Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spools Mini

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.


  1. Rachel, I really love spool patterned quilts. Yours has so many sweet little details that it is a real winner!

  2. OH MY WORD this is gorgeous! I'm so inspired now.