Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I am part of a small group of quilting friends who each year decide together on a quilt pattern for a block swap.  This year we decided to make Edyta Sitar's Spools quilt.

Spools by Edyta Sitar
I really like this one because it combines applique and piecing ~ my favorite ways to make quilts.

There are 6 of us in our little swap group, and we will all be making 42 spools so each of us will get 7 from each other.  In the end, we will all have a nice, scrappy variety of spools.  So far, I've made 8 spools but just took a picture of my first two.

Edyta's pattern directions make these so easy and so much fun to sew.  She also gives great tips for fabric selection and explains what she calls her 'Rule of 5.'

1) Large print.
2) Medium print.
3) Small print.
4) Stripe.
5) Polka dots.

In addition, she tells you to add at least one batik to each spool.  I think it gives each spool interesting texture. 

I am looking forward to putting this quilt together and may start working on the applique borders so that they are ready by the time I receive my spools.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Edyta Sitar's Spools quilt and others, they are featured in her pattern book, Friendship Strips & Scraps.  Click HERE to visit Edyta's web site.

Until next time . . .



  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Pat! They are fun to sew but thinking I should probably make some spools that are shades of one color to throw into the mix.