Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Can't Get Enough...Aurifil

I have spools on the brain.  I spend my lunches at work searching Google Image for spool quilt blocks.  I have collected a little list of Chorme bookmarks for spool quilts I dig and made a mini spool mini quilt.  I even tried a few (semi-successful) spools myself, but they were not for me.  It's still not enough.

But when I found this tutorial, my search was over.  I fell in love with those little Aurifil spool blocks and have not looked back since.  I am hoping to ask my Modern Irish Bee buddies to make blocks like these next month, so I wanted to give them a little test run.  


There are super easy to follow instructions for three block sizes (small, medium, large), so I quickly cranked out 4 of each spool. I dug through my trusty basket and pulled out semi-monochromatic fabrics for the thread colors and then red and orange solids for the spools/spindle.  I would love to include Aurifil grey and green spindle/spools in the final quilt.  I'm working on that right now. 

Anyway, you know how it is with these trial runs. It takes nearly as long to dig out the fabric and cut as it does to piece, so why not make 4 in the time it would take me to make 1?  I dove in.  


I think the medium sized spools are my favorite.  They're large enough to show off a print (5.5 x 7.5" unfinished), but small enough to be pretty darned cute.  I went for grey, navy (above), pink (below) and DS yellow.  Each one of them made my heart flutter.  I know their base and spindle look a little over exaggerated, but mentally just cut off 0.25 inches of each in the seam and they're right back in (super cute) proportion.


I also made 4 large spools (10 x 14.5" unfinished). in red (below), orange (below again), yellow and aqua.  It's funny.  In real life my favorites are the red and orange spool, but they didn't photograph as well as the aqua one.  So it goes.



 I found the smallest spools (4.5 x 4" unfinished) to be the most difficult to pull fabrics for. It was nearly impossible to use anything with a print they're so tiny.  I do love them in combination with the other spools, though.  I think they're going to look super.


This little corner of my design wall makes me want to stop everything I'm doing and make more!  I will resist, though.  Just have to wait a few more days and then I can strike out as Miss February in our bee.  The shortest month, but these are so quick and easy I don't think the ladies will complain.  

27 comments:

memmens said...

It's brilliant, well done for persevering to find a tutorial that worked for you. Can't wait to see what your bee mates come up with.

Quilter in the Gap said...

Those are fun.... Can't wait to see more!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

How cute! Of course, anything to do with Aurifil and I'm in... :-)That's a great Bee block, especially when other people contribute from their stash. Those are my favourites!

Erin Quinn said...

My favourite is the big orange one :-)
And I agree, the little ones don't have that "spool-ish-ness" that the medium and big ones do. Would be a cute border though. How cute would this be as a wall hanging for the sewing room! Ooh, I think I am inspired now :-)
E xx

knottygnome said...

love those spool blocks! and funny that aurifil is so famous that it has its own special blocks. i wonder what quilters of the future will think if they come across your quilt. will they know what it represents?

Sew in Time said...

I LOVE this! Why didn't I think of this is what I am saying to myself, hahaha!

Ruth said...

They look great! Looking forward to Sat to getting started!

Leanne said...

This is a great block. Your bee mates will have fun making them.

tomomi mcelwee said...

woohoo.Aurifil spools! you are genius.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cindy! Really cute spools! I can understand that you can't stop making them. x Teje

Flying Blind... said...

Oh you are going to have Alex go potty over this!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, looking forward to seeing that all come together :o)

Andee said...

Very cute!

Canadian Abroad said...

Oh it is going to be beautiful. I love all the vibrant colours!

Cindy Sharp said...

Adorable.

Di said...

Pretty spools and what a great quilt they will make. Di x

Nicky said...

What no stars? great choice as ever though Cindy and am tempted to give them a go....oh no!

diane said...

I like these spools too and I'm thinking I might pick a spool block for my bee block.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I really really love these spools, can't wait to do mine!

Archie the wonder dog said...

This is going to be a wonderful quilt!!!

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