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Tule by Leah Duncan Reveals the Magic of the Desert


The anticipation and wait is finally over. We’re giddy with excitement to announce Tule’s arrival!

This is Leah Duncan’s first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. The collection’s name takes its origin from Nevada’s Tule desert, a place of botanical wonders, quietude, and a simplistic, but nonetheless impressive beauty. And as you’ll notice throughout the 20 new fabrics, these traits have been translated perfectly by Leah.


Originally from South Carolina, Leah moved to Austin in 2008 and it was there she taught herself sewing and surface design. Her aesthetic is very much inspired by nature and the outdoors, as seen by design incorporations of plant life, animals and textures.







Leah regards color as one of the most important pieces of design. Her color palette is quite distinct, and many times is derived from the surroundings of the time she spent living in Austin, Texas, as well as from her southern, and Native American roots. Her love of folk art also takes flight from her roots and nuances of this element can be spotted in many of her illustrations. 



Filmed through the passenger’s video lens, a young woman departs on an adventure toward the vast expanse of the outdoors. Throughout her trip and its pit stops, she stumbles upon inspiration of all sorts in the surroundings of the open road, collecting relics and visual references through the snap of her camera along the way.

alternatively, you may watch the video over at youtube





To us, what is most striking about the landscape behind this collection is a lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of the desert apart. What makes it calmingly beautiful is its sense of restraint.


Before we sign off with our release post, we'd like to give special mention to a fabulous fabric giveaway happening at Leah's blog. She'll be giving away a yard of each fabric in the Nevada Sun palette. To enter, post a comment on her post and state your favorite design within the collection and what you'd make with it. Don't forget to leave your email address in case you're the lucky winner! Entries will be allowed through Wednesday evening and Leah announce the winner on Thursday. 

We can't wait to see what our readers, customers and friends make with this collection! Always remember to tag your Tule projects with #tule or #tulefabric hashtags and share with us on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter page. And as is our custom, we've provided a FREE quilt pattern specifically for the Tule fabric collection. Have fun!



We hope you're excited about these new gorgeous new fabrics as much as we! To find a retailer near you, visit our store locator page. You can also find Tule online from any of these retailers.