My favorite quilting book
Nikol here from Sewtropolis and it's my turn to tell you my favorite quilting book. If you follow my blog it should be no surprise that I am in love with "Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks".
1. I am a huge fan of Tula Pink. I really enjoy her style and the way she likes to hide hidden elements in her designs. Her drawings eye for color are unlike so much that is on the market right now. Same holds true for this book! It’s bright and bold and unlike so many books that are out there. I particularly like how she encourages the reader to ‘create your own story’ with this book. You’ll find that even though there are 100 blocks in the book - not one of them is named - because she wants you to do it! How cool is that?
2. This is my first “Sampler” quilt and I have to say - I’m hooked! I guess because I am not one to sew the same thing over and over and over. I guess I get bored too quickly! Doing 100 different blocks does take a little more time since you can't do it "factory style", but I am learning how to make 100 different quilt blocks and to me that's worth the extra effort. What’s more she’s left room in the margin of each page for note taking for the next time I want to make these blocks.
3. This book is beautifully illustrated. Tula's artistic talent really shows with the illustrations she's done. Even though she has no written instructions on how to assemble the blocks there is no mistake on how to make each block - even the complicated ones.
4. She provides samples of each size quilt with how many blocks you'll need. Three methods for choosing colors and if you wanted more ideas you just have to jump on Flickr, Intagram or Pintertest and search for Tula Pink City Sampler in order to get all kinds of ideas! One thing about Tula she has quite the following - which she calls her “Tula Troops”. Yes, I am one of them!
5. She groups the sections into parts - triangles, rectangles, squares, etc. ..... so if you wanted to do a quilt with just triangle blocks you can just jump to that section instead of flipping through the whole book looking for all the triangle blocks.
I'm almost half way done with all my blocks... I tend to work on them when I’m at quilt retreat or sewing with friends as everything I need fits into one bag and is very portable. Working on these blocks has been a lot of fun for me - so much so that once I’m done I have plans to start another Sampler Quilt Block series.