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Spoolin’ Around


This is my latest Schnibbles quilt: Spoolin’ Around.  Sherri, Sinta and I assume, Carrie, pick the Schnibbles pattern we are going to use, but then we all go to town putting it together in our own inimatable way.


I changed up the borders a little, because I wanted mine to all line up a little more, creating a different corner look. Read *here* about my fabrics, including using some sheets from the Porthault design vault.

Spoolin Around1

Spoolin’ Around, au natural

Spoolin Aroundback

I feel like I’m also creating a Tea Towel series, but really I’m not trying to.  It’s just that this towel from Padua, Italy was blue and white and the top just called out for this to be used here.  St. Anthony is a Big Deal in that town, as you can tell by his likeness, his basilica, his . . . We went to Padua to see the  Scrovegni Chapel.  Getting this tea towel was a side benefit.

Spoolin Aroundbackdetail

Spoolin Arounddetail

I quilted this during the last week of class, while listening to Barbara Demick’s novel, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, and I quilted and quilted.  Not perfectly, but that’s also the beauty of making these small quilts–nothing’s so terribly precious about them.  They’re fun, not a chore.  And I aim to keep it that way, just enjoying the process.

Spoolin Arounddetail2

I struggled with the border choices: green soft plaid, or yellow spheres, or red/white dots?  Not sure I’m entirely happy about this, but I did want something that wasn’t so serious.

Spoolin Aroundsleeve

I split the sleeve on the back, because I didn’t want to cover up the words.

Spoolin Around Quilt Label

And I kept their label: Puro Cotone, because I liked it.  I used bits and pieces of the border that was cut off from the top of the towel around my label.  I have to say it’s a bit wild looking, but again–I was having fun, and that’s not a bad thing when you are  quilter.  And that’s my June 1st deadline Schnibble, finished a bit early!

This is #114 on my 200 Quilts list.

15 thoughts on “Spoolin’ Around

  1. Again, there is SO much to love about this- the little splashes of red and green, the sweet floral and the fun spotted binding! Finish it off with that wonderful tea towel! A great little quilt!

  2. Wonderful…wonderful!! Love this wee quilt! The back is way fun. The red dots are a great choice. I have just got to make a spool quilt. It is all together great.

  3. This is so interesting. The towel for the back is a great idea. It’s perfect for the quilt. I like how you split the sleeve too . Clever you.

  4. I’m always a sucker for blue and white, but the pops of color in there are great. What a perfect way to use a tea towel. I’ve never collected them, but I could almost see starting, if I had a way to show them off!

  5. This is such a beautiful quilt! I love the splash of yellow, and the backing is once again wonderful. You are so good about labeling everything too!

  6. Oh I love your changes and the brilliant way you used your colors! Bookmarking yours for my next go-round with Gentle Art. 😉

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