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Modern Quilt Blocks

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100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 7

 

Since I’m nearing the end of this project, I thought I’d give a quick recap on my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks! I now have a total of 80 blocks and the last 20 cut out. I’m racing toward the finish line on this project and can’t wait to get the last blocks done and start on this scrappy bed quilt! (See my previous posts for my progress and tips for choosing color and patterns.)

 

Here are pictures of my 80 blocks separated into colorways:

 

 

Here are my last 20 blocks cut out in dark green. I cut out three blocks, label them with the block number on a post-it note, and store them in plastic sandwich bags. It makes it easy to me to stay organized and break down sewing time into manageable chunks.

 


100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 6

 

All my light green blocks for my  Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks are done! I now have a total of 80 blocks. I’m racing toward the finish line on this project and can’t wait to get the last blocks done and start on this scrappy bed quilt! I have a great mix of scrappy green, blue, teal, and brown blocks, which you can see in my previous blogs. (See my past blogs here.)

 

These 20 blocks have taught me an important lesson about looking at the whole quilt rather than always judging individual blocks. For example, I chose a neon green color, which I used in three blocks. I don’t necessarily love the look of it in those blocks and the color was hard to match. But it will provide an unexpected sparkle and a little surprise to the overall quilt. There were other fabrics in previous blocks that had a standout pattern or a crazy color that I included. These fabrics will be little charms to find throughout the quilt and (hopefully) a pleasing overall look!

 

My last 20 blocks blocks will be dark green! I have all the fabrics picked out and a list of the last blocks I need. I’m getting sad this project is coming to an end, but am looking forward to the process of laying all the blocks out and deciding placement! I’m sure this will take me longer than I think. Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.

 

Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!

 

Happy quilting,

Lindsay

 


100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 5

 

All my blue blocks for my  Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks are done! I now have a total of 60 blocks (which, when I think about how many more I need to do, doesn’t seem that impressive). I have a great mix of scrappy blue, teal, and brown blocks, which you can see in my previous blogs. (See my past blogs here.)

 

I broke my own rule with these 20. I’d been keeping my fabric selection for each color way to 10 different fabrics, so that the blocks would coordinate. For the blues, I used 14 different fabrics. My reasoning was that the two blue rows of blocks will be the center of the quilt, so I wanted them to have a little more variety than the other rows. It was hard working with that many fabrics. I definitely was gravitating toward certain fabrics, and at the end had to make sure I was choosing the fabrics that I’d only cut into a few times. I think it makes for some disparate blocks–they stick out like a sore thumb to me and I’d like to redo some, but I think I’ll keep them for now and push forward. Once all 100 blocks are laying side by side, I don’t think I’ll be able to tell which blocks I wasn’t in love with.

 

My last 40 blocks blocks will be my favorite color–green! I’ll have 20 light green blocks and 20 dark green. Even though green is one of my favorite colors, I don’t have very many green fabrics. I’ve been slowly collecting the last few months, but don’t think I have enough to choose from yet. The hardest part of these blocks might be buying fabric! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.

 

Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!

 

Happy quilting,

Lindsay

 


100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 4

 

I have 20 more blocks done for my  Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. After working with only browns and tans for my first 20 blocks, it was so nice to dig through my stash and pull out teals and turquoises. Especially with the long winter we’ve been having, these happy colors were so fun to design with! (See my past blogs here.)

 

These 20 blocks really taught me about fabric selection! In my first set of brown blocks, I worked with only 10 fabrics (it’s hard to find good browns and creams that blend together). But with teals, I was overwhelmed with options. Teal is such a hot color right now, so I had a very large pile of fabric that I wanted to use! And while I thought the bounty of options would make the design process easier and more varied, it actually made it harder. After scrapping three blocks that didn’t mesh together like I wanted, I reevaluated the fabrics. I noticed what fabric combinations I loved and which I were gravitated to most often. And even though I loved certain fabrics by themselves, I didn’t love how they were playing with others. I got rid of ones that weren’t working–and you’ll never believe this, but I ended up with only 10 fabrics (the same as my first 20 blocks!).

 

My next set of blocks will be a mix of light and dark blues. I have 15 different fabrics pulled for these blocks, so we’ll see if I naturally narrow my selection down to 10 again. Either way, I’m totally motivated to finish these next set of blocks, so I’ll be more than halfway done! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.

 

Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!

 

Happy quilting,

Lindsay

 


100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 3

After months and months of deliberation, I finally got in the groove with my blocks from Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Although I started this project back in (cringe) October, the holiday season kept me from devoting too much time to it. And if you read my first two blogs, you’ll know that I tried out two different ideas with the blocks before abandoning them.  (Read my first blog here. Read my second blog here.)

 

The plan for my quilt now is to have a total of 10 rows of 10 blocks. There will be two brown rows on the outside, will move through greens, teals, light blues, and end with a dark blue row in the middle.

 

Thanks to my Quilting To-Do List (my alternative to a New Year’s resolution), I found the motivation to start fresh and get sewing! Because I was so weighed down by the amount of both fabric I owned and the amount of blocks I needed to sew, I spent some time sorting my stash by color. I then went through and picked 10 brown fabrics that coordinated with each other. I used only these 10 fabrics in the 20 brown blocks I made. This kept me from getting overwhelmed with fabric choices and helped keep all my blocks looking cohesive, but with a little variety .

 

I look forward to working on the next set of colored blocks–maybe liven it up with some green! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.

 

Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!

 

Happy quilting,

Lindsay