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RBDNotSoBasic...Spool of Thread

Let’s face it, we always needle little more thread, right?

Centuries old, thread comes in various weights, colors, and can be used in a wide range of projects. Brands from around the globe have put their own spin on this icon, however, one brand in particular stands out. Aurifilknown for its superior quality and iconic orange spool, is my favorite.

For my latest #RBDNotSoBasic project, I designed this beginner friendly foundation paper pieced block to celebrate my love of both! Isn’t it the cutest little 50wt. spool of thread you’ve ever seen? And you know what? You can make a solid color spool or add a couple of lines to achieve ombre awesomeness.

The Riley Blake Design’s basics I picked to highlight in this project include:

  • Confetti Cottons

  • Kisses

  • Shabby

This block is scrap friendly but works with fat quarters as well. It can stand alone or in multiples, like in this adorable table runner. You can make this for a sewing themed party, quilt guild meeting, or retreat. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re new to foundation paper piecing or FPP, don’t worry. There are some amazing tutorials online. Do a quick search and find a method that works best for you!

You’ll need to make 4 Threaded blocks for the table runner. You can purchase the pattern here.

You also need to cut the following from background fabric:

  • Cut 3 (2’’x 9’’ rectangles)

  • Cut 2 (2 1/2’’ x 13’’ rectangles)

  • Cut 2 (2 1/2’’ x 25 1/2’’ rectangles)

You’ll also need a 28 1/2’’ x 13’’ piece of batting and a 30’’ x 15’’ backing rectangle.

After making the 4 blocks, you’ll need to sew the following:

  • Sew the 2’’ x 9’’ rectangles between the blocks.

  • Press seams towards the background fabric.

  • Sew a 2 1/2’’ x 24 1/2” rectangle to the top and bottom of the block section.

  • Press seams towards the background fabric.

  • Sew a 2 1/2 x 13’’ rectangle to the left and right of the block section.

  • Press seams towards the background fabric.

  • Quilt and bind as desired.

  • Finished size is 28 1/2’’ x 13’’

I can’t wait to see your Threaded blocks and project. Tag me in your photos and follow the #rbdnotsobasic hashtag to see more awesome projects.

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter