Before we went away, I had a lovely evening out in swanky Knightsbridge where Tula Pink herself had come to see the LMQG in a pub. The first part of the evening was a traditional pub meal, albeit with untraditional entertainment - the bar staff had inadvertently left Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies on the telly which threatened to put many people off their Fish & Chips. I don't have a gratuitous picture of what they were showing as I don't want to be responsible for anyone needing therapy.
After dinner, the evening did not disappoint as Ms Pink was in fine fettle and entertained us all admirably. I don't think you would ever be bored with Tula in the room. Here she is just starting her talk:
Tula began by explaining how she designs, which is a very interesting process, not only from a technical point of view but also the way that she develops the images with a story in mind. To demonstrate this, Tula brought along one design from starting sketch through to finished fabric - totally fascinating. She also brought as many quilts as she could stuff into a suitcase, including this beauty from her new Hallowe'en line Nightshade:
Now from this wide shot it might look all pretty and pink / magenta / turquoise but check out the close up with skulls & crossbones, lightning bolts, all set off with spooky spider web quilting - genius:
And it gets better - check out the back! Tula gets her quilt backings individually made on Spoonflower so her signature quilt is guaranteed to be unique. This backing is a blown-up version of one of the 3 witches featured in the Nightshade fabric / storyline:
Tula also brought along her original Space Dust quilt, which was even more stunning in the flesh:
Again, the quilting is imaginative and complementary - close up you can see 2 rocket jets coming out of the bottom of the meteor to propel it through space. Another gratuitous close up:
It really was an honour to have Tula as our special guest. I think we all agreed that it was an evening to remember. Thanks Tula!