Friday, 27 February 2009

Congratulations, Tonya!

I regularly buy the American magazine 'Quiltmaker' as I find it has lots of ideas for quilts in it, but imagine my surprise to find in the current edition (Mar/Apr 09) a quilt inspired by Tonya's improvised piecing techniques and called Wonky Town! It credits Tonya (quite right too!) and gives the link to her blog and tutorial. Congratulations, Tonya, on getting into an international magazine!

Here is the quilt made by Brenda Groelz - doesn't the lime green add a certain pizzazz to the quilt? If you haven't yet taken the plunge on free piecing, this article may be just the encouragement you need, as it includes tips on putting the blocks together, and a sort-of suggested arrangement. And, at the risk of being accused of taking commission from the magazine, there is also a pattern for jelly rolls and a very clever method for making use of signatures in a quilt in the same edition. If you live in the UK and haven't seen it on sale, ask your local newsagent to get you a copy from Comag - all newsagents can do this. Good luck!


Lazy Gal Tonya said...

they did a great job on that article - I was really happy with how that turned out.

Contented Caroline said...

That sure is a fantastic looking pattern.

black bear cabin said...

how awesome....wish i could get my hands on a copy!!! i struggled my first time around with the "free piecing thing" when i took her online class. To confined to my ruler i guess...but i havent given up hope, because i absolutely love the results :)
congrats Tonya...and thanks for posting about it Lynda!!

black bear cabin said... a dork...its a US publication, of course i should be able to get my hands on it :)
dont know what i was thinking...but ill go look for it!

Brenda Groelz said...

I wish I could take credit for this beautiful quilt (glad to hear you appreciate lime green like I do), but I'm just the owner of the quilt, not the maker. It was made by the Quiltmaker staff and other CK Media friends as a going-away present when I left my position as Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker. I'm now the Director of Marketing & Education for Handi Quilter, a job I enjoy very much, though I do miss the magazine life and the wonderful staff at Quiltmaker! I think Tonya's free-form, improvisation piecing is a great idea and this quilt looks wonderful hanging on my office wall!