Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tumbling Spools in Handmade

If you've been around for a while, you know I'm a lover of Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Their newest collection that was introduced at Spring Market last month is called Handmade. Although I love all the collections, there are always favorites and this is looking like one of them. They introduced a soft black color and it's a winner in my book!

{There's also coordinating embroidery floss - I'll show you my little embroidery project soon!}

I ordered a fat quarter bundle from Amanda at Westwood Acres. She has one of the best shops for bundles as they're generally hand cut, so you never get a skimpy fat quarter. As an added bonus Amanda sent out packs of 3 1/2" squares of the entire collection for free with a preorder! I always feel a need to make something when I receive a collection early and wanted to come up with a project that didn't waste any of the 3 1/2" squares.

Here's what I came up with!

Several years ago I did a pattern for Moda Bake Shop called Tumbling Spools Friendship Quilt. I thought the Spool block would make a perfect mini quilt for the sewing room!

The original pattern uses 2 1/2" squares, so I changed the dimensions a bit to utilize the entire 3 1/2" square. For this version the print squares are 3 1/2", the white background is 3 1/2" x 1 3/4" and 1 3/4" x 1 3/4", and the colored solid is 1 3/4" x 6". the block finishes at 5 1/2" or 6" unfinished.

I had some Scrumptious in my stash and the dot and stripe worked great for a backing and binding.

It's a really pretty, fresh line - Handmade - will be available in September!


  1. Your tumbling spools pattern is a perfect way to showcase these lovely new fabrics! This looks like a mini that is sure to brighten up any space. :)

  2. What a great quilt for your sewing room! In addition to the black and white, I love that little hexie print also!

  3. Oh I really like this a lot. It is perky and pretty.
    Every now and then, we have to pull out some Scrumptous and add it to the party.
    It looks perfect!

  4. Mmmm I love what you made!

  5. What a sweet mini, the new collection works perfectly with the pattern.

  6. Just beautiful! You are an amazing quilter!

  7. I LOVE this quilt! If I wanted to use 5" squares for the spool can you tell me what size to cut the other pieces?

    1. You could easily draw it out on a piece of graph paper and see what looks good to your eye. To keep the same proportions I'd make the tops of the spools finish at a width of 1.75" (cut at 2.25"). Your blocks would finish at 8", so the length would be cut at 8.5". That was some quick calculations, so double check me!

  8. This is so beautiful! I love it so much!!! I have the same question as above. What size would the other pieces be is I used charm squares for the spools?


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