Friday, September 28, 2012

Word Play

working from Word Play Quilts

Ok, so making words is not as hard as I expected!  I'm working from Tony Ricucci's Word Play Quilts, which I picked up from the library on the recommendation of my friend Jolene. Tony's method requires no measuring and yet gives clear diagrams that break down even complicated letters like the lowercase "a" so that they make sense at a glance.  Piecing them just doesn't feel all nit-picky and annoying like I somehow thought it would be.  I guess that's why it's good to try everything!

little Lucas

Here's my first go at word-piecing.  I used solids so that directionality would not be an issue.   Starting off with all the cards stacked in my favor!  I think I'll add some more thin background fabric strips above and below most letters to make them even easier to read and then I'm ready to add patchwork.

Official announcement:  As a reminder, my book links on this blog are Amazon affiliate links.  That means I will earn a little something if you buy from Amazon after clicking through.  I'm supposed to make sure you're fully aware of that at all times.  No funny business allowed.

I like to go to Amazon to "look inside" books and check out reviews.  But, I often preview a book by requesting it from my local library first. That way I know if it's something I'd like to add to my library before making that purchase.

the best ever gift

Word Play Quilts is one I'll probably check out again.  I'd love to make a word quilt like this amazing collaborative piece gifted to Krista of Spotted Stone Studio.  I love the rainbow letter colors and unexpected use of scale.  This would be a great choice for a quilting bee since variety makes the quilt.  Maybe this is the one for my next turn to lead a do. Good Stitches quilt!

18 comments:

  1. Your letters turned out so cute!

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  2. I think auto correct changed Tonya's name to Tony...

    Love the letters!

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  3. Funny! I tried it yesterday, too, for my first time! Love it!

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  4. I'll have to try this sometime. I truly think that quilt is neat, but at first glance I thought "why does that quilt say groin?". Oh...it says grow. That makes more sense.

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  5. It looks great! The quilting bee I am in recently made blocks based on techniques in "Word Play". I loved it so much that I started a Flickr group for word quilts.

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  6. I want to do that ! Thank you for the inspiration :-)

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  7. It's a book I've picked up and put back a dozen times, just not sure if I should or shouldn't. I think after seeing your post I WILL :)

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  8. I've only hear good things about this book - I would love to make my son and my God son some word quilts. That quilt is just stunning.

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  9. ooh, i love the words. hope you choose this one for the love circle!

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  10. That word quilt is breath taking, I honestly usually stay away from quilting words, instead choosing to appliqué words, because I am a font Nazi and hate when things are symmetrical. But that quilt changes my mind completely.

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    1. I hear you, Danie! I'm not sure if I would piece or applique next time for the project I'm doing (a wall hanging). Probably applique for hangings and piece for quilts.

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  11. I'm glad you reminded me of this quilt after reading about it a while ago on Jolene's blog. It looks to be a gem.

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  12. Love Tonya's book, she is so talented I can't wait for her next book! it is not very expensive either :0).

    Happy Sewing

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  13. That book is AWESOME! I sat down one day and made 5 words...I just had a blast! Now I am making her Wonky Houses...they are fun too!!

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  14. I do the same thing you do! I love that my library has many current sewing and quilting books that I can enjoy before deciding on purchasing one. I can't wait to see your word quilt.

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  15. Thanks for the recommendation! I do not like buying books if I can't look at them first and my local library doesn't carry it. Your letters look fantastic!

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  16. woohoo, your letters look great and marvelous set of fabrics. so glad you enjoyed the book. that baby quilt made for Krista is fantastic.

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  17. Your first attempt looks great! I still haven't checked out that book, although I've heard nothing but good things. Words are really fun to piece!

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