Quilt Modern Blog Hop

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Farm Fresh – designed by Kathy Engle

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Welcome welcome welcome to the first day of the Quilt Modern Blog Hop hosted by Island Batik. Over the next 3 weeks Ambassadors will be sharing their quilty finishes using fabric from the Winter 2020 Collections. All of the fabrics you see on our blogs are being shipped this month so if you see something that inspires you you best grab them before they are gone.

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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.

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Remember this photo from my box opening post? Farm Fresh was wrapped in that purple Surprise package.

batik fabric

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

batik fabric

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

spool quilt block

Piecing my blocks with Aurifil 50wt and Schmetz Topstitch Chrome Needles, These needles are also great for attaching binding.

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

batik fabric

The blocks were randomly placed and I played with the monochrome feature on my cell to find a balance.

farm fresh

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.”

hobbs batting
aurifil thread
patchwork sppol quilt

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.


Fabric Giveaway

accuquilt die

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”

Island Batik Giveaway

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Visit other Ambassadors to see what they are working on.

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Design Wall Monday,
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Colour Inspiration and linky party
Wednesday Wait Loss,

Midweek Makers,

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    • Denise

      Thank you, it was perfect for this collection.

    • Denise

      Thank you, the colors really are beautiful.

  1. Anne-Marie

    I like the black spools and white background. Really striking.

  2. Your modern spools show off those gorgeous batiks beautifully!

    • Denise

      I couldn’t bring myself to cut them into small pieces, the photos really do not reflect how beautiful the colors really are.

  3. Kathy E.

    Your thread spool blocks are so pretty with this Island Batik collection. I’ve always admired this block and would love to make one of my own! Great work!

    • Denise

      This was my first spool quilt and perfect for this collection.

  4. thedarlingdogwood

    This is so fun! I love the big spools, and what a great way to highlight the fun fabrics!

  5. Love it and love the way the individual fabrics are highlighted! Such a pretty collection!

    • Denise

      My very own color pallet, I really love this collection but my pocketbook wont.

  6. Hi Denise! All of your spools look like fun. And I would have quilted it exactly the same way – seeing this makes me want to make my own version just for fun. Thanks so much for the giveaway! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Denise

      It was fun, and that large center block allowed for quick piecing.

  7. Tonya Ann Reichard

    Gorgeous fabrics. I just love using batiks. The colors are always so rich and fun!

    • Denise

      Yes they are and most important to me is not figuring out which side is up.

  8. Maryellen McAuliffe

    What a fun quilt! The colors are perfect for it.

    • Denise

      I know, they were screaming flowers.

    • Denise

      Wont it look great on the sofa during the cold winters?

    • Denise

      Oh I know, and they’re even prettier in person. Thank you for stopping in.

  9. I agreed the fabric are fabulous and perfect for your design. Well done on the quilting too.

  10. Beautiful quilt! I like a simple four or nine patch block pattern for quilting beginners!

    • Denise

      Thank you. For sure, the hst’s may create a little problem for some.

    • Denise

      Thank you. Did you enter the giveaways?

  11. Vicki in MN

    I think you nailed it with the old block made modern!

    • Denise

      Thanks, I’d like to take credit for that but I only added black and white. The rest is the new Farm Fresh Collection that I received fat quarters.

  12. Quilting Tangent

    You have pretty thread on those spools.

    • Denise

      Isn’t it great, the fabric that is. Looking back I really wish I had used the thread to match the spools and a diagonal quilting.

  13. Great design Denise! I love the spool blocks and the fabrics are showcased so well. Have a great weekend!

    • Denise

      Thanks Jennifer, you do the same only for the upcoming weekend instead of last. A little behind here.

  14. I love spool quilts. The first quilt I ever made was hundreds of 3” spools! I like your version better Denise

    • Denise

      Lol, I think I like my version better too. I can’t image making that many. Thank you for stopping by.

  15. inquiringquilter

    Love your thread spools! This is a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • Denise

      Thank you and thank you for sharing my finish.

    • What a great way to showcase these fabrics. I really like the straight writing on the spools, reminiscent of thread being wound around the spool. I also just finished off a really old spool of thread that was on a black spool, so they do exist (or at least did) 🙂

      • Denise

        Interesting, thank you for stopping by.

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