Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. This is Day 2 to celebrate the release of Volume 12, the dark green issue.
Find it on newsstands, at quilt shops or on our website today in print and digital versions. Be sure to get your copy before they run out.
Lots more exciting content today, beginning with the…
You may have noticed that thread comes loaded onto spools in two different fashions. Viewed from the side, if the threads run horizontally and lie right next to each other, the thread is stacked.
If the thread runs diagonally and crosses itself, the spool is crosswound. In the photo above, the thread on the right is crosswound. You can see that it’s different from the stacked spool on the left.
Why does this matter? Because you want the thread to feed differently from the spool depending on how it is wound. Stacked thread is intended to feed off the side of the spool. For the best results, use a vertical spoolpin (points upward) for stacked threads. The spool should rotate freely on the spoolpin. The small piece of wool or flannel that slips over the spoolpin and sits beneath the thread helps to accomplish this.
Crosswound thread is intended to feed off the top of the spool. A horizontal spoolpin (spool on its side) works well for crosswound threads. The thread slips off the top of the spool; there is generally no “pull” involved and the spool is stationary (it does not rotate). Learn more and see photos!
I’m enamored with this one. It’s so small and so cute. And really, it’s no harder to sew across a 1-1/4″ square than it is to sew across a larger 4″ square. You’ll see! Get the complete free quilt pattern for Bitty Spools.
Let’s get you rolling on to the designer blogs, where there are many chances to win yourself a copy of Volume 12. Be sure to follow their instructions, and read to the bottom for a chance to win here, too.
Today’s Featured Designers
- Lorna McMahon
- Sherri Noel
- Pam Vieira-McGinnis
- Robin Koehler
- Jacquelynne Steves
- Wendy Kruskie
- Jennifer Ofenstein
- Sandi Irish
So many wonderful ideas. So much inspiration. I hope you’re enjoying the blog tour.
Giveaway time! Leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 18 and tell us about your level of quilting experience. Beginner? Expert? Somewhere in the middle? We’d love to know! Don’t be shy about giving yourself credit for your skills. We’ll choose five lucky winners for copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12.
Winner’s of the Day 2 Giveaway are: Carol, Beth T., Ritainalaska, Diane S., and Kathy E. Winner’s have been notified by email.
Two Bonus winner’s have been chosen, they will receive a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol.12 and a couple quilty books! The Day 2 Bonus Winners are: Jamie and Renata. The winner’s have been notified by email.
Be sure to pick up your copy of this issue when you see it on newsstands, or get it from our website. Free shipping on US orders over $50.