Monday, December 6, 2010

Her Book!

  Tonya Ricucci has a new book! 

  Emotions + Fabrics + Letters = Word Play

Back in early spring when she started her Liberated Amish Challenge, I was one of the last ones to join in. It sounded like so much fun. The challenge was to get inspired by original Amish quilts and put a liberated twist to the quilt. She also threw in a fun element of adding words to the quilt.

I have to be honest and say that back then I wasn't so sure if I was even going to finish the quilt before the June deadline. So, the idea of adding words to the quilt seemed far fetched at the time. I finished my quilt top around June 28th, just in time and decided to skip the words.  Pretty soon, other quilters who had made their quilts for the challenge started posting their work. It was fun to see all the messages that were written in quilts forever!

I then realized that I had missed out on great fun!

Tonya had given web lessons and tutorials on her blog but by the time I was ready to write with fabrics, they were no longer available due to the anticipation of her book. Now you can imagine how badly I want this book. Just look at the book cover! Can you imagine the endless possibilities? I like the playfulness of the letters.I can see myself writing all over the quilts.

Word Play Quilts can be pre-ordered or you can buy it tomorrow which is it's set release date!
I am so excited to get my hands on my copy.
I just finished quilting my challenge quilt. I had worked on my quilt a couple of years back but it seemed like a perfect fitting idea for Tonya's challenge. I am so glad I participated. I got to know a person who is not only artistic but quite generous with her gift. She shares her creativity and inspires all of us!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Wonderful post. You've got hours and hours of fun ahead of you. Can't wait to see the results.

  2. I am itching to do a word quilt also...must put it on the list! Love your zig zags.

  3. That is some very interesting texture on your quilt. Is it hand quilted? It looks great!

  4. It would be fun to play with words! Tonya's book has come out at the perfect time to be a Christmas present. It's nice to see your Zig Zag quilt quilted.

  5. thanks, Sujata! your quilt came out wonderfully!

  6. What fun . . . the beginnings, the middles, and the journey itself . . . and the sharing of inspiration amongst us is awesome! Hope you get your copy of the book soon! I can hardly wait for mine!

  7. Oh Yeah......Tonya's book......
    I can't wait to see what everyone makes with her inspirations!

    I'm waiting for my book...and I can't wait!

    Happy sewing

  8. The word play sure is tons of fun! Your Amish inspired quilt is gorgeous and so playful! The quilting gives it a lovely texture.

  9. I have been following Tonyas blog for many years and have always been intrigued with letters , so putting words on quilts is something I have always wanted to try. I am so looking forward to this book and giving it a try. Having so many more inspirational blogs with art/folk art style quilts on them has inspired me to take that leap and start working on what I call upscale folk art quilts.
    I remember trying the letters when she first had a tutorial on Bonnies blog and i was not ready for it.
    I am now!
    watch out 2011 with your blog and all your inspiration with color and solids, the rebels blog, Victorias free style.. I am ready to give it a try!

  10. Kathie,
    I have been hopping around the blog land and I share your sentiments about not being ready.
    But as quilting artists we all change as new inspirations come along and I am ready for all the new beginnings.
    I can not wait to see your take on folk art. My favorite way of quilting!


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