The London Modern Quilt Guild meets Tula Pink

By Gertie Pye of Quilting for England

In August, LMQG was delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy an evening with Superdesigner Tula Pink, who was visiting the UK on a whistlestop tour – first to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and then on to Liberty’s, who now carry her latest fabric lines.

Tula had an evening free in London and so agreed to meet us all in a little pub in Knightsbridge, which turned out to be the perfect setting for us to first share an informal meal, and then enjoy a talk from Tula about her design process and how she comes up with her ideas.

Tula brought along the original fabric design for the signature Owl design from her 2007 line Full Moon Forest. This begins with Tula’s first pencil drawing on tracing paper, through to the repeated black & white version, then the colour overlay, and finally the fabric itself.

One thing this process definitely showed us is that Tula is a girl who can draw! She explained that she can see how a pattern will repeat in her head and so knows whether a design will work as a fabric or not. We looked through Tula’s fabulous sketchbooks and she pointed out some sketches which would not have worked on a fabric as there was no way for them to repeat properly.

Tula brought along as many quilts as she could stuff into a suitcase and first showed us this amazing number from her 2012 line Nightshade. She explained how she creates a storyline when designing, which serves as the inspiration for her designs. In Nightshade, the storyline is based around 3 demonic sisters and their somewhat unconventional lifestyles.

Now this might not look particularly spooky from a distance – some nice pretty pinks and purples in there, I hear you say. But Tula loves to hide images within her fabrics, and particularly enjoyed hiding skulls, lightning bolts and spiders’ webs in this floral print, much to the consternation of her mother’s quilting friends:

Tula’s quilts are quilted by the legendary Angela Walters, and because this is a Hallowe’en quilt, she complemented the theme by quilting spiders’ webs in amongst the feathers and swirls:

When Tula showed us the back, there was some serious quilt backing envy in the room. In order to make sure her quilt is completely unique, Tula gets exclusive giant prints from Spoonflower. The backing to this quilt is Neptunia von Black, the youngest sister featured in her Nightshade storyline.

Tula also brought along her incredible Space Dust quilt. This quilt is just breathtaking. The design is made up of dozens of multi-coloured facets which together form a comet, and the quilting on the cream fabric makes it look like it is zooming through space:

Close up of Angela’s quilting:

Many, many thanks to Tula for such a fascinating and informative evening. I think everybody felt that they had learned a great deal from her talk, and we were even more excited when we saw the complimentary quilt patterns that Tula kindly brought along for members!

Finally, Tula’s new line, The Birds and The Bees, is out now, featuring cheeky squirrels and cute little bugs!

Meet Thomas Knauer!

Please note the change in time and location!

The London Modern Quilt Guild is thrilled to be hosting Andover designer Thomas Knauer for a talk when he visits London in July! This event is open to everyone, whether you’re a guild member or not.

Thomas is the designer behind Pear Tree, Flock and Savannah Bop. He’ll be here to talk about fabric design and Modernism and to give us peeks at his upcoming lines, Frippery and Asbury. And there will be giveaways!

Here are the important details:

Date: Saturday, 7th July
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Ray Stitch, 99 Essex Road, London N1 2SJ

We hope to see you there! To learn more about Thomas read his blog, follow him on Twitter and read my Q&A!

First London MQG meeting

The London Modern Quilt Guild had its first meeting today! We met in Soho at Le Pain Quotidien and afterward some of us wandered over to Liberty to shop for fabric – would have been rude not to…

We have a great group and it was a really fun meeting. We planned our dates for the year and chose committees, and everyone had loads of ideas. Our next meeting will be on 3rd February so get in touch if you’d like to join us.

In other news, you can also now find our guild on Flickr! There are already quite a few active threads going about upcoming events and fabric shop recommendations. Stop by and say hi!

The Modern Quilt Guild showcase at Fall Market 2012

The call for entries to the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase has opened! This special exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, 26 October – 4 November 2012.

Members from Modern Quilt Guilds around the world are invited to submit their quilts to be considered for inclusion in the new exhibit. You may submit up to two quilts and completed submissions with visuals must be recevied online by Friday, 2 March 2012.

For all of the details – including specific instructions for international submissions – visit the call for entries page:

Welcome to the London Modern Quilt Guild

The London Modern Quilt Guild is launching! If you’re interested in joining a group of quilters that are passionate about modern quilting, please get in touch.

The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of over 100 guilds across the country and world. Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.