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Quilt Market / Schoolhouse / Acacia Booth #2351

Thursday, May 16th - Schoolhouse schedule is as follows:

[12:00PM] Tula Pink Acacia for FreeSpirit Fabrics x Renaissance Ribbons | Room B116

[1:55PM] Tula Pink x Aurifil Threads | Room A103/10

[3:45PM] Tula Pink’s City Sampler | 100 Modern Quilt BlocksF+W Media, Inc. | Room B119

Come hang out and check out the all the new stuff that I am debuting! Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram for tons of Quilt Market coverage the next few days!

Sew Red Blog Tour

Sew Red is a sewing and quilting book that puts a stylish twist on raising awareness about heart disease in women! Which is pretty cool. It’s a follow up to their popular Knit Red book. They brought a bunch of designers together to make all kinds of sewing projects to support the cause. There are many lovely designers like, well, me and Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Aneela Hoey, Nancy Zeiman, Denyse Schmidt, Valori Wells, David Butler, Jenean Morrison, Ty Pennington, Mark Cesarik and on and on and on. It’s a smorgasbord  of awesome. In addition to the sewing projects each designer added little did bits about their personal experiences with heart disease and tips, resources and recipes about living heart-healthy


I made this super sweet little heart zig-zag quilt I called Paper Hearts. It felt appropriate at the time. It’s precious.


A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Sew Red will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of the Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by NHLBI.


Sew Red is now available at

Tula Pink X Aurifil Threads


All of the beautiful fabric in all of the world won’t be very useful unless you have something to sew it all together with. I have recently partnered with Aurifil  to bring you a special Tula Pink blend of threads to sew all of those luscious fabrics together. They come all wrapped up in a cute little box with my face on it. I know that is what you have always wanted. At least I drew myself smiling because, hey, I have my own thread collection. I should be happy!


When I am sewing I like my thread to disappear into the fabric. My quilts tend to be made with a lot of different colors and a lot of contrast. I put my pinks next to blues and oranges next to yellows, greens right smack up against purples and I have a penchant for laying it all down on whites, creams, grays and sometimes even black. All of this adds up to a special kind of problem, one thread color usually won’t cut it. To solve this little problem of mine I have chosen a series of variegated colors that sink nicely into my very multicolored and high contrast fabrics. Instead of choosing a palette that relates to one particular fabric collection I chose my colors very carefully to coordinate with all of my collections. The point? There is a color for every occasion. I like the quilting of most of my quilts to be done in either light or dark gray so I threw those in too. Personally, I will never need another thread color as long as I live, unless I start making weird single color quilts but that is highly unlikely.


The thread collections come in two sizes; the large box and the small box. The large box holds 12 large spools which includes all 10 variegated threads plus two solid colors for quilting. The small box contains 10 smaller spools of the variegated colors. If you have never used variegated thread for patchwork I think you might like it. The threads slowly transitions from light to dark of one color or from one color to the next color. It’s a nice easy shifting of hues like watching the sunset. You are never really sure when the sky changes, you don’t remember watching the blue fade to pink but somehow you look up and it’s a whole different sky. So this little box of joy is sort of like a sunset made of cotton and all lined up eagerly waiting to thread a needle. I can be very poetic when I want to be.


The weight of the thread is ideal for patchwork. It’s strong enough to hold your piecing together for future generations while fine enough to sink ever so delicately into your fabrics. These little packs of sunshiney delight should be popping up in your favorite shops in the next few weeks so keep on the lookout!


Large Box:

12 Spools of 50wt. Premium Cotton Thread

12 Spectacular Colors

1422 Yards Each

100% Cotton

Made in Italy


Small Box:

10 Spools of 50wt. Premium Cotton Thread

10 Spectacular Colors

220 Yards Each

100% Cotton

Made in Italy

Sophie Jane Darr Children’s Foundation

In December of 2007 we lost Sophie, my beautiful 4 year old cousin to brain cancer. Her courageous battle, smile, and loving spirit have been an inspiration to all that knew her.


This Friday is the 4th annual Neverland Ball fundraising event and I have donated one of my original quilts for the Sophie Jane Darr Children’s Foundation raffle grand prize.


This quilt (shown in background) was designed and pieced by myself, using my fabric, and quilted by Angela Walters. This a very rare opportunity to own a Tula Pink original with a signed book benefiting an amazing foundation in remembrance of my little cousin, Sophie.


With each $5 donation, you receive 1 chance at winning the grand prize. You may purchase raffle tickets here.


Foundation website:

BERNINA Event + Sneak Peek


BERNINA Sewing Centers of Kansas City

7251 W 97th Street

Overland Park, KS 66212

January 25th, 2013


(913) 341.6400



I always like to peruse the embroidery files come preloaded on embroidery machines. I found this regal little zebra head waiting patiently on the Bernina 780. His little eyes were practically begging me to make him the rainbow colored stallion he had always dreamed of being. He told me that he was not so distantly descended from the Fruit Stripes Zebra that once graced the wrapping of that awesome bubble gum I used to chew when I was a kid. Anyway, I am once again off topic.  This was the perfect excuse to play with all of that embroidery thread I bought with absolutely no project in mind at all. My local Bernina Store was having a sale on thread and if you filled up the caring case you got the box for free. Yep, I am a retailer’s dream I will buy absolutely anything that comes in multiple colors and has a carrying case in which to display said colors. Again, off topic. I used the 780′s interface to copy, position and flip the zebra heads and then input the colors I would be using. I liked how the two heads started to look like some kind crazy ink blot test. I set up the colors in a nice little rainbow, designed myself a piecing project and voila! Zebra-head-ink-blot-color-wheel-compass-kind-of-pillow-thing!

If you have missed the first couple of days of my Bernina 780 Experience check them out here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Paint Me a Pillow

Another super cool feature other than the CutWork tool on the new Bernina 780 that I have been blabbing about is the PaintWork tool. When I first checked this out I thought “I can draw all on my own what would I use this for?” It took me a hot minute to load up the anchor and re work it in the DesignWorks software. I loaded the file onto the Bernina 780 and just started scattering little anchors all over a piece of linen I had lying around. You can make your own dang fabrics! Granted I make my own fabrics already but every once in a while I need a special print for one specific project. I really liked how the pens, which come with the tool by the way, moved over the linen which is quite rough. It gave the piece a vintage sea worn look that I really liked. They glided smoother and more solid over plain cottons and even twill. In the Design Works software you can dictate the amount of fill you want, which direction the strokes will fall right down to the exact brand and size of the pen you are using. It’s pretty brilliant how detailed the whole thing can be. It can be a simple or as complicated as you make it. If I had more than a couple of weeks to work with this tool I think I could come up with some pretty amazing ways to bleed these pens dry.

Night Owls Bicycle Club

In my final days reviewing the new Bernina 780 sewing (among other things) machine I decided take a little walk down embroidery road. I just recently worked with to develop a machine embroidery version of the very first fabric I ever designed, the Full Moon Forrest Owl. He marks the beginning of my fabric career so he will forever be one of my favorite designs. I really needed to do something special with the little guy. It may be because I was watching too much Sons of Anarchy or maybe I just have a rebellious streak but either way I decided that my Owl would become the mascot for a gang of baby bikers, bicycles not motorcycles, my little sisters are not yet old enough to drive cycles with motors. We all have our limitations. They obviously needed jackets to identify them as toddler outlaws and what good is an older sister with a killer embroidery machine if they won’t make you club leather jackets once in a while? I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t at least try. So these are the Night Owls, they always stay up past their bedtime. They rule the sidewalks with their matching tricycles and handlebar fringe or even the occasional pink plastic scooter. They may be pint sized outlaws but they always obey their mother because she is the only one that is tall enough to reach the garage door opener which entombs their wheels of fury.


Machine embroidery is crazy fun and the Bernina 780 makes it pretty easy. The interface on the machine lets me input every thread color so I can preview my color choices and see what each change will look like in the final piece. It’s pretty cool especially for a crafter who reserves the right to change her mind a million times a minute and would like to preview every change to make sure it’s the right move. If I could get the machine to pick up my groceries it would be the perfect assistant, understanding and accommodating without complaint.

Don’t Drift Away

I have this bad habit of not keeping in touch. It’s my own fault, I start to draw and sew then days pass, they bleed into weeks and before I even know it it’s been a month or more since I’ve called or written. Those who know me best tend to excuse this particular character flaw and I am grateful for that. So I decided to make a few cards for those I care about most letting them know that I don’t plan to drift away anytime soon.

In all of that did anyone happen to notice that I have cut WOOD on my Bernina 780? Yes, wood. No one in their right mind should ever loan me a machine and say see what it can do. Because I will. I ran everything through that machine that I could think of. I thought long and hard about the consequences of possibly breaking the machine but in the end it outlasted even me and my antics. I glued the little wood anchors onto some fabric and then glued the fabric to some paper I had lying around. I think they turned out pretty cute!

This is the last of my CutWork experiments. Tune in tomorrow to see what I did with the PaintWork tool and software. I know, it’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

Anchors Away, really they’re not there

Remember that garland made of anchors from a the other day? This sweet little tote bag is made from the left overs. I told you I made something with the scraps. One of the great things about Bernina and more specifically the 7 series is the 9 millimeter stitch width. It doesn’t sound like much but it is. You know, sometimes size does matter. I almost got more out of the scraps than I did from what I intended to make in the first place.  I backed the space left by the little anchor cut outs with complimenting solids and stitched them all together in a grid. Sew up the sides, stitch up a handle or two and there you have it, a tote bag fit for a pirate or maybe a sailor I leave the decision of occupation up to the user.