Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Spool Play

Welcome to Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival! I'm so happy you stopped by.

Spool Play was made as a challenge quilt for a quilt retreat I attend every year.

Everyone is given 1/2 yard of a specific fabric. Here is this year's fabric.
The idea for my quilt came from a combination of wanting to do a traditional spool block but in different sizes, and my absolute obsession with selvages edges, so I got out my graph paper and colored pencils.

While most of my selvages are stored in ziplock bags by category, this quilt required selvages to be sorted by color.
It was really fun seeing the quilt come together block by block.

When it came time for the quilting, I machine quilted in the ditch around brown part of each spool, and then outline quilted around each full spool using perle cotton.

In the border I used a fabulous variegated perle cotton, and even added a sewing needle in the bottom border.

Can you see the selvage edge pieced into the flowered border?

This was a fun and easy quilt to make. I hope you enjoyed seeing it. Enjoy the rest of the show!


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felicity said... #

FIRST! :) Wonderful, wonderful quilt! I love how you use selvages so creatively. Happy BQF! (I'm still deciding which quilt to enter!).

Jerri said... #

Everything about this is lovely!

Amy Friend said... #

Oh, you know I love this one!

Elizabeth Dackson said... #

You know I just love this quilt, Cindy! It looks so fantastic, and it's so very you :) Awesome choice for BQF!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said... #

So beautiful! And love that little selvage piece - very creative!

Beth said... #

What a fun, cheerful quilt! And, while it's probably an obvious thing to do, I don't know if I would have thought of making the spools in alternating browns. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said... #

I love this quilt! The selvedges...the colours...the fabulous quilting in the border...inspired!

P.S. I'm having trouble posting this comment - sorry if I've posted it more than once!

Anonymous said... #

P.S. After five attempts I discovered I could only post anonymously...the people at blogger are either working overtime to sort out the gremlins or have gone home in disgust!! hjpurvis2002(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Anne at Film and Thread said... #

hooray! Blogger finally is back up. I love this quilt and would give it a blue ribbon if I had the choice!

myBearpaw said... #

Fabulous quilt and what a great way to use selvedges! This design is now on my 'to do' list!

Anonymous said... #

Your spool quilt is special not only for its beauty but for its creative originality! Please show me how to quilt using perle cotton.:o) I'd like to do this on my dresden quilt. Miss Luella (

Sara said... #

I remember when you posted about this precious quilt!! I love it with the needle and everything! TY for sharing:)

Jennifer said... #

One of my favorite quilts! The sewing needle is so creative!

Jennifer :)

Janet said... #

What a great quilt. Pretty colours, and I love how you varied the direction of the spools. Loverly!

stitchinpenny said... #

I saw this on you blog and loved, still do.

Jen said... #

I love this so cute and creative use of salvages!! I just found ur blog and enjoying reading up on all ir beautiful projects to date!

Susan said... #

Fabulous quilt! What a wonderful use for your selvedges! And the hand quilting really finishes it off!

Jolanda said... #

Great job! I absolutely love your quilt.

Allie said... #

This is so wonderful, I just love it - I love that the spools are different sizes, that you used selvages, and the quilting is awesome, the needle is a perfect touch. Good work!

Lee said... #

This is definitely my favorite quilt of yours! What a great choice, I loved seeing it again. : ) That needle and thread is the perfect touch.

Eileen said... #

I'll have to try my selvedges that way! So darling the design and the use of the fabric given. Have been saving selvedges for a couple years and was going to give them all to daughter...not now. I'm going to utilize some. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Karen said... #

You did a wonderful job! The selvedge spools look fabulous.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said... #

I love spool blocks. This is the most original one I've ever seen. Very cool!!

Kelli said... #

Love this!

Karen said... #

Very clever! and a beautiful quilt.

Carla said... #

Love, love, love this cute quilt! You have reminded me once again that I want to make a spool quilt!

Andee said... #

This quilt is fabulous. I am so impressed with anyone that can create her own pattern! Nice work.

verykerryberry said... #

I love spools- they allow such variety and the selvedges add so much interest in print and colour. Beautiful!

Anonymous said... #

very cool quilt, great use of the challenge fabric while still doing your edgy thing with the selvages! I like that the spools are different sizes and turned in different directions

Karen said... #

What a wonderful way to use the selvedges. Your quilt looks great. Love the way you have put it together!

taylorhw said... #

I love your quilt. The way you finished it is a design I want for a tatoo. I have never seen anyone finish with that design before. The use of selvage pieces was inspiring. You are ver creative!

Kate said... #

Beautful and fun, what a great quilt!

baukje said... #

Very creative to work with the selvages in this way!!!

Teresa said... #

I love this quilt! Its really cool!

Martine Kuciel said... #

présentation originale de selvages félicitations

Sarcastic Quilter said... #

Fun is absolutely the right word for that quilt! I just cannot bring myself to think of a creative way to use selvages so I toss em but I love seeing what you selvage lovers continually come up with. :)

Claudia said... #

This is such a charming quilt. I just love your spools - I have always wanted to make a quilt like this.

Terriaw said... #

This is such a fun quilt! So creative and clever and interesting to look at - I always notice something else cool on it. How fun to see the steps of this quilt in one email! Great quilt to enter into the festival.

Pattilou said... #

This quilt is uniquely yours. Your fun spirit is shown in the way you've taken a traditional block and added so much fun to it. Love it!

Twinfibers said... #

Totally cute!

Sally said... #

It's fun and pretty; I like the different sized spools, and I *really* love the quilting!

Poppyprint said... #

Cindy, I just love this quilt. I want to make my own spool quilt, too!!!

Diane H said... #

Great quilt! Love your use of selvages and the border quilting is fantastic.

Manda said... #

A fantastic fun quilt!

Unknown said... #

I am just ga ga over this quilt. It's so fun!

Sandra said... #

Love your selvage spools, love the texture of the selvages. Kudos

Come see my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said... #

Awesome quilt!

Marit said... #

Love this quilt. It makes me want to play with selvedges, too...
; )

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amy smart said... #

I love it! What a great way to use those selvages!! perfect perfect. I may just have to 'pay homage' to this one with a quilt of my own. ;)

Rachel said... #

Simply lovely!! What a great way to use selvages. I love love love the quilted needle in the border. :) Thanks for sharing!!


mb. said... #

love the irregular-regular shapes!

trish said... #

I am IN LOVE with this quilt!
Love your hand stitches!! :o)