Saturday, February 20, 2016

Scrappy Saturday Spools

I have finally started putting together my spool quilt. The spool block was Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender challenge in 2012 (click here for the pattern) and I finally started making them in 2013. They became my primary leader/ender rainbow challenge project for a while and made
I worked on an on point layout last year, but then put it back in the closet. I had to decide if this was the layout I liked best, then figure out the setting triangles. 


I took the spool collection to quilt camp this year and with the assistance and encouragement of my friend Barb, I made some progress. She helped me figure out the setting blocks on the edge. I needed to make many more brown spools. 


We picked out some brown fabrics from the scrap box, figured out where they would fit best, and then Barb labelled everything for me. Her system worked out perfectly!


This is how the edge will look. I'm very happy with all these decisions and looking forward to making more progress on getting these blocks into a quilt top.
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49 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This looks amazing! :)

Dasha said...

Oh Kathy! These are fantastic.

Sue J said...

Kathy, you are doing an amazing job on that. Well done!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

This is great! I never liked spool blocks but the way you have them laid out gives a whole new look to them. I may make some myself someday now. Thank you for showing me new possibilities!

beaquilter said...

SQUEAL!! love it!

katie z. said...

You did a beautiful job!

Jennifer said...

it's looking great so far!

Linda said...

I am loving this. I did a spool of scraps and cheddar, but seeing this I'm ready to do another. Your are so inspiring.

Nell's Quilts said...

Two heads are better than one in this case. This will be an amazing finish. Well worth the wait!

Cathy said...

I said I couldn't wait to see your layout and here it is! Love it! How big will it be? How many spools did it take? (I'm almost at 700).

Anne said...

This is going to be one delightful quilt! Looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Spools are on my list to do one day! yours looks fantastic

scraphappy said...

I really like the setting you have chosen. The placement of the yellow in the center really adds a great glow to the quilt.

Kate said...

Wow! It's going to be a fabulous rainbow quilt. Love the color progression across the quilt.

PaulaB quilts said...

It's so nice to have quilter friends to help when we're stuck. Keep up the good work!

tubakk said...

It's looking so good, and I love it.

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow Kathy!!! That is one awesome leader/ended quilt - it's going to be gorgeous!!! Love the edge design - your friend Barb is a real keeper :*)

Sally T said...

That is incredible. Truly wonderful.

Frog Quilter said...

Love it. The radiating colors are fabulous!!!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

That is a great design! This is going to be a show stopper.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Love your layout! The colors are just gorgeous!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Barb is a good person with whom to bounce ideas! Looks great so far!

Karen said...

Your spool quilt glows with the yellow sort of in the middle.

Robby H. said...

I'm not a huge spool fan. Putting them on point gives them new life in my eyes. I think your rainbow version is going to be fantastic. Look forward to the finish.

Chantal L. said...

Love the layout. Great system with the labels to know where each block sits. So many spools, lots of work in there. Knowing you, this quilt probably represents as many spools as you have emptied in your quilter's life lol. ;^)

Deanna W said...

Oh that Barb, she is such a good helper!!! Hope you had fun at quilt camp and got lots accomplished.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I think it is going to be fabulous!! Happy happy stitching.

Peggyinno said...

What an amazing layout! This is quite an accomplishment to get to this point with these tiny blocks! Congrats!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love it--can't wait to see this all come together!!

Janet O. said...

Such a pretty layout! Good thing you had a friend to prod you along and help make it happen. Would hate to think this would just be languishing in a closet any longer.

Monica said...

Wow, this looks fabulous, Kathy! I love the diagonal set, and of course the rainbow too! I think this one will be a treasure. :D

gayle said...

Wow!! That diagonal set makes SUCH a difference! This is just stunning!
You and your friend should plot together more often - who knows what wonderful things you'll come up with next?
8)

Angie said...

Your setting for the spools is going to look amazing! My spools are still in waiting mode, but I'm happy to see yours coming to life!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I would never set spools on point - what a great new look to this. Lovely to have a friend assist and it looks like it was a great solution.

Sue SA said...

Love the way you have set your spools, both the colour placement and the design. Lots of sewing, all those seams, but well worth it, a lovely scrap quilt.

Deb said...

This is going to be fantastic when finsihed.

Mystic Quilter said...

I can only join all the above bloggers in saying what a stunning quilt you have in the making here, just stunning.

Julierose said...

this is an amazing technicolor dream of a piece!! Holey Moley--you definitely have perseverance and patience....this is gorgeous...hugs, Julierose

Pamela Arbour said...

That is going to make a beautiful quilt!

Ellen said...

That is wonderful - we all need a friend like Barb!

Jennie in GA said...

Just stunning. You should be really motivated to move forward.

Millie said...

Those spools are great and you're insane! I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful and a great leader ender project.

Kyle said...

Stunning is the word that comes to mind. Sounds like you can move forward now.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Pure eyecandy, what a wonderful layout. Yoru color combinations are awesome.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Cathy Tomm said...

Wow, I just love how it is coming together. I also have a few spools done from the Leaders and enders. I have the feeling I might have enough for 2 quilts. I just kept making them.

Karen said...

This is going to look wonderful. I almost always like blocks set on point.

Scrapatches said...

I love this! It makes me want to make many little spool blocks. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Barb said...

wow - these spools are great!