I’m so excited to be part of Ruby’s Blog Hop featuring the beautiful fabric Line “Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures” designed by my friend, Barb Eikmeier, for Paintbrush Studios!! In the hop, each of the six designers selected a block designed by Ruby Short McKim, featured in Ruby’s only book, 101 Patchwork Patterns. Ruby’s book is can be found at: http://www.
where Ruby’s block patterns can be downloaded for free! Each designer has selected one of Ruby’s blocks to share with you using fabrics from the “Ruby’s Treasures” fabric line and has redrafted her chosen block to finish at 12″ so that the blocks can be easily set together into a beautiful quilt top! If you haven’t seen the other blocks and blogs, you will find links toward the end of this post!
I perused Ruby’s block patterns, and after much wavering, I chose the Spool block from Ruby’s patchwork patterns. If you know anything about me, you know I love sewing set-in seams! Though I usually work with 60-degree shapes, the spool block offers the opportunity to sew a set-in seams connecting a 90-degree corner and two pieces cut at 45-degree angles. I would encourage you to give the set-in seam block a try! However, if the thought of sewing set-in seams sends you into a tailspin, I’m also including instructions for piecing the block in an alternative – and very easy – way without set-in seams.
After the tutorials on each block, be sure to read on to find out how to get your name into two drawings: one for some of this beautiful “Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures” fabric and one for my book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More!!!
So, without further adieu, let’s get started!
Here are the fabrics I chose to use for the two variations of the Spool block:
All seams are sewn using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Spool block, version 1 uses two fabrics:
1. Download the template pattern here.
2. Using heavy-duty template plastic OR using the downloaded and printed paper pattern pasted to cardboard, make the template. (If you’ve never made a template before, there are loads of template-making instructions all over the internet!!) Be sure to print the download at 100% / “full size”!
Here is my finished template. Notice that I do add “anti-skid” grips (these are Fabric Grips by Collins) to the bottom of my template.
Using a 1/16″ hole punch, punch a small hole in the template where the two seam lines shown at the pencil tip in this photo meet. This is the only reference hole needed on this template. Use this hole to mark a reference dot on the wrong sides of the template-cut patchwork pieces on both corners that are represented by where those seams will come together. The dots let you know where the seam begins and ends.
For another way to mark a reference position at these corners, see Barb Eikmeier’s Ruby’s Treasures Day 1 blog post!
3. Fold the fabric with right sides together so that the template will fit with the “place on fold” marked edge of the template on the fold of the fabric.
Next, use a mechanical graphite pencil to carefully mark around the edges of the template onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Trace and cut two pieces from the print fabric and two pieces from the cream (a color called “rice paper”) background fabric.
4. Using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler OR scissors, cut out the pieces. Because the pencil line was drawn just to the outside of the template, cut the fabric just to the inside of the pencil line for greatest accuracy. Referring to the last photo in step 2, mark the two reference dots on the wrong side of each of the four angled pieces.
5. Next, using your rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut a 4 1/2″ square from the print fabric.
Here are all five patchwork pieces for the Spool block.
6. With right sides together, aligning the centers, sew one angled spool piece to the spool center. When lined up properly, there will be a little overhang from the corners of the center square past the ends of the angled piece. This is perfectly fine! Bring the needle down through the reference hole. Take 2 stitches, backstitch, then sew the seam to the opposite reference mark. When you reach the reference mark, backstitch 2 stitches. This reinforces the beginning and ending of the seam line so that, as you manipulate these pieces to add new pieces, stitches aren’t pulled out.
7. Sew one angled background piece to the center square in the same manner as piece #1.
Then, fold the block (as shown), aligning the raw edges of the angled sides with right sides together. Sew the seam, taking care to not sew a seam allowance into a seam.
Repeat with the remaining spool and background angled pieces until all four pieces are attached to the center square and all four angled side seams are sewn.
Press the angled seams to one side, and press the four seams surrounding the center square toward the outside of the block.
The Spool block, version 1, is complete!
Spool block, version 2 uses three fabrics:
1. From the cream background fabric, cut six 4 1/2″ squares.
2. From the spool fabric, cut two rectangles, 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
3. From the “thread” fabric, cut one 4 1/2″ square.
4. Sew one cream-colored square to each side of the center square, as shown. Press seams toward the center square.
5. On the wrong side of the remaining four cream-colored squares, mark a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.
6. With right sides together, place one square on each end of a 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle. Make sure the diagonal lines are going in the correct direction (see photo).
7. Sew just to the the “underside” of the line to adapt the seam allowance for the turn of the fabric.
8. Using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, measure 1/4″ away from the seam line on the “underside” of the stitching line of both squares and trim away the excess. Then, set the seams and press the folded corners over the seams on each end of the piece.
9. Repeat with the remaining two squares and rectangle.
10. Sew the three rows of patchwork together, creating a Spool block.
Press the seams.
Spool block, version 2, is complete!
Wanna win some fabric???? (What a silly question!!) Here’s how:
Go to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog (by email or blog reader), then come back to my blog and leave a comment letting me know you’re signed up. There will be a giveaway of a FQ bundle of Ruby’s Treasures each day of the hop! PLUS, everyone who leaves a comment on my blog by midnight CST on Sunday, 11/20/16, will be entered in to the drawing for my book. The drawing for my book will be on Monday, 11/21, and I will leave a comment on my blog post naming the winner with instructions for connecting with me so your book can be delivered.
Here are the other designers who have participated so you won’t miss any of the blocks:
Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites
Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter
Tuesday 11/8: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts
Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts
Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns
Enjoy the Hop!! Enjoy the blocks!! Have a beautiful day!!