Saturday, January 31, 2015

RSC15 January - Blue

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Spools are the theme for my RSC15 Challenge projects this year!  Last year, I purchased a couple of really cute spool print fabrics that I thought I could base a quilt around, knowing that I always wanted to make a spool quilt.  Well, that's not really the plan anymore, but I figure I could add those fabrics into the backings of these quilts!

This month I made 12 string spool blocks (4 light, 4 medium, 4 dark).  Even though we were only really supposed to concentrate on the medium blue tones, all of these shades are mixed into my blue scrap bag.  I figured if light or dark blue comes up later in the year, I'll be ahead of the game!
Strings used for spool thread
The Stringy Spools blocks are based on a tutorial by Jenny Doan of M*QC where she uses a charm pack to create the thread look on the spool.  I wanted my thread to have a bit more scrappy look, so I dug into my strings instead!  I'll need to make 4 spool block each month in order to make a top the size I would like it (though I may have more than enough, then some will just get pieced into the back)!
Stringy Spools
The Stringy Spools were so quick to do that I decided I'd also like to make a set of traditional spool blocks, too, and incorporate them into the Spools quilt by Bonnie Hunter.  So, in January, I made 108 blue traditional spool units, in all shades of blue, that will finish at 3" in the quilt!   Each month I will need to make 54 units to have enough for the completed top, so by making extra of these, maybe I'll be ahead of the game for one month!
Blue Spool Units
 Linking up to RSC15.