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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!


In years past I’ve happily participated in monthly groups encouraging finishing sewing tasks or works-in-progress. This year, I cannot break down my list so easily, so I’ve decided to join up with others on a quarterly basis.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I made a preliminary outline of what I think I can accomplish. Based on this, I can bang out all my works-in-progress (or perpetually abandoned) within the year.


The above group stipulates that a project must be complete in its entirety in order to qualify as a finish, which means my list for this quarter is as follows:

Tula Pink City Sampler
Black and White Sampler play mat
Blue Rings bee block quilt
Love Stream baby quilt





My first priorities are my City Sampler and Blue Rings, which require me to finish piecing the tops and backs so I can have them long-arm quilted, then I’ll bind them myself. The other two, at smaller sizes, I think I can handle on my own machine. I’d hoped to already be knocking through this list by now, but I’ve had some unexpected drains on time and energy this month in particular, so making it a quarterly goal is more manageable, I hope!

I’ve never before mapped out my quilt goals so specifically. I am very excited about this new format and all this year will bring! And I must say, pulling out pieces I’ve not touched for awhile was a delight and a joy. I love when I love what I make, and I can’t wait to bring these favorites to completion!

Happy creating and hoping equal joy for you!

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!