Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Modern Quilt Blocks 1-4

100 Modern Quilt Blocks and City Sampler

Wondering what goes on behind the scenes at the shop?
Wondering what some of us are working on in our own time?
Today we reveal some of the mystery!

The folks who attended the Bear Patch Circle of Quilters last Saturday are already clued in on this. (You can be part of the crowd, too, at the next meeting June 21.  Register at the shop.)

Our gal, Kristina, has been working away on the blocks from this book.  Along with hundreds of other people around the world, linked by the internet.  She has 38 blocks done so far, plus a couple she has doubled up on, so we are going to put up some pictures of a few at a time.  We hope to inspire you to look at these blocks and discover the ways that changing color placement can alter the design.  

Blocks 1-4

I have been viewing lots of interesting variations posted online.  One spot that I would like to suggest is a Flickr group called The City Sampler Quilt Along.   From that group, you can easily hop over to the group coordinator's blog posts about the entire process.  The first posting is all about fabric choices.

Regarding Kristina's fabric options, you should first know that I consider Kristina to be 
The Collector of Fabric Scraps Extraordinaire.
As we progress through the blocks, you will find that she has a knack for combining a variety of fabrics in ways that you might not have considered before.  These are not all fabrics from one fabric group, nor one designer, nor one manufacturer.  Kristina's fabrics know no boundaries!
Yes, you too can mix batiks with florals, and mini-prints, and polka-dots, and solids!
Give it a go!  Throw all caution to the wind!  Step outside your box!
And then take a step back and see what you have learned and what you have created.

You can purchase one of Tula Pink's books at the store, we are taking requests and ordering them as fast as we can.  The price is $27.99.  Worth every penny, and deserving of a spot on your coffee table!  It is just that nice.  Call 651-429-1039 to place your order.

And stay tuned here for more blocks, more links, more behind-the-scenes action!

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