Pretty Spool: A New Quilt Tutorial for You!
My latest free tutorial is a tribute to the many spools of thread you have rattling around your house. Pretty Spool is a fused art quilt made with my hand-dyed rainbow fabrics. But I image you have plenty of fabrics in your stash you can use (if you can find them beneath your many spools of thread.)
There is no machine quilting on this quilt. It is all stitched with basic hand embroidery stitches. I’ll give you links on how to make each stitch when we get there. And you can always see all the steps for making Pretty Spool on its Tutorial Page. I’ll add directions as we go.
Meanwhile, lets get ready by gathering all the tools and materials you need to create your Pretty Spool.
Click here for a Pretty Spool Stitch Kit. The stitch kit includes pre-fused fabrics for the quilt top only and pearl cotton threads for hand embroidery. Or assemble the following items:
- 8″ x 10″ light blue to green for the background
- 4″ x 4″ blue for spool
- 4″ x 6″ blue/green for spool top edge, top slope, base slope, and base
- 2″ x 5″ light pink/orange for spool top
- 6″ x 6″ red-orange for thread
- 1 1/2″ x 7″ yellow for needle
- 5″ x 8″ red to purple for top and bottom borders
- 5″ x 13″ green to blue to purple for side borders
- 12″ x 13″ backing fabric
- 12″ x 13″ batting (Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Batting or wool batting recommended)
- 1 yard of fusible web (Pellon Wonder Under paper backed #805, Soft Fuse, or Misty Fuse used with parchment paper are recommended)
- 1 yard of parchment paper (optional but recommended)
- Size 12 pearl cotton embroidery thread
- Size 4 or 5 hand embroidery needle
A Note about Fabric Choices Fabrics with no finish like 100% cotton hand-dyed and batik fabrics work best for raw edge fusing because the color goes through the fabric. (Fused elements from printed fabrics with a white back will show a white edge when cut.) Fabrics with a higher thread count fray less when cut. Wash your fabric to remove any starch or sizing before fusing and do not use fabric softener.
Other items needed:
- Black Sharpie Fine Point marker or lead pencil
- 1 1/2 yard parchment or baking paper (optional but very handy)
- Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
- Decorative pinking rotary cutter blade or pinking shears (optional but helpful)
- Machine quilting thread (optional)
- Click here to download and print out the Pretty Spool pattern as a Word document. Or click here to download and print out the Pretty Spool pattern as a PDF.