The Greekness

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To Hellenikon or Greekness – Herodotus used this to describe the shared sense of identity among ancient Greeks.  You can’t look at the history of every principle of study and not appreciate the enormity of the Greek civilization.  This Greekness is still very pervasive in a lot of the literature I read, studies I do.

It was only natural that I would want to make a quilt with all the Greek letters.  I drew all 24 of the Greek letter quilt patterns a couple of years ago, but didn’t get to sew them until now.  This is one of my current large projects.



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These letters are 5″ x 10″.  Right after I finished the first two letters, I decided to forgo the sashing.  Instead, I wanted to add the same background fabric on each side of the blocks and make them 10″ x 10″.  There was one problem, a big one.  I only had enough background fabric to make the letters.  I bought more, but they are not of the same dye lot.  The only thing left to do was to remake the blocks.  So, I have two sets of alpha and beta.  I think I will make matching pillows with the extra blocks.



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Thinking about the size of the Greek civilization reminded me of this photo of my ginormous Maine Coon kitty who likes to stuff himself in the smallest box he can put himself in.



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In contrast, this is his full size, mostly stretched out.  I am sure those of you with cats know exactly what I am talking about.


I will leave you with that!



13 thoughts on “The Greekness

  • Angela May 15, 2015 at 19:21

    As a mathematician and a quilter, I LOVE these Greek letters! Also I’m currently reading “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. It’s a must or anyone I to Greek literature!

  • Renee April 30, 2015 at 13:18

    Those letters look great! Nice smooth lines for paper piecing.

  • Aylin April 28, 2015 at 23:31

    Lovely letters!

  • LeeAnna Paylor April 28, 2015 at 10:49

    gorgeous cat!! What a gentle face. The letters are way cool. By draw them out, I assume they are your original paper piecing patterns and not available to us??
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  • Maartje Quilt April 27, 2015 at 11:12

    What a great project. Great idea. I love to see more letters.
    Love from Amsterdam

  • krislovesfabric April 27, 2015 at 09:47

    This will be just flat out gorgeous Soma, great project! And the pillow idea will give you a chance to try out quilting ideas…see? it happened for a reason :) Kitty Kitty does the fit in the small box thing too…though she prefers bigger ones so she can hide and pop out of them! Great pictures, thanks for making me smile.

  • Janine April 27, 2015 at 02:17

    That is an enormous project and it will be incredible! I love your alpha and beta blocks. And your cat made me laugh! I can’t imagine how he fitted into that box and even looked very comfortable!

  • Cheryl April 23, 2015 at 19:02

    I love the greek letters, they definitely appeal to the science nerd in me :)

  • Mary April 23, 2015 at 15:33

    Those letters look awesome. I can just imagine what a piece with all of them will look like. Bummer that you have to redo the ones you have finished, but I think pillows are a great idea.

    How DID that kitty fit into that box??? What a hoot that is! Beautiful cat.

  • Kim April 23, 2015 at 15:21

    All the detail in that piecing is amazing. I can’t believe you had to do some of the letters again. You are keen, Soma. As for your ginormous kitty, he is such a handsome fellow. Cats have the best life…..they seem to do what they jolly well please!

  • Kathleen April 23, 2015 at 12:24

    Your kitty has his eye on something out that window!

  • Cathy April 23, 2015 at 10:23

    Very nice cat! I will look you up on Craftsy.

  • Susan April 23, 2015 at 09:35

    Such a pretty kitty. My hubby loves Maine Coon cats. He also studied Biblical Greek. I took one course in it as well. I have your Greek alphabet on my Craftsy Wish List.

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