July 6, 2016



SPOOL BLOCKS BLOCK LOTTO


Our next TMQG block lotto is all about thread!  This will make a fab sewing themed quilt when all pieced together. And you’re not tied down to one specific block so you can really have some fun with it. In fact you can use ANY spool pattern you want as long as you adjust the block size or add extra background fabric so that your blocks fit the dimensions below.



RULES:
1. BLOCK SIZES:
Width: multiples of 4 (plus ½” seam allowance) 
Height: multiples of 6 (plus ½” seam allowance)
Eg:       4 ½” x 6 ½” (smallest size)
            8 ½” x 12 ½”
            4 ½” x 12 ½”
           12 ½” x 12 ½”   etc
There is no limit on how big you can go as long as you keep these proportions.

2. FABRIC:
SPOOL: Textures or colours that look like spools (woodgrain, sketch, Aurifil orange etc)
THREAD: Striped, thread-textured or sewing-themed modern fabrics (as shown in samples)
BACKGROUND: Kona SNOW (no alternatives, please)
COLOURS: Modern brights




3. DEADLINE: September meeting (Sept 25)

4. ONE ticket PER SPOOL. (So if you make ONE block that has FOUR spools in it, you’ll get FOUR lotto tickets for the draw.)



Other than those rules you are free to be creative.

Here are some links to a few free patterns & tutorials. (Don’t forget to adjust to the block sizes to the dimensions listed above.)

Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts has this super cute (and free) spool pattern set:
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/patterns-tutorials/#pptemplates



And here are a few more options to check out:






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGx_ShnlLkI

As mentioned at the June meeting, If you are a paid up TMQG member  and would like to use my paper piecing spool patterns for this block lotto, message me (Berene) on Facebook and I’ll email you the PDF file. (Gratis!)

Look forward to seeing all your blocks. You have all summer long to get addicted to making them. :)
See you in September! 
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