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Betsy & Ben
Were Industrious Blocks
This projects' inspiration came from a children's book called
THE BLOCK BOOK
By Susan Arkin Couture
Illustrated by Petra Mathers
I picked this book up at an overstock book sale in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The book has become a family favorite over the years.
We've read it so many times my husband and I have the
entire book memorized. Here are a few photos of the book.
For this project I wanted to make a giant letter B.
The lead characters in the book are named Betsy & Ben,
and they are industrious blocks. So I opened up Illustrator and scrolled
through my fonts until I found a block that I felt suited Betsy & Ben.
I set up my document page as 13"x13" and tiled the print.
I taped it together then cut out the individual pieces for each piece of fabric.
I then designed some fabric in Illustrator with the text from The Block Book.
I managed to use every single word from the book.
I decided this fabric would be used as background fabric.
I chose to use the following fabrics for the letter B.
Here's the metamorphosis of the letter B.
Once I completed the letter B I realized that the mini quilt
didn't convey any of the fun quirky qualities about the book.
So I decided to make the letter B the back of the
quilt and illustrate one of the images from the book.
In the story a neighbor's house burns down.
Not much of the burning house is shown in the book
so I decided to illustrate it.
Here are the beginnings of the burning house.
I wasn't quite sure how to show flames coming out of the house,
but I happened to have chili pepper fabric on hand.
Chili's by the way, are HOT.
I wanted a narrow binding, and totally goofed on how wide to cut it, so I ended up rolling the binding under on the backside towards the raw edge of the quilt.