Saturday, February 20, 2016

April Block Lottery - Selvage Spools Quilt Block

Our first 2016 CLMQG block lottery takes place in April. We chose the Selvage Spools block from this Riley Blake 2013 Block of the Month program.  You can download and print the Riley Blake block directions here, but you'll probably want to keep reading to discover an easier way to make these blocks.

April 2016 Block Lottery Rules:
  • Lottery participation is completely voluntary.
  • Use only quilt store quality fabrics.
  • Background fabric must be solid white or off-white (such as Kona White or Snow)
  • Block MUST measure 12.5″ square unfinished.
  • If you were lucky enough to win a previous lottery, you must show a completed project using all or some of those ‘winnings‘ to be eligible for this drawing during our April meeting.
  • Label each of your blocks with your name.
  • One block = one chance to win.  There is no limit to the number of blocks you may submit.
  • Bring your pressed block(s) to the April  meeting. A volunteer will be set up to ensure every one of us have followed all the rules and award us with our lotto tickets!


The Selvage Spools block is composed of four 6" spools to finish at 12" square (12.5" unfinished).

The original pattern uses a template and partial seams - no thank you.  When Lorrie and I met earlier this week to sew the sample blocks for our Sunday guild meeting I made some quick pattern modifications to make it easier.  Easier = Better, am I right?!  Here is my pattern tester block - spot on at 6.5" unfinished :)



The materials you'll need to make one complete block:

Using a pencil lightly mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2" square.

Choose selvages with fun words and lots of color dots!

You'll want to center the wording/color dots on the background square.

I sewed this piece about 1/8" from the bottom of the background square so the words wouldn't be cut off later in the seam allowance.

You can choose to cover up the printed fabric area of the first selvage or not.

We used 6-7 selvages for each spool.



Press these seams toward the background fabric.

Make sure you carefully place the marked diagonal lines as shown.




Press away from the center.
Your spool should measure 6.5" square now. 


The final seams are all pressed toward the spool ends - not the background fabric.


And there you have it - a 12" square finished selvage spool block!


Thanks to Riley Blake for the original pattern and inspiration for this fun quilt block!

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