In the Pink with Tula Pink

I’ve just finished my Tula Pink quilt! This one is going to be auctioned at a charity ball so I felt it need to be fairly striking, having said that I had lots of wobbles making it as the colours are brighter than my usual palette, so I have to give a huge thanks to everyone for your suggestions and encouragement, it kept me going forward! Now it’s finished I like it, yes there are changes I would make with hindsight, but everyone’s reactions to it since I finished it have been positive, so hopefully it will do well on the night.

To give a bit of a recap, it’s a free pattern on the Tula Pink website, it’s called Flower Market. I used predominantly Tula Pink fabrics, so there’s owls, racoons, squirrels, frogs, all sorts hidden within the designs. As a pattern it went together really quickly as some of the pieces are full block or even double block size. Arranging the fabrics and colours was more difficult as I had to fight my usual desire to have the colours fairly co-ordinating, the lime green really makes it pop but I did have to be pushed into using it!

Flower Market Quilt

I backed it with some plain fabric in a light blue/green colour which pretty well matches one of the fabrics on the front. In some lights it looked a bit bright but it works well now it’s all made up. It’s actually a lot lighter than it looks in the photo, you can see a peep of it in the photo of the quilt folded below.

Flower Market

I quilted it using a mixture of flower patterns and foliage of sorts. The flower design is one I found on the internet but I didn’t fancy using it all over so I also used my standard quilting pattern which is like meandering to a point! I found when I started free motion quilting that it was when I had to stop that I had a wiggle, so I decided to change direction at that point instead, much easier! My tension still isn’t perfect but it’s improved a lot, I haven’t got any ‘eyelashes’ from going too quick!

Flower Market Quilt

I used a variegated thread on the top which is purple and green, I think it nicely pulls it all together. The quilt is about 63″ square, so it was a bit of a handful when I was trying to quilt the centre as I’ve only got a standard size sewing machine.

I stitched teal green binding on, I always hand-stitch it down which takes quite a while but I’ve never managed to get a neat result with the machine. I understand a lot of quilters really dislike binding a quilt, but I see it as the last stage, it’s almost done and it’s actually quite relaxing. It took a few hours but it’s one of those activities where you can just let your mind wander and day dream away, before you know it you’ve stitched all the way round.

Flower Market Quilt

I just need to embroider the name of the quilt, my initials and the date on the back and it’s ready to be posted.

Market Garden Quilt

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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30 Responses to In the Pink with Tula Pink

  1. magpiesue says:

    It’s wonderful! You did a good job with the quilting. That can be a real struggle on a domestic machine.

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  2. Great colors on this quilt ~ hope it fetches a bundle. I like the use of the variegated thread too

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  3. Those colors are so yummy! I love a good Tula Pink quilt. Yours is no exception. Your thread choices are also just right. All in all I guess I love it. Great job!!❤️❤️

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  4. This is just adorable! Well done!

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  5. Mary says:

    This came out really beautifully. The way it all came together is fantastic! I’m sure it will do well at the auction and will be a treasure for whoever gets it. You must be so proud!

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  6. katechiconi says:

    Bravo, well done at overcoming your reservations about the colours and achieving a really gorgeous result. Nice work on the quilting, too – I’d have taken the easy way out and made a QAYG to avoid the heavy wrangling!

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  7. claire93 says:

    very vibrant! hope it does well in the auction!

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  8. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous – until you said about the animals I hadn’t seen them – I especially love the owl. You have made a great quilt which I hope raises lots.

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    It looks great, Margaret, and I love you thread choice. I do my quilting on my domestic machine, too, and I try to make sure I have plenty of recovery time in between quilts. I think this will do very well at the auction, it is so bright and cheery!

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  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Those colours really zing, a wonderful quilt.

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  11. tinaor says:

    Beautiful! I love the colours and your quilting is amazing! I am a basic quilter, like the piecing but my quilting is a lot (a lot, a lot!) more basic always.


  12. It’s a gorgeous quilt! I’m sure it will be a big hit at the auction!
    I love hand binding too… it’s my favourite!

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  13. That is so pretty – I love all that color! Your quilting looks wonderful to me. I also like finishing off the binding by hand – it feels like the perfect last step!

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  14. It’s lovely. I’m sure it will make loads of money.

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  15. Congratulations! What a cheerful and bright quilt!

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  16. mandycurrie says:

    Well done Margaret for getting over your reservations on the colour, I would be the same as I lean towards primitive and country colours. I’ve never tried handling a full size quilt on my machine, I’ve always done that by hand, on small items on the machine. I’m sure it will do very well at the auction and I hope you will report back. It’s a bright and cheerful quilt and the people will just love it. xx

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