Which leads me to the purpose of this post...Tonya's book is called Word Play Quilts which is such a wonderful and fun approach to quilting freedom. She is a devotee of Gwen Marston (a fellow Michigander I might add) and free piecing. Through Tonya's blog, I was introducted to the very talented Lynne from New Hampshire who is starting a quilt-a-long with instructions on how to make your own free-pieced letters. Check it out!! Her first class is Tuesday, July 6.
Here is my first attempt at free-pieced words:
shop around the corner:
Three more to show you...my granddaughter's graduation quilt. I tend to make my letters too large and so this ended up on the back of her large quilt:
Two other favorites requested by Tonya were:
(for a scary Halloween quilt) and
LAFF is my favorite and my most famous (to me!) ... look at the cover of Tonya's book above - right there in the middle of the right side. See it?? I was so excited and happy when the book was published!
So you can start with just simple letters and have some fun in a short amount of time. Scraps are used plus a large piece of background fabric. Please try this, I'm sure you will enjoy the process. Join Lynne for some great tutorials and purchase Tonya's book for even more information, tutorials, and inspiration.