Friday, December 25, 2015

Tula Pink's City Sampler - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

Christmas has come and gone and, with it, Christmas Eve's gift of a new book.  

This year I received Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  Although the book is titled 'modern quilt blocks', many of the blocks included are American Classics - the style of right-angle-heavy geometric blocks made in the U.S. for generations - some you will recognize from quilts in your local museum, others will look . . . familiar, but are a dashing alternative created by a slight difference in size, placement or contrast from anything you might have seen before.  The authors challenge, laid out in her introduction, is for her readers to make these their own, to use these basic blocks to create their own unique sampler, omitting those that are unwanted, giving unique names to their favourites, and creating legacy quilts to last for another hundred years.

With it comes a different challenge to me - to go back to a weekly block.  Not necessarily to return to my weekly sampler, begun oh, so long ago, with 12.5" blocks, of which lamentably few are completed.  Those that are will find their way into a table topper or cot quilt and my new challenge will be two-fold - to use up the drawers and drawers of small scraps I have, to stick to a regimented schedule of one new block per week.

wish me luck!

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