Tula Pink Confetti Quilt

335478a6-00db-4a77-89a9-202c3e1b037eTwo of my favorite things, beautiful Tula Pink fabric and a striking quilt pattern. Add in a dash of unicorns and mythical sea creatures in Tula’s signature bright colors, and you’ve got me hooked.  (tulapink.com/pinkerville) .

For patterns, Jemima Flendt hit it out of the park with the Confetti Quilt – found here https://www.tiedwitharibbon.com/confetti-quilt-pdf-pattern/  . I’ve always loved the look of foundation paper pieced patterns, but I’ve only ever dabbled in FPP. I haven’t been too successful in it. Just ask any of the half finished ones in my sewing room. Derp. So, when I saw this and fell in love, I completely expected to read the pattern detail and see FPP listed. To my delight, it’s not. The pattern is well written, easy to follow, and the results are beautiful. I can easily imagine this looking great in a multitude of collections as well as solids. The only drawback I found was there was a lot of waste, but I’ve saved them all and will work them into some sort of scrappy project. PS Jemima has a plethora of other eye catching beautiful projects. Take a swing by her site – tiedwitharibbon.com .

So the time came to finally cut into all the gorgeous prints in the Pinkerville line, but it was worth it. I think the final push was the fact that I could see just how it would look (Jemima’s site features the Confetti quilt in this TP line).

Here’s some pics of the progress. It’s not finished, but the blocks are all complete. 🙂

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Adventures in Hand Sewing – Tula Nova

So, here I am once again. That place I swore I’d never go, doing that thing I swore I’d never do, becoming one of those people I swore I’d never be. I’ll be the first to admit that I get it now. Hand sewing is awesome. English Paper Piecing is now my favorite way to calm my mind, and boy, does having mental illness make that necessary.

I now have my Smitten quilt top done and ready for *gasp* hand quilting. But, if any of you know me personally or via my Instagram, you know I’m a die hard Tula Pink fan. And if you yourself are a fan of hers, then you know that all the happenings with Free Spirit Fabrics causes us all a bit of stress. Especially anyone who had pre-ordered All Stars and De La Luna. What a relief to hear that it’s all been straightened out, and our favorite non-beige artist will continue to make her gorgeous, rich, vibrant, and whimsical fabric lines. Yeah. I just said whimsical. That’s what this stuff does to me.

Already knowing it’s well worth my while to order the Paper Pieces kit for the Nova quilt, I did so and ordered the templates as well. My sewing time is so precious I refuse to waste time and risk huge errors by not using them. Plus, they’re hot pink, so what’s not to love.

Now, not every print is my favorite, some I’m not even fond of, but they all work so well together. To figure out how the heck I was going to set this quilt up, color and print wise, I stalked the #tulanova and #tulanovaquilt hashtags on Instagram.

The templates and paper pieces kit work beautifully and it’s a pleasure to cut, baste, and piece this using the gorgeous fabrics.

Here’s where I’m at so far.

Tula Pink Cloudy Days – Part 2

It’s done! It’s done! Tula Pink’s bold designs came bursting onto my radar about a year ago when a lovely in my guild was selling some fat quarter bundles of one of her lines. I stopped and stared at the bold, colourful, completely out of my norm colors and patterns, and then realized I needed them.

Cloudy Days pattern is my second quilt using one of Tula’s collections, but my first time using a pattern of hers. I found myself somewhat limited with this one, being that I only had fat quarters and one print of yardage to work with. I quickly found out that the largest of the raindrops is not fq friendly, so I just made more of the small and medium ones.

It’s taken forever for me to get this one basted and quilted thanks to so many other projects catching my eye, and very limited time to work on quilting thanks to four happy healthy kids. That’s one reason I never balk at not having enough time. Those girls are my world, and I’m so happy that the two oldest, who are big enough to sew now, seem to enjoy spending time in the sewing room as much as I do.

Thanks to that limited time, I did no quilting in the grey borders/sashing etc. I simply did continuous inside tracings of the raindrops using my BSR and free motion quilting. Still not comfortable with my FMQ, but they say it takes practice, so we’ll go with that. img_9937img_9941

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

At least, color wise.

A lovely lady in my quilt guild (Calgary Modern Quilt Guild http://calgarymqg.blogspot.ca/ ) was selling fat quarter bundles of Tula Pink’s Eden line (http://www.tulapink.com/eden/ ) , and I couldn’t say no. The colors and prints are so different from what I’m normally attracted to, but they pull you in and are gorgeous to look at, so I had to just go with it.

My oldest daughter was head over heels for the flashy prints and gorgeous hues and quickly claimed this collection as hers.

I didn’t have a pattern in mind, but at the last guild meeting, member Cheryl Arkison (http://www.cherylarkison.com/ )  had brought in some of her pieces. One was a triangle quilt made with all kinds of bright fun patterns, so that’s what inspired mine.

With my trusty Missouri Star Quilt Company triangle ruler ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/5545/msqc/-/large-simple-wedge-template-for-10-squares ), I just cut until there were no more pieces.

I love how it turned out. Free of perfect points and straight lines (no quilt police here, right?) it’s now one of our family favorite couch quilts for watching tv.

So, go ahead! Get some of that fabric that’s speaking to you and just go for it. You may just surprise yourself.