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Mar 24

Books on Monday – Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

Happy Monday! This week we are looking at Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink. Below is the Amazon Affiliate link:

I’ve been seeing some of these blocks show up around Twitter and the internet, so I thought I’d check this book out and see what Tula Pink has been up to besides designing gorgeous fabric.

Most of this book is block designs and some quilt designs for using the blocks. The first section of the book is the block designs. They are organized by shapes – crosses, rectangles, triangles, stripes, squares and haiku. (Haiku blocks are more about the composition than about the shapes, according to Tula.) Each block gets a two-page spread. The first page is a picture of the block as Tula made it. The second page presents the cutting information and the block layout. The blocks are numbered rather than named, although there is a line for you to write the names you want to give the blocks. All the blocks are 6 1/2″ or 6″ finished.

The second section of the book consists of five quilts using any combination of the blocks you choose and tips and directions for making those quilts. I am very fond of a couple of the quilts. I may have to try this someday. Some of the quilts have a lot of negative space and some very interesting block settings. And the blocks themselves would make a great way to use up some scraps.

This is a beautiful book. Tula Pink says her ideal vision for the book is that it would develop into a quilt journal or diary because people would name the blocks, write descriptions of why they chose the block, etc. in their copies of the book. I can see how that would work. It is also a pretty thick book which makes sense when you are talking about two pages each for 100 blocks plus quilt patterns and some instructions.

I’m not sure how many of these blocks I will actually make. The list of quilts in my head is so long that I don’t see how I will get through all of them, but this book will stay around my house for the possibilities.

Quilt on!

2 comments

  1. Diane Rincon

    Thank you for the review. I’ve also been seeing these blocks on twitter, like them a lot. In fact, I like them more than any other “modern” quilt blocks I’ve seen.

  2. Kati R.

    You tickled my fancy with this review, Gretchen! I might have to break in and buy it four myself. Then I can start calling you enabler! :))))

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