Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tula Pink Painted Portrait Blouse

After already making a sleeveless blouse and dress from the Anna Maria Horner Painted Portrait Blouse/Dress pattern, I really wanted to try it again but this time with sleeves...
I chose some prints from Tula Pink True Colours and Eden that coordinated with the dark denim Tencil that I was using for the main part of the blouse.
I used some of the Crouching Tiger print in Amethyst from Eden to feature on the back of the blouse.
This time I did a pieced yoke which was quite easy to do and I used some of the pink lawn leftover from sewing the other blouse for the facing.
The last step was to sew the hems - although I did feel like I was being watched very closely by the tiger...
I wore the blouse to Tulas trunk show and Tula was kind enough to have a photo taken with me wearing it which made my day:)
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.

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Kirsten.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tula Pink in Australia (part 2)

This is the second part of my blog post about the Tula pink trunk show hosted by Fifis Fabricology - part one can be found here.
Along with her gorgeous quilts, Tula also bought along some beautiful bags, and being a bit of a bag-lady myself, I loved them all!
Many of the bags are made by Sara from Sew Sweetness.
This duffle was the first bag Tula has made and it was fabulous.
So many different styles of bags on display - one for every purpose!
Loved this camera bag featuring the Tiger from Eden.
Gothic Arches (Elizabeth) - incredible quilting by Angela Walters who does custom quilting on all of Tula quilts - I found more details of this quilting on Angelas blog here.
Space Dust (The Birds and the Bees) - Tula said that she uses 2 layers of batting which gives more detail to the quilting for photos.
Free Fall backing in Battleship  - I can't remember which quilt this was but these would be fabulous for making a whole cloth quilt.
Slow and Steady is Tulas 20th fabric collection which was inspired by the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. 
The colours are just so vibrant! 
The 3 colourways for this range are named after slushies - Strawberry Kiwi, Orange Crush and Blue Raspberry! 
Fandango quilt (Slow and Steady) - the solids Tula uses are Free Spirit solids and this lime green is so lovely.
And a few other quilts that were on display made by Fifis Fabricology  - a colour workshop quilt.
Junes'  beautiful Blue Butterfly.
And another 100 modern block quilt by Trish.
And last but not least a super cute Hedhgehog quilt complete with pink glasses.
Tula was asked if she would ever do an Aussie inspired fabric collection so maybe this little koala out the front of the Currumbin RSL where the trunk show was held might inspire her !!!!
Kirsten.

Tula Pink in Australia (part 1)

As many of you know, the amazing Tula Pink is in Australia at the moment, and I attended her trunk show at the Gold Coast yesterday. Tula was a wonderful speaker and was very generous with her time for questions, autographs and photos. 
Marquis (Moonshine) - hand pieced hexagons.
 City Sampler - from Tulas 100 modern quilt blocks book.
Space Dust (The Birds and the Bees) and the mini version in True Colours.
 And the back of Space Dust...
Scurvy - named because sailors often succumbed to scurvy due to lack of vitamin C and they ended up looking like this...
Gothic Arches - it was during a visit to England that Tula became interested in the history of Elizabeth I and the "Elizabeth" fabric collection features many designs inspired by Tudor era (chain mail, ships, pelicans, and pearls)
And another gorgeous full backing featuring the "16th century selfie".
Moth/Butterfly quilt (Eden) - maybe one day I will make this quilt as I still have a FQ bundle of Eden.
 Hearts (Slow and Steady)
 Fandango quilt  (Slow and Steady)
Pre-cut Hexagons quilt (Slow and Steady)
So those were the quilts - as I took quite a few photos, I have split this blog post into 2 parts so the bags and quilting details will follow shortly.
Kirsten.

Tula "Coastal Cruiser" Poolside Tote

A couple of days before attending the trunk show by Tula Pink at the Gold coast, I decided to make a tote bag to bring with me...  
So I dug out some aqua canvas and scraps of Tula Pink fabric along with the Poolside tote by Anna @ Noodlehead
The Coastal Cruiser pattern is a free pattern by Tula Pink.
I decided not to make the outer pocket as I wanted to feature the VW camper of the outer panel of the tote bag.
I used quite a few of my favourite Tula fabrics for the applique and featured the anchor from Salt Water in place of the the vans logo.
To make the tote sturdier, I quilted the bag panel to some scraps of quilt batting and a layer of calico.
On the inside of the tote I added in a couple of pockets - a zippered one and also a slip pocket.
I managed to finish the tote in time to take to the Tula Pink trunk show and afterwards went to visit my daughter who lives at the Gold Coast. 
There is a lovely BBQ area where she lives so I took a few "poolside" photos.
I have made a couple of the Poolside Totes, but I think this is my favourite one so far as the Coastal Cruiser was just perfect for a large beachy bag.
And I even got a {slightly blurry} photo of the tote with Tula....
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Nicky @ Mrs Sew and Sew.
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And also with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory.
Kirsten.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Baby "Bailey" quilt

Our nephew recently had a baby boy which was the perfect excuse to make a quilt. 
After recently making the Moda ABC quilt, I decided to make the letters to spell his name. 
Then added in a few larger fox blocks from the Fancy Fox II pattern by Elizabeth Hartman to make the quilt up to size.
I used the Serpentine stitch for quilting across the quilt about every 2 inches which was very quick and easy to do.
The backing is a printed drill which should make the quilt a bit more durable for use as a playmat.
And the binding is the black woodgrain print that I used in my original Fancy Fox quilt.
This quilt has been sent up to Bailey with his uncle, grandma and great-grandma who are visiting him for the first time.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This quilt was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
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Kirsten.