Grandma Jane is back again with another wonderful quilt tutorial and a fabulous giveaway.......take it away, Mom.........
I had been searching for the perfect quilt to make for my son (men are sew hard to sew for) and finally found my inspiration in the book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink!
Tula Pink, a talented fabric designer and self-taught modern quilter, shares a peek into her whimsical, creative world in this fun book.
I absolutely love the beautiful, romantic photography style, the hand-sketched illustrations, and her no rules required approach to quilting.
Being someone who really likes a quick and easy project…I enjoyed the simple approach in the book to some quilting basics including Tula’s Totally Tubular Tube Technique, which is the inspiration for my quilt. Her section on “Fearless Fabric selection,” (who doesn’t stress over that process?) and “Quilting is not an afterthought,” all about choosing a quilting design, were both very helpful. She also explains a little about her fabric design process as an artist which was fun to read. The book contains 10 quilt patterns and 10 other smaller projects including pillows, a fun lampshade and even a darling shower curtain pattern.
Tula says in her introduction… "The House of Tula Pink is not a place of rules and regulations but a place where you can pick and choose when to behave. Here we eat our dessert first and sometimes skip dinner altogether. Go ahead and put your feet up and as long as you’re not doing anything, you might as well make some stuff." Now that is a good philosophy! We don’t always have to follow the rules! The point is to be creative, have fun and actually finish something that is beautiful and makes you proud!
Supplies for generous throw quilt (68” x 70”)
• 10 Fat quarters various prints (Fabric is from Parson Gray’s first line, Curious Nature)
• 1 ¾ yards Background fabric
1. Cut each fat quarter into (8) 4” x 10 ½” pieces for a total of 80 pieces. (Save the end scrap for a pieced backing if you like)
2. Cut background fabric into 8 strips 7 ½”x WOF (width of fabric). Cut each strip in 4” x 7 ½” pieces. Each strip yields 10 pieces for a total of 80 pieces.
Layout your sewn pressed tube pieces in 4 columns of 20 blocks each. I sewed them together in sets of 5 and then into columns.
Straighten up the edges of the columns and sew together matching the seams. This really went together quickly and has very few seams to match—just along the columns. I pieced the back with my fat quarter scraps.
This one is for my son, Ben, who lives in Colorado! I hope that he will feel a hug from his mama every time he curls up to read and snuggles under this totally tubular quilt.
I would love to share a copy of this beautiful book with one of Lindsay’s readers.
Leave a comment about that special person in your world that lives way too far away!
(Maybe they need a special quilt from you to remind them that they are always covered in your love!)
Giveaway open until January 17, 2013 at midnight (CST).
Thanks, Mom (aka Grandma Jane)! It's always so much fun having you here on the blog and thank you so much for always thinking of the readers. Love you from here to the moon and back again!
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