Wednesday, 24 October 2018

De La Luna Brimfield

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that over the course of the last 8-10 months, I've developed a bit of a thing for Tula Pink fabrics. I've curated quite the stash of her older fabrics, loved using Spirit Animal in my Mandolin quilt, bought nearly all of the All Stars fabrics and found a love of fussy cutting. In summer this year, she released a Halloween line called De La Luna. We don't really celebrate Halloween in our house, but Mia is fascinated by it (helped along by Fireman Sam's Spooky Adventures...). And the fabric range didn't scream to me. Until I started seeing it used in Brimfield blocks. This is an English Paper Pieced, curved, block with a great opportunity for a large fussy cut in the centre.

And it just so happened that I had an open order with a fabric shop in the US, and adding on a fat quarter bundle was very reasonable. My plan was to order a fat quarter bundle from the US, and then order a few extra pieces once available in the UK. I could use those extra pieces to put together a single, test, block, and see if I liked it. If I didn't like it, there would be plenty of opportunity to sell the complete fat quarter bundle at a later date.

When the fabric was released, inevitably I loved it! I still feel that some of the fabrics (the eyes) need to be used sparingly and carefully so the quilt doesn't freak me out, but generally speaking, the colours are fabulous, and it's a little bit Harry Potter-esque... (which is ALWAYS a good thing  - get it?). This weekend, with Halloween approaching, I finish that first block.

My plan is to make 12 blocks in total (once appliqued each one will be about 16" square). and I'm going to construct the quilt in the same way I constructed Round We Go - applique each block as I go, and quilt each block as I go, then pop it all together nice and easily at the end to get to a quilt 48" x 64". But I can't decide what colour background fabric to use. I did some mock ups, using just the one block - but each block will be pieced differently.

I think I've narrowed it down to two options: all black, or a black and pink chequerboard. Maybe I'll buy the pink I need whilst I can (it's a Tula Pink Designer Solid in Cosmo), and then make a few more blocks before I actually decide. I think it's safe to say this quilt will not be finished for Halloween 2018, and is looking unlikely for Halloween 2019!

Oh and yes, I loved and bought a full fat quarter bundle, and then some, of Tula Pink's Zuma, which was released recently, and I'm pretty sure the new range, which we're seeing sneak peaks of, Pinkerville, will also be added to my collections - I means, it's got unicorns in it! And whilst baby number three is looking like it will be a blue one, I still have two girls who love unicorns (and boys can love unicorns too).

1 comment:

Emily said...

Your block is lovely, but what really caught my eye is: Fireman Sam has a spooky adventure??! My son is a big Fireman Sam fan and I don't think we've seen a spooky adventure of any sort. Made me smile to see a Fireman Sam reference on a quilting blog--a first for me!