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Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks Paperback – May 15, 2013
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Author of Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, Tula Pink has become an icon of the fabric and quilt work. She designed her first fabric collection in her living room in L.A., after work and on weekends. The day she left her job in L.A., she sent it into Moda Fabrics and by the time she got to Albuquerque, it was in production. Tula was a Senior Designer with Moda, as well as having her own design label with them. She produced 6 collections under that label, including the incredibly popular Neptune and Plume collections. As of August 2010, she works with FreeSpirit (home to the likes of Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jenean Morrison and Valori Wells). Her fabrics are designed not just for quilting, but for a whole lifestyle of DIY-ers with a passion for saying things like "Hey, look what I made" or "Don't sit on that, it's still wet."
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If you're thinking about buying this book to make the 100 blocks, here are a couple of my recommendations:
1. Work at it with a group of people or during a challenge (blog or Instagram) for accountability. Or give yourself a day limit to complete it. It's very easy to lose motivation every 15 or so blocks.
2. Deciding what fabric to use for what block and then cutting the fabric was consistently the most time consuming for me. It was helpful for me to cut a set of five or ten blocks at one time, and put the little pieces in a zip lock bag until I sewed the corresponding block.
3. Have one designated day for cutting pieces and another day when you can just sew blocks.
4. Work with fabrics you absolutely LOVE! This helps with the monotony of making 100 blocks of tiny pieces.
5. Don't worry about getting your seams lined up perfectly. It will make it way too stressful of a project.
6. Lay all your finished blocks together every once in a while to gaze at how fun they look all together!!!
UPDATE: I've decided to work through this book in the order that the blocks are presented. So far I have made twelve of the blocks and have truly enjoyed the process! Instructions for each block tell you how many different fabrics you need and what to cut from each one, which makes it easy to work from my scrap stash. Assembly instructions are well diagrammed so that the blocks are easy enough for beginners, and I've loved the fact that Tula designed the blocks so that there are very few seams to match up. The only problem I've encountered with the book is that making the blocks is addictive...they are so quick to make it is hard to stop after making just one, and it's very satisfying to be using up my scraps by turning them into awesome blocks. A GREAT BOOK!!!!! If I could give it ten stars I would!
But after thinking about it, that is exactly what I am going to do, even though I have an aversion to making six inch blocks.
But these blocks are so refreshing in their approach, so truly interesting in their color combinations that I am going to dig into my enormous bin of scraps and try to make a block a day. Someone hold me to this, please!
Another thing that I like is that Tula shows several diagrams and photos as to how these blocks can be combined and placed in a quilt.
Obviously it is a very big quilt, but my original plan was to double the size of these blocks - I still may do that.
Tula's enthusiasm and vitality are so clearly apparent in these blocks. The approach is refreshing and approachable for those tired of doing the same old traditional blocks.