Modern Wool has arrived!

It’s finally here! I’m so excited to have my hands on my first copy of Modern Wool: 12 Projects to Get You Stitching in real life and ready to share with all of you.

Earlier this week I did my first-ever video – opening the box on my first delivery! You can check it out on Facebook here. And a shorter version on Instagram here. Added bonus – Our lovable Winston joins me in the video, too. ❤️🐾

While you’re there, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve been sharing more photos and details there that don’t make it onto the blog. A quick glance of the blog posts will assure you that it is not my most frequent mode of communication!

One of the best things about this week with the book coming out has been the enormous amount of lovely comments and support I’ve gotten from everyone! You are all so wonderful and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them all.

Self-doubt is the killer of creativity and I am definitely not immune. My quilt motto has always been to simply make what I love and love what I make but putting things out into the marketplace is next level when it comes to wondering what the heck I think I’m doing!

I’d love to share some wool inspiration with you in Modern Wool, to encourage you to give wool appliqué a try, or expand your ideas of what wool appliqué can be in your own projects. There are several ways to get your very own copy now!

  • Go to your favorite local quilt shop (or give them a call) and ask them to get you a copy! Ask them to stock it for your friends, too. They will appreciate your business!
  • Order it on my website – and let me know if you would like your copy signed!
  • Order it at C&T Publishing and check out all of the other great titles they offer while you are there!
  • You can also find it on Amazon – be sure to put in a review there, too!

With that, I’ll close out this post with another thing I enjoyed this week – this beautiful congratulatory delivery from the kind and creative folks at C&T. Thank you for everything!

Happy stitching,

Tonya

Pre-ordering for Modern Wool!

“Thrive”, table runner

We’re a step closer! I’m happy to share that you can now pre-order your copy of my upcoming release of Modern Wool: 12 Projects to Get You Stitching right on my website. If you’d like a signed copy, be sure to drop me note in the comments on your order. Anticipated date is currently March 25, 2021!

You can also pre-order a copy directly with C&T Publishing or – and this is a BIG ONE – go to your favorite local quilt shop – ask them to preorder a copy for you and help support their shop! There are so many ways to use your consumer dollars in important ways, especially now while so many small businesses are struggling.

There are 12 projects, but there is a double bonus because I featured both a low-volume and a dark version of every project! Thinking about how we see color and how colors appear on dark or light backgrounds, all became part of my exploration of wool along with combining wool with modern, mixed cotton fabrics for all of the backgrounds. I think it’s fascinating how the exact same color in the applique shapes can change appearance, all by just changing the background! Here’s an example of what I mean:

“Rest”, throw pillows

This is the project called “Rest” in both the dark and light versions. It’s my take on traditional penny wool projects and the wool pennies are exactly the same in both versions. The only difference is in the background fabrics I chose. Colors can appear to recede or advance with a simple change in the background creating so many wonderful design opportunities in your projects! Here are some more quick images of some of the projects:

“Gather”, table topper
“Play”, needle book
“Rise”, table runner
“Dwell”, house sampler

I’ll definitely be sharing more images and details about each of the 12 projects as we count down to publication but most importantly wanted to share that you can now pre-order your copy now.

Be well my friends and happy stitching,

Tonya

New book release for 2021!

Let’s just pretend 2020 never happened, o.k.? I am only looking forward – and to the most exciting thing – a new book release coming in March 2021!

I couldn’t be more excited to share my newest book project with you. It’s bright, it’s beautiful, and every project just makes me smile!

Reinvent wool appliqué with bold projects

Take wool appliqué and make it bright, bold, and modern. Contemporary quilters can now experience the joy and satisfaction of working with wool and traditional quilt blocks and techniques, but with a fresh twist on color combination and design choices. These 12 projects are made with beginners in mind and include helpful step-by-step commentary. Beautiful, forgiving, mobile, satisfying, a few of our favorite things about wool hand appliqué projects. 

  • 12 projects each with two colorway options (light and dark backgrounds)
  • Modern aesthetic for table runners, wall hangings, pillows, needle books, pincushions, and more
  • Perfect for wool appliqué beginners! Includes tools, techniques, and tips

Modern Wool: 12 Applique Projects to Get You Stitching is being brought into the world with my partners at Stash Books and C&T Publishing and will be available at the end of March 2021. Pre-order information will be available soon!

Be well friends,

Tonya

Two new for wool!

Hello December! I can hardly believe it! Time to catch up on some new pattern details…and a SALE! First up is Deco Rose, one of my latest patterns just recently introduced this Fall.Deco Rose cover frontDeco Rose features wool applique on cotton background – and my favorite – two background options: low volume or dark prints – this time using a mix of 5″ charm squares. Same applique pieces, completely different look! Of course, if scrappy is not your style, pattern includes option for single fabric background. Make it your own!

Deco Rose can be a quick-make – even with hand stitching! – and could easily be made as a gift for someone special for the holidays 🙂 I can’t say that for all of my crazy-scrappy projects but it’s true for this one!

My second new(ish) pattern featuring wool applique is Hungarian Picnic!Hungarian Picnic cover front

This pattern has a special place in my heart because it was inspired by my home-away-from-home country, Hungary, and the wonderful people there. This pattern originally appeared in Quiltmania’s Simply Vintage in Summer 2018 and is now available as an individual pattern.

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A-mazing quilting by Tracey @thequiltingninja 

The image above is the same quilt, just different lighting! Some projects you know you will just keep forever, and for me, it’s this one for sure.

And guess what? For the next 48 hours, I’m having a pattern sale in my shop just in time for Cyber Monday as a small way to say thank you for all of the wonderful support and encouragement you’ve given me this year. All individual print patterns are 25% off and ship for FREE in the U.S. – including Deco Rose and Hungarian Picnic! Just use coupon code “Thankful2019” at checkout. Sale runs through Tuesday, December 3rd.

Happy holiday quilting,

Tonya

 

Hungarian Picnic

Summer, sunshine, picnics in the park – what could be better? Well, I would add happy memories to that list and for me, some of those are showcased in “Hungarian Picnic”, my latest project for Quiltmania’s Simply Vintage magazine. I’m happy to share that it’s featured in the Summer 2018 issue!

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Hungarian Picnic, image courtesy of Simply Vintage, Summer 2018

Now, I don’t usually think of my quilting style as “vintage” and this is my first time in this particular edition by Quiltmania, but I guess if I think of vintage like good old Webster does as “of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality” I’ll go with it! I think the folks at Quiltmania were spot on yet again with the photography and styling of this project. It evokes warm memories for me – and of a very special time in my life when I lived in Hungary.

I don’t have the honor of actually being Hungarian, I’m more of a voluntary adopted daughter! I was there teaching English for a year after college but really spent most of my time soaking in all of the “gulyas leves” that I could, learning about a beautiful, rich European culture, and loving the spirited and generous people I was surrounded by.

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Hungarian Picnic, by Tonya Alexander/Quilted by Tracey Fisher

One of the simplest things that reminds me of that time of my life are the beautiful motifs found in Hungarian embroidery and pottery. My luggage was full of both when I made my way home and I always find the colors and forms inspiring. This project seemed like the perfect way to feature some of those.

Each region in Hungary is represented by it’s own unique style of embroidery. This design is inspired by and is reminiscent of iconic motifs notably from the area of Kalocsa. See the little red pepper in the border? That’s the tell-tale sign of Kalocsa embroidery and it’s symbolic of Hungary’s probably most famous export – paprika!HP_1

Project construction features quick and easy, scrappy nine-patch blocks set with a single “solid-ish” background fabric. I chose to do wool felt applique for a rustic but bright and colorful applique border – stitched by hand during the summer on my front porch, no less! You could, of course, substitute any favorite applique technique, switch out for cotton fabrics, fuse, needle-turn, take your pick!

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I am an absolute convert to free-form feather motif quilting featured on this project by Tracey Fisher. I think she was a little skeptical when I said I wanted feathers all over this since she knows traditional feathers aren’t my norm, but fortunately she obliged and added her amazing talent and free-form styling. Now I can’t imagine it any other way! I think the feathered quilting echoes the embroidery forms across the field of grid nine patch blocks in a particularly pleasing way for me.

So, if you already subscribe to the always beautiful and inspiring Quiltmania publications, you’re in luck, you hopefully already have your copy. Or, look for Simply Vintage at your favorite local quilt shop before they sell out –  they’d love to see your smiling face 🙂

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Happy summer stash quilting,

Tonya