Thursday, February 17, 2011

Up Close And Personal

Have you seen the Parisville collection by Tula Pink? I don't mean, just on line, although that is certainly lovely enough. No, I'm talking about Up-Close-And-Personal seen it? If not, then you are missing out on some real color therapy for the winter doldrums, my friends! 
 I joined a new virtual quilting bee for 2011 called One Block Over. Michelle has the month of February and chose these beautiful prints  and a scrappy block to use them on.
 Using the strips that she mailed us and squares of muslin, we were to create four foundation blocks, and then join them to make a large 18.5 inch square. The center of the big block was purposely left with just the muslin foundation, onto which we were to raw edge applique the main featured fabric. What fascinating and imaginative fabric this is!
Here is the tutorial for making this fun block if you'd like to make one for yourself.
 Michelle thought it would look nice if we used some pretty stitching for the applique. Admittedly, I had to dust off the fancy stitch button on my Bernina as it is a little neglected! Somehow, I have amassed quite a collection of purple thread. Weird, because I seldom even buy purple fabric. The spools were all waving their hands and shouting "Choose me!" 
The one named Violet got to come out and play!
Okay, so now that I have actually touched these pretties and they have tempted me thoroughly, I'm going to be wanting to add a few to my stash. 
One of the benefits of joining a quilting bee is getting to play with fabrics that we might not own ourselves. 
Yet, anyway!!


  1. How pretty! I just got some Parisville in the mail and you are right, it is real life color therapy. What a fun block!

    Jennifer :)

  2. I'm so glad you liked the fabric - and that it perked up any winter doldrums you may be experiencing! My fav prints are the eyeballs and the clamshells (besides the crazy-hair cameo ladies, of course)!

  3. Breathtaking!


    Angie -

  4. Oh my! I bought a bunch when it first came out, but haven't cut into it! Now I may have an idea-your blocks are beautiful!

  5. It's really pretty, Carla. I'm glad to know you like these fabrics. I've never seen them in person, and will look forward to making them into the OBO block.

  6. what a pretty block! I don't have any fancy stitches on my I want some!

  7. I LOVE Parisville. I got fat quarters of the entire line and am planning on dresdens. These pictures are eye candy for sure on this cloudy day.