Following on from Ladybirdee’s market report we thought we would share the pattern for our “Spooling Around” quilt.
slaves, I mean workers, at Always Quilting had a hand in the making of the spooling around quilt.
Judysew4th created the initial design in Electric Quilt in time for one of our staff meetings. We all, then had a say in modifying the blocks to end up with a quilt that is approximately 100cm x 100cm.
Once the patterns were fine tuned, we each had the job of making a set of blocks (1 x large spool, 2 x medium size large spools & 8 x small spools) in time for the next staff meeting.
We decided we wanted a modern quilt look with the spools set in a bright white background, using the Aurifil spool colours for the bases (orange, green, grey & red) and as many “thread” colours as we fancied.
I got the job of piecing the quit top and it was very satisfying to find that the blocks all fitted together perfectly …. our measurements worked!
We opted for a squarish “edge to edge” background quilting design around the four large spools, then quilted each of these separately using the thread weight that matched the spool.
After all it was a display piece for our Quilt Market stand.
Keep reading for instructions to make your own version of our quilt:
We used 4 large spool blocks, 8 medium size versions of the large spool & 32 small spool blocks for our quilt. You should make as many blocks as you need to create your own version.
Spooling Around Quilt Fabric Requirements:
Pieced with Cotton Mako’ 40
Quilted with Cotton Mako’ 40 (ditch stitching & background quilting) & Cotton Mako’ 50, Cotton Mako’ 40, Cotton Mako’ 28 & Cotton Mako’ 12 for the “thread” quilting on the spools
For one Large Spool:
Cut 2 x A (2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″)
Cut 2 x B (2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 2 x E (1 1/2″ x 10″)
Cut 1 x F (2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 1 x D (6″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 1 x C (6″ x 10 1/2″)
For One Medium size Version of Large Spool:
Cut 2 x A (1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″)
Cut 2 x B (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 1 x B (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2′)
Cut 1 x D (3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 1 x C (3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″)
For one Small Spool block:
Cut 2 x A (4″ x 1 1/2″)
Cut 1 x B (1 1/2″ x 1″)
Cut 2 x B (1 1/2″ x 1″)
Cut 1 x C (2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
Piecing Blocks Together:
Two medium blocks are the same height as a single large block so the block layout is interchangeable.
The small spools make a versatile sashing set.
Add borders to suit your preferred quilt size.
I hope you have fun making your own version of our Spooling Around with Aurifil quilt.