So I have to admit, when it came to fabric designers, I paid no attention. I would go into my LQS and look at all the fabric and pick up what I liked. That was until a year ago, my friend Charisma (who is like the Rain-man of fabrics) started rattling off the different fabrics in a scrappy quilt. “That’s Amy Butler, and there’s some Kaffe and Tula Pink…”
“And Who-la?” I asked. It was Tula pink, and she had the most interesting fabric. We were at quilt market, so we sought out Tula and said hello. Then I put in my pre-order for a yard of each print in her new line. Then 4 yards of a print I liked for the border etc. Not long after that I had received the Fons & Porter Love of quilting. It was the May-June 2013 edition. There was a quilt on the cover, a BEAUTIFUL quilt. The pattern was by 3 Dog Design Co and it was gorgeous!! Colorful and interesting and WAY to difficult for me to make…..but I couldn’t help myself…I wanted it. So I set out, bought all of the fabric and got to work.
My first roadblock….it was a template quilt. So I sent out to have some templates made. Got them back a week or so later and got to work. And BOY was it a lot of work. A LOT of cutting, and more cutting. And cutting on top of that. I believe I was able to get through 3 seasons of “The Good Wife” while I was cutting out this quilt. The picture to the left is a tiny sampling of all of the pieces I had to cut out. I believe this is what I had accomplished the first day.
Once I was done cutting it was time to assemble my first block. And boy howdy, are there a few pieces in this block 50 pieces per block. So there was a little sewing involved with each block. I became a chain piecing FOOL! And I have to admit, many times I thought to myself, just put it all in a plastic tote and save it from another day. But I KNEW that if I did that it would never get pulled out again. All of that lovely fabric would be doomed to live out it’s life stuck in a plastic tote. So I kept going.
And I’m REALLY Happy that I did. It took me almost 3 months, but I completed the top and sent it off to my good friend Charisma to quilt it. Well I have to say all of the work was TOTALLY worth it. This quilt remains my all time favorite quilt. I just LOVE it!! I was really proud of the work I did on this one. (So proud it’s in my logo) So if you’re up for a challenge, this would be a great one. Tula also have a FAB new line coming soon!!!