Spool and Bobbin Quilt – Free Pattern

Spool and Bobbin Quilt

Spool and Bobbin Quilt

I have used the spool and bobbin quilt block along with the Belle’s Favourite block for this quilt and I think that it gives a lovely quilt.  The quilt measures 40″ square, a good size for a lap quilt and I have used 3/4 yard each of purple, lilac and green fabrics, with 1/4 yard of white fabric.

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There are nine blocks,  all 12″ square finished size.  They are all very simple four patch blocks.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the spool and bobbin quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  twenty purple, sixteen white

3.7/8″ squares:  ten purple, sixteen lilac, twenty six green

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  eight purple

6.1/2″ squares:  ten lilac

For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of green across the width of fabric.




Half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the half square triangle units.  Place a green square with either a purple or a lilac square, right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

Make the spool and bobbin quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out as a four patch unit.  In the top right and bottom left segments place a 6.1/2″ lilac square.  In the remaining two spaces lay out small four patch units with two purple squares and two purple/green half square triangles in each section.  Place the purple squares so that they form the diagonal running from top left to bottom right of the quilt block.  Place the half square triangles in the remaining spaces.  In the top left corner the green triangles are placed top left while in the bottom right corner the green triangles lie in the bottom right of the square.

Sew the small squares together within each four patch unit first.  Then sew each four patch unit to the lilac square next to it.  Finally sew the two rows to each other to complete the block.  This block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make five of them.

Belle's Favourite layout

Belle’s Favourite layout

Make the Belle’s Favourite quilt block

This block is also a simple block to make.  For the first and fourth rows place a white square at each end with a purple rectangle between them.  I know that the white fabric I have used is more pink than white, but I think of it as white.

For rows two and three use lilac/green half square triangles only.  In row two the green triangles together form two larger green triangles pointing upwards while in row three the green triangles form two larger green triangles pointing downwards.  Together they form two green diamonds.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.  At this stage it also measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the spool and bobbin quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Form row one with a spool and bobbin quilt block at each end and a Belle’s Favourite block in the middle.  Note that the lilac squares lie in the top corners of the row and the green triangles lie horizontally in the middle.

Row two

Row two

In row two you need a bobbin and spool block in the middle with a Belle’s Favourite on either side of it.  Note that the two green diamonds are placed vertically in the end blocks and the lilac squares are top right and bottom left in the central block.

Row three

Row three

For row three place a spool and bobbin block at each end with a Belle’s Favourite between them,  This time the two green diamonds are placed horizontally as in the first row.  The lilac squares in the end blocks are placed so that they lie in the bottom corners of the row.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Green for the border

Green for the border

Add the border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the spool and bobbin quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Last week I had a wonderful day at Wimbledon.  Our tickets were for No. 1 Court and on that day we saw two men’s double matches and one mixed doubles match (Jamie Murray).  I hadn’t realised how much more entertaining doubles matches are than singles matches.  The tennis was absolutely spellbinding – fast rallies racquet to racquet when the ball didn’t touch the ground for several shots.  I found it difficult even to see the ball, so can’t comprehend how they had time to react to the ball!

The whole experience was amazing – so well organised and such a lovely atmosphere.

Blue star quilt

Blue star quilt

In between my travels I have been continuing to work on my unfinished projects and if you want to see some of my work click here or click on the photo.

Work in Progress July 2018

Blue star quilt

Blue star quilt

My work in progress is at a wonderful stage at the moment – some quilts are still just tops only, some have been layered, some quilted, some bound and some just waiting for a hanging sleeve or something else minor.

Now that I have given myself more time to work on these projects, I thought that I would share with you what I’m doing and how I am quilting some projects.  As ever, I’m not saying that my way is the correct way – I just hope that it will give you some ideas for your own quilting.




Blue star quilt

This was a quilt that I made to use up some leftover blue fabrics.  I have stitched in the ditch on each diamond within the star sections and then echo quilted 1/4″ in from the seams.  For the blue/pink fabric forming a frame around the central star, I have machine embroidered a star stitch in pink along the middle of each section.  This was to highlight the circular shape of the frame.

Using a bendy ruler

Using a bendy ruler

Palm Tree Hawaiian wall hanging

This one is now complete bar the hanging sleeve.  I used machine embroidery – a blanket stitch – to sew the applique to the wall hanging.  Then I quilted a sort of feather wreath on the background.  There are four sections – one across each corner – but I tried to make them look more like palm fronds than feathers.  I used one of those bendy rulers (technical term that!) so that I could be sure that I had the same shaped curve in each segment.  The yellow section in the middle will have to be hand quilted as I wouldn’t be able to machine sew such a small section.

Sunflower wall hanging

Sunflower wall hanging

Sunflower wall hanging

This now also just needs a hanging sleeve.  I stitched in the ditch around the central sunflower square and then ran a curve between each pair of corners to emphasise that sunflower.  The three petals in all the triangles with some echo quilting in each petal is a great way to quilt triangles – particularly when the project has a floral theme.

Dragon moon wall hanging

Dragon moon wall hanging

Dragon Moon wall hanging

Are you beginning to see a trend here?  I began with small projects so that I could get several finished and then really feel that I was progressing!  This particular wall hanging is just delightful.  I used one of Kona Bay’s dragon moon panels and put several borders on it, using Christmas fabrics with a gold thread running through them.

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

I cut out white circles for moons and hand sewed them to the red border.  Then, using a gold quilting thread I stitched in the ditch between all the borders.  For the central section I used one of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine – the stemstitch – to create a central diamond and some straight lines across the corners.  I had agonised for ages over how to quilt the central section because I didn’t want to take attention away from the gorgeous panel itself.

I’m pleased with the way it has turned out.

Altogether I have used hand quilting, machine quilting and machine embroidery in this wall hanging – you don’t have to stick to just one type of sewing when you quilt a project.

Longarm quilting

Longarm quilting

Longarm quilting

Obviously Minnie is being kept very busy as well.  If you haven’t come across her before, Minnie is my longarm quilting frame.  I am in the fortunate position where I can have a large quilt set up on Minnie and I can also work on smaller projects on my domestic sewing machine.

On this particular quilt I am meander quilting all the background sections first.  Then I will decide how to use quilting to emphasise the main design.

Practice square

Practice square

Practice squares

I’ve always suggested plenty of practice to help your quilting.  I tend to use individual quilt blocks for this.  I usually have plenty of these lying around from my quilt block patterns.  This gives you a small section to play on and you don’t have to worry about large quantities of fabric.

On this particular one I have tried out different machine embroidery stitches, different shapes for feathers and also different threads – specifically the gold thread that I used above.  Then when the square is full I bind it and use it as a shelf liner.

My pile of UFO’s is still enormous, but I do at last feel that I can make some inroads on it.  I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

Here’s the video:

 

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