Saturday, September 15, 2012

Box Font!

I need another applique font like I need another hole in my head. But EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I see a picture of the Box Font from The Itch 2 Stitch in use I think, "I have GOT to have that!" After a flurry of comments on an applique group (when I solicited suggestions for an upcoming project) AND a surprise coupon code listed on I2S's Facebook page (good through Sunday), I snatched it up.

I was at Hobby Lobby looking at fabric for a different project when my three year old son grabbed a bolt off the shelf and asked, "Mommy, can you make me a Lightning McQueen shirt???" When I saw the fabric my first response was no -- that big print just wouldn't work in an applique design. He asked again nicely (that alone is worth a reward!) and I remembered the Box Font and said YES! Why did I hesitate? I have got to take advantage of him making requests now while he still wants mommy-made shirts.
Here's a close-up of the results. I2S's Box Font and I added his name with Gadzooks from 8CP.
What do you think of my placement of the Lightning McQueen fabric? I'm pretty pleased with it, let me show you what I did. I printed a template of the design and trimmed out the D. Then I moved it all over the fabric trying to find a good spot.
I took several pics with my phone, and this turned out to be the view that was the best.
So I marked the outline of the D on the fabric with my water-soluble pen, and then in the hoop I lined up my marks with the placement stitches. Worked perfectly!

While in my head I loved the idea of using the checkered flag fabric as the background, in reality I think it's too busy. While you can read his name pretty well in that close-up image above (courtesy of the camera flash), when you step back it's hard to read, and overall it just looks a bit busy. See what I mean?
Thankfully Dashiell doesn't mind. :) It was a good learning experience and I'm so glad I did his first. It has helped me confirm my fabric selection for the next project using this font! Stay tuned...

3 comments on "Box Font!"

Unknown on September 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM said...

I love the checkered background! Maybe a bolder font in black might have shown up. It is still an awesome shirt! You do beautiful work, thank you for sharing!

daniKate designs on September 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM said...

It is a little hard to read his name, but I think the checkered flag is a wonderful backdrop for the Cars fabric. The difference in scale between the two prints makes them work together nicely. I think a different font color or thicker font might have given you more contrast for his name, but I quite like this shirt just as it is.
And now I'm off to get my own Box Font...I really think the digitizers should give you a cut for the traffic you drive to them :)

jazzo on September 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM said...

Love the checkered fabric teamed up with the Cars...too too cute!





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