Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Day 0 - Let's Celebrate

I'm going to open the party with a quilt that was totally inspired by Tonya, her love of letters and her most favorite time of year, Halloween.

Haunted Houses
I made this for  Tonya's  House, Home Pantry class.  I have a very funny feeling that I started it in the class before, but anyway, it took ages and ages - I think about 2 years.

This is the first quilt that I finally felt happy with, that I quilted in the way I wanted to and went the way I wanted it to.  I wasn't influenced by anyone (apart from Ton LOL) and I love it to bits.

I'm going to open the Liberated Quilters Web Ring "International Tonya Ricucci Day" in a minute, but before I do, I'd just like to say a few a words.

Tonya - you have inspired so many quilters, you have changed the way of quilting for a lot of people.

You have held our HANDS, HELPed us on our WAY, PUSHed us, cajoled us, persuaded us, made us JUMP.

I really HOPE your book is a HUGE success.

You really DESERVE (that's a BIG WORD!) it.

And now, Michele, after your wonderful post, I ask you to cut the ribbon.

I officially declare 7th December 2010, 


(the slogan "International Tonya Ricucci Day" is the copyright of
Michele Bilyeu)

I'll be opening a bottle of cyber champagne later on.  If anyone cares to join me come back later (hic!)


Scrappy quilter said...

I'm not quite liberated yet when it comes to quilting. After seeing all these different quilts I just might try it. Thanks for stopping by my blog today..

Michele Bilyeu said...

I officially declare (by the powers vested in me, by Lady Clare, Duchess of Dordogne)that today is 'International Tonya Ricucci Day!!!!!"

The ribbon is cut!

Woo Hoo!!!!!!Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!

Let the Word Play begin!

(Clare....?...you drank all my champagne! No wonder you are so darn good at wonky letters!)

Darling Millie said...

Pass the Champagne... Let's celebrate!

sewmuchprogress said...

Great quilt, great post! Easy on the champagne ;-)

Quiltdivajulie said...

WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO ... This day is FINALLY here . . . my book is slated for delivery tomorrow ... WHAT FUN and HOW EXCITING

Pour me some cyber champagne!

Tonya Ricucci said...

I'm going to start bawling now. thank you. I love love love this quilt too, Clare. you did great.

ROZ said...

Yea!! three cheers and some wonky letters for Tonya

Kathleen C. said...

I'm raising my glass to Tonya, too! And to Clare and Michele for their enthusiasm and sharing.

Em said...

Thank you Michele for the CELEBRATION for TONYA! so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim said...

A toast to Tonya!
Speech! Speech! Speech! Tonya!
Okay even though my quilts aren't as grand as this one of Clare's I have been inspired and share a few of my humbler quilts on my blog too.
but the real celebration is all about TONYA.
Happy International Tonya Ricucci Day!!!
three cheers!!!
Continued success Tonya!

Happy sewing

Em said...

Clare, I meant to let you know yesterday and was remiss in not doing so, This quilt is my MOm's favorite when we were perusing the book! Thanks again for getting us all in the CELEBRATING mood for Tonya. Em