Spool Block Wall Hanging Quilt


It’s done!!

I finished my Spool Block mini quilt last night. It is small. 26″ by 31″.

My 1st Spool Blocks. I am so in love with how this turned out. I am keeping it forever!!

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I used six of my 4 1/2″ scrap blocks. Added lavender sides and purple tops and bottom to form the spool. And then added the borders. Usually I struggle with borders. One side up. One side down. Not even. But not this time. I did them as I was supposed to. Measure the center. Cut the border per that measurement. I was tempted to add extra just in case. But resisted. And guess what? They came out perfectly. Three borders. Purple polka dots. Red dotted swiss. And purple floral. And sad news… I am just about out of the first two. 😀

For the back I was going to use more of the 4 1/2″ scrap blocks. But opted for this look instead.

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Even after adding the borders, I knew this would be a wall hanging. It shouted “hang me” up. So off I went in search of how to correctly add a sleeve.

My plan was to sew on a strip of fabric on the back BEFORE sewing on the binding. But the YouTube videos I watched said to add it AFTER completely finishing. So that is how I am doing it. How do you add on a sleeve? Before or after finishing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv4xirLbx1U&feature=related

Well, I am glad it is finished. Have been working on it for several days.

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My craft room wall is filling up. Ah, my beloved quilted clock. Time to make another one.

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And I already have an idea for which fabrics to use for my next spool block quilt. This one will use nine scrap blocks.

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The plan is to make it lap quilt size. And I have an idea on how to do the area surrounding the spools a different way. Trying for a more balanced look.


What else am I working on, you might ask?

Here are some of the other projects I am juggling. Due to attention span problems. 😀 Should be finished with all of them in a couple days.

Angel Table Runner

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3 more doll quilts

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Fabric gift bag

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And then after my craft show, I am going to tackle making a larger Spool Block quilt like this one.

http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2010/01/string-spool-tutorial.html

A Perfect 11″ Gift Box Block


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Third time is a charm. Keep trying. Never give up.

All of the above. I knew I could do it. These are all a perfect 11″.

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I only made four since that was all the fabric I had. It was about 16″ by 44″. In the eBay scraps. I didn’t realize how many pieces were Christmas until I sorted them out. Quite a few to keep me Christmas sewing for about a week. 😀

Anyhoo….. I sent these “perfect” ones off as my entry to the Block Lotto in my Quilt Group. My four will get me four chances to win the block pot. That would be cool to win them all. And then I can make a little Gift Box Quilt.

I finished up the red and green one I showed you two days ago. Made four.

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Again, that’s all the fabric I had. Too bad. I like them. Maybe I will make Santa Mug Rugs. Or a long table runner.

The first two gift box blocks I made but weren’t quite up to snuff, I turned into these. I am thinking doll quilts. Or table toppers.

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They are quilted and ready for binding. I am leaning toward rounded corners. But that means a bias binding. We shall see.

Here’s a Sneak Peek at something I am working on in between all my other projects. I am trying something new with more of my scrap blocks. A block I haven’t tried before.

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And I haven’t shown you any Idea Sandwiches in a good while. Here’s one.

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I like this arrangement but think the green fabric could be more interesting. I have to go to JoAnn’s today for thread so I’ll check to see what they have that will make the other fabrics “pop”.

Stay tuned. Keep that dial here. More to follow…

The Doll Days of August

Making quilts for dolls is a lot of fun. I get to experiment with colors and also use up some of those “cut but didn’t work” pieces from other projects.

These were made from the pink/purple scrap bin. Even used some of my Dresden Plate leftovers. Toss in some lace and you get what I am calling the Ball and Chain Series.

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The Pillow.

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So far I have five finished. Here are front and back photos. Twice the fun.

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And now some close-up’s.

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You are probably wondering why I named them Ball and Chain. This little ball and chain keeps the pillow matched up with the quilt.

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Next, I moved on to Zebras. Zebra fabric. I really love this fabric.

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I added the lace and different color fabric trim. Matching pillow, of course.

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I used the black and white zebra fabric for the back. Cuteness overload.

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Then I made this quilt I call the Red Flower quilt. I fussy cut the flower for the center.

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Used Michael Miller Clown Stripes as my starting Log Cabin border.

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Not only did I fussy cut the red flower but I also “fussy sewed” to line up the stripes.

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Then added my favorite polka dots.

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Quilting was done with a fast simple meandering stipple design.

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I knew I wanted to add lace and ribbon. Selected this double sided lace from my lace stash. Been there for YEARS. Happy to use some of it.

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Binding was done with the red and black floral fabric. I had hoped to fussy cut more of the red but this was the best I could get.

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This photo shows the fabric I used for the back. Didn’t want to go all wild with a lot of different fabrics. The front is busy enough. 😀

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Red Flower quilt measures 24″ by 24″. Perfect for 18″ dolls and could also be used for a new baby.

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Hope you have enjoyed my Doll Days of August.

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My Back-To-School quilt is finished. Working on the pillow. Photos soon, maybe tomorrow.