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.
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.
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:
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.