Good morning cute bloggy people!
Well...just when I think I have done my
very last easy corners tutorial...
I am flooded with emails thanking me and asking me to do another!...yay!...I just love positive feedback:)
As I said before, I love to teach but tutorials are a bit different
than when I am in the classroom because...
I can't see you!
But I can hear you when
you talk to me so I thank you
from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful comments and emails.
You are awesome!
Today's tute is really fast and simple.
It's another traditional block that I love ...the Spool.
You could do a spool block using half square triangles...but I like to save even more steps and cut rectangles for the top and bottom row...along with squares for each side that will become triangles.
This not only saves steps, but I think it looks better with less seams to break up the design of the fabric.
First...Cut your pieces:)
I cut a 2 1/2" green square
for the center (thread:)
2- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
out of aqua for the spools
6 - 2 1/2" squares
from the blue and green print.
Here are my squares and the rectangle that I will be sewing them to.
Place a square on the end of the rectangle and stitch from corner to corner.
Never guess on the line, either mark an accurate line with a ruler and a mechanical pencil (on the wrong side of the square)...
or have a straight line marked on your
machine that comes straight out from your needle...(this line needs to be absolutely accurate also).
Or...you can do what I do and use an
I keep it on my machine at all times.
I stick it there with clear scrapbooking glue so that it stays in place well...
but can still be removed.
See what the other side of the
rectangle looks like after stitching:)
One side of each rectangle stitched.
Now for the other side.
I made sure that I stitched going the opposite direction so that it
turned out correctly.
I gave them the usual quick press to set the stitches and cut off the excess leaving an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
I pressed towards the triangle and laid
them back out on my
for sewing together.
Yay!…a 6 1/2" unfinished spool block:)
Aqua = Grandmothers Flower Garden
Green = ? (from my stash)
Print = DS Quilts
I hope you enjoyed this fast and simple
I would love to hear from you if my
easy corner tutorials are
helping you in any way:)