Happy October! A new month means a new installment in our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics series. I had so much fun making classic spool blocks this past week. And I love how 4 look together in a 'spinning' configuration.
In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we're spending a year making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we've made the Rail Fence Block, the Variable Star, the Sailboat Block, the Dutchman's Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block, the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together! Each post includes an easy to follow tutorial and a fat quarter bundle giveaway that lasts for 2 weeks.
Each month, Blend Fabrics sends me a collection of fabrics to work with and I get to giveaway a sweet 10 fat quarter bundle of it too! If you want to play, just make one or more of the current month's block within two weeks that the tutorial is posted, and share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool. As we go along you can search for 'classic' in the search box to the right to access all of the posts.
I love the spool block. It's the quilt that a quilter makes for herself. :)
Just like every time, I used my QuiltFab app to calculate all the measurements. If you have an iPhone or iPad you'll love this free app. If not, I'll give cutting instructions for the 18'' block (like I made) and a 12'' block.
In each block, I used three fabrics: one light value fabric, one medium value fabric, and one dark value fabric. A couple of the 'dark value' fabrics weren't very dark, but it's all relative within the block.
Cutting instructions for an 18'' block:
- With the light value fabric, cut 2 squares 5 3/8'' and 2 rectangles 5'' x 9 1/2''
- With the dark value fabric, cut 2 squares 5 3/8'' and 2 rectangles 5'' x 9 1/2''
- With the medium value fabric, cut 1 square 9 1/2''
Cutting instructions for a 12'' block:
- With the light value fabric, cut 2 squares 3 7/8'' and 2 rectangles 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2''
- With the dark value fabric, cut 2 squares 3 7/8'' and 2 rectangles 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2''
- With the medium value fabric, cut 1 square 6 1/2''
1. Use your 2 light value squares and 2 dark value squares to make 4 half square triangles. There is a great method for this that I showed in detail in the Friendship Star Block Tutorial.
2. Arrange the 4 half square triangles and the other pieces in a 9-patch grid as shown.
3. Sew each row together and press. Then join the rows.
Make 4 to form the Spinning Spools. I especially like the little pinwheel that appears in the center when you put them together this way.
So... random.org will pick the winner of that Modern Lace fat quarter bundle on the evening of October 20th. You only have to make 1 block (in any fabric combination) to enter, but I know you'll want to make more! Share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool.