Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tula is a top

Last year Tula Pink's "City Sampler's 100 Modern Quilt  Blocks" book came into the shop. I resisted. I have so many books and so many projects waiting to be made that I just could not get started on anything else. Some time went by and I saw a sew along was starting using the book. I held firm, for about a day. I thought I would get a pile of solids and sew along. I bought solids and the book. Then I pulled out my Kaffe stash and I liked it all together.
Three blocks a week were posted and I started out a few weeks behind. I made a plan to do 6 blocks a week  until I got caught up. I did the current weeks blocks and then the first weeks blocks. Eventually I caught up and stayed caught up. Once the blocks were done I had to find sashing and borders. I didn't want to use white. I looked and looked and nothing spoke to me. I finally decided that I was just going to pick something that worked, even if I had to do white.  (There is nothing wrong with white, it is just always my go to and I am trying to breakout and be more daring. Sometimes I like it sometimes I am not sure.) The fabric I picked is a white background with black and gray tiny circles on it.

I put the top together and I like it.  I hope I do not dither as much about a backing.

I am also at the end of the Beginners BOM that I have been running at the shop. You remember this picture. We had to delay the start of the program because there were so few sign ups. :( I made the first row and more people signed up when they saw the colors. They have been a fun group to work with. I will never have an award winning quilt, but it is really so much fun to share what I do know.  I must say that the applique was not well received by all. I did have several design ideas to replace the applique for those that chose not to try it. . It is fused and either hand stitched or machine stitched.

I over heard one of them tell  the boss that she would never try a pattern that had HSTs in it and then she said " And now I know how to do them. I can do all those patterns  now". I was stupid happy.

I did finish the dresses for Haiti. When my friend posted a picture with her daughter and one of the little girls I was happy to see one of the dresses being worn.
Sorry about the pictures, there isn't really good light anywhere in the apartment. Maybe when it warns up I can get the hubby to go outside and hold quilts for me.

Happy Stitching everyone.

9 comments:

  1. WOW Beth....I love your quilts!

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  2. Yay for you, getting caught up and staying caught up on the BOM. I think the sashing you chose works very well. Yay for you again for sharing your quiting knowledge. I would have been stupid happy too at that comment from a student. Maybe you need to come teach me to applique :)

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  3. Both quilts will be great! I love your color arrangement in the first one. The little dresses are so sweet. I don't know a lot to share with my friend who is a relatively new quilter, but our time together has been very rewarding. No doubt you experience that every week as you teach. ---"Love"

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  4. I love the modern quilt and the sashing fabric is perfect. Good for you getting caught up and keeping up. (I'm really good at starting things...) The beginner quilt is beautiful and who wouldn't want to make it when they saw what colors you chose. And the little dresses are so sweet. And how neat that you've seen one you've made being used. That's always the best feeling, isn't it?

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  5. I love both quilts! The sashing on the BOM is just right and the class quilt is awesome. No wonder the colors drew in some more students! And helping people learn and stretch out to new things must feel wonderful too. The dresses are sweet!

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  6. I love the quilts, such pretty colors and I love the applique on the one. The dresses are so cute and will be so appreciated. The pink fabric is so adorable!

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  7. Love your Tula! I am in the process of making a block a month with our group and right now I am "Not Feelin The Love" yet. But after seeing yours I am starting to feel some sparks!

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  8. Your Tula quilt is a stunner! And your skill builder top from your shop looks amazing. Those colors are vivid, happy and attention grabbing. I'm not surprised that people signed up as soon as they saw your first row!! I would have too! Maybe you should write it up in complete pattern form and offer it for sale on Etsy or Craftsy?? :)

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  9. Wow your quilt turned out great, I love your color selections!

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