Sew Let’s QAL – Block 4

There are so many options of things we could have chosen for this weeks block, but it was Bobbi’s turn and she chose spools of thread! Her pattern (found here) is so much fun and easy; its a lot of pieces but I think you will enjoy it. I had fun picking the pieces for the thread….fabrics that I loved…many that reflect the thread wound on the spool.

Hint #1: How many kinds of thread spools are there? This will help you with fabric selection. There are threads for domestic and long arms, threads on wooden spools or pre-wound bobbins, threads that range from 12 wt to 100 wt. Spools can be orange, white, yellow, green, purple, black – to name some of the colors I have in my collection. So my advice to you is think about what kind of spool of thread you want to display. I choose Aurifil orange small and large 50 wt, wooden spools, and an Aurifil 40 wt, 3 ply on the yellow spool.

Hint #2: Label your pieces. We keep telling you this. Bobbi’s pattern has a great checklist for her cutting, but do label. Often, we ignore our own instructions, but please do it. There area a lot of pieces that are similar in size.

Hints #3: Make it work! I found this sewing fabric I used for my shelf. I loved it and it had a ruler in the selvage but I couldn’t piece it. What is a quilter to do??? I pieced the shelf to the spools and realized I could sew the selvage on top of the bottom piece and secure with invisible thread so the selvedge edge is secured, the remainder of the fabric is in the next seam. It worked like a charm!

Here are my blocks all together at this point. I have one more to do as well as commit to a project for this segment. I am leaning two ways….either a wall hanging or a sewing machine cover for my new machine for my new Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen (still waiting on a delivery date). We are getting so close to the first 5 blocks being done and the first small projects to appear.

Segment Prize Eligibility – Enter by 5/10 at 11:59 pm:
Finish all blocks in a segment and post on either our linky party, our facebook page or instagram with #sewletsqal. One picture/post with all finished items is needed – by May 20 11:59 for Segment 1)
Grand Prize Eligibility:
Finish all 13 blocks and put in either 1 quilt top (does not have to be quilted) OR a number of smaller projects that contain all 13 blocks.


Full Time Hosts for Quilts:
April Becca Bobbi Sherry Jennifer
Full Time Hosts for Small Projects:
Abbie Karen Sandy

Segment 1: March 12th to May 21st
HostsSandra Kathleen <—–me!

✔️March 12th – Block 1: Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs
✔️March 26th – Block 2: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
✔️April 9th – Block 3: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
✔️April 23rd – Block 4: Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
*May 7th – Block 5 & Project Suggestions: Abbie @ Sparkle On! 
*May 21st – Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced!

Segment 2: May 21st to July 16th
July 16th – Segment 2 Prize Winner Announced!
Segment 3: July 16th to September 10
September 10th – Segment 3 Prize Winner Announced!
September 24th – Grand Prize Winner Announced!

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  1. inquiringquilter
    April 23, 2019 / 11:47 AM

    So cute! Love that ruler you sewed on. Great tips.

    • kathleenquilts
      April 23, 2019 / 11:54 AM

      Thanks, Jennifer. I really wanted to use it then I did have that lightbulb moment!

  2. April 23, 2019 / 12:19 PM

    What a clever solution for the selvage ruler, with great results! Love your block. The fabrics are perfect.

    • kathleenquilts
      April 23, 2019 / 8:32 PM

      Thanks, Becca, you are too kind! It is nice when the lightbulb goes off isn’t it.

  3. April 23, 2019 / 4:53 PM

    Hi Kathleen! What a fun theme these blocks have. It would make a great wall hanging or even better a cover for that new machine! I wish you’d get it already – and I’m guessing I echo your sentiments. Great tips you shared, and that ruler on the shelf is so cool and perfect. Love it and love your thread choices. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      April 25, 2019 / 10:26 AM

      Thanks, Roseanne. It is great when we get to use even that little scrap that we love.

  4. Abbie
    April 23, 2019 / 11:21 PM

    Ingenious way to use your ruler selvage! It is the perfect addition to your fun thread spools!
    PS I love the graphics you add to your posts:)

    • kathleenquilts
      April 25, 2019 / 10:27 AM

      I love finding fun graphics or creating them. The word cloud was fun to do, and works well in a number of posts!

  5. April 24, 2019 / 2:23 PM

    Love the creative use of the ruler selvage! Your blocks are coming together so well.

    • kathleenquilts
      April 25, 2019 / 10:26 AM

      Thank you, Sandy, I am pleased about the way it is working out.

  6. April 26, 2019 / 7:57 PM

    Love the ruler as the shelf, and great idea to use invisible thread to make it work!

    • kathleenquilts
      April 27, 2019 / 12:29 PM

      Thanks, it seemed so simple but was such a fun solution when my brain finally remembered it!

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