Behind the Seams: Tula Pink Sugar Skull Mini Quilt

Posted by Kaylin Murray on

This year I am attending my first ever Quilt Con! Quilt Con 2018 is hosted in Pasadena, CA; just a few miles from where I live! Beyond all of the classes and lectures one of the activities offered to Modern Quilt Guild Members was the Second Annual Modern Quilt Guild Swap. While you didn’t have to be attend Quilt Con to participate in the swap, they did give the opportunity to swap with your partner at Quilt Con. I jumped on the opportunity to meet another quilter!

I was paired with Sarah from England! Her requests were as follows: “Absolute favourite colours are black, grey, orange, yellow, silver, purple but I do love most colours. I love minimalist and abstract designs. I love skulls and anything gothic. I love lots of quilting too.”

After much consideration I decided to use Tula Pink’s Sugar Skull Mini Quilt Pattern from the Quilt with Tula and Angela book.

On Black Friday, I found the absolute perfect combinations of fabric at Joanns, in there new line of Premium Modern Quilting Fabric. I used a grey fabric for the skull, a purple fabric for the background, a space fabric with a geometric pattern for the backing and a black and white fabric for the binding.

The pattern was easy to follow and the cutting charts that Tula provides in the book make cutting the fabric a breeze. Assembly was easy, chain piecing the teeth made them go much faster. Assembly couldn’t have taken more than an hour.

I decided to quilt the mini myself. I used an internal echo for the skull and then matchstick or straight line quilting for the background. Using the walking foot on my machine I spaced the lines a quarter inch apart to create a dense quilting texture (it is truly amazing how different the created fabric feels). I didn’t quilt through the skull in an effort to help make the skull itself stand out from the background.  This did require me to bury a lot of the threads that didn’t go off the edge but a pack of cheater needles, and a few hours watching TV made this a breeze!

Because the quilt is a mini and I hate sewing sleeves on the back of my quilts I decided to add hangers to the back of the quilt and use one of them as my label. I used a Micron Pen to add all of the required information!

I can’t wait to give it to my swap buddy at Quilt Con 2018!!


P.s. I gave Sarah her mini and she loved it!! I LOVED the one she made me too!!! 😍😍

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