Back in February, you may recall that I managed to get my hands on a last minute ticket to see Tula Pink at Simply Solids. It was the best day ever.
The morning was a lecture, and the afternoon was a class. During the class we started work on the Tula Nova pattern - I purchased a huge amount of her All Stars fabric line and the Stripes and Pom Poms to go with it, and during the afternoon I made a start on the very centre of the pattern.
Over the next few weeks I spent quite a lot of time laying out fabrics on the bed to decide how I wanted it to look. And I won't lie - I also bought quite a bit more fabric! I pieced a few more of the sections and added the next round to the centre I had started.
Then it all got laid out again. And I realised that while I loved the centre, it wasn't quite right for where my quilt was heading. I needed something a little more....rainbow! So I repieced the centre.
I have to confess at this point, that I did consider continuing with the original centre and the new rainbow centre and creating two Tula Nova's - I was interested to see how the quilt would look in a more controlled colour palette. I resisted temptation - though as I write this, I still think it would have been a good idea. Instead I decided to make it into a cushion - a reminder of the best day ever.
The background is an Art Gallery Pure Elements (the same one I'm using for my Round We Go Quilt). I bought some more of the Pompoms and Stripes to back and bind the cushion, and the whole thing is hand quilted - a dry run for the hand quilting I'd like to do on the full quilt. I used Finca #16 perle cotton for the quilting.
I have to confess I was tempted not to bind the cushion but I'm so glad I did! I adore this finish!
This cushion was on my Finish Along list, which you can find here.