What is your favorite thing about Quilt Alongs?
Quilt Along’s have helped me improve my piecing skills DRASTICALLY. I love that you learn new techniques, different tips and tricks from a variety of quilters, and that it is spread out over a period of time. There’s very little pressure for me sew an entire quilt – just a block or two or four at a time.
When you look at your quilts – what color do you seem to use the most of?
I’m trying to figure out what color I don’t see…
When you look at your fabric stash – what color do you seem to have the most of?
blues and greens…I’m on a blue and green diet for a bit here now…
What other quilt alongs are you participating in in 2013?
#scrappytripalong, Craftsy BOM, Dancing Stars QAL, I hope to to catch up with the ‘Skill Builder’s’ one in April…pretty much any and all I can manage to fit in…you can see the right side of my blog for links of all the ones I’ve either done, am working on or intend to do.
Apples or oranges?
Apples of course!
Strippy Spool Block Tutorial for the My Favorite Block Quilt Along
Finished Block Size – 12” x 12” & 6” x 6”
It was hard to pick just ONE favorite block…but I finally had an epiphany and realized I just had to show you all how to make the Spool Block.
Not only did I have a fabulous ‘Wall of Thread’ in my house but I also love thread so much
I had a spool tattooed onto my wrist for my 30th birthday last year! (and yes…it hurt)
I am putting a slight scrappy twist to the block just to add some fun for you all. Hope you enjoy!
I used ‘darks’ for fabrics B, D and the strips of A* and then ‘lights’ for my fabrics E and C.
|Cut this many||6” block||12” block|
|A*||2||3.5” x 3.5”||6.5” x 6.5”|
|B||2||2.5” x 2.5”||4” x 4”|
|C||2||2.5” x 2.5”||4” x 4”|
|D||2||2” x 3.5”||3.5” x 6.5”|
|E||2||2” x 3.5”||3.5” x 6.5”|
A* - Cut the square size out of a fabric you can use for a foundation. Then, cut wonky strips of fabric that coordinates with your D and B fabric in lengths of either 4” (for the 6” block) or 7” for the 12” block)
We’re going to start by making our center ‘strippy’ spool. I’m going to write the directions with the 12.5” blocks but I’ll put the sizes for the 6.5” blocks in (parenthesis).
Take your 6.5” (3.5”) foundation piece A. We’re going to foundation piece strips onto it to create a fun strippy looking spool of thread.
I decided I’m going to make a green ‘strippy’ spool.
Sew these onto your foundation piece. Start by laying one strip right side up on the foundation piece. Place a second strip right side down against the other strip. Sew all three layers together. Iron so that the right sides of the strips are both up. Now you can sew another strip to the raw edge of your first strip and a different strip to the raw edge of the second.
Here is a good photo tutorial of what I’m describing if you are lost. http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/strip.piecing.htm If you are still confused I can take photo’s of the process and post them.
The back side of your block should look like this.
And the front like this. It’s better to be a bit bigger than too small because you can always trim it down. Now just trim it down to a 6.5” (3.5”) square
You now have your ‘A’ fabric.
Now we’re going to make our 4 B/C squares.
Take your two 4” (2.5”) lighter colored C fabric and draw a line from one corner to the other.
With right sides together place your darker B fabric right sides together with your lighter fabric.
Now, stitch ¼” on each side of the lines you drew. 4” (2.5”)
Cut along the line you drew – you can use your rotary cutter but it doesn’t have to be precise so I just used a fabric scissors. Do this with both sets of squares so you end up with four half square triangle blocks.
Iron your half square triangles open with the seam towards the darker fabric.
Trim your blocks down to 3.5” (2”).
Now you can lay all the pieces of your block out to see how it’s going to look all pieced together.
I sewed the left blocks together first – ironing towards blocks D and E. Normally I always iron towards the darker fabric but our block A has a lot of seams…D and E are going to be easier.
Next I sewed the right side to the left side and again ironed toward the E and D pieces.
By ironing in this way it was very simple for me to match my seams as I sewed the three sections together.
And voila! You have a Strippy Spool Block!
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!
Print your own pdf copy of this block tutorial by clicking HERE.
Make sure you add your Favorite Block Blocks to the Flickr Group when they’re done! We want to see them!
- My Favorite Block Quilt Along
- Block 1, Free Form Log Cabin from Diane Lapacek
- Block 2, Road to Oklahoma from Amy’s Creative Side
- Block 3, Churn Dash from I’m A Ginger Monkey
- Block 4, Reflections from PamelaQuilts
- Block 5, Owl Block from Bea Quilter
- Block 6, Heart Block from For Quilts Sake
- Block 7, Leaf Block from Little Birdie Quilting
- Block 8, Wonky Star from Fiber of All Sorts
- BONUS – Wonky Star with Free Form Log Cabin Border
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