City Sampler Blocks

I am out of cut white squares for charity blocks, so I used pieces for the City Sampler blocks as leaders and enders while I was sewing the Peacock together this past weekend.

City Sampler blocks n.38-41
City Sampler blocks n.38-41

I was able to finish a total of 6 blocks, which still makes me under 50 done, but progress is progress. I am still on the triangle blocks and my machine really likes eating the corners when I use the method Tula Pink suggests. I was grumpy making these blocks and ordered more Northcott charm packs to use for the donation blocks.

 

City Sampler block n.41
City Sampler block n.41

I added a few new fabrics from the group I recently washed to spice things up. They are all in the blue-green range, so they will go. I know I said before that I had too many, but clearly now I don’t care.

I don’t have a lot of fabrics in my group that are good for fussy cutting, so I did the best I could. I am pleased with the way the ice cream block came out.

Of the above blocks, I really only like the one in the upper right hand corner. I like of the fabrics in all of the blocks, but don’t much like the block designs and not just because my machine ate the corners. I particularly dislike the one in the upper left hand corner. It looks like baby blocks and I don’t think it came out well. The piecing is really wobbly due to the above referenced machine hunger and because of the many small pieces. I may redo as suggested by some on Instagram, but it will probably just blend in by the time I get all of the other blocks made.

City Sampler blocks n.42-43
City Sampler blocks n.42-43

I do like the two I made yesterday and think that simple is better for the small size of these blocks. I am really looking at the one on the left and thinking about making it super big – bed sized, in fact for one of the nephews. I have to figure out how big that would actually be. I can see the block as a quilt in, from the top down, Kona Ash, scarlett and black. I would probably do a  test block first to check the color choices, then see if American Made Brands or Art Gallery has a similar solid color to Kona Ash.

Author: JayeL

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

2 thoughts on “City Sampler Blocks”

  1. I’m so glad to see you’ve started this project up again! Your fabric choices are great and I so agree with you, some of the block designs aren’t my favorite, but when they’re all together in a quilt they’ll look good. (At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I make all of these!) I love your idea of a quilt sized version of that zig zag block, it would very bold and graphic.

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