Friday, 23 October 2015

Hello My Name Is...

Kona Nerd, of course!

I have been playing with ideas in my head for Project: Kona Nerds, Unite! fairly steadily for the last couple months. Lot's of blocks have come my way and I have to start figuring out how they're all going to play together.



I decided I wanted to make one final block as an anchor for this project,  so I set off on an epic journey of sketching and applique that landed me squarely in my happy place. I just love this block. This block is going to be the focal point on the front; not exactly a medallion, but a spot for the eye to land in a sea of busy words and colours so it had to be perfect.

It didn't come easy... getting the letters right was tricky. I was able to generate the print text up top by printing an enlarged copy of an actual label. But the cursive lettering...oh my...I am simply not computer savvy enough for this kind of work. I printed what was probably 5 or 6 versions of scripty fonts without hitting the mark in my minds eye. Of course, because I am my own worst enemy, this meant I had no choice but to draw the letters myself. All I can say is Thank God for erasers and take out pizza. A brain on fire moment cannot be interrupted with trivial things like feeding one's family or scrubbing pots.



It took a while to get them "just right" but as soon as I saw the shape emerge in my sketching I knew I had it. I also knew that machine applique was going to be a lesson in patience with all those nice curvy bits & pointy corners but I stayed the course, pivoted my little heart out and got it done. Voodoo Duck laments my current frequent use of fusible webbing, he says it robs him of his sense of job security. I managed to insist that he is more than a stitch recipe holder and that his pins were invaluable to the project to secure the tear away stabilizer behind the stitching area. Silly Duck, what would we ever do without pins?!?





There are lots of Kona colours being represented in the quilt now... I haven't counted, but there are 9 colours in this block alone! The fabulous peachy pink lettering packs quite a "punch", don't ya think?


11 comments:

  1. HELLO...your name is Friggin' Awesome! What a fabulous quilt this will be. I just can't wait to see how you finish this up.

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  2. Linda is right , this is awesome , great lettering and a perfect focal point !

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  3. Your Kona Nerd block is fabulous! Love the cursive writing!

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  4. Sweet Mary and Joseph that is good. The color. The font. Stop it right now.

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  5. Sweet Mary and Joseph that is good. The color. The font. Stop it right now.

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  6. Awesome! You'll have to have that translated to a shirt to wear to all the guild meetings! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

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  7. I cannot type my first reaction. But HOLY FRIG!!!! this quilt is going to be beyond awesome!!!! You are definitely a Kona Badass. :-)

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  8. I don't think there could be a more perfect focal point for this project!! I absolutely love everything about this!

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  9. Yeah for Kona Nerds!! That's amazing. Can't wait to see it all pieced together.

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  10. What a brilliant idea for anchoring all of the blocks.

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  11. What a brilliant idea for anchoring all of the blocks.

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