Fresh Spool Series ~ Scrappy Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Monday everyone! Last month when I shared my spool pattern for the Good Neighbors Pincushion party, I started to get the itch to make more (and bigger) spool blocks. I get a lot of emails about my spool block mini quilt that I made back in 2011. At that time, I was just learning paper piecing and drew up the block patterns as a test for myself. I didn’t save them or plan on publishing them.

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I came up with some paper pieced block designs that I thought would be fun to share over the next 5 weeks. All of these blocks are 6″ x 6″ finished, so larger than the pincushion block I posted last month. They are all Foundation Paper Pieced. If you are new to the technique, I have a tutorial right here on my blog.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For week one, I’m revisiting the spool block from the Good Neighbors Pin Cushion party. I resized this block to finish out at a 6″ x 6″ square. I chose an essex linen for the background and a scrappy assortment of oranges for my spool.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is a bit Halloweeny without even trying. 🙂

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you enjoy piecing spool blocks with me over the next several weeks!

I also have a bit of sponsor news to share with you today. I’m sad to say that two of my wonderful sponsors are closing up shop due to other opportunities.

Dragonfly Fabrics – Store Closing Sale
LiMa Sews – Liquidation Sale

I hope you will check out the deals and wish them both the best with their future endeavors.

Quilting a Snowflake

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I dedicated a lot of quality time to my Snowflake quilt yesterday. I can’t wait to share it with you all! I quilted the entire thing from the moment the kids got on the school bus until lunch. As soon as I lay a quilt down on the carpet, my dog appears out of no where and lays on it. I call him my Quality Control Tester.

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made some scrappy binding after lunch and then kicked my feet up on the couch by the big window and stitched it on. I love how Fall looks outside. The sky is just so distinct this time of year and the trees behind my house are changing colors. This is my absolute favorite season.

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Time to put some finishing touches up on the pattern and get it ready to share over at BERNINA – soon!

Good Neighbors ~ A Pincushion Party and Pattern!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to my turn celebrating Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilt’s new fabric collection for Connecting Threads, Good Neighbors!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was lucky enough to get an early peek at Good Neighbors (which is now available!) and it is really just a perfect collection for piecing and quilting. And pincushion making! There are a rainbow assortment of monochromatic prints, just my style.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received a charm pack for stitching up my pincushion. I decided to step into a time machine and go way back on my blog to 2011. I created a paper pieced spool quilt block, inspired by this mini quilt from 4 years ago.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I arranged my fabric “thread” in a rainbow gradient. For the background I used a linen. The back of the pincushion is an awesome red and white dot print from Good Neighbors. I filled my pin cushion with crushed walnut shells, purchased at my local pet store in the reptile section. Yep, you never know what you are going to use when sewing.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you’d like to make your own mini spool pincushion, I put together this paper piecing template for you! Just click on the image to download it. Be sure to print it at 100% or “Actual Size”, and check the scale icon before piecing. The pattern is charm pack friendly and finishes up at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Spool Paper Piecing Template : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Follow along the below schedule all month to see more pincushions and be inspired!

9/1/2015 Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015 Anna – Noodlehead
9/3/2015 Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015 Svetlana – Sotak Handmade
9/5/2015 Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015 Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015 Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015 Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
9/9/2015 Vanessa – V and Co.
9/10/2015 Anna – Thimbleanna
9/11/2015 Krista – Poppy Print Creates
9/12/2015 Erin – Why Not Sew
9/13/2015 Lee – May Chappell
9/14/2015 Alex – Tea Ginny Designs
9/15/2015 Cheryl – Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015 Penny – Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015 Amy – During Quiet Time
9/18/2015 Debbie – A Quilter’s Table
9/19/2015 Anne – Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015 Melissa Corry – Happy Quilting
9/21/2015 Amber – One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015 Nettie – A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015 Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015 Cindy – Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015 Amy – Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015 Chase – Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015 Rene – Rene Creates
9/28/2015 Erin – House on Hill Road
9/29/2015 Nicole – Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015 Teri – Connecting Threads

Cutting Fabric, Here and There

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Summer vacation is officially half over…maybe even a little more than half. There hasn’t been as much sewing as I thought, but there has been a lot of creative time. We’ve been making much use of the various “… Ways to Draw” series of books. Our favorite is Lisa Congdon’s 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip. We’ve also spent a lot of time in the garden, planting new flowers and enjoying those that have been there a few years. The kids even built a fairy garden! It’s been so wet here…the mosquitos are out of control, but the plants seem to be loving it.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was able to sneak some time in over the weekend and do a bit of design work. Oh, how I’ve missed spending time in Photoshop and then pulling fabric. My original pull was at the top of this post. I will likely still use that stack for a project. But for this design, I’ve tweaked and narrowed things down a bit.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent yesterday morning cutting half square triangles – fun! Today I’m hoping to cut the background fabric and then start sewing. I see a lot of HST trimming in my future. 🙂 I hope to share more soon!