What a Christmas gift!
The genesis of my involvement with Tonya and her book was way back in mid-2008, when I took part in a letter-y challenge issued by Tonya on her blog. She sent sets of pieced LOVE blocks out to participants and we had to do something with them. My something became very big and out of control. I started piecing letters and words and could barely contain myself.
This quilt was also a great excuse to cut into those letter print fabrics I'd been
The result was Four Letter Words, which has appeared on this blog a number of times now, and was such fun to make, it just about poured out of me.
When Tonya began work on her book, she asked if my quilt could be a part of it, and so in January of 2010, I swallowed hard and mailed Four Letter Words off into the great beyond.
It was gone for 10 and a half months.
In the last year this quilt has been to places I've never been--to the Washington State offices of Martingale Publishing, and to this past fall's Houston Quilt market. And look--it's being held here by the gorgeous Tonya herself.
I've never set foot in Washington State or and my only acquaintance with Texas is several stressful hours at the Houston airport. Clearly this quilt has way more of a life than I do.
But Tonya's book! it's WONDERFUL!
I'm beyond delighted to have been a part of this project.
When I started my wordy quilt, I printed out all Tonya's tutorials that had been housed at the Quiltville site and set them up in a loose-leaf binder.
The binder can now be retired. The book includes all the great how-tos and tons of pictures of the applications of free-pieced lettering. Such a great technique--those of us who are not applique people now have an easy and fun way to add some wordy goodness to our quilts. Word Play Quilts will be a great reference for my next word quilt. And there will be a next one.