If you’re a subscriber, have you gotten the new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting?? It would be the April 2022 issue and the cover looks like this…
Look closely at your issue. Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations and I teamed up (with a little help from Kayla) to make this amazing tulip quilt. If you’re not a subscriber, this will be on the newsstand on February 4th.
I’m super excited about it. This one has been on my radar for years to make…and it FINALLY happened.
You know me…every quilt has a back story and this one is no different. Grab some coffee or your favorite beverage and let me tell you the story.
Some time ago, probably about 2016 or so, Kelli and I toyed with the idea of writing a second book. We liked the idea…but kind of held all of that off until we found out how our first book experience would go.
In the meantime, I was busy designing quilts. We never did write that second book.
I had seen a tulip quilt block in an old magazine. No pattern was given for the block and it was a black and white image that was only about 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. I loved the block but had no idea how to construct in.
I ended up playing around and was able to draw the block using Word on my computer. Back then I didn’t have EQ the quilt design program. I played with things enough that I came up with this design using an alternate block and the tulip block. Oh my, I loved it!
The problem…UGH. Word allowed me to design things, but it did not give me any numbers as far as how to cut the fabric or construct the blocks…or even how big the block could be. I was so frustrated. I ended up showing the design to Kelli. She loved it but try as we might, we had trouble construction the block and making it work…so this quilt sat, and sat and sat.
Fast forward to the fall of 2020. Our daugther, Kayla, was at my house visiting. She talked me into buying EQ8. I had bought it before but could never figure out how to use the program. We tried to get my old program to work but alas, that didn’t work so I bought EQ8.
I told Kayla I’d buy it, but also told her she had to help me figure out how to use it.
So she got it installed and she said, “OK, what do you want to design”. I could have picked something easy…but I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I wanted to design the tulip quilt. After all, I figured if we could figure out this quilt that seemed so illusive to me, I could figure out other hard things later.
In about 5 minutes, with ZERO advanced knowledge, Kayla figured out the tulip block.
Try as we might, we could get the measurements of the patchwork alternate block to work. Kayla asked me how set I was on the patchwork block and I said I was okay with anything that looked patchwork-like. This was what we came up with for the alternate block that would make the math work.
I knew the layout I wanted…exactly what I had originally designed. This was good. I liked it.
I had labored and labored on this quilt on and off for about three years before I had ditched it. Now in 20 minutes, I had the quilt I had longed to make. I had the fabric requirements and I had the cutting instructions.
I still didn’t make the quilt. Other things popped up or the timing was wrong to submit it. Then in Febrauary of 2021, I submitted the quilt to American Patchwork and Quilting…they immediately accepted it.
…and that’s when I got busy finally making the quilt.
In was an easy decision for me to team up with Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations so she would do the longarming. Carla is such a talent and I knew my longarm skills would not do the quilt justice.
Last week…the quilt finally came back to me. Here it all is….
I took it outside for photos but had trouble. Please forgive that they aren’t the best. We have too much snow piled up.
Plus the quilt is 102″ x 102″. She’s a bigg-en.
Carla worked her magic on this one. Isn’t the quilting amazing??
She impresses me every single time with her work.
She treated each of the tulip blocks with their own unique design.
I just love it.
I am so happy that this quilt finally came to be. It truly was a journey quilt for me.
I used up LOTS of red in the making of this. Moda Fabrics was awesome and provided me with the Bella Solid background fabric, the green marbled fabric and the backing fabric.
I think the quilt is a real “looker”. So fun…kind of traditional, but a little modern.
I got a little excited making blocks and made too many. The extra’s went on the back.
It was great to work with American Patchwork and Quilting. They always do such a great job showcasing our quilts.
I’ve told be before that the magazine writes the directions and block construction to their preference. I was able to figure out how to construct the tulip block without using a template as they did in thier directions. You’ll all have to let me know if you’d like me to walk you through how I constructed the tulip block using no templates. You will need an Easy Angle Ruler though…
Seeing this one has inspired me to dig through some of my other old designs from that time. I’ve had so much fun looking at them.
This quilt is what sold me on EQ8. I am definitely never going back to any other way of designing quilts. It really wasn’t hard to use…I just had have the want to learn. 100 times THANK YOU to Kayla!
Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations would LOVE to do the machine quilting on your quilt if you decide to make one….(or any other quilt of yours) You can find all of her contact info HERE.
…and that ladies and gentleman is the rest of the story for our quilt, Tulip Bed.