When thinking about the word translate the image that kept coming to me was a braille typewriter. A year ago I was in my daughters 3rd grade classroom in Denver. She had an almost completely blind student with an aide. I noticed on her desk was a braille typewriter. I had never seen one before and was intrigued. It makes perfect sense but I had never thought about it. When I looked braille typewriters up there was several different kinds. The original braille typewriter was invented by a woodworker at Perkins School for the Blind in Newton Mass. It has keys that correspond to the 6 dots. It was first developed in 1951. I thought it would be fun to use the typewritter for my journal quilt.
In creating the quilt I used steam a seam lite to adhere the different fabrics. I created the roll drum for the paper to go thru the typewriter by covering cording with fabric. I used heavy heat and bond for the part of the typewriter that goes over the drum roll. I used beads to be the braille bumps. It says Translate in the beads. I also signed my name Tricia with smaller beads at the bottom. I stamped Translate across the top. I wanted to create the paper off of the quilt as it would come out of the typewriter. To create the paper I fused white kona cotton onto interfacing, stitched the edges and stitched it under the cylinder.
I really enjoyed making this quilt. Thanks