Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Finish: Christmas in the City

Around this time last year, I started working on Tula Pink's City Sampler, which has 100 blocks.
My idea was to start in the upper left corner with very low volume blocks with just a touch of red.
Gradually add more red to the blocks.
Then red and white blocks with a touch of green.
Decrease the amount of white and have mostly red and some green. (Oops, where did that thread come from?)
And then work in the opposite way to the lower right hand corner. Mostly green with some red.
Gradually add some white, while working mostly with green.
Eliminate the red.
And end up with very low volume white and green blocks.
You know how you have a vision but you are never quite sure if the reality will match it your expectations? In this case, I'm thrilled with the results.

Even the back--I used up some of my favorite Christmas prints.
And added a peppermint stripe binding.
You may be familiar with the fact that I photograph nearly all of my quilts in front of our little shed in the backyard. But Mark and I took this quilt out for a fun photo op. Hope you enjoy it.
Pattern: City Sampler by Tula Pink
Size: 60" x 60"
Blocks: 100 scrappy 6" blocks
Pieced by: Me.
Machine quilted by: Darby Myers


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charlotte said... #

Cindy, this is the best interpretation of this quilt I have ever seen. I am so glad to see your vision realized. You did a wonderful job.

Amy Friend said... #

I love the photos on the statue, how perfect! Your plan for the quilt definitely worked. Nice job! Enjoy it this season!

Linda said... #

I saw this quilt in the photo of your quilt ladder yesterday and wanted to see more. It is stunning.

Terrie Sandelin said... #

Fabulous quilt!

Lou said... #

Love it!!!!! Best Christmas Quilt I have seen in awhile!

The Colorful Fabriholic said... #

Beautiful! You really executed your vision well, and your quilt turned out fabulous.

Doris said... #

I am in love with this quilt Cindy, I may have to "borrow" your idea! Saw it in the corner of your post about the ladder from DIL and was smitten immediately.

Debbie said... #

This is lovely! What attention to detail and palette and it sure shows in the end result! Really nice.

Jocelyn said... #

Wow! This is beautiful!

Brenda said... #

Wow! it worked out beautifully. congrats on a great finish.

Bonney said... #

I think this quilt is perfect!! Can you tell me what the reindeer name fabric is?

Brita said... #

Wow! I just started making these blocks, they're such fun! But I don't have a plan, I'm just making each block with fabrics I love. Maybe the quilt will be called "little jewels". Yours is fabulous, the color plan worked out perfectly.

Terri said... #

Beautiful quilt! This one is on my list to make. I haven't seen a Christmasy/red and green version so I love it!

beth s said... #

It's gorgeous!

Carla said... #

Oh Cindy! It's wonderful! Yes, your vision came out exactly right. It's stunning and I hope Tula sees it ; )

a maidenhair fern said... #

absolutely exquisite!

Hilary said... #

This is so amazing!!

Hilary said... #

This is so amazing!!

Susan said... #

Looks awesome! I just finished Patchwork City as a mini, posted it here -
so I fully understand how you put this together!

Sinta Renee said... #

Wow! That is absolutely stunning and a clever use of theme fabrics with the City Sampler blocks! Fabulous quilt!!!

Sinta Renee said... #

Wow! That is absolutely stunning and a clever use of theme fabrics with the City Sampler blocks! Fabulous quilt!!!

Christine S said... #

I would have never thought to make a Christmas quilt with these blocks. It's for sure a OMG quilt!! Just beautiful!

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said... #

This is really great. I love how your gradation came out.

Live a Colorful Life said... #

I think it was from the Countdown to Christmas line by Sweetwater from a few years ago.

Marla aka YaYa said... #

Perfection! Love it in Christmas colors!

Dasha said... #

Brilliant. Love that you used a pattern available to everyone and have added a twist to it that makes it very unique. Your vision worked big time.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said... #

It's wonderful Cindy. I love that you took the pattern and put your own spin on it. That's the best kind of quilt. I also love that you moved through red and into green - very clever. It's a lovely Christmas quilt which you can bring out again and again for years to come.

Lynn said... #

Wow, that is gorgeous. Thanks for showing us how you designed the flow of colours too.

Needled Mom said... #

That is fabulous and so well planned out. Beautiful job, Cindy. It will be a real treasure for years to come.

Farm Quilter said... #

That deer is sporting one fabulous quilt!!! Love the photo shoot, but your quilt is WOW!!

jednoiglec said... #

Looks amazing! I've seen a lot of Tula samplers before, but this one is my favourite!

Izzy said... #

Oh my goodness - this is stunning! What an amazing interpretation of the Tula sampler! Simply gorgeous!

Celtic Thistle said... #

Fabulous! What a brilliant spin you have put on this quilt pattern Cindy, it is definitely an heirloom in the making :)

Jen said... #

This quilt is so fun! It should be hung in a candy store window for the holidays! Wonderful.

Jayne said... #

This is just gorgeous! You nailed it, the flow from color to color is perfect. I love this pattern and seeing this makes me want to make it even more now!

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Rebecca said... #

this is the coolest quilt I've seen in along time, congrats to you, it is just awesome!

Anonymous said... #

I love this! It is just genius the way you faded the colors out toward the corners. Beautiful!

Cheryl said... #

This so totally awesome! It is, by far, my favorite version of the 100 blocks quilt I have seen (including the original). I just love it, the fading is so effective.

magistra said... #

Your vision executed beautifully! I love it!

magistra said... #

Your vision executed beautifully! I love it!

Jak and Will by Stephanie said... #

It's finally finished, yay! It turned out great.

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #


Barb N said... #

Oh, you must have had great fun building each block and laying out the design for this quilt! I love it! A treasure for years to come!

Sandi said... #

What a delightful concept and finish! It looks wonderful!

Rachaeldaisy said... #

Wow!! This is absolutely beautiful!! Your use of colour is perfection!! In fact everything about it is perfection, including your fun Christmas photos.

Lindsey said... #

Cindy - This is gorgeous!!! I love, love, love it! Thanks for stopping by and linking up! We featured your quilt over on the FWFS blog!


Unknown said... #

Amazing!! I love Tula City Quilts. This is another gorgeous one!!!

starflash quilts said... #

love the use of tone and colour!

Dani said... #

Cindy!! This is stunning!!!!!

Unknown said... #

This is just stunning!!

linynp said... #

That quilt is fabulous!!! Great job!

Christine Ousley said... #

This is such an amazing quilt!

Unknown said... #

Your quilt is amazing!!! said... #

This is the best version of this quilt I've seen.

Nicky said... #

Makes a great blanket for Rudolph! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

Leanne said... #

It's beautiful!

FlourishingPalms said... #

Your concept worked beautifully! The color gradation is spot-on! And look at all the blog commenters who like it too. Lovely work, Cindy!

Loganstitches said... #

So much work has clearly gone into making your lovely quilt. The color gradation is fantastic.

Leila said... #

Amazing choice of fabrics! Beautiful!

Nicole said... #

Hooray, it looks wonderful! I remember leaving one of my first comments on your blog about this quilt (and I was totally thrilled when you wrote back!) Congrats again.

Afton Warrick said... #

I love it all: the statute beauty shot, the fabric selection, the Tula blocks, the candy cane binding. It makes me want to tear into my hoarded Christmas fabrics and my pristine copy of City Sampler.

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