Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Uppercase and Lowercase M/m

I started with a rectangle — but make yours longer, at least 8″ if this is the size letters you want.  I found the center of the rectangle and angled on a strip that was cut about 1 1/2.”

Angle the next strip at a pleasing angle, but moving it up off the lower edge.

As I did with the K, I folded back the assembly over that strip, finger-pressing it.  Then that became the seamline.  Scootch the edge of that green strip over the fold, only letting 1/4″ overlap the fold (which will be your seamline); stitch.  Trim and press towards the dark.

Now cut a large rectangle and sew it on the sides of your “V.”  First the left side... the right side.  I decided that I had not made the first section tall enough, and since I am doing wonky, rather than re-make everything, I simply stitched on a strip to lengthen it all.

Trying out the next two strips.  I did one at a time using the fold and stitch method of alignment: fold the new side piece back over the strip and finger-press that fold to mark the seamline. Scootch the green strip 1/4" past the seamline, stitch.  Trim and press.  Then do the other side.

Both long parts of the M are on, so now to fill in that side.  I pieced together my righthand section with a small scrap at the lower part, but really the rectangle should probably be as tall as your letter.  The M uses a lot of background fabric.

Both backgrounds on either side of the M.

Trimmed up and ready for action.

Now the lowercase m. Cut two backgrounds from a 1 1/2″ strip. Cut two pieces of your letter fabric about 3-4″ long, and lay at right angles, as shown.

Stitch across the diagonal, then trim.  Press toward the dark so you have something that looks like the above.  Trim so the short side is 1 1/2,″  measuring from the top right corner of the ruler to the folded lower right edge (at the 1 1/2" mark).

Repeat with background fabric.  Again, stitch on the diagonal, from lower left to upper right.  Trim and press toward the dark.  This is making a diagonal insertion of the green fabric "into" the background fabric.  Another way to think about it is that you are bordering a diamond-shaped green piece with two pieces of background fabric.

I stitched two strips of green letter fabric onto the right sides of these assemblies, then joined those two units together.  Sew on the remaining stem on the left.  Snowball a small square in the upper right of the entire letter.  Trim up.

Hooray for finishing an m!

m is for Munich’s Garden Gate

Munich's Garden Gate, from here (No. 87)