Welcome to my idea of a leisurely summertime sew! Since the Tessellation quilt pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle attracted so much attention at Spring Quilt Market, I thought it would be the perfect project to work on! I hope you will join in as we spend 6 weeks working through the pattern. And there will be some awesome prizes for those that complete at least a quilt top!
Good morning! I have exciting news, Tula Pink has judged her favorite quilts out of the 28 AMAZING quilts that were entered into the group pool! I hope you will go back and take a look at all of the quilts, as that is some hard work right there!! Thanks again to Tula for writing her book, City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, and for judging the contest!
Gina –Block #91 – Less than 10 blocks left! How did that happen? It is taking more brain power to cut these last blocks since the Haiku chapter means there are not many repeated shapes, but by this point it really is second nature, right? Block #92 is one of my favorites because it is perfect for highlighting some fussy cutting. I fussy cut a moon from a Nightshade favorite of mine and added some shot cottons. Block #93 makes me happy because I finally have some Acacia making its way into my quilt! I was calling this block Raccoon Hidey hole and I am so in love with the tonal teal print around the outside and how just the little scrap on the top adds to the design. 3 more blocks down. Almost there! ********* Block #94 is another great way to frame a fussy cut square or to make use of a larger scrap. I have a lot of this Salt Water coral orange in my quilt since there was not much orange Tula in my stash so I think this block will fit in nicely. Block #95 I had double the fun fussy cutting the moons for this block and decided I may as well have two. Block #96 This big lime block may stick out like a sore thumb in my quilt top, but the meteor print is one of my favorite so I don’t think that will bother me. I was happy to be able to sneak in a little more Acacia too. Here are all 3 blocks together. Only 4 more left! I do not yet have my sashing and border fabric, but I did start putting my blocks up on my design wall. I could not wait any longer. I am tempted to put it all up, but since I don’t have the sashing fabric I am waiting, but so far I am really loving the way it looks! -Gina http://www.ginapina.com
So, if you are sewing along at home, be sure to link up ONLY blocks 91-96 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.
Kim – It has been dreadfully cold the past week here so I chose some sunny happy colors from Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan to help keep my thoughts to last summer when I was warm and outside more often.
Kim – I must have been struck with some Christmas this week! I had to have this green with the lovely red batik somewhere in these blocks. The print is Pat Sloan Bobbins and Bits for Moda and the solid is Kona. I just realized that now I need to figure out what sashing I am going to use!
Gina – Hey Quilters! Here we are nearing the end of the Stripes chapter. I have been having a lot of fun as usual picking out my fabrics and fussy cutting every chance I get.
Kim – Very excited to be finishing up the rectangles and moving on to the Triangles.
Lately I have been letting Katy choose the colors for the blocks. It has been fun to watch how a teenager’s mind looks at color at the designs of the blocks and how it can all come together to make something really beautiful.
Good morning! Emily and Julie are here today to share with you the next blocks! As a reminder, the first prize will be drawn end of day on June 30th, so make sure you link your blocks up in the appropriate blog posts before then! If you need any help, feel free to drop me a line. 🙂
Let’s keep rolling right along with blocks 10, 11, and 12!
Gina – Hey there! I am happy to be sewing Block #10. It is like having our first row done! 1 row down, 9 to go. So far so good. I really like having the small goal of 3 a week because I can keep making progress without feeling overwhelmed. If you find yourself already falling behind I would work on cutting out as many blocks as you can when you find time to work because sewing them together is really quick! My Block #10 has a fussy cut Neptune octopus and some Shot Cotton in Blue Jeans. I am pretty obsessed with shot cottons right now and have been cramming as much of them into my blocks as I can. I have heard some people complain about how thin the fabric is, but I find it is actually great for piecing since the seams iron flat and have less bulk to them.
=&0=& – Hey everyone!! I’m excited to share blocks 1-3 of the #tula100 quilt a long with you.
I started by getting my supplies together. Since all the blocks are 6 ½” unfinished I pulled out my 8 ½” square ruler. I find it easier to cut all the small pieces with this ruler vs. my standard 6” x 24” one. I also grabbed a pen to write notes.
I’m going to piece my blocks with Tula Pink’s Auriful thread collection.
It has 10 variegated threads along with a light grey and a medium grey. They are a perfect combination of the color spectrum for my fabric selections.
I am going to dig into my treasured Tula Pink stash for this quilt. My plan is to use some fabric from each of her 12 fabric lines. These are the fabrics I pulled for block #1. They are Neptune, The Birds & The Bees, Prince Charming, & Neptune.
My Block 1 & Tula’s Block 1. I used the same color family, without using the exact fabrics she used.
These are the fabrics I pulled for block #2. They are Nest, The Birds & The Bees, The Birds & The Bees, The Birds & The Bees & Prince Charming.
My Block 2 & Tula’s Block 2. Again using a similar color family shown in the book.
These are the fabrics I pulled for block #3. They are Full Moon Forest, Parisville, Nightshade, Nightshade & The Birds & The Bees.
My Block 3 & Tula’s Block 3. I went with more purples here than reds because of what I had in my stash.
I cut all the fabrics for the 3 blocks and worked on them at the same time. With 6” finished blocks it is very important to cut the pieces accurately. A consistent ¼” is key too. I have a ¼” foot and did a few test pieces first to make sure everything was aligned. Some of the pieces in blocks 2 & 3 finish at just ½” wide. I chain pieced sections, pressed my seams open, and placed them back on my cutting mat so that I didn’t mess up my fabric placement.
Emily – I am so excited to have finally gotten started on my blocks. Honestly I could hardly wait! I’m still waiting on the arrival of my Acadia fabric so I decided to pull scraps from my stash to start my blocks. I planned on throwing in other fabrics anyway so the blocks will blend right in with the others. I used at least one print from some of Tula’s previous collections in each block.
Well everyone, today is the last day of the series. First off, I want to thank everyone for following along and posting your completed New York Beauty blocks to the Flickr group. The amount of talent, even from first-time paper piecers, has been astounding! It was also great that everyone was so helpful and supportive, especially with asking and answering questions in the group. Thank you for making this a great success!!