Word Play Quilts - Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter

by Tonya Ricucci
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Want your next quilt to send a special message? Now you can spell it out with no tracing, no templates, no paper-piecing, no applique, and no precise measuring! Inspired by renowned quiltmaker Gwen Marston (who wrote the foreword), Tonya presents a terrific technique for free-pieced letters. It's your chance to break rules, mismatch, go wonky, and enjoy yourself!

  • Boost your ability to piece without a pattern--this easy technique is very forgiving
  • Discover fabulous, whimsical ways to give letters and words a featured role in your quilts
  • Find three practice projects and loads of quilt samples to instruct and inspire

*Note: Patterns included in the book are "Joy," "Boo," and "Vote." Additional gallery projects shown for informational purposes, and are included in the book's gallery.

by Tonya Ricucci
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
Format Description:
full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
December 7th, 2010

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Review from Popular Patchwork magazine

This is a great way to incorporate messages, names and words into your quilts. Tonya Ricucci has developed a brilliant free-form pieced alphabet which can be pieced without any templates, tracing or accurate measuring. She gives very detailed instructions for every possible angle you may need in a free-form alphabet and great advice about how to ensure your words have the required impact, how to choose your background and foreground fabrics wisely, and much more. There are three simple projects to start you off, but the main attraction here is the comprehensive alphabet piecing guide, and the hints on developing your own alphabet style. This technique is a fantastic addition to your wonky-piecing repertoire!
Review from Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman

This book is built around a totally original idea: sewing wonky letters and numbers without applique, patterns, templates, or pre-planned color schemes. The book is chock-full of inspiration and complete instructions for each alphabet letter, upper and lowercase, and each number. If you are ready for a book to "lighten up" from quilt rules, you will find this liberating. Tonya was inspired by Gwen Marston, author of Liberated Quiltmaking 1 & 2, who also wrote the forward. I can't wait to try this out.

Tonya Ricucci

Tonya Ricucci has been quilting for more than 20 years. Inspired by Gwen Marston's work in 1997, Tonya developed an innovative method for piecing letters without templates or measuring. A popular blogger, Tonya offers many online tutorials.

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