super simple modern quilt sampler by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork
book club 2014-2015, Patchwork, Recommended Reading

Quilters’ Book Club: A New Year, A New Sampler Quilt

100 Modern Quilt Blocks, Tula Pink Book

It is a new school year, and therefore a new year of Quilters’ Book Club.

If you are a new visitor to this blog, you can see all the posts from last year’s book club, Here. Last year, I chose my favorite quilting books and spent some time each month revisiting them for sewing inspiration and told you a bit about why I like the book and projects. I chose a project from each book and made one 12″ block inspired by that project, then turned them all into a Modern Sampler Quilt (Summer Blockbuster 2014, Here) in July.

For this year, I am doing something different! I am going to focus on one book: “100 Modern Quilt Blocks” by Tula Pink. Have you studied this book? it is a fun, very simple collection of patterns to make 100 six inch sampler blocks. They are very beginner friendly and overall quick to sew up. A portion of the book is dedicated to ideas and patterns for putting the blocks together into a quilt, too.

100 Modern Quilt Blocks, Tula Pink Book

This page shows my favorite setting design with all 100 blocks, but there are several other designs in the book as well.

Here is what book club will look like this year: Each month for nine months I am going to make four blocks from the book. I am also going to design four blocks of my own and share those with you. I will post the instructions to make my four blocks, so you can follow along if you like, even if you don’t have this book. If you have the book, follow along and we will have 72 blocks to make our own Modern Sampler Quilt next summer. All of the blocks will be simple, perfect for a little break from whatever bigger project you might be working on or using up some scraps.

I am going to make my blocks with fabrics from the brand new collection, “Figures” by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics. This fabric easily available in shops now, including pre-cuts (I bought my fat eighth bundle from Green Fairy Quilts).

Click Here for the instructions to make 6″ blocks and sew along with me.

100 Modern Quilt Blocks, Tula Pink Book

Here we go! the first section of the book is all about crosses, which is one of my favorite trendy motifs in patchwork. I made blocks no. 1, 12, 13, and 15:

super simple modern quilt sampler by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork

Of course, I couldn’t resist changing some up a bit with my own color placement, but I think they are really cute! So if you want to join in and quilt along with me, choose your favorite four cross blocks from the first section of “100 Modern Quilt Blocks”. Tune in throughout this week and I will be providing the instructions to make four more cross blocks to go with them.

Happy September, and welcome back to school! Get out your books.


12 thoughts on “Quilters’ Book Club: A New Year, A New Sampler Quilt

  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I really like the fabric you chose, and your placement in the blocks.

  2. cindy says:

    I was able to meet Tula at spring market in Portland a year ago. She is a delight! I love the way your blocks turned out. I have the book and have wanted to give them a go. Just need to some motivation. Maybe your little sew along will be just the thing! šŸ™‚

  3. Kelsey says:

    I don’t normally love the Tula Pink City Sampler, but I love your first four blocks, the bottom left especially. It will be fun to see as you make more blocks if perhaps actually I just haven’t enjoyed how other people chose their fabrics. So far, I think you’re spot on! Such a fun project for the year.

  4. donnavc says:

    This quilt turned out beautifully. I love the way you set the blocks together. Can you tell me how much fabric it took to make and how many different fabrics you used?

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks, Donna! I don’t have specific quantities for the blocks. There are 100 blocks in the book and each finish 6″, you could do them as scrappy or organized as you want. I started with a fat eighth bundle from Moda fabrics and added a few scraps from my stash and it was enough. I made 72 blocks, including 36 from the Tula book and 36 I designed myself (you can find the instructions for all my blocks under Quilts Alongs > Super Simple Sampler )
      You can also find a series of videos on my YouTube channel showing how to make several blocks and a setting design.

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