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Hi, I'm Kristen from KD-Quilts. It is no lie that I love Tula Pink! My favorite quilts in my living room are made with her lines (Plume, Nest and now my Birds and the Bees)
When Sara sent out the email about her sew along I was thrilled to be a part of it...after all, it gave me an excuse to have to get all of the Birds and the Bees prints from Miss Tula. Because I needed an excuse?! I made her Stacks pattern from her book: Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. Stacks measures at 72 x 90. I'm tall so I love that it is a really long quilt. It's technically twin size, but I think of it as more lap size!
The cutting is very straight forward. But be warned. There is an error in the early printings of the book. The squares for the pinwheels need to be cut at 3 1/2 inches (not the 3 1/4 the book says) Luckily, it's not that big of a deal. The finished blocks will just be 17 1/2 inch square...which still makes for a huge quilt! Trust me!
I have always wanted to make one of those wonky, random pieced lines quilts but never got around to it. And to be honest, I was thinking that you cut random background pieces and sewed them to the bars. I mean, I guess that is one way to do it. But the technique in this book is so clever! It's one of those "that makes so much sense, of COURSE it should be done like that" moments. And her hand drawn illustrations are so clear, there is no room for confusion!
I wanted the quilting on this one to look awesome. There was a lot of negative space that just screamed for some fancy quilting. I made swirly hooks a la Angela Walters all over the gray background. It turned out amazingly. The swirls actually look like the squirrels tails in the fabric from Birds and the Bees! In the "stacks" I just quilted wavy lines. I didn't want any of the quilting to take away from the prints, so I left it simple. There are flowers outlining the pinwheels. I chose a solid backing with gray thread so that the quilting would show up nicely on the back. I would say that this would be an excellent quilt for a beginner. It looks really tricky, but with Tula's illustrations and directions, it becomes very straight forward and fun to create.
Thank you, Sara, for hosting this quilt along. I really enjoyed being a part of it and making this quilt!