October 18, 2011

A Letter for Alice

One of the many things that Twilight gave me was a renewed love for books.  I never stopped reading, but I did it to pass the time more than because I loved the written word or the authors that master it.  Twilight also steered me toward an untapped genre of literature:  Young Adult.  I still feel silly at times reading books in the genre since I'm 42, but the good thing is that I have no one to look at me sideways about my choice of reading material because of my situation.  (It's a good thing I have kids because I can always look like I'm getting books for them instead of me.)

One of my many favorite authors that I've discovered is Susane Colasanti.  I started reading So Much Closer last night and couldn't put it down.  (The book isn't one of my favorites and I feel like the story was a bit too short.  I don't know if that was the author's plan or the editor's.)  I'm going to go back and read it again before I have to return it to the library so I can catch the finer nuances of the story--I skimmed the last half last night so I could finish it before falling asleep.  I bookmarked a couple of passages because the spoke to me so much.  The main character, Brooke, moves to New York from New Jersey to be near her high school crush.  (I think almost a total rip of Felicity, if I remember that story right.....)  Brooke is very talented in many ways as the reader soon finds out.  One of her many talents is Origami--an artform in itself.  I found it easy to compare quilting to it and love this passage:

What I love most about origami is that there's always something new.  You can never master everything there is to know, whether it's a harder design than the one you just did or a completely new one nobody's thought of yet.  You can always do better than you did before.

You always get another chance.

So Much Closer, p. 27

You can always do better than you did before.  You always get another chance.

Well, not always....  I'm surprised by how many don't want to do better than they did before.  I'm more shocked when people don't help others be better.  One almost has to ask themselves why that is?

What does this have to do with A Letter for Alice and the topic of this post?  .....Oh, I don't know?!

Back during the height of the Twilight quilting craze, the fonts used for characters' handwriting in the books were shared over the 'Net.  I think I have them all saved on one computer or another at my house, but I never added them to my Fonts on the new computer.  (I should get on that!)  Many of them are still available as free downloads, but some of the links have been taken off the assorted Twilight fan sites because of copyright.  They can still be purchased if needed.

Alice's font is supposed to be Joe Hand according to much smarter people in the world than I--a well-meaing member made sure I had all the links a long time ago.  The font is still available as a free download the last time I checked.  I do see a slight difference when I write Alice's letter (Breaking Dawn, p. 558) in Word using the font, like the script capital I.

I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't go to the trouble of downloading a free font, or having someone do it for them if they couldn't themselves, writing the letter in Word, and then printing it on fabric?  How is that infringing on anyone's creativity?  If you ask them, and they say no....I guess?!  I can't tell you how many times I took suggestions about my blocks to get them right or remade things at others' suggestions for group projects.  I even had people mailing me fabric and making fabric pictures to help me get things right. (Jasper/Alice crystall ball block and the cottage block for Stephenie's quilt are good examples.)  I guess the bottom line is that I should do it, but no one else has to?  I've said enough for today.


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