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Quilty Stitches Block 15

Quilty Stitches Block 15

A quick google search brings up a myriad of “Spools” quilts in all shapes, designs and colors.  I think it is safe to say that the Spool Quilt block is a favorite of many quilters!

So it’s only fair that Block 15 (our 2nd to last block!) of Quilty Stitches is a Spool block.

Spool Block

Quilty Stitches Block 15 PDF Pattern

For my Block I used the following colors:

Corals: DMC 351, Sullivan’s 45075, Sullivan’s 45077

Yellows: DMC 743, DMC 744, DMC 745

Aquas: DMC 958, Sullivan’s 45293, Sullivan’s 45313

Oranges: Sullivan’s 45169, Sullivan’s 45422, Sullivan’s 45283

Grey: Sullivan’s 45121

Are you all staying caught up?–Way to go if you have!–It’s hard to stay on task during the summer months!(and certainly not necessary to do so when things like swimming, biking, canoeing, picnics etc. are all calling your name!)

Happy Stitching!

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Quilty Stitches Block 13


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Our weather here was perfect–in the 70s all weekend long and beautifully sunny.  It was truly a perfect, weatherwise, 4th of July weekend.

I spent a little bit of time sorting my Bonnie & Camille layer cake squares.  I received the last package in the mail on Thursday and couldn’t wait to start sorting all of those fun fabrics.  For those of you on the waiting list for round 2 it won’t be too much longer until we will begin. =)

Onto Quilty Stitches Block 13

Friendship Star Quilt Block

According to Barbara Brackman, this week’s Quilty Stitches Block is called a Friendship Star Block.

Quilty Stitches Block 13

Quilty Stitches Block 13 PDF

I used Sullivan’s 45169 for the peachy color and DMC 964 for the aqua.

I have been mulling around different ideas for finishing off my sampler when it’s finished.  The top two contenders are turning it into a framed sampler to hang on the wall–which I have done before with cross stitched items.  Or to turn it into a pillow–which I haven’t done before but I think it would be pretty cute.

With the pillow idea in mind, I picked up this Keepsake Calico’s fabric from Joann’s.


The only other fabric that I buy from Joann’s are some of the fabrics from Denyse Schmidt. I just couldn’t resist this one–look how perfectly it goes with the sampler:


If I turn it into a pillow, this fabric is gonna happen.

I checked online to see if I could still find it available and I couldn’t locate it but you still might be able to pick it up locally.

3 more Quilty stitches blocks to go!

Happy Stitching!

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Quilty Stitches Block #3

Rolling Stone


Block #3 in our Quilty Stitches Sampler is the Rolling Stone block.  You’ve probably seen this quilt block popping up in a variety of places.  I knew it had become a popular block, but I didn’t realize exactly how popular until I started poking around a little bit.  You will find Rolling Stone quilt blocks or a variation of one in all of the following patterns:

Fig Tree Quilts “Wheels” Pattern (Scroll Down)

Thimbleblossoms “Puddling Jumping” Pattern

Cluck Cluck Sew “Spin Cycle” Pattern

Red Pepper Quilts “Labrynth” Pattern

And this is just a brief list of some of the places this block has been showing up lately.  If you feel like you’ve been seeing it around a lot–you probably have! =)

Block 3

Quilty Stitches Block 3 PDF Pattern

I used DMC 351(Coral), DMC 958(Aqua), DMC 744(Yellow)

And all 3 blocks together so far:

1st Three Blocks

Hope you are all enjoying stitching along!

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Quilty Stitches Sampler Thread Colors


Thanks so much for all of the great response to my Quilty Stitches Sampler!  Several of you were asking about the specific threads that I’ll be using for my sampler–so I wanted to pop on today and list them in case you wanted to pick up supplies this weekend. =)

I used a mix of DMC and Sullivans threads.  Where I’ve used the Sullivans thread I’ve noted the comparable DMC color as well.  FYI–my LQS was running a great sale on Sullivans threads which was why I ended up with a lot of that particular brand.  Also, in some cases the Sullivans equivalent of the DMC color wasn’t quite the same which allowed for a more gradual variation of color.  You’ll  see below where I have used both the Sullivan’s shade and the DMC equivalent.

From Left to Right in the above picture:

  • DMC 351
  • Sullivans 45076 (DMC 352)
  • Sullivans 45077 (DMC 353)
  • Sullivans 45496 (DMC 3771)
  • Sullivans 45283 (DMC 945)
  • Sullivans 45221 (DMC 819)
  • DMC 958
  • Sullivans 45293 (DMC 958)
  • Sullivans 45313 (DMC 993)
  • DMC 964
  • Sullivans 45113 (DMC 504)
  • DMC 721
  • Sullivans 45169 (DMC 722)
  • Sullivans 45422 (DMC 3825)
  • Sullivans 45087 (DMC 402)
  • Sullivans 45452 (DMC 3854)
  • Sullivans 45453 (DMC 3855)
  • Sullivans 45156 (DMC 676)
  • DMC 743
  • DMC 744
  • DMC 745
  • DMC 746
  • Sullivans 45338 (DMC 3326)
  • Sullivans 45297 (DMC 963)
  • Sullivans 45220 (DMC 818)
  • Sullivans 45047 (DMC 225)
  • Sullivans 45163 (DMC 703)
  • DMC 470
  • Sullivans 45105 (DMC 470)
  • Sullivans 45345 (DMC 3348)
  • Sullivans 45107 (DMC 472)
  • Sullivans 45121 (DMC 535)
  • Sullivans 45193 (DMC 762)
  • white (not pictured)