It’s time for another Quilt Block A Month. You can join the fun by ‘liking” the page on Facebook.
The block for this quarter is the Spool Block. It offers a lot of options and is quick and easy to piece. If you do just one block a day, you’ll have a 78 blocks finished before the first day of spring!
This is a great way to use your scraps. All you need is: 2) 2-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ brown rectangles, 4) 1-1/2″ light squares, 2) 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ light rectangles and a 5-1/2″ center square—either plain or pieced. I like using a stripe because it looks like thread wrapped around the spool.
Some people like to mark their squares with a diagonal pencil line when doing sew-and-flip corners, but I just finger press them–quick and easy!
Add a square to opposite ends of the brown rectangle.
Stitch, trim and press. Note: I didn’t trim the background fabric away. It makes it a bit bulky, but I also think it stabilizes it. Your choice! Do this with both brown rectangles.
Add the white rectangles to the sides of the 5-1/2″ square.
Now add the brown rectangles to the top and bottom, making sure the light areas match up. Voila! You have a spool block! The unfinished block is 7-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.
Now, here’s where the fun comes in. You can do all kinds of things with the center square. You could sew 5) 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strips together to make it look like thread wrapped around your spool.
How about using random width strips on an angle to represent the thread? I foundation pieced this.
Do you save selvedges? This is a great place to use them!
Here are the four sample blocks I made. I’ll play with setting possibilities when I have more finished.
They do make an interesting design when set next to each other. You get some secondary action going on!
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