Turkey Tracks: February 4, 2017
Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Blocks
Some Coastal Quilters have issued a new challenge for 2017 to members: to make Tula Pink’s “City Sampler” from her book 100 Modern Blocks.
(We are sewing our Farmer’s Wife blocks into tops now.)
Again, we will do about 9 blocks a month, ending in December.
These blocks are all about the fabric and, unlike the Farmer’s Wife blocks, are pretty easy. Indeed, they are FUN!
I am going to use Cotton + Steel in all of my blocks, but will allow myself some digressions with other designers mixed in, like some of the Japanese fabrics I like, some Carolyn Friedlander, and some solids, including shot cotton.
Here my first 9 blocks:
As with the Farmer’s Wife blocks, adding solids can work to sharpen other fabrics–which I did not do unfortunately. The top left block needed some solids as the fabrics are too jumbled together. What can be pretty when looking at big pieces of fabrics can…not be…when pieces are small. You would think I would have learned that lesson after all the Farmer’s Wife blocks. But, no…
The bottom right “jacks” block also needed more definition. The aqua is too busy.
Having said that, as with the Farmer’s Wife blocks, they all look pretty when they get into a quilt top.
The main thing is to have some fun with each block and not to stress about perfection. Some work better than others.
This collection came in the mail today, from Craftsy: Cotton + Steel “basics.” They should help with the basics problem. If you haven’t discovered Craftsy fabrics yet, take a look. Also, I like the Etsy store, Stash Builders for specific colorways, etc. And, of course, I continue to love Becca Babb-Brott’s Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.
I got my first low-volume monthly shipment from Pink Castle fabrics, and it was beautiful. I treated myself some time around Christmas. I have since changed this fabric club to Cotton + Steel, but I really loved the first low-volume shipment from them. Hmmmm… I continue to be enchanted with low-volume fabrics.
I hope readers are having a good quilty winter. I know I am.