Book Review: Tula Pink’s City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

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Last Updated May 13, 2018

Whether or not you are a Tula Pink raving fan, I think you’ll love her City Sampler book. Because the book is square, the first thing you’ll notice is how easy it is to hold. The book is printed on matte paper which makes it easier to turn pages. City Sampler is divided into two chapters. The first chapter lists all 100 blocks. The second chapter contains instructions for five quilts along with piecing tips.


Tula Pink’s City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, Published 2013 by David & Charles, 254 pages

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City Sampler, The Blocks

In chapter one, Tula groups the blocks into 6 sections:

  • Crosses
  • Rectangles
  • Triangles
  • Stripes
  • Squares
  • Haiku

All the blocks finish at 6″. Open the book to any of the 100 quilt blocks and you’ll see a large picture of the quilted block on the left side. On the right side there are cutting and piecing diagrams. If you are into machine quilting, you will appreciate the full page pictures. Each block has interesting quilting designs you might consider adding to your quilting tool box. The diagrams are simple and easy to understand.

city sampler inside

The Quilts

There are instructions for 5 quilts. The quilt sizes range from throw to king. Each quilt is a sampler quilt consisting of blocks from the book. Because the blocks finish at 6″, it is easy to make the quilt the exact size you need. The quilts in this book are easy to customize. Use the 5 quilts in the book for inspiration. Chapter 2 also contains information on choosing fabrics and tips for finishing your quilt

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Not only do I like the printing and layout of the book, I love the block designs. There are so many possibilities for designing your own quilt. In the Introduction, Tula talks about some quilters coming from a line of ancestors who made quilts. Like Tula, I am the first generation quilter in my family. Without the legacy of a quilt made by a previous generation, quilters like Tula and I, must start the legacy in our family. Tula intentionally did not name the blocks. This is left to the reader/quiltmaker to do as she/he tells their story. Choose your blocks and start writing your story today!

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