It’s June (where is the year going?!) and that means time for the next block in the And Sew We Craft Modern Blocks Quilt Along (#ModernQAL). This month I’ve chosen the Spool Block which looks like a spool of thread. You will find it on page 174 of the Modern Blocks book and it was designed by Krista Fleckenstein. With a little searching I discovered that Krista writes a blog called Spotted Stones which I can’t wait to explore some more.
But on to the block. I chose this block because I knew that I wanted to show off my feature fabric. When I was choosing fabric for this project, this print of paper dolls was the print that I matched all my other fabrics to. The Spool block lets you show off a special fabric with a nice big piece of it. The example in the book uses a dark background, but I’ve chosen a white-on-white background for mine, just as I used in my first block and plan to use throughout my quilt.
Here are the pieces that you will use to create this block. It is really quite a simple block with all straight seams.
- Feature fabric: 6.5″ x 6.5″ square
- Ends of the spool: 2 rectangles: 1.5″ x 8.5″
- 2 strips: 3.5″ x 6.5″
- 2 strips: 2.5″ x 12.5″
- 4 pieces: 1.5″ x 2.5″
- Lay out all your pieces so you can keep track of where they go.
- Join the outer rectangles to the inner pieces to create full rows. Use quarter-inch seams throughout.
- Press the seams open or towards the darker fabric.
- Join the five rows together to complete the block.
It’s not too late to join in if you’re interested. Visit And Sew We Craft to see links to all the related posts so far. Remember to look out for sharing on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr with the hashtag #ModernQAL. When you’ve made your Spool block, we’d love you to link up and show it off over at And Sew We Craft.
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Love it!!!! Could see a very geometric design in the middle too:)
I agree, Lou. Something geometric would look great!
Actually Amy says
Love it! So excited that we are up to month 2.
This is a nice easy one too, Amy!
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I enjoyed making this one – it’s restored my faith that I’m up to the QAL challenge!
I’m glad, Jodie. i hoped we had a picked a good mix of not-too-hard blocks so anyone could join in. You can always leave out the blocks that you aren’t happy with from your finished quilt ;o)
Monica Curry says
That’s a great way to showcase a larger print and a good modern take on the spool block. Thanks for sharing.