Other than that one simple modification, I followed Tula’s instructions EXACTLY down to not even squaring up my blocks and using her measurements rather than my own for sashing and borders. It worked out perfectly. There was very little stretching and I didn’t notice any issues basting or quilting it. I would advise to just follow the pattern on this one. And here it is complete:
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I would rank this pattern intermediate or ‘confident’ beginner. It clearly outlines a technique Tula calls a ‘fast 45’ which is very basic technique that any quilter should have in their repertoire. However, the letters are all individual patterns with only two being repeated (A & V) Each piece of each letter is assigned a number that corresponds to the cutting directions, but has no bearing on the order you assemble them. I think this could confuse someone making their first quilt. It is this numbering and the lack of assembly directions that makes me think ‘intermediate’ although if pressed, I still think of myself as a beginning quilter and I managed just fine.
The other thing to notice about this quilt is the enormous amount of negative space. This is really typical in ‘modern’ quilts and really makes the letters ‘pop’. It also translates into the need for some quilting to fill those big empty spaces.
If you are in the mood for an adventure, the quilting in the cover photo for Modern Alphabet is like an entirely separate pattern that really adds a lot to the overall design. I decided now was the time to tackle feathers. Each of the big empty spaces is filled with a giant (nearly 2 feet long!) feather.
I can see this pattern being used for all sorts of different things, and not necessarily just your ABCs. I went for a pieced flannel back and scaled the letters down to 75% of their actual size. I love the result of just a simple modern geometric word in a field of blank space! You could use this pattern in an infinite number of ways just by using it as a fabric font.
I would definitely recommend this to longtime quilters looking for something with a bit of pizzaz all the way to new-ish quilters ready to tackle something a little more challenging. This quilt is already a hit in my house and I LOVE the results.
Finished Statistics: Fabric Front: Field Study (20 Fat Eighths with LOTS of leftover scraps)
Fabric Back: Random Grey Flannel Polka Dot and Folksy Flannels
Batting: Pellon (which I am enormously happy with!)
Thread: Auriful 40 Wt for Piecing and 50 Wt for Machine Quilting Finished Size: 64″ x 76″
Thanks to Sara and Tula Pink for putting this all together! Stop by tomorrow for even more Tula Pink goodness!