Welcome to the Spools Parade! Thelma is hosting her half of the parade on her blog Cupcakes 'n' Daisies, so be sure to visit her to see even more Spools quilts. I understand she is riding in a convertible with a crown and sash, giving everyone the royal wave as she rides down Main Street, so don't miss it.
This sew along has been so much fun for me. I hope those of you who participated enjoyed the experience as well. The minute Camille Roskelley's (of Thimble Blossoms) Spools pattern was released I knew I wanted one to hang on the wall of my sewing studio, and figured lots of other quilters would too.
My friends Thelma (Cupcakes 'n' Daisies) and Lisa (Stashmaster) are usually game for a sew along, and we figured the more the merrier. We wanted a low key, fun summer project, and this one fit the bill. It has been exciting to see the photos of these quilts as they got finished, and now the time has come to share them with all of you. If you haven't made your Spools quilt yet, you just might after you see these!
The first quilt pictured is Amber's.
This is what Amber said about her quilt: "It provided a nice easy distraction this summer and now I just have to wait for yardage to go on the back. Yes matching backing and straight spools for this "type A" quilter! :) Thanks for convincing me to get this one made".
Next up is Cheryl's. Is this fabric selection just to die for? She used a jelly roll of the super fun collection "Sew Mama, Sew", which she thought was perfect for this project. I agree.
Cheryl seems to have a friend who is enjoying her quilt top as well. Cheryl is a homeschooling mom to six (yes SIX) children, aged 4-14. If she can find time to sew, well then, my goodness, we all should be able to!
The next entry in our parade is by Chris. I keep thinking these quilts can't get any cuter, but they just keep coming!
Chris made her red and yellow version completely out of scraps left over from another project, a Pinwheel Quilt Along sponsored by Rachel of PS, I Quilt. She made five red and yellow quilts she gave as Christmas gifts, and had loads of fabric leftover. Shop at home girls, you may have a treasure trove of fabric on hand!
Now we have Laila's version.
Laila told me she loves hers so much, it is going up in her living room! She prefers the straight set, and quilted it herself on her long arm, after much consideration of what design would suit it best. She mentioned how much she likes the space between the spools and the design opportunity it offers for quilting.
Michelle's quilt offers a setting twist, with the scrappy cornerstones. She liked the straight set as well, but made a larger version with more blocks. Love her fabric choices.
Pictured below is Paula's batik version of Spools in progress. Paula said the wonky version appealed to her the most, and experimented a bit with a smaller size block. Look at that little rebel spool at the upper right. In an email to me, Paula mentioned that she wasn't certain the little guy was going to stay in her quilt. Paula, what did you decide in the end? I am dying to know if he got to stay or if he had to go!
Shelly did not make a mini version of Spools, I just can't seem to get the picture to enlarge! She used a gorgeous collection of Fig Tree's California Girl fabrics. So sorry about the teensy photo, I messed with it for ages to try to get it to be bigger, but couldn't manage it.
Sally (Chocolate Chip Addict) had so much fun with her fabrics! She made some strips for her "threads" narrower for a scrappier look, and utilized some sewng themed fabrics for her background and border.
Here is what Sally had to say about her project: "Yes, I finished my spools quilt top. After it gets quilted, I’m going to try something quite ambitious for me. I want to appliqué a needle and thread on it that will be in proportion. Will probably use red yarn to weave in and out between the spools and connect it to the red spool. I’m going to have my LQS owner, who is the teacher I have taken all my classes from, help me with that! My border fabric on here has buttons and straight pins in the design! It was so much fun to do and I thank you, Thelma, and Lisa for hosting the “spools along sew-along”!!!!" Doesn't her enthusiasm just jump off the page?
Last I heard, Stephani's Spools (below) was still a work in progress, but I love what I see so far!
Another teensy photo I can't make bigger, but I think you can see how Stephani used bright colored fabrics for her spools tops. It is so much fun to see how everyone took this project and made it their own!
Last, we have my version of Spools, which you all have seen umpteen times, but I want to be in the parade too! If Thelma gets to wear a tiara and ride on a convertible, I want to at least wind things up at the end. Picture me coming along with a big push broom sweeping up all the confetti and party streamers!
I did a scrappy Civil War version and made my thread strips narrower. In addition to this, I am still working on a wonky setting of the pattern using Marmalade fabrics like Camille used in the original version. That one will be my Summer Spools and the darker Civil War version will be my Winter Spools.
Thanks to all of you who played along with us this summer making Spools quilts. We all love to sew, but isn't it even more joyful when we can sew along together? It has been inspirational to see everyone's enthusiasm and gorgeous results.
Heaven forbid, if I left anyone out of the parade, bring it to my attention so I can show your picture too. Please do come back tomorrow, when both Thelma and I will be giving out prizes to some of the participants!