Friday, October 29, 2010

Parisville by Tula Pink! { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post }

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to present to you my next guest designer here on Fat Quarter Shop Fridays, Tula Pink! I sent Ms. Pink an email a few weeks ago and invited her to answer a few questions about her upcoming line Parisville. Shipping on or around December 2010 from Westminster Fibers/Free Spirit, Parisville will be unveiled for all to see at Fall Quilt Market 2010 in Houston.

I'm very excited to meet Tula in person and let her know she's responsible for creating some of my very favorite fabrics. I'll probably geek out completely, but Tula Pink is one of my quilting idols.


RWQ: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

I have been designing fabric for about 4 years. My background is in Graphic Design and Commercial Illustration. I was the Art Director for a major record label for several years and the Head Exhibit Designer for a large museum in Los Angeles for a few years before that. Designing fabric started out as a hobby to relieve stress from my day job. I never intended to make a career out of it but it's nice to work in my pajamas instead of high heels.

RWQ: Parisville is your first collection for Free Spirit, right? Have you designed fabric for other companies?

Parisville is indeed my first collection for Free Spirit. Until now I my designs have been manufactured by Moda Fabrics. I have designed six collections for Moda over the last three years (Full Moon Forest, Flutterby, Nest, Neptune, Hushabye and Plume). Parisville is by far my finest work but of course, I feel that way about what ever is the "newest".

RWQ: How long does it take for an idea you have to be translated into fabric? Can you tell us a little about the process?

From the time I begin drawing to the collection arriving in stores is about a year. At any given moment I am working on three collections. I have one on the drawing board, a second collection in production and I am marketing a third that is just shipping to retail stores.

I keep extremely detailed lists of collections I want to execute someday. I average about two to three collections a year, I have enough lists to work for 16 years before I have to start coming up with new ideas. My lists usually consist of 10 to 15 small sketches of different general ideas and next to each is a list of animals or images that can be hidden in them. For instance I might write paisley- owl and then do a little mock up sketch of an owl that is made from paislies. Often there are several little sketches as I work out the foundation of what the print can become. It's all very rough. The real sketch will be done later. I will labor over the final sketch for days, sometimes weeks getting it right. I figure out the repeat and scale all on the sketch.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

I get asked the inspiration question a lot. I'm not really sure how to answer. I have been thinking creatively, both professionally and in general for so long that I am not really sure how it works anymore. It just comes almost against my will. I will usually get an idea that will nag at me incessantly. The only way to shut it up is to draw it out, literally, with a pencil. People who know me well know to just ignore me if I start drawing in the middle of a conversation or a movie or once, even a wedding (that one didn't go over too well).

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell the readers about your inspiration for Parisville?

Parisville is a collection that I have wanted to do for a long time. I had sketched it a few times before but never felt it was exactly right. It took me a couple of years to get it to the point where I thought it was ready. The inspiration came from an article in Vogue magazine about the movie Marie Antoinette. In Sofia Coppola's version there is a scene where she pans around the room showing all of the fancy shoes in MA's closet, there is a split second where you see a pair of modern day pink converse high tops amongst all of the vintage finery. It made so much sense to me and just tickled me to death. I began with that concept and let it evolve until it became my own story.

RWQ: How did you come up with the colorway names for Parisville?

When I am pulling colors for the different color ways I am always thinking about morning, day and evening. The three values of a day and how that effects the light. "Sprout" is my morning palette, a sprout being the first sign of a plant representing the first part of the day. The colors are lighter and fresh. "Pomegranate" is more about the middle of the day, the colors get a bit richer, deeper and a little more saturated. "Mist" is like early evening, dusk. The sky takes on that deeper shade of blue as the purples start to seep in. This is usually my favorite time of day before it's actually dark but you can feel it coming on.

RWQ: Are there any other mediums you are interested in designing on besides fabric? I see you have a line of custom shoes at

Of course I think my designs should be on everything! There are a few things in the works, shhhh, this stuff takes a long time to get into the market place. The shoes were sort of an accident. I had a pair made for my mom for mother's day just for fun. They ended up causing such a riot at the last Quilt Market that I got my mom's permission to let other people buy them. It turned out to be an extremely good idea.


Parisville will be released in 100% cotton and laminates!

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me Tula! I can't wait to see Parisville in person. For anyone wishing to find out more information about Tula Pink or her designs, you can check out her blog!

Head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop, sponsor of this post, and sign up to be notified when Parisville becomes available for purchase.

Stay tuned for another edition of FQSF next week. We'll be speaking with designer Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket about their new release, Tailor Made.

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Until next time, happy quilting!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tula Tomorrow! { To Market, To Market }

Designer Tula Pink will stop by tomorrow to chat with us about her upcoming line, Parisville! I'll ask about her inspiration for the line, talk with her a little bit about how she approaches fabric design and how she comes up with the names of her colorways. Mark your calendars. You won't want to miss this. Tell all your quilting BFFs!

I officially leave for Quilt Market after work this afternoon. I'll do my best to keep you updated, but please be patient. I'll be tweeting from the market floor in the afternoon on Friday 10/29 and all day Saturday and Sunday 10/30-10/31. Feel free to follow and send me any burning questions you've always wanted to know about your favorite fabric lines and designers.

Due to my market schedule, there will be no Sunday Stash post this week.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday { Recent Bee Blocks }

Welcome to my very first edition of Wordless Wednesday! I'm taking the opportunity to finish up some bee blocks before heading off to Fall Quilt Market. Every night this week I'm trying to get at least 2 or more done. Here are some photos of completed blocks. You can click on the photos to be taken to the Flickr page with a little explanation about each block.

Red & Aqua Block 1 for Suzy

Fussy Cut for Lynette

Fussy Cut for Jane

Bee Imaginative for Alissa

Bee Imaginative for Elizabeth

August 2010 Fussy Cut Bee Block for Becky

August 2010 Bee Imaginative Block for Kate

Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bliss, Tailor Made, Castle Peeps and MARKET, OH MY! { Sunday Stash #9 }

Hi everyone! Well, the count down to Quilt Market Houston is officially on! With less than 5 days to go before we beat feet South, I'm rushing around the studio trying to get caught up. I've locked myself in the quilt room today and I'm not leaving till I'm finished with all my bee blocks. The coffee is plentiful, the fire place is roaring (it's only 43 degrees here today) and I'm a sewing mad man, but I do have a few minutes to spare to show you some recent fabric acquisitions! I received some yummy Bonnie and Camille, Cosmo Cricket and Lizzy House fabrics this week.

You may have read one of my recent Fat Quarter Shop Friday's posts where I spoke with Kim of October Afternoon. She's creative director of a scrap book company who recently sprang into the fabric market. One of the original scrap book companies who also started creating fabrics based on their paper products is Cosmo Cricket; Girl Friday, Snorkel, Early Bird and now Tailor Made has hit the shelves!

Cosmo Cricket - Tailor Made

The theme of Tailor made, as the name implies, is sewing. Filled with muted blues, yellows, pinks, reds and greens on a trademark cream background, Tailor Made looks to have the same color scheme as Early Bird. In fact, the lines mix very well. Here's a photo of a few prints from both lines together.

Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird and Tailor Made

I never realized how much the dot print on the left from Early Bird looks like sewing pins! And that measuring tape fabric reminds me so much of American Jane. My favorite print from the line is Folksy Floral.

Cosmo Cricket - Tailor Made

You can find Tailor Made in the following blog sponsor's shops: Fat Quarter Shop, Hawthorne Threads, and Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.

Also arriving is a bundle of Bliss in flannel and cotton. Mother and daughter team Bonnie and Camille have created a drool-worthy collection for Moda that I've been pining for since I first saw it on Camille's blog. Red and aqua lovers eat your hearts out!

Moda - Bliss

Look at those dots! This line is my current favorite. As soon as I get my act together, I will finish piecing a Bliss Moda Bake Shop quilt and show it to everyone.

You can find bliss in the following sponsor shops: Fat Quarter Shop, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, Fabric Shoppe, Wondrous Woven Fabrics, and Burgundy Buttons.

Some other noteworthy arrivals? I finally finished collecting fat quarters of Castle Peeps by Lizzy House. My boys love this fabric ...

Lizzy House - Castle Peeps

... and I purchased a bundle of Halloween fabric just because.

Halloween Bundle

Are you attending Market? Let me know because I'd love to meet up and chat. I'm planning on documenting my entire market trip and November will be filled with weekly market recaps and GIVEAWAYS!!!

Watch out Houston! Ryan's coming to town!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Farm Fresh by October Afternoon { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post}

On this weeks edition of Fat Quarter Shop Fridays we're talking with Kim, owner/designer behind the fun company October Afternoon. Starting out as a scrapbook design company, October Afternoon is taking the leap into the fabric design world and we think the results are awesome. Debuting this month from Riley Blake Designs, Farm Fresh (as the name implies) is a fresh palette of Red, Aqua, Pink, Olive, Tan, Mustard and Brown.

Farm Fresh by October Afternoon

I had the opportunity to chat with Kim last week about her upcoming release. She seemed very excited to tell us all about her new line.

RWQ: Tell us a little bit about your company, October Afternoon. How long have you been in business? What is your design background?

October Afternoon was started in 2006 by my husband and myself just over 4 years ago. As Creative Director, I developed my passion for art while growing up in Montana. I was the daughter of a housing designer and granddaughter of a painter. I was exposed to a variety of art forms at a very early age. I graduated from Pensacola Christian College in FL, where I earned my degree in Fine Arts.

RWQ: Over the last few years, we've noticed a trend in scrap booking companies entering the fabric design business. How did your company happen upon it?

We were approached by Riley Blake with the idea and were very excited and felt it was a wonderful opportunity.

RWQ: Is there a big difference between designing for scrap booking and designing for fabric? Was it a hard transition for you?

Yes, there is a big difference between designing for the two. It was a transition that we learned a lot from. Most of the design work is essentially the same, however there are a few additional design challenges. There are some things you simply can't transfer from scrapbook product to fabric manufacturing.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing?

I draw inspiration from antique stores, current trends in fashion, and the world at large. For the "Farm Fresh" line in particular my experiences on my grandfather's farm were my major inspiration.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell the readers about your inspiration for Farm Fresh? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have! It's hard to pick just one print as a favorite, as I love them all, but if I had to choose just one it would be the vegetables fabric, "Root Cellar."

RWQ: Are there any other October Afternoon scrapbook collections that you want to see made into fabric?

Yes! I would love to see several of our collections made into fabric designs. I would especially be proud to see "Very Merry" made into fabric because I love that Christmas design in particular. Christmas is my favorite. :)

Farm Fresh is being released in 2 colorways: Grassland and Prairie. It will be available in cottons AND flannels!

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me Kim. I can't wait to see Farm Fresh in person. For anyone wishing to find out more information about October Afternoon you can also check out their blog!

Head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop, sponsor of this post, and sign up to be notified when Farm Fresh becomes available for purchase.

Stay tuned for another edition of FQSF next week where we're gonna bring some serious pink up in here! ;)

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Until next time, happy quilting!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Son's First Quilt

My oldest son Rowan came home from school earlier in the week with an ear to ear grin on his face. I could hear the clomp clomp of his shoes all the way up the stairs as he was hurriedly running up to the room where I was sitting. He ran around the corner with his hand behind his back clutching a piece of paper and promptly began to jump up and down to get my attention.

I turned to see what he was so excited to tell me about and as I did, he proudly proclaimed, "Look Daddy! I made a quilt!"

Rowan's First Quilt

I am such a proud pappa! Rowan made his first quilt. He explained that his art teacher had them make quilts out of paper. He even managed to create "stitches" around the paper pieces using crayon.

We shared a really big hug!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fat Quarterly Holiday 2010 { Now Available for Purchase }

The holidays are fast approaching and the team over at Fat Quarterly contacted me several weeks ago to see if I wanted to contribute to their special holiday issue. Of course, I said yes. I love Fat Quarterly and have been a big fan of their e-magazine since its introduction this year. With 2 issues under their belts, I'm confident we can expect great things with each new publication.

Released on October 17, the holiday issue is packed full of holiday tutorials, designer interviews and original content.

I selected a free, online pattern to make using the new Kate Spain fabric, 12 Days of Christmas. Here are a couple photos of the holiday gift sacks I made.

*** UPDATED ON 10-22-2010 *** The FQ team said I could share the project link with you! CLICK HERE to be taken to the tutorial.

To find more info about Fat Quarterly and their magazine, or to purchase the holiday issue, please visit their blog.

As an added bonus, several sponsors of this blog offered discount coupons in the holiday issue to help you get a head start on those holiday projects! You can find coupons from Aunt Bea's Fabric, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, Wondrous Woven Fabrics, and Burgundy Buttons! The issue practically pays for itself and then some!

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