Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Celebrating Tonya's accomplishments....

 Three cheers for Tonya, and her new book hitting the stores today! I am NOT one of Tonya's star pupils..like Quiltmaking 101, I failed the classes. I gave letters "a shot" back in 2006 when she taught and pieced "Noel". Let's just say I had more success with wonky houses the following year. I've never made a quilt from them, and they lie in the orphan bin.
 With encouragement from Tonya, back then, I bit my lip and pieced mis-cut size plaid samples together in to this little top. I didn't care for it much until I added borders and quilted it. Need to get a picture of that.
 My attempts at "letters" stand at 3. Picasa isn't letting me have the Halloween attempt, but this collage is from my first attempt 11/06 and my last attempt in 2007. Of the three attempts, I like the scrappy ones the best. They are also in the orphan bin. Maybe some day they will appear in one of my Orphan Train quilts. That's one class I didn't fail..making Orphan Train quilts. Tonya liked those.
 
And last, altho I haven't made a quilt from Tonya's teachings, I do have a Tonya quilt which I am proud to own...it arrived back at the time of another eye surgery, from Cairo, Egypt...awesome!! Congratulations on your new book Tonya, I know it was lots and lots of work. I'm confident it will be successful and you deserve a ton of gratitude and thanks for all the time and effort you have given us blogging gals! *VBS* Hat's off to you!!!
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10 comments:

julieQ said...

Hi Finnie! I love that plaid quilt...it is just wonderful. Your letters and words are great too! I have my copy of Tanya's book on my Christmas wishlist...

Scrappy quilter said...

It's very interesting because I've never heard of Tonya in my 30+ years of quilting until just recently. I've never tried letters or wonky anything!! I might give it a try in the future though. Hugs

Em said...

What wonderful fun pieces. Isn't it wondeful that so many of us can CELEBRATE Tonya today!!!!

Tonya Ricucci said...

thank you, Finn. so fun to see these again and oh my yes I love that plaid quilt and not just like but love all your orphan quilts!

Clare said...

That h is brilliant! Please don't give up. Your plus point is you have the most glorious fabrics to play with.

I'm madly jealous. You've got a Tonya special. I lurrvve her Threadies.

Hugs
xxxx

Magpie Sue said...

Love your wonky little house! And lucky you to have one of Tonya' little works of art. I found free pieced letters more challenging than fun too. But orphan blocks are tons of fun!

Chris said...

WhooHoo! Hooray for Word Play Quilts!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the plaid quilt. I've been playing with Tonya's letters today. It has been lots of fun. I think yours need to find their way into one of your wonderful quilts.

ROZ said...

All those buttons--so cute. and three cheers for Tonya

Amy said...

I love the words!