|Cursive in front of the James B. Duke Library at Furman University|
|Background of Cursive designed like filler paper|
Since I did not use the more elementary style 'paper' I changed the wording to Cursive is a fading art. The handwriting used was D'Neilian Handwriting and permission was granted by the developer, Donald N. Thurber.
This blue-gray brick wall found in downtown Greenville (SC) on the way to my MQG meeting was the perfect backdrop for Cursive.
|Cursive by Paige Alexander|
|Fabrics used in Cursive|
|Vertical line created from bias stem and machine stitched in place|
The background was pieced from one length of fabric and, although the text is subtle, I was careful to match the printed handwriting when inserting the horizontal strips.
I had the idea of practicing my cursive handwriting by quilting rows of lower case letters in between the lines. Spacing of the rows needed to be calculated because some letters drop below the line while other are different heights. Knowing I was not coordinated enough to quilt this entirely free handed, I drew out every single cursive letter and the horizontal guide lines with a blue water soluble fabric marker. I tried to choose letters which were not too complicated so that meant not dotting i's or crossing t's.
|Lower case cursive letters drawn with a water soluble marker|
|Lower case cursive letters were quilted backwards|
The dots of the i's and the period were made using Karen Kay Buckley perfect circles. I don't remember how long it took to complete the applique, but I stitched it all standing over my ironing board.
The label was hand written, not in cursive though, with a permanent fabric marker using the same fabric but on a square that was cut on the bias.
|Backing of College Ruled from Paper Obsessed by Heather Givens|
|Cursive received 1st and 2nd place ribbons|
|Paige Alexander with Cursive at Asheville Quilt Show|
Here's one more of Cursive on the brick wall downtown Greenville. You can see what I used to 'hang' the quilt sitting on the curb. Loops of masking tape held it in place.
|Cursive held in place with masking tape|
And this one was taken on the wall of the old Dacusville Elementary School which is now a community center.
|Cursive on the wall of the Dacusville Community Center|
|Cursive rolled up and ready to ship|
- Finished size: 34" x 36"
- Pattern: Original design using D'Nealian Handwriting
- Fabrics: Background - Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic for Moda and other prints listed above; Backing - College Ruled from Paper Obsessed by Heather Givens for Windham
- Thread: Quilting - Aurifil 2600 Dove Gray
- Quilting design: Free motion and some straight line with walking foot
- Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
- Completed: August 2016