Today’s the big day…I’m finally getting to show you my City Sampled quilt!! I made it with Tula Pink’s new book City Sampler: 100 Modern Blocks. I showed y’all my
100 113 blocks here! (I needed more because I set them on point:) And my quilt has returned home from the quilter!!! I’m so excited! And I’m in love…
This quilt has been in the works since long before the book was even published. I’m a HUGE Tula Pink fan (stalker?) and I had decided that I had to have some of each piece of fabric she had ever designed. Not some of each line…I wanted every print. Since her early lines are out of print and hard to find, I had to search far and wide. I had a lot of them, but I was definitely missing quite a few. Lots of my online sewing friends REALLY helped out (especially Mel!) and I finally got them! So this quilt has a piece of every fabric she ever designed. Every. Single. Fabric. When the book came out, I knew it was the perfect project. I repeated a few, but most of them are just in one block. I chose a rainbow layout, but more blend rainbow than row by row of color.
The quilting is by Sheri Collette of Maxine & Me. She did a FABULOUS job. I’m thrilled! She and I came up with the idea of radiating quadrants with various patterns. I wanted it to look like it was quilted from the back without actually being quilted from the back. It was a great collaboration and the quilting really complements the quilt. Kudos Sheri!
Speaking of the back…I used a Prince Charming quilt back. It was a gift from some of my Sew South friends during our reunion weekend. Thank you Christen, Christina, Chrissy, Holli, Kim, Melissa, Nicole, Sarah, Tessa & Xandi!! (Sorry for the less than excellent picture…this quilt is HUGE and The Guru is 5’2″!)
At the bottom, I put all of the selvages from Tula Pink’s first eleven lines. And a little label. And my Tula Pink autograph:)
This is my favorite block. The Full Moon Forest owls are just awesome!
And my favorite section of quilting! Sheri is amazing!!
And more quilting I love! She definitely used the fabric to inspire.
I also have to give a shout out to Joan Schnute! She hand sewed my binding for me. I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks and it was a dream to drop off the quilt and pick it up the next evening with all the binding complete! Thank you Joan! If you’re local and you want her card, just let me know!
I hope y’all like my homage to Tula! And in case you’re wondering, City Sampled will be living with me:)