I have been eyeing the many spool mini quilts, pillows, lap quilts, etc that have been popping up in blogland and instagram. Then a dear friend gifted me some 1.5" fabrics in pinks and yellows for a another project I'm working on and I thought I must do some selfish sewing with a few of them. And then my very own spools mini was created!
I drew on graph paper my spool design to make sure I liked the proportions before I started to sew everything together. Then I figured out how wide I wanted my sashing between the spools (although now I wish I'd made them slightly larger). I also had some triangles left over from making the spools' tops and bottoms, so I turned them into liberated diamonds and put them across the bottom, as I didn't want to waste any of my friend's fabric.
I love how one "thread" ended up reading "men fashion," because as my husband pointed out, this is as far from men's fashion as one can get :)
I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial for using the backing as the binding and I was really pleased with how well this turned out mitered corners. The only pain was that due to my dense quilting I had a lot of threads to burry.
These japanese prints are so sweet and they have lightened up my sewing space! Every time I see it I am reminded of the kindness of others and to pass it along.
Linking up with Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday.