Farm Fresh – designed by Kathy Engle
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Project Type: Quilt
Size: 36” x 36” or larger
It is supposed to be a Modern Quilt so I decided to take an old block and modify it for my modern finish.
Remember this photo from my box opening post? Farm Fresh was wrapped in that purple Surprise package.
It’s so pretty I didn’t want to chop it into tiny pieces for a quilt and after debating on different designs I decided on one. Then there was more debating and I decided cutting them into 10″ squares would make me happy.
Spool Quilt Block
After cutting my 10″ squares I used the AccuQuilt 2 1/2″ strip die and 2″ finished Half Square Triangle dies (from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8″ Block) to cut the additional patches. This particular fabric has pumpkins but there is also ears of corn, pine trees and wheat as well as bubbles and quarter moon.
The black and white fabric is also Island Batik, they are from the Solids Collection. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a black thread spool but we are talking modern quilts here and it seems anything goes.
If you’d like to make your own for each block you will need:
1 – 10 1/12″ square
2 – 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ strips white background
2- 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ strips black for spool
4- 2″ finished half square triangle. Cut 2 white and 2 black 2 7/8″ squares and cut on the diagonal. Join using 1/4″ seam.
Sewing the blocks
Join 2 white strips to the sides of the 10 1/2″ block using 1/4″ seam.
Add a hst to each end of the black strips using 1/4″ seam. Then add to the top and bottom of your new spool.
Add shashing or don’t, either way its a lovely 14″ finished block.
4 x 5 Quilt Layout
The blocks were randomly placed and I played with the monochrome feature on my cell to find a balance.
Then moved the blocks around a few more times until I was happy with their layout.
Quilting the Spool Quilt
For quilting I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and Aurifil 3 ply 40wt longarm thread. It wasn’t until the quilting was half complete when it dawned on me, “I should have quilted the spools on my domestic using the thread that matches the fabric.”
Quilted spirals in all white space and random straight lines inside the thread patch. The black was only outlined. The binding was cut using the 2″ Finished GO! Strip Die from AccuQuilt.
Speaking of AccuQuilt, they have some really cool dies that they will be releasing tomorrow on their Facebook Live at noon, don’t miss it. I’ll be sharing one of those new dies very soon myself.
Using the AccuQuilt GO! Value die I cut 40 – 4 1/2″ squares and 80 – 2 1/2″ squares for my giveaway. So you will receive 2 of each print for a 4″ finished block and 4 of each print for a 2″ finished block.
Drawing open to US and Canadian residents only due to skyrocketing shipping costs. For my giveaway”