The kitties do so love their boxes.
Sorry ya'all. I meant to be much better about getting the tutorial in here for you. I appreciate all the feedback you've given me.
I've had some distractions this week and have been off my sewing game. I had a beading class yesterday as well as quilting bee. Plus I've been making arrangements for our trip to Alexandria, which is on the northern coast of Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. Even tho I knew what the dates were for the trip I still thought it was next weekend. Surprise it's THIS weekend - we leave in the morning at 6:45 and come back Saturday at 11:00pm.
A quick answer to Shellie's question: yes, my lower-case letters really are wide. I love how it looks. Take a peek at Bad to the Bone and read the post if you haven't before. That's one of my favorite quilts I've ever made and one of the things I love about it is the short, wide letters.
It all comes down to personal preference and how you like the letters to look. That's why a project where you make the same letters over and over again (Such as Xs and Os or L-O-V-E or anything else you might want to do) can be so valuable. You play around and figure out your favorite way to make the letters.
Plus you get practise. The more practise you get, the more you will like how your letters turn out. I know I say that over and over for things like the freehand fan quilting, but it's true. Practise. I've been doing these letters for over five years now so don't compare your letters with mine (that means you, friend Nina).
Practising doesn't mean you're working towards perfection (never a goal I endorse). It just means finding your confidence and your own way of doing it (whether sewing or quilting) that suits you and works for you.
Something I've learned over the years: a stick figure drawn with authority looks pretty darn good.
So I may not be back for a few days. Hubby has Sunday off for Memorial Day (working week here is Sunday through Thursday) so I'm not sure I'll even get computer time when we get back into town. Not knowing what week it is (and when our weekend getaway was coming up) really through me off this week.... I'll catch up with ya'all soon.