Designer Tidbits: Tula Pink - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Tula Pink

Tula Pink‘s new collection, The Birds and the Bees from Free Spirit Fabrics, is just as cheerful as you would imagine. Tula has an eye for color, which is made obvious in her two decadent colorways. If you are looking for a collection that is full of florals, crawling with critters and creatively colorful, look no further. The Birds and the Bees have arrived.

Q: To what or whom would you dedicate this collection, or what inspired this collection?
A:I dedicate this collection to myself and everyone who decides to make something out of it. I see us being in it together, but not in a cheesy way. I start the process by providing the color and the design and they finish it by cutting it up and reinventing it into a whole new product. It’s all based on a love of this crazy fabric craft of ours. So, yes, I dedicate this one and all of them to us.

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:My new pattern Spacedust might be my favorite project of all time. I made the original quilt sort of organically without a plan. It took me forever to make but I had a shape in my head and I HAD to piece it. You know how that goes. I put it on my blog and people went crazy for it but I had no idea how to simplify the construction to the point where I could tell someone else how to make it. It took me almost two years to figure it out but I finally did and The Birds and The Bees was the perfect fabric collection to make it sing. It’s a paper foundation piecing project which is my all time favorite thing to do. I consider it a great introduction to paper foundation piecing. It looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Q: What would be your collection’s theme song?
A:The 1965 Jewel Akens version “The Birds and the Bees,” obviously. I hear it in my head every time someone says the name

Q:If you could live in a movie, what movie would it be?
A:If I could live in a movie it would probably be Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams. The movie is almost all visual. It’s beautiful and mysterious. You never know what is going to happen or what is possible and what is not. The world that Kurosawa creates is so vibrant and intense with color and texture. There has to be a little magic, especially if we are talking about fantasy worlds. Magic and color are the key.

Q:What makes you nostalgic?
A:Maybe music. Salt N’ Peppa can sometimes bring a nostalgic tear to my eye and I know all the words to Motown Philly (Boys II Men) by heart. Other than that not much. I am mostly all about what’s next. I don’t keep things and I’m not terribly sentimental.

Q:What is your favorite TV show of all time?
A:Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s something I usually keep to myself. Buffy doesn’t exactly add to my street cred but since you asked. I watch it all the way through every year or two. There is something about a 15 year old with superpowers and a massive shoe collection that hits close to home for me. When I was a kid I thought that I was psychic. It turned out that the life of a 10 year old is just really boring and predictable

Q:If you could be a modern day fictional character, who would you be?
A:I would be the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. He always seems to know what’s going on and never seems too worried about anything. I could easily spend my days sitting on top of a mushroom spitting prophecies at everyone. I think it would be very satisfying.

Q:What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?
A:A few months ago someone asked me to take a picture with her baby. The baby was sleeping so I just knelt down by the stroller and smiled. It was hilarious. I felt like the President.


  1. I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to TULA PINK last week-end right here in my hometown, Walla Walla, WASHINGTON! What fun it was to hear the story behind the designs.

  2. I LOVE this collection! And the comment about Salt N Peppa bringing a nostalgic tear to Tula's eye … AWESOME! Thanks for the fun interview, I enjoyed reading it.

  3. "When I was a kid I thought that I was psychic. It turned out that the life of a 10 year old is just really boring and predictable."

    Hahaha. 🙂 Love a designer with a bit of a sense of humor!

  4. I love Tula. The Birds and The Bees is absolutely STUNNING!!
    She's one of the very best contemporary designers to me!

  5. I love the bright colors in her fabrics. That is too funny about the baby in the stroller.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  6. Hi Tula, it is so nice to meet you finally. I find your designs very creative and imaginative. Each new collection inspires me to create. My only problem is it is so beautiful I don't want to cut it. Glad to see you getting over being camera shy! Glad to finally get to tell you how much I love your book and designs. I cannot wait to see what you do next.

  7. I knew there was a reason I always felt like Jenny was part family, we also loved Buffy! It was our 'family' show while Frankie was growing was the good years for sure.