with very light pink dots throughout. It almost looks black, but it really isn't. I wasn't quite sure about almost black letters in a baby quilt, but I had to try it.
As you can see, the "readability" was much improved. I even added a tiny wonky heart to dot the "i". The name "Violette", by the way, is about 8" tall.
Which means "Violette Noelle" takes up a lot of space on a baby quilt.

As I pondered that, I tried to think of what to put around the letters to fill out the space. "Hmm, what is girly..." As soon as I had that thought, this phrase popped into my head:

"Sugar and Spice, Everything Nice"

and I knew I was done for.

stay tuned.


Lazy Gal Tonya said...

So glad you finally got your wonderful quilts delivered so that you can post about them. Love to see your Violette. Have you done anything with that leftover name? Don't toss it - could still do soemthing fun with it (if it didn't already end up on the back of a quilt). I hadn't noticed the heart-shaped dot on the i - very sweet.

BrendaS said...

They're both great, but I prefer the darker one for readability. I've found it takes a bit of practice to get the fabric combinations right on the letters. this is a great start, and baby Violette will learn to spell her name from her blankie.

DaisyMae Maus said...

Oh, Lynne ... That is so sweet. I love her name: It's so musical. You've done a marvelous job.
Jessica (and DMM)

Sharon said...

I love your lettering! I love the shapes of the letters. Very nicely done. Baby will learn her name AND good design!