Saturday, March 07, 2009

What's in a Name?

Another wonderful mail day yesterday. Kathie B sent me her name (which she fears is huge, but it really isn't) and a leftover wish plus some other goodies. Mary C from Spokane sent me these wonderful free-pieced candy jars (I love the red M&M jar) and some orphan squares. Thank you both so much.

I decided to lay out all your names together to see how they look. I know this is a wonky picture, but I idiotically put the blocks directly in front of a down staircase, so not only could I not get up high, I was in peril of tumbling. I stood on the couch and leaned way over to get this:

Isn't it fabulous? Your personalities really come out - I LOVE the variations in size and fabrics. All of it. This is going to be such a fun quilt. I do so love free-pieced letters - if everyone was using the same measurement to make their names it would be a much less interesting quilt.

Pokey joined the fun - this gives you a chance to see how Kathie B pieced the background together for her name - very fun. All of these pics should blow up bigger when you click on them so you can see details.

Too bad you can't actually see Pokey rolling and squirming, begging for a belly rub:


I finished hand quilting Raspberry Rumspringa yesterday, woohoo! I can't believe how freaked out I get when I don't have a project ready for quilting - it really makes me nuts. Luckily Joy is now basted - I think I'm going with big green fans for the quilting on it. I'll use 3-strands of embroidery floss. I'd prefer to use perle cotton size 8 but don't have any here and I refuse to buy any. My sweet husband is throwing perles into the mail for me though - what a sweetie he is. 

21 comments:

quiltycat said...

Quilt will be nice...and Pokey is wonderful on!
nichi

Susan said...

My sisters and I quilt and will meet at the big quilt show in June in Ohio. We thought about signing up for a class together. But guess what they want to do instead? They want me to teach them how to do these 'Tonya' letters. They love the ones I've done. Our 'class' will be in our hotel room.

KathieB said...

Oh, good--I was afraid my letters would dwarf everything else. I don't know why they got so big. Absolutely no advance planning. The story of my life...

The names all look GREAT together--what a happy project!

jude said...

looks fabulous! the wonkiest!

Brenda said...

Interesting how some of those names are the picture profiles of the bloggers who sent them. And I was worried that my name was too big! It's going to be a great quilt. I have a collection of a few more bits and pieces to send your way soon.

MichelleB said...

It really looks fabulous. I love the way some of the ladies did their names. There is a lot of personality in the blocks.

Millie said...

I love this names quilt. It looks great.

***FLASHING LIGHTBULB IDEA***
Oh, wouldn't this be a great idea to give a grandmother for Mother's Day or something? A quilt with everybody's names on it.... and maybe if the family members helped pick out their own fabrics... and maybe if you included some handprints....

Thanks!

Cher said...

oh...so much fun to see these come in-thanks for the great photos! I so look forward to being able to truly cut and stitch --today it seems to be especially annoying, but one day my name will arrive in your mailbox -terrific on finishing quilting and having another basted ready-you are really on the quilting roll.

Priscilla said...

Tonya, you just want these names from people who've participated in your "classes," right? You aren't accepting them from those of us in the wild, like, say, me, correct?

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Pokey, you just look so exotic and Egyptian!

Clare said...

Do you still want me to send mine? I've just got the E to sew on the end and pack up some purple patches for you.

If ok I'll get it in the post to T next week (I've PM'd you).

LauraJ said...

oh that kitty is too cute! she made me smile today. ahusband who mails you thread is a real keeper!

Joyce said...

What an interesting quilt! I can't believe my name is so small. That seems to be my normal size. Hmmm...

Quiltdivajulie said...

Marvelous ~ love the wonkiness!

ROZ said...

I find it a lot of fun to sew the letters. I was thinking that it will be difficult to hand quilt because of all the seams.

Magpie Sue said...

Gee, I have a ball of size 8 perle cotton in green. How hard could it be to find in FL? If DH can send you what you want I'll hang onto mine, otherwise I can try to get you one from around here.

I'm ~this close~ to making up a name block, just to see how it turns out!

Hedgehog said...

These look fabulous together!

Loris said...

Absolutely awesome lettering! I love the pictures, especially with the cat :-)
Loris
Cambria,Ca

Sharon said...

My name is finally done, and will be in the mail to you soonest. Have a couple of extra bits for you too. Everything looks great together! What a fun quilt for "the teacher"! Don't you love it??

jacquie said...

seeing them altogether is so great...even at peril of life and limb! gives me an idea...what about a family name quilt...could be fun!

jovaliquilts said...

Eek! I have to get my name to you!!