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WIP Wednesday – Mini Spools and Doll Quilt

Ever since Camille Roskelley released her Spools quilt pattern, it’s been on my list of quilts to make for myself someday. And then when she came out with the adorable Mini Spools version, that went on the list too.   This past week, she had a 25% off sale on all her patterns so I decided it was a good time to buy the Mini Spools pattern in pdf.

Somewhere in our travels over the past few years, I purchased a Good Morning charm pack by Me and My Sisters and it has been traveling around with me from contract to contract waiting for the perfect project. The Mini spools pattern calls for 14 charm squares for the spool centers/thread and I realized that I finally had the perfect project to use that charm pack in.

The pattern instructions say to mix and match the fabrics for the spool centers but I decided to group mine by color. The pack had enough colors to make eight spools: green, purple, pink,  orange, yellow, blue, white and black.

But then I was stumped what to use to make that ninth spool. I had more than enough charms but I would have had to duplicate a color. I was trying to decide which color to make two spools of when those striped fabrics sparked an idea.

photo of the thread part of the spool block sewn together

I’m not sure if other people do this, but if I’ve run out of bobbins, I’ll take one that has thread on it and wind that thread onto an empty spool so as not to waste it. I have a few spools with several different colors wound on them.  So that’s what that spool on the bottom left is meant to represent.

I still have the spool tops and bottoms to sew before the spools can be sewn together and the sashing and borders added. I’m hoping to have at least the spools finished by the end of today.

My second WIP for this week resulted from having left over charms squares to use up combined with being woken up at 3:30 Tuesday morning by a searing hot flash accompanied by an anxiety attack (oh the joys of peri-menopause.) I’ve found that the anxiety attacks are easier to talk myself through if I get up and make myself busy.

As I stood looking at those leftover charm squares from the Spool mini quilt, my first thought was to cut them in half to make a scrappy border for it. But while I was pressing the seams on the first set of pairs and setting them aside on my cutting board, I realized that the way I’d laid them out, they were just the right size to make one very colorful, scrappy doll quilt.

Doll Quilt top made with leftover charm squares

I’ll quilt and bind this after I finish piecing the Spools mini quilt.

I’m also putting the final touches on some small projects but I’ll wait to share those until they’re finished.

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  • Linda
    September 10, 2014 9:07 am

    Cute and good for being productive during an unsettling time. It just makes it easier to get though and sewing is relaxing anytime!

  • Vickie Horsfall
    September 10, 2014 12:31 pm

    What fun colors you have for these two projects! Looking forward to seeing the thread/spool quilt when you finish it! Enjoy your day of sewing!

  • Stacey
    September 10, 2014 12:07 pm

    The colours and prints are so cute! The spool quilt is going to be great!

  • wendy
    September 12, 2014 6:00 am

    those fabrics are gorgeous! I love that little spools quilt so I can’t wait to see how your turns out. i took advantage of the sale to finally buy the swoon pattern!

  • Jasmine
    September 15, 2014 9:19 am

    Such darling projects. I love this fabric line, and it is perfect for the spools.

  • Andrea @
    September 15, 2014 2:31 pm

    What a cute project! That doll quilt will be adorable, and I’m looking forward to seeing how all those spools turn out. Using the charm squares how big do your spools finish?

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