Despite the fact that quite a number visitors to our store don't look up...we decorate the "up" anyway! And what better way to decorate the shop for warmer weather than with Tone Finnanger's happy fresh style.
Tone is the founder and sole designer of the Tilda brand, which she started in 1999 at the age of 25. She grew up in Oslo, Norway, and now lives and works on a small island in the Oslo fjord. Her education is in classic painting and graphic design.
So happy we now carry many of her books and fabrics. The style is a bit of shabby chic, mixed with Norse folk, mixed with a touch of modern crispness - if that makes any sense?
We happen to have this tall narrow space between our two front windows that is only 18" wide, just perfect for one panel of the Birds and Sunflowers quilt from the Sewing by Heart book.
The book was written with directions for using both her "Harvest" and "Cottage" collections of quilting fabric; however, we only had the "Woodland" collection in stock along with several of the basics. So I had to improvise a bit and throw in one or two Liberty and Art Gallery prints to make up for missing colors.
This is my third pieced project. It went quickly and the instructions are excellent - especially for a beginner. A section in the back of the book helps with tips and tricks for some quilting basics for completing all of the projects in the book - which include quilts, pillows, pincushions and other sweet decor accents.
Our fabulous quilter extraordinaire Lori Moormann did the quilting and binding. The detail is amazing. Lori's website for Harcourt Creations is here if you ever need anything pieced or quilted. She is lovely to work with.
The next time you visit us at the shop...don't forget to look up to see the quilted inspiration on the wall! If you need immediate inspiration, here is a link to a ton of FREE patterns to be made with Tilda fabrics!
Lastly, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival (any day now!) of the soon-to-be-released Tilda Garden Life fabric collection. What will you make?