One day I walked into the quilt shop in my little town. I do this once in a while, just because I love the atmosphere. It's a happy place, a place where I feel completely at home. One day while browsing the sale table, I spied this book. That was probably a year ago, but I still remember that feeling of excitement. As though this world of modern quilting that before that had only been what I could see on a flat computer screen, had come alive and was reaching a friendly hand towards me in real, touchable, booky paper.
I don't remember if I made a sound, there may have been a tiny squeal. I grabbed it and hugged it close to me. It came home with me. It was such a good feeling, this book that I'd been eyeing online, pondering, and then to find it in real life right there in my little local town... yes, you can laugh, but that was a thrill for me!!
So this book is small but mighty. It shows you how to free piece every letter of the alphabet in the easiest way. But more than that, (since I still just tend to wing it, rather than read the diagram or instructions) I love the inspiration quilts in here. There are a LOT of cool wordy quilts packed into this book. So many that I could spend next year just making quilts with quotes and words on them.
So as my current 'slow' project, I am making a word quilt. It's all about words that make me happy, words I love. I think I'll do my kid's names, and some of my hobbies, and just whatever randomness I happen to think of. Each word will have different fabrics and backgrounds and there won't be any cohesion between them, (as you can see already!) I'll just put together what inspires me at the moment.
The other thing I love about this book is that it's written by a nice, down-to-earth, fellow quilt blogger. She's even commented on my blog! Which for some reason just makes it seem a little more special.
And I just wanted to insert in here that if you don't have this book and wish you did, then you would be wise to comment on this post :)
So this isn't quite a book review, but maybe just a friendly little nudge. Because pieced words in a quilt can take it from wow, to KaPow!