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Looking back, it seems I finished these blocks a year before completing the quilt. They were the last big non-wedding project I worked on. Now, as my husband and I approach our one-year anniversary and the any-day-now birth of our son, we have this quilt to celebrate the best bits of how life has changed for us.

Setting the blocks, piecing the back, and bringing it to my fabulous long-arming friend Maria were part of my goals for the first quarter of the year. In the “make it your own” spirit of the book, I added ten extra blocks, pieced from favorite scraps with improvised design. (Several are visible towards the bottom of the last photo.) This made the quilt a proper size and shape for our bed and, if I can stretch it, reinforced the analogy of “quilt-as-life” – making space for the unplanned beauties that can emerge when committing fully and letting go of control.

Over the course of a few nondescript days (spent watching seasons of Project Runway Australia on YouTube), I finished binding the quilt. Rather than straight-cut double-fold binding, I used what was left of the scrappy bias binding I created for my Generations II quilt, the one combining a top by my great-grandmother with a back from my mother and hand-tied with crochet thread from my grandmother. It seemed appropriate to nod to heritage as we step into this new phase of life.

My patience husband served as my quilt holder in the bright morning light. I didn’t belabor the process for the sake of his arms, so the blocks might not be clearly visible. But you can see the delightful texture of Maria’s quilting! I love how it unifies each unique block into a complete whole. Kind of like the experiences of these past few years – every little bit of effort coming together for a beautiful end result!

Linking up with the 2015 Finish-A-Long!


Well, I’m done! I’ve completed the last of my Tula Pink City Sampler blocks!






It wasn’t until I was arranging these photo grids that I realized one of my blocks was assembled upside-down! Typically the imperfections don’t bother me (given a choice between “done” and “accurate”, I’ll choose “done”!) This one was enough for me to redo.

While I was at it, I redid another block. Striking as the original was, the orange was actually a thin shot cotton that I don’t expect would hold up over time.


So glad to have these all done! I’ll figure out a layout later, but for now I’m enjoying my sense of accomplishment!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes!

I am about 10 blocks shy of completing all 100 of my Tula Pink City Sampler blocks! I haven’t blogged numbers 81-90, but I figured it would be more celebratory to reveal them all together.


Fabrics are selected and awaiting ironing and cutting. Hard to believe this project I began in January is so close to completion!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes!

Getting so close to the end! A sweet friend sent me some new bits of Tula Pink fabric (hello octopus!), and I’m happy to work them in.









I’m pondering a bit of a hiatus while I work on some other pressing projects. But now I’m in the home stretch, I feel I’ve earned it! No concerns about these blocks turning into an unfinished piece. Having come so far, I’m motivated to finish and have something to show for all the toil! Now back to those pressing projects I mentioned…

My work schedule is a bit unpredictable, so while I was mostly done last week with my bi-weekly 8 Tula Pink City Sampler blocks, I only finished these Monday.









I’m pretty lenient with what I consider a successful execution of a block (see #66 there, a bit reversed from the original in the book). But on the rare occasion, I will unpick and re-sew if my negligence means a block won’t square up properly. I did so with #65. Thankfully I’m moving into a new section of the book, and nearing completion!


At this rate, I’ll be done with all the blocks before May is out, leaving me plenty of creative energy to direct towards the wedding!

Now I’m past the halfway point, it’s smooth sailing for me! My latest round of blocks came together nicely and offered a sweet reprieve from wedding planning.









I am enjoying this section of blocks as it allows for showing off some favorite prints. I also love how I can use small scraps I’ve not wanted to part with. In these blocks they sing!

Wedding planning is in full swing, but I made time to finish 8 more Tula Pink City Sampler blocks!









There are so many changes happening in my life right now that it’s nice to have the ability to continue towards a long term goal. In that spirit, I laid out all 56 of my blocks so far!


It’s so fun seeing it come together. Oh, and I am thrilled to be done with the triangles! I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to bias-cut pieces, but I have methods of making geese and triangles that are easier for me, and Tula Pink does not use these methods. But it is more trouble to figure out measurements needed for my preferred procedures – though they end up being less wasteful as well. So altogether I’m happy I’m done with the trifecta of inefficient-inaccurate-wasteful section of the book! And I’m over halfway done, too! Yay! So many reasons to be happy!

Now back to the wedding planning grindstone 😉

Confession: I’ve been turning out 8 blocks at a time and just posting 4 each week. But enough with the formalities! I have a giant creative endeavor at hand now, so it’s time to streamline the rest of life and let the little details slip by (such as double-checking the order of the pictures!)









If all goes to plan, I’ll have all 100 blocks done before our wedding. Sewing is stress-relieving, after all!

Oh, we must embrace the triangles!





So many fiddly bits to that last one in particular, but I think it came out alright. Using some favorite prints is helping me get through these not-favorite blocks! Onward and upward!

I never really know what to say here. Here are 4 more blocks I’ve made for my Tula Pink City Sampler! (Do I even need to say that? At what point am I redundant?)





I am happy these blocks allowed me to feature some larger Tula prints! But I must say, this next section – focusing on triangles – may be my least favorite. For whatever reason, I am not very fond of triangles. Maybe it’s because these tend to be small, and there is inherent waste in the method described in the book. Or I just don’t like fooling with bias stretch. But this first one turned out nicely, so maybe my fears are for nothing!

Thirty-six is a nice number to lay out and see progress, I think!