It occurs to me that, because I’ve had my nose on the bark of this book for almost two years, I might not have explained the view from the edge of the trees very well! So here are a few points about the book that I’d like to share so that, if you decide to take the plunge and own one of these happy things, you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into!
1. What it is!
- The book is designed around a paper-pieced font.
- There are upper and lower case letters, numerals, punctuation, and all the special characters above the numbers on your keyboard.
- There are also some accents that allow the letters to speak languages other than English: umlaut, tilda, cedilla, circumflex, accute, and grave. I’m quite proud of these!
- Why paper-pieced? Paper piecing is the easiest way to get pinpoint accuracy in odd shapes or angles.
- Along with the characters, there’s a great chapter on how to set them into custom text, much like setting old-school typography.
- There are easy instructions for resizing the characters to fit any words you can dream up.
- I designed 12 projects for you, from small things like placemats and the scrap buckets on the cover, up to wall, snuggle, and bed-sized quilts.
- Most of the phrases are sassy, encouraging, inspiring, or nerdy: both Star Wars and Star Trek are covered!
- Each project has additional notes on how to fit your own ideas into the word spaces.
- All of the projects are designed for easy straight seam construction (no set in pieces, no curves, no y-seams). Once you make the letters, they are essentially blocks that then get set in rows. There is nothing in here that a confident beginner can’t manage!
- For additional inspiration, there’s a gallery section of wordy projects made by some dear friends, including Megan Dougherty, The Bitchy Stitcher, and Maddie Kertay and Flaun Kline of the BadAss Quilter’s Society.
3. Things that matter about the book design
- I skipped writing a basics chapter on how to use your rotary cutter, etc., as I thought you’d rather have more projects!
- There’s a brief chapter on how I do paper piecing, and it’s illustrated with step-by-step photos. You can see a few pages of this in Amazon’s “Look Inside” preview.
- I go over how I do pre-cutting for paper-piecing – it makes the paper-piecing easier to manage, and it saves on fabric.
- I also added a chapter on how to choose fabrics for letters to make them shine.
- The majority of the patterns are on a jumbo pull-out in the back of the book. You tear this out and cut it up, which makes for easier and flatter copying.
- I made sure the upper and lower case pattern of each letter are back to back – if you find the “A” in your pile of letters, turn it over to find the “a”.
- The numbers are also paired back to back.
- There were a few too many characters for the pull-out, so the extras (and the ones I thought might be the least used) are at the end of the book.
4. Things that matter about the Paper-Piecing design
- The seam allowance isn’t drawn around the blocks because most of the time you’ll be scaling them, which would give you inaccurate cutting lines. However, because I’ve sliced the seam allowance off plenty of paper-pieced blocks, I put the words “add 1/4” seam allowance” around the edges of all the blocks so that you (and I) have a reminder.
- Some of the sewing lines on the characters start at odd angles, so I extended the lines into the seam allowance to lead you in to starting your seam at the right place.
- Some of the blocks are constructed in multiple sections, so I added alignment lines so you can get them joined up without too many seam ripper moments.
- In each block pattern the letter is shaded but the background isn’t, so it’s easy to see what you’re working on. And I shaded with a light dot pattern rather than a gray fill to save you some printer ink.
5. Blog Tour
- The blog tour kicks off at the beginning of October and it will include some of my favorite people in the quilt world.
- There will be a dozen stops, so a dozen chances to win a copy of the book.
- There will also be a little something extra for you to download at each stop :-)
- The final stop will be with me, and I’ll have some extra goodies for you to win.
And if you can’t wait until October, you can order Quilt Talk here. I have books on hand to ship!
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