The challenge was to decide how I wanted to portray "Mystery" and how to find just the right Alpha(bet) to accomplish the task. I found the perfect set of letters on a piece of fabric, cut out the letters I needed, then scanned them one-by-one onto my computer. I thought it would be a simple task to re-size the letters and then print them out to use as stencils. After several very frustrating hours of scanning, printing, re-printing, and going through two ink-jet cartridges and what seemed like a ream of paper, I abandoned the scanner / print / stencil idea. Next option was to use the fonts in my Mac "iPages" program. I found a suitable font, enlarged each of the letters I needed approximately 500%, printed the letters and used them as stencils. Okay.... the technical work was done.... now on to what I really love to do !
Using a stunning piece of ASPIDISTRA fabric created by Jack and Lila Bishop that I'd been saving for just the right project, I stenciled the letters onto the fabric, then free-motion quilted around each letter using Madeira Poly-Neon variegated thread. I echo-stitched around the letters to give them a shadow-y ["mysterious"] look and to make them look like they're floating on top of [or is it behind ?] the fabric. The next phase was to 'mount' the quilted letters onto another piece of hand-dyed fabric and to complete the pillow-case binding, the hanging sleeve, and the label.
Photography was next. Alice's suggestion to take the pictures outdoors was great, and it definitely makes the finished quilt look better. However, here in Gatesville, TX it was cloudy and overcast most of the day, and the rain seemed like it would never stop. The outdoor photos had to wait 'til late afternoon. Then then editing, and finally, this entry that will be posted to our blog ! Thanks for all the great challenges and the opportunities to experiment with new techniques and processes. See y'all in July :-D