Traditional Tuesday - Block 24
Block 24 - SpoolThe spool block traditionally uses inset seams to get the spool effect, but I think if there's a way around inset seams, why wouldn't you do that instead! This is the non-inset version and it looks just as cute as the original! And unlike yesterday's block, this version lets you add in a different color for the "thread" in the center if you choose.
Since it's March, I'm going to do all spring green blocks - not because of St. Patrick's Day, but because I'm tired of the brown grass in my yard!
- From the light green, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square
- From the dark green, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares* and 2 - 2 1/2" squares
- From the white, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares* and 2 - 2 1/2" squares
*I like to make mine big and cut it down, so I cut my squares 3".
|Here's the fabrics. All this green makes me feel better already!|
|To make the hsts, I pressed the light squares in half on the diagonal rather than drawing a line. You could also finger press the squares.|
|Line up both squares and sew 1/4" from either side of the pressed line and cut apart.|
|I used my neat new Eleanor Burns ruler to trim the unit so it will open up to 2 1/2". If you don't have this ruler, press the units open, to the dark and trim to 2 1/2"|
|If you used the same ruler I did or didn't cut your fabric over-sized, trim the dog ears off.|
|Lay out the units as it will look when the block is pieced.|
|Sew together in rows and sew the rows together. It will be 6 1/2" unfinished.|