Spools quilt in CF Grid Group

New project to share! I hadn’t made a new Spools quilt since the first one, and with new fabrics coming out, it was the perfect excuse to do it. Here’s a look at my Spools quilt made up in the CF Grid Group fabrics.

Photo by Alexis Wharem

The Fabric and Color Strategy

In the first version, I used 5″ squares, and with this one I worked from a fat quarter bundle of the newest fabrics plus yardage for the background. I’m really excited about the background–it’s Kona Sheen in Mossy Gold. It is mostly a neutral, but when paired with the greyscale fabrics it brings in some color and warmth. Plus, the shine on the fabric is so much fun to play with.

If you aren’t familiar with Kona Sheen, it’s a solid color base with a metallic layer printed across the top. The reverse side has no shine, and so I intentionally flipped some of my pieces over as little bits of accent. I think that it’s a fun detail!

Making Spools

If you haven’t made the Spools pattern yet, it comes together quickly and is really satisfying in terms of the way the prints and pieces come together. After each Spools block emerges, I couldn’t help but let out a little–it’s so cute!

This project is conventionally pieced, and great for any beginner.

Quilting Spools

Like in the previous version, I did some straight-line, machine quilting, but a little less of it than in my first version. Any time I’m quilting a grid, I do large, even lines across the entire project first before dividing sections any further. After my first broad strokes with this one, I really liked the loose-ness of it and decided then that it was where I wanted it to be.

CF Grid Group is my newest fabric collection and part of my Collection CF basics line. It should start shipping to stores in September, but you can ask your local quilt shop to get it on order now.

Pattern: Spools Quilt in the Wall size

Fabric: CF Grid Group plus Kona Sheen in Mossy Gold

Photo by Alexis Wharem

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2 Responses to Spools quilt in CF Grid Group

  1. HH July 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm #

    Your quilt designs are so refreshingly modern. Thanks so much for sharing and for your contributions to the quilting and textile world.

    • carolyn friedlander July 16, 2021 at 9:10 am #

      Aww, thanks so much! I appreciate your support. 🙂

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