Saturday, January 3, 2015

"QUILTS" -- updated!

For everybody who sees my finished work, I thought we'd start with how I get there BEFORE I trim stuff to make it "neat."

I suppose this puts "working improvisationally" in context.

Actually, I thought the "I" was to wide so I narrowed it down, even though I knew it would jam the letter closer to the U and the T on either side.  Then I thought there was too much space between the L and the T, so I sewed those two closer together too.

Here's the "cleaned up" version.

Now, however, when I look at the word on the design wall with all the others I think... it's too small and the letters are jammed too close together... and I don't like those four patches I added yesterday...

This is when it's time to put the tools down, leave the studio and go do something else.

HOWEVER, the point of this flimsy is to show students how I put things together, which they can understand more effectively by being able to look at the back. This exercise was never meant to be quilted, and rather than spend a lot of time making a super spiffy flimsy (that I would always lament I couldn't have quilted) I decided to use my duds, my rejects, my orphans and put something (anything) together.

From a strictly technical point of view, this is fine. It meets the requirements and I didn't have to expend huge amounts of energy, time and money to put it together.

From a design and creative point of view... it is lacking, I admit.


You didn't really think I could leave it that way, did you?

 I couldn't. I took it apart, made a new I and a new L and pushed them apart a bit. The word is still small, but I like it better.

This morning, even the four patches don't bother me so much.


Rebecca said...

If it is "lacking" that can be part of the Class and sample to be viewed when you teach.
The one thing that bumps me is the er at the end of soup. I keep having to re read that part and I know its there.
Love you work and thank you for sharing.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Giggle . . .

Terri said...

I had a typesetting business in the 90s just before everyone got computers....
You need to kern the L and the t. The typewriter has set spaces for letters of all kinds, it has no other way of "printing". The computer was designed after the typewriter, but typesetter - and we are talking about good setting - kerns letters that have too much space around them. Other pairs would be A and V, O and almost anything else, T and almost anything else. Letters that when set together leave you wondering if it's one word or two. You need to put part of the "t" (the left cross part) on the L "block". But nowadays most people don't notice...they are used to the typewriter/computer results.
Hope this helps you. I really admire your word quilts... and your blog.

lindaroo said...

I'm inspired by your attention to detail and your perfectionism. So, like Rebecca in a previous comment, I wonder that you aren't bothered by the "er" at the end of "soup". Actually, I thought it was meant to say "soup or". Either way, I think it disappears, and detracts from the cleverness of the phrase. Maybe, though, it's best to leave it that way as a teaching point.
Really, though, who am I to criticize? Except that you've set our expectation levels so high!