Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tula Pink BoM First 15 Blocks

I am thoroughly enjoying the making of Tula Pink's City Sampler blocks. It is delightful fun to pick fabrics, cut and sew the modern 6" blocks! Starting in October, two groups at the Pine Needle embarked on this journey together and a third class will start in February. In the first class, we discussed quilt sizes and layouts, then planned preliminary color placement before we jumped in and started sewing. I am so excited about these quilts and can hardly stand the wait from month to month to see what everyone has made.

Here are some of the fabulous blocks my students have made, starting with a happy, colorful palette of fabrics by Jan C ... and please let me know if I don't have the correct person associated with her work!

Jan C's City Sampler Blocks

Here is a detail so you can see how she features an especially pretty print in many of her blocks:

Jan C's Blocks, detail

Next up are the blocks of Karlee S ... I love the way she is combining Tula Pink's Acacia and Denyse Schmidt's Florence fabrics!

Karlee S' City Sampler Blocks

Charlotte W chose a subtle, monochromatic palette of grays, creams and golds ... with a surprising hint of aqua that sets off her blocks beautifully.

Charlotte W's City Sampler Blocks

Here is a detail photo of Charlotte's blocks ... I love the purse in the center as well as the clever way she used a stripe to frame the center flower in the block on the left.

Charlotte W's blocks, detail
Donna B is also working in a subtle, monochromatic palette ... with a touch of green in the form of hand dyed damask. The black and white graphic prints give her blocks such drama!

Donna B's City Sampler Blocks

Lynn B chose a tranquil blue, teal and green palette, a color scheme she fell instantly in love with the moment she saw the fabrics at the Pine Needle. As we work, we are all continuing to find new fabrics to add to our collections for our City Sampler quilts. Thankfully, we have a playground of 100 blocks!

Lynn B's City Sampler Blocks

Pansies are Pam G's favorite flower ... so is the perfect feature fabric for her quilt. Pam is also asking others to select the fabrics for a block and is naming the block for that person ... great idea! Pam is also using some vibrant, colorful silks in her blocks.

Pam G's City Sampler Blocks

Kathy A plans to make two lap-sized quilts with her blocks. One will be inspired by the colors of the desert Southwest but shown here are the blocks she will use in her quilt inspired by a flower garden. The interesting twist Kathy plans is a thunderstorm looming over the garden ... I can't wait to see!

Kathy A's City Sampler Blocks

Here is another delightfully happy palette of fabrics selected by Linda D who plans to set her blocks on point. Isn't it smart to put the blocks on the design wall on point as well? The black and white prints in her blocks are magic!

Here is another subtle, calm palette of soft aqua, gray and yellow ... and a touch of green. Lana K's blocks feature a beautiful floral print and bird print from Dear Stella's Paloma collection. Aren't her blocks lovely?

Lana K's City Sampler Blocks

Heather J loves large scale graphic prints and has chosen a palette of grays, whites and yellows. I am eager to see more and will do my best to take more photos from our next classes.

Heather J's City Sampler Blocks

Here is another bright, happy palette of blocks by Carolyn B who wants to "get modern" with her quilting ... I think she's got it! Carolyn is doing a great job with her vibrant, rich colors and dynamic prints.

Carolyn B's City Sampler Blocks

Peggy FY is working in her favorite colors ... rainbow brights! After quite a bit of experimentation, Peggy decided to add black and white prints which I think are making her blocks sing!

Peggy FY's City Sampler Blocks

Kathy S fell in love with the Astrid collection by Erin McMorris ... along with solids, black and white prints and one of my favorite Art Gallery prints, Squared Elements. These are happy, bright and energetic.

Kathy S' City Sampler Blocks

Lou Ann T loves to work in red, yellow and blue, her favorite color palette. I think working with the three primary colors can be quite challenging but Lou Ann has clearly mastered it.

Lou Ann T's City Sampler Blocks

Sherry coordinated a variety of prints and solid fabrics with a beautiful Australian print. I love the spiral of white dots in the Australian print and that lime green and orange stripe is perfect! Sherry plans to make two lap-sized quilts. It turns out that the group of coordinating fabrics works great with two different Australian prints.

Sherry W's City Sampler Blocks

Finally, here are my blocks. I decided to work in a limited palette of reds, oranges and yellows and am pushing that palette as far as I can. I am working mostly in solids with a few "low volume" prints for drama. Have you heard fabrics described as low volume? These are prints that use a small number of colors ... red and white, red and orange, yellow and white for example.

Pam's City Sampler Blocks

I hope you are enjoying these blocks!