"She's just a kid, Byron!" Of course, he asked who I was speaking of. This was about three years ago, shortly after I discovered the fascinating fabric designs of Tula Pink. I was amazed at her youthful talent and remain so.
Fast forward to the present, where I met new friend Lee in a Flickr swap group. Lee noticed I live in the Winston-Salem area and so does her mother. Long story short, Lee is the person who told me Tula would be coming to sign books and speak on June 6 (small world!) I called my sponsoring LQS and got signed up. Over the next month, Lee and I counted the days and squealed (via text) with our excitement.
|Original drawing and board for Hushabye owl pattern|
|Book signing with Lee's mom|
|Original drawing for Neptune line|
Tula shared all about the fabric design process from her perspective. She told the stories that she imagined when she created several of her lines, including Parisville and Nightshade. Here are a few other things I learned.
- Is Tula Pink her real name? She says, "it is now!"
- By the time she graduated from college, Tula was the executive art director at major recording company. It's a long story, but the woman is driven.
- There really is a huge difference in big box store fabric vs. quilt shop fabric. Minimum thread count requirement for quilt shop fabric is 72x72 threads per square inch. For big box stores, the minimum is 18x18 threads psi. They are actually two separate industries, run altogether differently than each other.
- It takes about 18 months from the inception of a design until it is on the bolt and ready to sell.
- When presenting a design for production, her color palette is paint chips, yes, that kind (she has boxes of them from the same places you get them. :)
- Tula lives on a 600 acre farm she owns in Montana, aka Big Sky Country. She was afraid to go to the grocery (over an hour's drive away) for fear of never being able to find her way back home.
|Quilt from recent market, made with Birds and Bees line|
|Back of the Birds and Bees quilt|
Tula is entertaining, personable and captivating as a speaker. She's funny too. It was a wonderful, fun day!
|Saltwater! This is the design that is currently on Tula's drawing board. |
It is her 100th design: a composite of the best of faves and all her work so far . It will be in stores next year.