Spools, Spools, Spools

Ever since my original ”Friendship Spools” quilt was released in our
“Friendship Strips and Scraps” book we have enjoyed exchanging strips, making spools and creating beautiful quilts, pincushions, table runners, etc.

This is another one of my favorite spool blocks, it is made from squares…

… and I’d love to show you my technique of how to make this simple spool block!

We need a few supplies:
Fabrics – I used one JellyBean Mini Charm pack (2-1/2″ squares) but you can use any fabric cut to any size squares as long as all squares are the same size.
Thread - Aurifil 2370.
Needle – Microtex
Fabric Pencil – SewLine
Rotary, Ruler, Mat, Pins … you know your favorites!

Choose your fabrics.

You need 5 squares, 2 light, 2 dark, 1 accent.

Place the light squares on top of the dark squares, right sides together.

Use your rotary to cut the square sets in half as shown above to create 2 strip sets.

Save one set of strips to the side. Make a second cut through only one set of strips as shown above to create 4 small square sets.

Draw a diagonal line across all 4 of your small square sets.

Using chain sewing, stitch on this line for all 4 small square sets.

Trim each set 1/4″ away from the stitch line and cut it apart.

Press open pushing your seam allowance toward the dark fabric.

Using all of the pieces, lay out your spool block as shown above.

Next we will sew the pieces into rows.

I like to pin my pieces before sewing to keep them in place.

Sew rows together.

Notice the seam allowances, if you push them as shown the block will look great.

Once you complete one, I’m sure there will be no stopping!

Remember to square up your blocks, I used a mini charm (2-1/2″ squares) so my blocks trim to 4″ x 4″ unfinished.

You can use this technique for any size squares, picture above shows a spool made from a Mini Charm pack (2-1/2″), Charm Pack (5″), and a Layer Cake (10″).

My two favorites are the Mini Charm and Charm sizes.

I hope you enjoyed my little spools, if you try this block please share them with us on instagram with hashtag #laundrybasketspools, or just email us a photo at edyta@laundrybasketquilts.com. We love seeing your projects!

Happy Quilting! Edyta

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2014 Designer Mystery Blog Tour Winner!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing all of your stars with me and hopping along through this Fat Quarter Shop Blog Hop!

You have warmed my heart in this cold weather.

Laundry Basket Quilts – Gingerbread Trio Pattern

The winner from our blog hop has been drawn and notified by email, it is:
Elizabeth Johnson – Congratulations!
She will have Snowbird goodies heading her way.

Spring is here and I can’t wait to share everything new, stay tuned!

Happy Quilting,
Edyta

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2014 Designer Mystery Blog Tour

Welcome to the “2014 Designers Mystery Blog Tour” from Fat Quarter Shop, I am so thrilled to be part of this event! We were asked to design a mystery star block and choose a special “Star” in our life to name the block after. I would like to share with you a little about someone very special to me, my daughter Anna.

There is something about her that is simply magical, it is hard to explain in words, but I noticed this from the time that she was very little.

She has a little smile that is always able to put a spell over me.

She is always ready to reach the stars and do her very best. I have always loved making outfits for her, little girl dresses…

 … and now the ones for special occasions.

As she has grown to become an amazing young lady, I have enjoyed every minute with her and can’t help but be proud of her. Her magic is always there, honest, kind, thoughtful, and caring, I could just go on and on.

And yes, she still has that special smile - I have dedicated my block to “Magical-Anna”

This “Mystery Block” of the month is created from my “Snowbird” Fabric Collection.

Inspired by the beautiful colors of a crisp winter day; heavenly blue skies, frosted branches, shimmering snow, and even the birds that stay around though winter and keep me company during the cold days.

This collection offers abundant lights in both batiks and prints.

Clear contrast between lights and darks.

The “Snowbird” Collection Prints wonderfully compliment the layout of the star blocks to create an amazing quilt.

I can’t wait for you to see the finished project! I hope you will consider joining this “Block of the Month” at the Fat Quarter Shop if you have not yet.

Do you have a “Magical Star” in your life? Leave a comment by March 28th and share your “Star” with me to be entered into our drawing and maybe get a Snowbird Jellyroll rolling your way.

I’m looking forward to hearing about your “Magical Stars” and seeing your beautiful mystery quilts made.

A special thank you goes out to all of my fellow designers that have created blocks for this quilt, please be sure to stop by their blogs as they share their stories about their “Stars”

March 7th
Sweetwater - http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/
Cotton Way - http://cottonway.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gervais - http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

March 14th
Minick and Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
Vanessa Christenson - http://www.vanessachristenson.com/
Kate Spain - http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

March 21st
Kansas Troubles - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Bunny Hill - http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Me and My Sister Designs - http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
Fig Tree and Co. - http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

March 28th
Prize Winners announced on the Jolly Jabber

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Blog Hop Prize Winner!

Thank you so much for leaving all of these wonderful comments full of love and letting me know your favorite colors.

The winner from our blog hop has been drawn and notified by email, it is:
Sharon Bennett – Congratulations!

I’m leaving you with one of my favorite new quilts “Sweet Ride” from the Jellybean Collection. I choose this one because it is full of all your favorite colors!
Thank you for visiting, Edyta.

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