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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
- 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.