Reviewed by: Tricia Patterson,
Managing Editor, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
I love books. And, I love books about quilting the most. Sometimes a title or cover design attracts my interest; sometimes it’s the author. In the case of Quilt with Tula & Angela, it was the authors that caught my attention immediately. I’ve admired Tula Pink’s design aesthetic for a long time. The brightness of her colors is always stunning, inviting and fun, and the patterns of her fabrics and designs of her quilts are brilliant (and I mean that as a creative descriptor). Angela Walters, also a designer, is a phenomenal quilter, well known for longarm and domestic machine quilting designs, and for teaching beginner through advance quilting techniques, tips—for sharing advice. Just the names of these two modern legends drew me to want to open the book. Let’s see what I found inside…
I didn’t open the book because I wanted to learn to quilt. I opened Quilt with Tula & Angela to find out what they wanted to share with me, one of their readers. The cover says there are 17 quilt patterns and 47 quilting motifs inside. The book is arranged around color. For every color of the rainbow, there is advice about selecting fabrics, a sample pattern and directions to make it. Tula and Angela intersperse information about design and selecting quilting design motifs to compliment the desired interpretation of focus for a quilt.
I’m a collector of books, cookbooks and quilting books in particular. My justification is that if I find at least one good solid nugget of information in a book then it’s worth adding it to my bookshelf. I’ve been learning about quilting a finished top using my domestic sewing machine so I was excited to find the solution in Quilt with Tula & Angela for a top I’m working on for my oldest grandson Ben. The picture on the right shows a few of the blocks I’ve made for his quilt. I counted at least 5 samples in the book with variations of quilting designed for hexagon quilts that I could use in Ben’s quilt. A few are pictured below. After seeing the examples and getting instructions for them, I’m ready to use all of them in his quilt. Isn’t inspiration grand?!
Quilt with Tula & Angela is not just a guide to make a quilt you like; it’s a book that also provides education and inspiration. After just browsing through it, I’m ready to go home, curl up for a more detailed read front-to-back. And then, I can already tell I’ll be anxious to start a new project or two. My suggestion: Buy Quilt with Tula & Angela for your library. I bet you’ll find it a terrific resource.