City Sampler Sew Along: Blocks 58, 59, and 60

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 This post is part of the City Sampler Sew Along.
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Gina – 

Block 58. We are in the stripe chapter and here is a block with 4 stripes. I welcomed how quick and easy this one was. I am loving the simplicity and also the gradient color study of this block. I chose a dark jade shot cotton and also a mint hued Ecru shot. I used the same aqua dandelion Prince Charming fabric Tula Pink uses in the book and a Michael Miller Ta Dot. I love where this block sits in the quilt because it is right over Block 79 which has more horizontal stripes. This block also reminds me of a quilt back method that Tula describes in her previous book; Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. I have used these long stripes to back quilts with several times now and it is a great way to use stash for your quilt backs without it looking too scrappy. 

Block 59 I love this block design and the overlapping look it has, but I wasn’t completely in love with mine when I finished. I thought I would really love the Parisville fan print there, but maybe should have chose something smaller scale like the book had suggested. As usual I paired it with a shot cotton. Maybe I will grow to love it. It was a lot of little pieces to put together so if I wanted to change it I would probably just cut a whole new block instead of trying to rip those pieces out. Perhaps I should have spent more time looking at the pieces after I had cut them.
Block 60 This one is a little tricky to cut and piece because it doesn’t have the symmetry I am used to in most quilt blocks. I was calling this my Creepy Attic block since I chose this Nightshade print with cobweb filled corners. Paired with a shot cotton. I should have taken a picture, but on this one in particular I cut that 1″ side strip longer and wider than I needed so that I could square it down to size afterwards. Not by much, only a quarter inch or so. I still have not put out all my blocks and taken a halfway picture. I love having my blocks in the binder so much that I was worried they would get all out of order and such. What I really need is a huge design wall! Well I hope you all are trucking along too with your blocks. I look forward to seeing your versions! Happy sewing!
 So, if you are sewing along at home, be sure to link up ONLY blocks 55, 56, and 57 in this post (you will have time to link up your other blocks in future posts). Please link up separately for each block. As a reminder, you can link to your blog post, Flickr, or wherever else you are hosting your pictures. You must link up here on this post in order to be eligible for the monthy prize, to be awarded on October 31st!
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