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.
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.