Grandma Jane is back again with another wonderful quilt tutorial and a fabulous giveaway…….take it away, Mom………
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”)
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.
The Totally Tubular Technique involves sewing a piece of the background fabric with a fat quarter piece on the short ends to make a little tube. You then cut the background fabric at varying places to make blocks that will be staggered. I marked my background pieces before I sewed my tubes together on the wrong side with a pencil at 1 ½, 2, 2 ½ and 3 inches so when I cut them they would be straight and so that I would be sure to have a good variety of spacing.
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.