Monday, October 25, 2010

Dear Anonymous

To all of you with questions...

Vermilion has one "L". Here is the Wikipedia post about Vermilion. I studied Fine Arts in college, then for a while I worked as a buyer for an art supply store. I can spell vermilion. Yes, some color houses spell it with two L's, but in all of the literature I have ever seen, it has one. I checked before I started sewing it up. It's also worth noting that chef Maneet Chauhan, who is currently competing in the Food Network's The Next Iron Chef, is the executive chef of Vermilion in New York City and Chicago. One "l."

*note to Anonymous: If you're Canadian, and you spell "vermillion" with two L's, I get it. Every individual's own language has to take precedence. After all, to the Brits, "color" is "colour." In these cases, neither is spelled incorrectly.

I didn't plan on making all nine-letter words when I started this. It just worked out that way for the first three words, and I thought it was so much fun I decided to stick with it.
Karen S:
The "M" in Champagne was completely, utterly, totally, 100% the trickiest letter I have ever made.

The "A" was one of the easiest letters, actually, after I realized the letter is a 60-degree triangle. However, I did have to rip it apart at least once.

Janet, Derby & Ducky:
Yes I know Champagne is bubbly and has lots of curves, but these letters are made without patterns or templates (one of my rules) and I thought mine just looked lousy. Since I make the rules, I can break them.

Anonymous 2:
Yeah, the champagne glass shape would have been good, but I didn't have any letters that could use it, and since the quilt will be only letters and nothing else (no hearts, butterflies or other elements) I had to leave that idea out. But yes, I did think about it.

I studied lettering in college, and it's nice to hear from somebody else who understands about kerning. Making letters out of fabric, however, makes kerning really tough (seam allowances get in the way), and sometimes I just say "to hell with it." I do the best I can.

Hawaii-Five-O is only good for occupying the mind while ironing, otherwise I agree with you, it's rather mediocre, and I'm already getting tired of the variations on "book him, Dano."

On Project Runway, Gosh, I can't stand Gretchen. I think they screwed up there. I found a PR fansite and 78% of voters thought she shouldn't be going to Fashion Week. Needless to say, I'm one of them.


sophie said...

I *SO* agree with you about Gretchen on Project Runway. I think the judges' decision was based much more on education and experience than the actual design work on the show. I truly hope Michael's exposure on the show leads to something wonderful for him even if he didn't make it to Fashion Week.

Tine said...

LOL! Cool post :)

Teresa said...

Thanks for answering so many questions! It's fun to get the "thoughts" behind the process! Fun project!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Quilts and Cats said...

Loved your response to Anonymous. First of all, if you're going to comment on someone's blog get your facts straight! Secondly, have the gumption to identify yourself!

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a differnce that makes. I had no problem with the first version, though now seeing both with all the other letters too, the second is so much better. Koodoos to you and your son for seeing what needed to change. Your new version stands up well with all the words now.

Karen S in Edmonton

Valerie said...

I think Anonymous 1 might be a Canadian - we tend to spell vermillion with two L's, probably because in French it's still spelled with two L's.

Not the first word spelled differently on either side of our shared border :) Eh? ;)

Deborah said...

Feeling the same way about Gretchen. I voted her out every week, only they didn't listen to me.

Derby, Ducky said...

Oh Miss Lynne, we are all happy with your champagne. The newer version does look lots better. Cheers!