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Create ancient elegance with modern material with The Beautiful Alphabet Applique by Zena Thorpe. The full-size patterns and directions are based on Zena's award-winning Illuminated Alphabet Quilt. The patterns included can be used for your inspiration or for your own illuminated alphabet masterpiece.

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Beautiful Alphabet Applique

Beautiful Alphabet Applique
AQS Applique Masterpiece Series
using illuminated manuscripts as inspiration for alphabet

Author: Zena Thorpe
Pages: 63
Page size: 8.5" W X 11" H
Publisher: American Quilters Society: AQS
Cover: Soft Cover
Item Code: 4FF0110
ISBN / SKU / UPC: 9781574326543

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Create ancient elegance with modern materials!

For centuries scribes have used heavily embellished 'illuminated' letters to decorate and personalize their work. Now those letters have been translated into fabric for today's quilt artists.

  • Full-size patterns and directions are based on Zena's award-winning Illuminated Alphabet quilt.
  • Includes a LOVE wallhanging with alternate letter patterns, and the decorative sashing and four corner appliques of the original quilt.
  • Make the entire alphabet, personalize any quilt with a few letters, or make a small pillow or wallhanging with one or more initials.
  • Follow Zena's patterns or use them as inspiration for your own unique illuminated alphabet masterpiece.

From the Author Zena Thorpe:

I was born in England and, although I have lived in Southern California for more than half of my life, the ancient history of Britain is a part of my heritage and is thus reflected in my quilts.

In a past life I was a scientist working in biochemistry, but I gave that up for the work of raising four children. However, as was pointed out once by an admirer of my quilts, the technical scientific work, which of course requires great accuracy and attention to detail, probably explains my continued use of that training when making my quilts.

I learned all needle crafts at my mother's knee and when the time came for me to try out my own skills, I knew instinctively just how to proceed. My mother never quilted, so it was after I came to the United States that I learned the joys of quilting. In the beginning I made simple utilitarian Log Cabin quilts for the kid's beds. It wasn't until I became acquainted with pictorial appliqué and discovered that I could create a picture in fabric that I became really 'turned on' to quilting.

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