Just Spoolin' Around

"Just Spoolin' Around


This week’s Friday Feature Matinee is “Just Spoolin’ around”! We will be discussing the Spool Block, Thread, Half Square Triangles, and Friendship!

There are many variations on the spool block, but the traditional spool block is based off the look of the original wooden spools and is constructed using squares and half-square-triangles in what ever size you need for your project.

Like all quilt blocks over time, variations are made by quilt makers to make the block fit their mental image of the quilt they are working on. A great example of this is in the “Kansas Troubles” 20th Anniversary Kit “Through the Years”. It has the traditional spool block featured, but with a twist. Instead of a solid color of thread. Strips of fabric are sewn together to make it look like actual thread or even a variegated thread! Click Here to Check Out The Kit "Through The Years"Kansas_Troubles_Through_the_Years_Kit

A little History on the origin of threads.

While thread has been around since cave man days, what about the thread we know today? For that part of the story, we need to go to early 19th Century Scotland and the town of Paisley. Paisley was home to around 15 different mills that created thread. One of the mills was run by Patrick Clark (Clarks Stranded Cotton) and the other By James & Patrick Coats (J & P Coats). While these two mills were perfecting the art of spinning high quality threads, Isaac Merritt Singer was patenting the Sewing machine. Clark seized on this opportunity and advertised that their cotton “was ok to use on these new-fangled machines”. In 1890 the companies joined forces but continued to run independently. It wasn’t till 1952 that they merged and became “Coats and Clark Incorporated” and the branding we know today!*
Join Leslie this Friday to learn even more about the history of thread!

As we expand our online presence in 2021, Leslie has been busy playing with Pinterest. Check out all the great pins she has put on the CT Pinterest page for our “Just Spoolin’ Around” Feature this week. https://www.pinterest.com/CntryTraditions/spooling-around/

There is a board for spool related Food


And Antique Ads


Craft Projects using wooden Spools


And finally Quilts that have spool blocks in their construction! So be sure to check out our Pinterest Page each week as we will be doing a Board for each week’s theme!


While we are on the subject of thread, if you haven’t signed up for, or at least read about, our Aurifil Thread club! Check out Emily’s Blog post! I have been an Aurifil fan since 2000. This year’s thread club will be featuring the 40wt thread collection and not the 50wt we carry here in the store. 

Click Here To Check Out The Aurifil Color Builders Thread Club


Combine the spool block with HST and make our CT Exclusive “Spools of Friendship” Wall-hanging. Make this quilt as an exchange with friends and have them sign a block to incorporate into it or hang it in your studio space and have quilting friends sign it when they come over to visit.


Be watching for the February “As the Bobbin Winds” E-mail newsletter with the launch of our new Triangle Frenzy Sampler. Over the course of the next year, we will show you many ways to make HST's. Plus, we have some ideas for a HST exchange so we can all have part of each other in our quilt! More on all that in future Blog posts!

Join us Friday afternoon at 2:30 for our Friday Feature Matinee on our main Country Traditions Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/CountryTraditionsOnline

May your bobbin always be full! Happy Quilting

The CT Team.

*Excepts taken from a web article by Alex Askeroff htts://sewalot.com/sewing_machine_threads.htm




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