spool-along block 4 {+ a giveaway!}

spool-along-4blocks photoblock4 Hope you’re having fun and keeping up with your Spool-Along blocks. I’m loving trying out all the different stripes in my stash and shopping for more! Now that we’re up to four blocks, you can start to see how all the different spool blocks will work together. I can’t wait to show you the entire quilt!

block-4 I have a special treat for you this month. (No tricks!) Two lucky readers will win a giant 3300 yard cone of Aurifil’s yummy new variegated thread. A great big thanks to Aurifil for sponsoring October’s spool block! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out all the ways to enter to win.

October’s spool block uses a big piece of striped fabric for the “thread,” perfect for fun large-scale prints. It’s easier to make than it looks. (no triangles!) Just be sure to sew the larger 1-3/4″ background snowball squares to the thread fabric rectangle and the smaller 1-1/2″ background snowball squares to the spool fabric strip, not the other way around!

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Tip: At tricky intersections, line up the pieces (pin if desired) and sew a few long stitches over each seam intersection. Check to make sure the points line up to your satisfaction. If they don’t, it’s easy to remove the stitches, adjust, and try again. When you get it right, set your machine back to regular length stitches and sew the entire seam.

There’s a tutorial below for making a single block and a tutorial for quick-piecing four blocks, perfect for swaps or sharing with your favorite quilty friends.

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To make one block:

Materials:

  • Light, neutral background fabric: two 1-1/2″ x 9″ rectangles, two 1-1/2″ squares, one 8″ x 1-3/4″ rectangle, two 1-3/4″ squares, and two 2-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ rectangles
  • Striped “thread” fabric: one 6″ x 9″ rectangle with the stripes going across the 6″ side
  • Contrasting “spool” fabric: one 8″ x 2″ rectangle and one 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ rectangle

Instructions:
(all seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise)

  1. Draw a 45° diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the 1-3/4″ and 1-1/2″ background squares.
  2. Stitch on the diagonal lines to sew the 1-3/4″ background squares to the thread fabric as shown in A, thread fabric right side up and background square right side down. One square on the top left and the other on the top right side. This will make the thread unit.
  3. Stitch on the diagonal lines to sew the 1-1/2″ background squares to the 8″ x 2″ spool fabric as shown in A, spool fabric right side up and background square right side down. One square on the top left and the other on the top right side. This will make the bottom unit.  block-4-construction-ABC
  4. Press all background squares toward the corners as shown in B. If desired, trim away the excess fabric behind the top layer to reduce bulk, leaving a 1/4″ allowance.
  5. Sew a 1-1/2″ x 9″ background rectangle to each 9″ side of the thread unit to make an 8″ x 9″ middle unit as shown in C. Press seams toward the thread fabric.
  6. Sew a 2-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ background rectangle to each side of the 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ spool rectangle to make an 8″ x 1-1/4″ spool-background unit as shown in C. Press seams toward the spool fabric.
  7. block-4-construction-DE Sew the 8″ x 1-3/4″ background rectangle to the top of the 8″ x 1-1/4″ spool-background unit to make an 8″ x 2-1/2″ top unit as shown in D. Press seams toward the side with the spool fabric.
  8. Sew the middle unit to the bottom unit as shown in D. Press seams toward the middle unit.
  9. Sew the top unit to the middle-bottom unit as shown in E. Press toward the seams middle unit. Block size: 8″ x 12-1/2″ unfinished (7-1/2″ x 12″ finished)

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To quick-piece four blocks:

Materials:

•  Light, neutral background fabric: 1/3 yard
1) Cut two 1-1/2″ x width-of-fabric strips, one 1-3/4″ x width-of-fabric strip, and two 2-3/4 x 5-1/2″ rectangles
2) From the remainder of the fabric, cut eight 1-3/4″ squares and eight 1-1/2″ squares

•  Striped “thread” fabric: four 6″ x 9″ rectangles with the stripes going across the 6″ sides (can be the same or different fabric)

•  Contrasting “spool” fabric: one 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle and one 2″ x width-of-fabric strip, subcut into four 8″ x 2″ rectangles

Instructions:
(all seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise)

  1. Draw a 45° diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the 1-3/4″ and 1-1/2″ background squares.
  2. block-4-construction-FG Stitch on the diagonal lines to sew the 1-3/4″ background squares to each of the four thread fabric pieces as shown in F, thread fabric right side up and background squares right side down. One square on the top left and the other on the top right side. This will make the thread units.
  3. Stitch on the diagonal lines to sew the 1-1/2″ background squares to each of the four 8″ x 2″ spool fabric pieces as shown in F, spool fabric right side up and background squares right side down. One square on the top left and the other on the top right side. This will make the bottom units.
  4. Press all background squares toward the corners as shown in G. If desired, trim away the excess fabric behind the top layers to reduce bulk, leaving a 1/4″ allowance.
  5. block-4-construction-HI Sew the four thread units to one of the 1-1/2″ fabric strips, right sides together as shown in H. Place the first thread unit right side up and line up the strip right side down along one of its 9″ sides. Sew all the way to the end of the thread unit, stop, line up the next thread unit under the strip with about 1/2″ in between the two thread units and sew. Repeat until all four thread units are sewn to the strip.
  6. Sew the remaining 1-1/2″ strip to the other 9″ side of the four thread units in the same way as step #5.
  7. Cut the pieces apart from each other. Press seams toward the thread fabric and then trim to 8″ x 9″ to make the middle units as shown in I.
  8. block-4-construction-JK Sew a 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ background rectangle to each side of the 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ spool rectangle along the 5-1/2″ sides to make a unit 8″ x 5-1/2″ as shown in J. Press seams toward the spool fabric and then subcut into four 8″ x 1-1/4″ spool-background units as shown in K.
  9. Sew the four 8″ x 1-1/4″ spool-background units to the 1-3/4″ strip along one of their 8″ sides, right sides together with approximately 1/2″ in between, same technique as in step #5.
  10. Cut the spool-background units apart from each other and press seams toward the side with the spool fabric. Trim to 8″ x 2-1/2″. These are the top units.
  11. Sew the top, middle, and bottom units to each other as shown in the finished block. Press seams toward the middle unit. Block size: 8″ x 12-1/2″ unfinished (7-1/2″ x 12″ finished)

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Aurifil colors #5506, left and 5509, right.

Here are the gorgeous cones of Aurifil thread that inspired the orange and green spool blocks I made.

Two people will win a cone of variegated Aurifil thread. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you’re on mobile and the widget doesn’t show up, click on the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link.) Get bonus entries by making Spool-Along blocks and posting them online, subscribing to my blog, or following Aurifil or myself on Facebook and Twitter. Valid for U.S. and Canada residents only. Giveaway closes on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

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{Shared at: My Quilt Infatuation’s Needle and Thread Thursday, Richard and Tanya Quilts’ Link a Finish Friday}

Comments

  1. These are fabulous blocks!

  2. These spools are so stinking cute! Such a fun idea! ☺ Thanks a bunch for the awesome giveaway ~ I LOVE Aurifil thread! ♥

  3. mean sarah jean says:

    Saw this on Aurifil’s FB page. Love this spool block, thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Nonniemmom58 says:

    I’ve never used this kind of thread, so it would be fun to have some!

  5. Love the blocks and would love to win the giveaway!
    MaryD
    http://www.stitchesonmyneedle.blogspot.com

  6. Love your choice of fabrics for the “thread”. Very creative! Will need to take a new look at my stash so I can try this pattern. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  7. Kimberlee says:

    I love this block! It’s different than your typical spool. Yay for out of the box. :)

  8. Laurie Taylor says:

    I LOVE these! Thank you very much for these spool patterns!

  9. Lisa Lien says:

    Love these blocks and the colors are beautiful!!

  10. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Like this block! Thank you for the tutorial.

  11. MargaretK in VA says:

    Really cute blocks – just found the Spool-Along, now I need to catch up!

  12. Peggy Hendrick says:

    How cool is this! I think I will follow along and make the other 3 to get caught up.

  13. Maryellen says:

    I love spool blocks! These are so cute, and I love your inspiration spools for the fabrics you picked. That swirly fabric is perfect for using fun Aurifil thread!

  14. Really cute spool blocks. I use Aurifil alot, and love it. Thanks.

  15. I love spool blocks!

  16. The blocks are sew cute! Just like quilters, spools come in lots of different shapes and sizes!

  17. love the “got thread” …I have never used variegated thread, would love to try it sometime.

  18. a wonderful block

  19. super cute blocks!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  20. Great tutorial, the block looks pretty easy to do. Thanks for a giveaway.

  21. Pam George says:

    I can’t wait to start these thread blocks. They are really cute

  22. Absolutely the cutest block I’ve seen yet! I especially love the swirly one :-) Thank you for the chance to win

  23. What a cute block – great one for a sewing friend

  24. Awesome spool blocks for the Modern Quilter!

  25. Lisa Rogers says:

    I love the fabrics you used in your spool blocks! Thank you for the chance to win in the giveaway.

  26. Christine P says:

    These blocks are so cute. Great giveaway!

  27. Patricia Hersl says:

    Innovative spools! Delightful.

  28. Great blocks!

  29. Your spool blocks are super cute! Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil thread!

  30. Saw this on FB and what a neat block! Hope to get a couple made!

  31. Donna Cook says:

    I’m a little late to the party as you’re already on block 4, but the blocks are very cute and a great way to use fabrics coats. Besides what’s a long three day weekend for other than to quilt!

  32. Teresa S. says:

    Beautiful thread! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  33. Thank you for this tutorial. I will definitely be trying your method because triangles scare me!

  34. Just love these blocks AND Aurafil thread. Just moved into a new home and will actually have a quilt studio so looking for all things quilty to decorate it. These will be perfect!

  35. Sue Simpkins says:

    Love these blocks. Would be a great wall quilt for the sewing room.

  36. What super cute blocks of spools. Great tutorial too. And, of course, yummy spools of Aurifil.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    ps – I hope it is ok as I added your giveaway to a page where I share insights on giveaways & contests @ http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways-and-contests.html

  37. What a cute idea! I found you by accident and now I want to make the quilt with you.

  38. I love these paper piecing patterns! What a cute thing to hang in your sewing room!

  39. I love aurifil thread used it all the time… only thread I pieced with. hope to win the thread.

  40. Lori Morton says:

    LOVE all the spools!!! Thanks for the How-To”s! :)

    Haven’t done Paper Piecing before…very inspired now! Would love to use this cool varigated thread to quilt finished Spool Quilt too!!

  41. What a great idea for a sewing room quilt! Love the spools, and am starting to get some more ideas……………

  42. I love these! I think I’ll go try one now!

  43. Nancy McFall says:

    Lovely thread, and the spool patterns are wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  44. I love your spool blocks so much better than the regular ones. Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil. I’m going to have to make all 4 blocks and make a wallhanging for my sewing room.

  45. wonderful spools !! sew happy I stumbled on these :)

  46. What wonderful fun, and a great way to use scraps. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  47. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    Cute spool blocks, use a few or use a lot and different sizes! Makes for many possibilities!
    Thanks for the tutorials and the give away!

  48. I really love your spool blocks. Hope to make some soon.

  49. Cindy Ladig says:

    Thanks so much for the spool block idea it is so pretty. When the garden is finished up I’ll be back sewing/quilting but for now it is a distant memory. Calgon take me away….
    Love Aurfil thread it is the BEST!!!
    Thanks
    Cindy

  50. Susan Brooks says:

    Love this block. I have scraps, now I have a plan.

  51. I LOVE your tutorial ! ! ! These are great blocks. Going to share with my quilt bee when we meet tomorrow!! Thanks for the chance to win. LOVE AURIFIL…that is how I found you on facebook!! :)

  52. Maddie Stocks says:

    Love the blocks, I’m going to give them a try. I’ve wanted to the Aurifil thread as I’ve read about how good it is.

  53. I love these spools and the bright cheery colors

  54. This is my favorite of your spool blocks so far. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  55. These are wonderful – just discovered your blog and spool blocks via Threadbias.

  56. Great blocks! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Karen Propes says:

    I love these spools, I can already imagine a quilt I love to make using them. Thanks for the chance to win the Aurifil variegated thread.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  58. Spools are adorable! Love the blocks.

  59. I love the green. Aurifil makes such awesome thread.

  60. Love Aurifil thread! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

  61. I would love to give one of these spools a whirl.

  62. Jessica Cook says:

    THe cone block is easy. As are all of Lauras blocks. I am making 4 at a time and then turning them in to Laura at our guilds meeting .. I have won 2 out of 3 months. Lucky me . I am ready for October. THank you Laura

  63. Cute blocks. Thanks for the giveaway. I have always wanted to try this thread.

  64. Some day I want to try that pattern. Great fabrics you used! And thanks for the chance!

  65. Donna poole says:

    Cute blocks!!

  66. Debbie Taylor says:

    scrapbasket here I come

  67. I love that block tute. I think I may have to make it! I would love to win the verigated thread. I have never worked with it but it intrigues me everytime I see some of it!

  68. love their thread

  69. Quilting Tangent says:

    Nice blocks, pretty thread.

  70. I love the cute spool blocks. Thanks!

  71. Thank you for the cute spool tutorial! Perfect way to use up some scraps. :)

  72. Gorgeous blocks!

  73. Very clever block!

  74. Variegated threads are so cool. I’ve just been introduced to Aurifil thread and expect it to become my “go to” thread.

  75. Love the blocks, so fun. I love varigated thread. Thanks.

  76. What a fun block, I love Aurifil.

  77. I want to make dozens of those spools, as soon as I can get at least another UFO finished

  78. Montie Curtis says:

    Love these spool blocks and it would be nice to win a great thread to quilt them with.

  79. LOVE these blocks and LOVE aurifil thread!

  80. Flor Chavarria says:

    I love the variegated threads. It give a really nice effect th the quilting

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