Thursday, July 7, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns - Block 5

Good afternoon,

I meant to post this block yesterday but went out shop hopping for the Row by Row Experience. We just went to 1 shop in Massachusetts and then swung back up and stopped at 4 New Hampshire shops. So, a good day for collecting row patterns. We went to:
Portsmouth Fabric Company, Portsmouth NH

Red Barn Sewing & Yarn, Merrimac MA

D & D Sewing and Quilting, Plaistow NH

Pintuck & Purl, Exeter NH

Stitched in Stone, Kingston NH

I've downloaded the photo reference pages from and we've noticed a number of rows are patriotic. Wouldn't it be fun to do a quilt with just the various patriotic themed rows? 

We also found a group of 6 shops in Western Massachusetts who's rows go together. This was designed by Valerie Morton. Take a look at this:
It will make for a long day trip but I hope we can do it. What a great idea! The shops are:

  • Bayberry Quilt & Gift Shoppe, Chicopee MA
  • Quilts & Treasures, East Longmeadow MA
  • Pumpkin Patch, Lee MA
  • Karen's Quilting Corner, Williamstown MA
  • Brookside Quiltworks, South Egremont MA
  • A Notion to Quilt, Shelburne Falls MA

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 5 Spool

This week's block is a simple spool of thread. You can make yours any color you want. I colored the block in Electric Quilt with blue but made it with red. The choice is yours! You may download the pattern here.

1. Make two half square triangle blocks with the 3-7/8" background and spool squares. I drew a line corner to corner on the beige side but it doesn't show in the photo because I used beige thread. So this side shows the two lines of stitching, a quarter inch either side of the drawn line.

Add the half square triangle units to the 3-1/2" spool squares. Clip the points once the rows of the block are sewn. 

Sew the two background and one thread 3-1/2" squares together. Press towards the background.

 Add the top and bottom spool rows to the center row. Press towards the center row.

And here you have your spool block completed.

My photos are taken on a Steady Betty block pressing board that I keep right next to the sewing machine. It's starting to look a little worn, but I've had it for five years and it gets a lot of use. I guess it's held up pretty well.

Here's what the quilt looks like now. I've worked ahead and have the rest of this size blocks chosen and drawn. Now to sew them and write the patterns! I've chosen two different basket patterns as the last block of this round. One is pieced and the other has an appliqued handle. So it will be up to you which to use. We will be able to assemble the top as we go. The spacer rows are added to make the measurements work out for the next round of blocks. Visually it will break up the blocks a bit as well.

Hope you are enjoying making these beginning blocks. Please contact me if you have any questions.


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