is a labor of love quilt. Free Spirit Fabrics asked me to create a kit using one inch hexagons and the English Paper Piecing method. I saw it as a challenge. I fell in love with the idea of using a timeless shape and a very traditional method of piecing to create something that felt new and fresh. I knew I wanted to steer clear of the traditional flower motif and create a texture with these shapes. Being so limited in size and shape was an exercise in real creativity for me. It took a lot of moving around and adjusting until I got it just right but I was crazy happy with the results. Hex on the Beach is a great marriage of old and new and that's what I really love about it. I made this one completely by hand as well. It seemed like the best way to pay homage to the craft of English Paper Piecing.
. The song is about a sailor who eats his spinach, makes no apologies for it and doesn't like people who do bad things. I have always liked that about him.
If you could live in a movie, what movie would it be?
If I could live in a movie it would probably be The Life Aquatic
. That boat has everything on it and all of the fish are supernaturally beautiful. I think I could be happy working for Steve Zissou. I like his kind of logic and those blue and yellow adidas
everyone wears are pretty sweet.
What do you get nostalgic over?
I don't get nostalgic. I try sometimes but it never really works out. Well, I had this super rad jacket when I was a kid that was red and white with Scandinavian style hearts knitted into it. If I found one today that was my size I might have a moment about it.
What is your favorite TV show of all time?
Haha! You ask this every time and the answer is never going to change. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Forever
If you could be a modern day fictional character, who would you be?
My head is in the ocean right now with Salt Water coming out so I would say being Dory from Finding Nemo
would be pretty awesome. She always seems to be having a really great time even when the situation is getting a little hairy. I would love to have that kind of blind enthusiasm for all of life's situations and a short memory would keep the stress levels low and really enable that whole living in the now thing.
What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?
Once someone asked me if I had nightmares, because my imagination was so vivid. I was never really sure what that meant or if it was even a compliment but I decided it was and ran with it.
For a closer look inside Tula's Salt Water booth at Fall Quilt Market 2012, get a bit more information about the projects for Salt Water and hear all Tula has to say about the collection watch our FQS exclusive interview