Tula Pink’s Acacia is LIVING Downtown Indianapolis

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I’ll tell ya.  Remember when I drank the Kool-Aid at the Portland Quilt Market Spring 2013 and I said “I finally get why so many people are obsessed with Tula Pink!”  If you don’t remember, you can read about it here. (I was able to capture some good photos while there, I think it’s worth taking a look at). Well.  Two days ago the child of that Kool-Aid-induced-decision-making-funtime showed up.  Twenty-five bolts of Tula Pink’s newest line called Acacia is here.  Yesterday we (David, Melissa, and I) spent a goodly amount of the day cutting, folding, bundling, kitting, petting these newest fabrics.  I took WAY too many photos of the collection and have been thinking WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL OF THESE PHOTOS?! But I couldn’t stop.  So, here is a lil’ photographic journey of the bundles and kits we’ve put together.  I’ll meet you at the bottom momentarily.

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ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageWe call this one above the Amelia colorway.  Pretty pinks turning coral.   ImageWe  call the one above the Pauline colorway with its unexpected color combinations that work together seamlessly.ImageWe call this dominantly purple bundle the Bernice colorway.  All good Bernices claim purple as their favorite color.

We have kits of the Peaks & Valleys Quilt which I thought was the best quilt at the show.  We put them in cute lil’ plastic zipper bags that our friend Ashley at Nurture gave us.  She’s trying to purge.  It seems we are always trying to hoard.Image

Here’s what the quilt looks like:

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And of course we have the English paper piecing kit she created called Diamonds in the Sky.

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It seems we are now officially armed with enough beautiful fabric to make some pretty spectacular things.  I’ve got to get to work on my Peaks and Valleys quilt!

If receiving Tula’s fabric wasn’t enough, on Tuesday we’ll receive Birch Organic’s Fort Firefly and Alexander Henry’s Ghastlie Christmas fabric.  YOU GUYS! It’s go time.

See you downtown, soon!

xoxo

Heather

“Excuse me! Are you Tula Pink?!” — Quilt Market Review Continues Including Best Quilt At Market, IMO.

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Day two of Quilt Market, I was standing in the aura of Tula Pink, Freespirit Fabrics designer, trying to take it all in when a woman interrupts my Tula Pink coma saying “Excuse me! I’m so sorry.  Are you Tula Pink?” And so it begins.  I’m later to find out that this character that confuses me with Tula is Mary Fons of Quilty Magazine.  We giggle about the incident when a series of events finds me chatting with her after I’ve inadvertently crashed a quilting magazine industry party on the eighth floor of a hotel that is a few miles away from my hotel.  This whole story is way better told in person.

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Tula Pink can’t be stopped.  I am at times speechless just trying to take in the abundance of pattern, color, design, absurdity, beauty, and cohesion that is Tula Pink.  Take a closer look at her quilt market booth.

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Fabric flowers in vases.

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A really great series of pillows.

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As quilts.  As garments.  As home decor.  It all works.

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Holy.  This butterfly quilt was designed by Tula Pink as a block of the month.  You can bet your sweet bippy that we’re gonna do this at Crimson Tate.  It’s absolutely stunning.

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Here’s an up-close look at the quilting.  So good.

But let’s chat about THE BEST QUILT found at quilt market.  It’s this one —>

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I’m angry that I don’t have a better photo of the entire quilt.  I can still hear Tula’s voice as I’m franticaly trying to get a photo of it at her School House chat “Don’t worry.  It’ll be in the booth.  You can get a good photo of it later.” But in fact, I never saw the quilt outstretched again after that moment.  I couldn’t get a full view of it.  Ugh!  But I did get a few close-ups so you can see why it’s so incredible.

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That Angela Waters.  Whoa.  And closer still.

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As my friend Lindsay of Ellesquare says “You drank the Kool-Aid.” And in fact I did.  Coming to live at Crimson Tate in the next few months is not only Tula Pink’s entire line of quilting weight cottons from her collection, Acacia, but also her hand piecing kit that makes this quilt.

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Seen again here along with needlework pillows, also coming to Crimson Tate.

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Boxes of Tula Pink Aurifil thread, both the large and small sizes along with her newest collection of ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons.Image

I have a serious Kool-Aid mustache.  I might have gone a little crazy.  I leave you with a few other random bits that are interesting and all Tula Pink.  Holy mother.

xoxo

Heather

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