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My spool blocks for the QAL :)

I was so inspired by Edyta Sitar’s spool block that I decided to make my own to fit this pattern for the QAL I am doing…

The pattern calls for 6 spools… but didn’t give a finished ready to sew size for anything but the spool part… it is a Quilt in a Day pattern and wants to make it easy … but when you change the pattern it just makes it more challenging… so let me share what I did 🙂

Here is just 1 block ~ I made 3 of this color way…

Here is a different color way I did 3 more to total the 6 needed 🙂

The recipe I figured out to make it the same size as the pattern needed to be with less waste than their way called for (mitered corners) is right here!

 I do hope this pattern makes sense… but if you would like a little step by step I DID take pics 🙂

First I made the spools by cutting creatively a 1 7/8″ strip from 3 coordinating (to me! ha) fat quarters or scraps… you will need each scrap to be 4″ long times the number of strips you want in that specific fabric 🙂  For me I used fat quarters then fussy cut that 1 strip of 1 7/8″ to 3 ~ 4″ strips I liked :).  That gave me a ready to piece raw edged piece that was the specified pattern size of 4 x 4 1/2″ tall.

Next I marked all the C2 blocks with a diagonal pencil line…

Then I laid out my 9 patch of sorts like this…

Next I started sewing with the left middle white piece to the center stripped piece…

Next up I chain pieced the rest of the block by sewing the corners diagonally on the line drawn heading like I have them laid out here… RIGHT sides together … my white blocks look the same on both sides so I didn’t have to watch that 🙂

Once you have chain pieced this all together and are left with only the middle left block remaining you can pull that one from your chain to add it!  Easy 🙂

Because these blocks go together so easy and because I was fussy cutting and just having fun with this I also took time to save bonus triangles for hst later 🙂  Do you ever save and sew our bonus triangles into hst’s ??  Interested in knowing more about that… comment below and tell me… 🙂

And before I knew it I was done!  Tadaaah!

All 6 in the order I think they will go together 🙂

What are you up to this Saturday ?

Have a blessed weekend!

Linking this post in a big WHOOP to Confessions of a Fabric Addict 🙂
       and a crafty link with Karen at Sew Many Ways 🙂