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Quilts from the House of Tula Pink: 20 Fabric Projects to Make, Use and Love Paperback – March 21, 2012
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Featured Project by Tula Pink: Color Bars Body Pillowcase
Sometimes a giant pillow is all that stands between me and the jarring experience of falling out of bed; it's like water wings for the bedroom. Just because a pillow can function as a safety precaution doesn't mean it has to be ugly.
- Color bar fabrics: 10 fabrics, 1⁄8 yard (0.1m) each
- Background: 1-3⁄4 yards (1.6m)
From each color bar fabric, cut (3) 2-1⁄2" x 12-1⁄2" (6.4cm x 31.8cm) rectangles. You will only need 28 rectangles; you will have two left over.
From the background fabric, cut:
- (1) 59" x 20" (149.9cm x 50.8cm) rectangle (cut across the length of the fabric to make one long piece for the back)
- (28) 2-1⁄2" x 8-1⁄2" (6.4cm x 21.6cm) rectangles
- (2) 5" x 20" (12.7cm x 50.8cm) rectangles
Building the Pillowcase
- With right sides together, sew each color bar to one 2-1⁄2" x 8-1⁄2" (6.4cm x 21.6cm) cream background rectangle by stitching down both short sides to create a tube.
- Make a straight cut through only the background fabric at random intervals.
- Sew twenty-eight color bars together along the long sides to form a long column. You will have two extra color bars to use in another project.
- Fold the two 5" x 20" (12.7cm x 50.8cm) cream rectangles in half lengthwise and press to make two cuffs.
- Line up the raw edges of one cuff with the opening end of the color bar rectangle.
- Sew together using a 1⁄2" (13mm) seam.
- Fold the cuff back over the seam toward the open end of the pillowcase and press.
- Topstitch on the cuff 1⁄4" (6mm) away from the seam.
- Repeat steps 7-8 to attach the second cuff to the pillow back.
- Place the pillow top and the pillow back right sides together. Stitch a 1⁄2" (13mm) seam around three sides of the pillowcase, leaving the cuff end open. Backstitch at each end.
- Stuff with a body pillow and you're done.
"Fun book full of interesting color combinations and surprising design elements" --Jennifer at Erica's Craft & Sewing Center
"Well organized with lots of technique instructions" --Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage
"[Tula's] hand drawn illustrations are so clear, there is no room for confusion" --Kristen of KD-Quilts
"If you're trying to get your kids into quilting, I would definitely recommend this book." --Sharon at Jimmy Beans Wool
"Tula is brilliant!" --Bianca of Sweet Diesel Designs
"Not only are there great pattern instructions in the book, but the photography is eye candy!" --Nancy Zieman
"If you don't have this book you must get it! It is amazing and super informative." --Kim of Kim's Krafts
"Tula has some amazing artistic skills and she really does an awesome job of putting in the details in her work. High Five Tula!" --Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics
Top Customer Reviews
So, buy the book, but think carefully about construction, at least in that quilt. I'm sewing the leaves and background wedges together in pairs, straightening the edges and then joining pairs into fours, etc.
The book and the quilts are beautiful, but the directions are not for beginners.
I can't predict how anyone else will react...that is just the nature of quilts...but I would suggest you try to get your hands on a copy before you purchase it. That way, if you like it, you'll be happy to buy it, and if you don't, you'll be happy to pass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tula a pink is my new fav fabric and quilt designer. Book filled with great ideas.Published 2 months ago by Stephen Wright
Tula Pink is amazing. Her designs are fresh and exciting. Her tutorials are educational and easy to follow.Published 4 months ago by Kevin Mielbeck