We started Thursday night with a trunk show, and I had a front row seat, so I got to see her beautiful quilts up close and personal. They are even more beautiful than the photos appear. And I got to have my picture taken with her. :)
Friday and Saturday was our workshop with Tula. She taught an English paper pieced quilt that she designed for this class. Even though I have some experience with EPP, I learned a lot more about fabric selection and fussy cutting. Plus, I learned the glue basting technique that she uses instead of basting with thread.
Friday we worked on choosing our fabrics, cutting them, and basting them to the papers. I thought I knew what fabrics I wanted to use with my Tabby Road kitties, but when I got several cut out, I changed my mind and had to go back and cut a little more. Here are the kitties basted.
And here are the 2-inch kitties with the pieces for the rest of the block. I knew I wanted to use the cat's eye print for the center. I started out originally thinking I would use the stripes as a full hexagon, but realized that was just too overpowering so I cut them into half hexies instead. Then I thought I would use the lighter green print as a 2-inch triangle, but I didn't like how stark that seemed. It needed something more. So, back to the cutting board. I cut those into half hexies as well, and added a small 1-inch triangle in the medium green print. That was it, a much better transition.
At the end of the day, we also had to choose the solid color that we're going to put together as 6-pointed stars around this block. I decided on a royal blue.
Saturday we learned how to put it all together. She had so many tips to share, and again I learned a ton. I managed to get the block pieced and then one 6-point blue star pieced as well.
I am very excited by the possibilities of this quilt. Here is Tula's full design, which she named "Tula's Bloomers" this weekend, soliciting suggestions from the workshop participants and of course our wonderful hostess, Anna Maria Horner (designer of many things including fabric, and owner of Craft South). I was so lucky to get to spend time with both of these wonderful women and the other "bloomers". It was my first time visiting Craft South, but it won't be my last.