Fountain pens and I go a long way back. The school I attended focused very much on penmanship. We were only allowed the use of pencils until we reached Third Year. After that, we were to use fountain pens only and told to steer clear of ball point pens. I still remember the anticipation of getting my very first fountain pen. Since that first day of my third year in primary school, I have only ever used fountain pens for writing.
A few months ago, I started to create a Make Art quilt pattern series starting with this quill pen and ink bottle.
I express myself best in writing. So, not surprisingly, I decided to make a fountain pen quilt pattern next.
I have had many a pen, but the Pelican pen given to me by my husband, is my workhorse. I would be lost without it. I adore the scratching sound it makes on paper. I now prefer to use sepia ink over black. I also have a soft spot for indigo, a very dark blue ink.
I love my pen so much that I made this little card featuring my pen, sepia ink and parchment paper featuring one of the Shel Silverstein poems I really like.
A few nights ago, I started painting a bookmark featuring the city of Oxford, England. Thinking of the colleges there set the perfect mood for sewing the pen.
The fountain pen stitched up quite quickly. Teal is one of my favourite shades. I am keeping the background same for all of my Make Art blocks in case I decide to make a quilt with them. Just like the Quill Pen quilt pattern, this one is also 12″. The Fountain Pen pattern is now available in my shop.
Shortly after I finished sewing the last seam, my husband, who also uses fountain pens, laid claim to the block. You might also have someone in your life who would appreciate a gift featuring this writing instrument which represents the lost art of penmanship in the digital age.
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