Am I scaring you yet? I'm working on the word "boo" in different styles for Tonya, who is collecting a quiltful or two of Hallowe'en sounds from various bloggers for a future project. Usually I make weighted words about 2 to 2.5 inches (wider strip on side or bottom, sort of like the yellow boo at the left), but these are bigger and smaller than my usual font. The yellow one on white is about 5 inches high, using 2 inch and 3/4 inch strips. The black one on white uses only 3/4 inch strips.
The orange on black feature my biggest letters using 2 3/4 and 3/4 inch strips, and the "B" is five inches high. The two green ones (on white) are a bit crazy -- I cut the green and white 5/8, and the little white one is only an inch high for the "B". A nightmare of overlapping seam allowances from the back!
I also experimented with curved strip piecing, a technique pioneered by Winnipeg art quilter Marilyn Stewart Stothers (try her 1988 book by the same name on Amazon, but it's out of print. I've borrowed my mother's copy. Note: I just checked, and there's 15 used copies, starting at $5. Go and support a Canadian art quilter!) That same technique has since hit the ether and others have published on the technique, such as Debbie Bowles Cutting Curves from Straight Pieces, (2001). I'm happy with how it turned out, but it does take lots more fabric. I'm thinking about posting a tutorial, but I warn you, it's fussy and a bit tricky if you've never done any curved strip piecing before.
And just to show the contrast between the font styles above and wonky letters, here's my blog name in (you guessed it) scraps and strings. These letters are about 3 to 3.5 inches high, and I didn't put spacer strips between because of the contrast between the letters.
Here's everything on my wall. Which do you prefer?