Friday, September 28, 2012
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!
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.
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!