Saturday, June 11, 2016

News, and a Tutorial

Good news - we close on the house next Wednesday!!!  Yay we're moving!  Wait - someone has to move all this stuff....*gulp*  Oh dear.  

I had an idea the other night, and have been playing.  I'd love to hang some scripture quilts in our new house.  So, I picked a few verses, put them into a Word document, and made appliques.  I'm going to show you how I did it.  Today, I fused all the letters, and Sunday will start on piecing the background.

That's a lot of letters.  And I just realized I forgot to reverse every single one of them.  Somebody needs to write in red ink in huge letters on my wall - REVERSE YOUR LETTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You really can make appliques from almost any font, in Word.  I have Word 2003, you may have a newer version, but it's pretty basic.  

Open a new Word document.  Type in or copy and paste your text.  I copied a verse from my King James Bible Search software [free download].  

When you're done typing, or pasting, click on edit [above the red arrow].  When the drop-down menu comes up, click "select all".  This will highlight all your text.

Now click Format, by the red arrow.

This will open a small window.  Forgive the next pic, I couldn't get a screenshot, the window would disappear - had to use my phone.

This is where the magic happens.  Scroll through until you find a font you like, I prefer one that isn't too fancy.  Click "outline", under Effects, where the lower red arrow is.  It will change the font to just an outline!

Next, change the size.  You can put your cursor in the size window, and type in the size you want.  I chose 150 for this project.  

Now click "ok", and see what happened to your type!

You can keep following these steps until you get exactly the font and size you want.  I wasn't sure the size was right until I printed out the first page [only print out one page!] but it was great.

I like to type in the whole alphabet, and keep it for a reference.  That way I’m not printing out pages and pages of letters, I only have to do it once, and I can use that printout over and over.  On the printout, I write the font size and type as well.  I'll be using this font and size for more than one scripture quilt.

I really shouldn't be sewing - I should be packing - but it's not like we have a time limit.  We won't be selling our house right away, we have SO much stuff to move, and the house needs some fixing up.  So...what did we do last weekend?  We went to a neighborhood garage sale, tons of them.  Because we need more stuff to move, lol.  Mum went too, and she found some toys - 

She's pretty serious about toys.  We were cracking up about this picture.  She's everybody's grandma, and when any kids come over, she's prepared for them!  Not sure if you can make out the chairs, they're children's school chairs from the 50's, I HAD to have them.  One is going to my best friend's house, we both have a thing about chairs. 

Oh - about Mum - her liver is slowly failing, she needs to see a specialist, and her heart dr. called, there's something wrong with her mitral valve.  More specialists.  Prayers would be mucho appreciated. 

That's all the news from Allie-land I think, I have no idea when we're taking possession of our new house, I just can't wait to walk you through it!  It's double the size of our house now, I'm so looking forward to having some breathing room.  I'll see you soon!



Kathleen said...

I have been working with Microsoft Word for YEARS!!!!! How is it that I never knew about that outline feature?!! Thanks for the tip!
And your mom looks like such a sweet lady, grandma to everyone. God bless her and prayers for her health.

Anonymous said...

Hi Allie,whoo hoo can't wait for you to move into your new home,love how serious your mum looks,she looks really well Allie,and Thankyou so much for the tutorial,that was very sweet of you to do so.xx

Jocelyn said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations on getting your house! We did the same thing. We worked on our new house before moving, and it was so much easier. And what a monumental undertaking. Making all those letters. I probably would have forgotten to reverse all of them ;-) So sorry about your Mom's health issues.

B J Elder said...

It's always wonderful to see that others are 'human' too. I've done the same mistake... printed out my pieces only to realize I needed them to be backwards to work out. I did a quilted scripture for our house several years back... "Act Justly - Love Mercy - Walk Humbly with God". I love it! Can't wait to see yours.
I'm so glad that moving day is soon upon you, even with all the (ugh) work involved. You'll love settling into your new home, I am sure.
Blessings, BJ

Terry said...

Congratulations! I'll be moving next month. Your mum is just too funny! She always makes me laugh! :0)

Karen said...

I am waiting to see pictures of the new house!

sunny said...

Prayers for Mum! And for your move. I don't envy you the work involved, but it will be worth it in the end. Mum should be smiling - she just scored some cool toys!!!

~Laurie~ said...

Can't wait to see pictures of your new house! Can you believe how much bigger it's going to be?!! Good luck with the packing - just do a little each day - the stuff you don't use first and you'll be done in no time! Best wishes coming your way!

Unknown said...

So happy for you and the house deal. And how fortunate that you don't have a time limit on packing and moving. You can pack and unpack as you go and sort and purge along the way.
Thank you for the tutorial. I pulled up coloring alphabet pages when I made them for my great nephew - but I love this tutorial. It's the perfect way to do it and only print what you need.


Dolores said...

Congratulations. The house hunt is over. More room also means more stuff (just so you know.) I do hope your mom's health doesn't get any worse. She's a hoot. Tell her I said Hi!

Jeanette said...

So happy to hear you've got a new house. Everytime i see that photo of your Mum it gives me a chuckle. Praying for your Mum. Hugs, xx

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your Mom looks serious there....LOL. I'm hiding behind a tree. So happy about your house. I'll be up soon to help you pack (your fabric in my car...giggle.)

Fiona said...

exciting times for you.. that's a lot of letters to go around now!! love your Mom.... xx to her...

KaHolly said...

Congratulations! So happy for you! Double the size! Ooh, ooh, I see a fabulous sewing room in your future., Thanks for the tutorial. I did not know this! XO

Sandra :) said...

Congrats on the upcoming closing --- I do NOT envy you the work that's ahead, but just think how wonderful it's going to be to be settled in :) Sorry about your oopsy ... and give your mom a hug from us! Errrrrrr make her put down the gun first, though ... HA!

Lin said...

Great news Allie - fingers crossed for you. Thanks for the info about outlining the letters, that is a great tip. Lots of prayer for Mum. xx

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I can't tell you how often I forget to reverse my letters! I can't seem to think backwards or something. Trust me, my sense of direction is horrid. Ask me how often I get lost in a hotel trying to find my room. *blush*

I can't wait to see your new house!! Yippie!!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness all the insecurity and waiting will be over this week! I'm so happy it's becoming reality. You have plenty of time to move things over. I've been watching the people across the street move this weekend. I don't know the story, but they've lived there more than the 5 years I've been here, and oh my gosh! The STUFF that came out of that house! The whole lawn has been filled twice, as they sorted truckloads that were balanced. It was AMAZING! I hope yours is more moderate. LOL

I do that every time I make my own letters - forget to turn them. Some can be used anyway, some can become other letters, but there's no way around having to remake some. Best of luck with your scripture quilts. I look forward to seeing them come about. I'm just so excited for your new home!

Tanya said...

Dear Lord, take care of Allie's mom. We thank you for her gift of joy to those around her and for her spiritedness in enjoying the life You've given her to the fullest. We thank you for doctors and their wisdom. Help us to each know in our own lives the line between fighting for our health and accepting the progression You've planned for us. Continue to bless Allie's mom with good health. In Jesus' name. Amen


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