Friday, January 27, 2017

City Sampler

I can't believe my first "finish" of the year is my #100Blocks#100 Days City Sampler.  A huge thank you to  Sweet Little Pretties and Sunflower Stitcheries for hosting the #100BlocksFinished sew-along.  I have no doubt it's the only reason I have this flimsy!  I was this close to making the deadline but ultimately it slipped to the next day.  No regrets - I am so thrilled to have this one done.

This has been my mantra since I started this project.  You have to know I LOVE to quilt but I like to keep things real here and this quilt has already had more than it's share of "joyous" moments.  Granted I procrastinated a bit and only left myself two weeks to get the top together but what a race to the end it was...

I played with a bunch of different color schemes for the sashing but decided to sew from my stash and go with this Kaffe Fasset shot cotton in Smoky.  I streamlined the process by cutting my vertical sashing from strip sets.  The fun started when I realized the yardage and cutting instructions were for an 8x8 grid.  Seriously Tula,  why would I make 100 blocks and then only use 64 of them in my quilt!?!  I did some math and decided I'd have more than enough fabric to make a 10x10 version.  Keep Going!

That was until I cut a whole bunch of my horizontal strips at 8" rather than 8 1/2".  See the stack on top, all 1/2" too short.  More math - it's going to be close!  In the end I had 4" to spare.  A little too close for comfort especially with only 3 days left to the deadline.  Keep Going!

There's a lot of monotony sewing blocks and sashing strips together to make rows.  I finally got to watch the Gillmore Girls revival and binged on a whole season of the new Netflix original Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - perhaps a poor choice when I was hoping for a happy ending;-)  As expected the gridlock layout was a bit more challenging than traditional straight sashing.  My first attempt at joining two rows resulted in some rather wonky crosses...  not at all the look I was going for.

I found that I was able to get good results by matching the vertical stripes and pinning then adding another pin between each intersection.  It would have bugged me forever - I ripped the first 2 rows and redid them.  Add another hour to the fun but Keep Going until finally...

finally, I reached the final seam.  The heavens sang, the angels wept, and the rain held off just long enough for me to race outside and shoot some pictures.  It's been a long haul but I'm already thinking about how I'm going to quilt it.  The fun never stops;-)

If you're thinking you missed the boat on this one there's still hope.  Angie at GnomeAngel is hosting another round, #100Days100Blocks2017 kicking off in May.  I know I've moaned & groaned a lot about this one but the challenge truly did keep me motivated and I'm thrilled with the finished quilt.  Start planning now if you want to join the party!

Celebrating with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. This is a gorgeous setting for these blocks! :)

  2. I love the sashing you did! I have my blocks still sitting there waiting to be sashed lol

  3. I like your setting for a sampler quilt, must remember this one. Sorry the project was such a pain, but you got a great quilt out of it.

  4. Freaking amazing! The extra time to make the pieced sashing was so worth it and yes, of course you want to use all 100 of your blocks! DUH!! Congratulations on such a fabulous quilt finish!

  5. Love this! Your colors are great. Nice job.

  6. Congratulations!! Love your sashing color! I feel your pain on this sashing...particularly lining things up! I went slowly and pinned, pinned! Can't wait to see what you decide to do with the quilting! At the rate I am going, you will finish before me! And I started years ago!

  7. Your quilt is amazing! I absolutely love your layout! That pieced sashing is just perfect and definitely makes the quilt in my opinion. I am anxious to see how you will quilt it.

  8. Wow, I am in awe of your perseverance! I don't think I could do that. Your quilt is a stunner.

  9. The pain, the heartache, the "unsewing" was worth it! This is gorgeous, and I'm especially fond of that beautiful sashing fabric. Woo hoo!