Week 1: Tumbling Spools Quiltalong

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Yay so exciting! Today is the start of the Tumbling Spools Sampler Quiltalong.

Feel free to share this fun ‘I’m joining in’ image on your social media or blog pages.

If you need a quick reminder of the schedule here it is. It’s basically a block a week, a couple of weeks for the words and a week for finishing off. Should be all done in 10 weeks.

Schedule Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad

This first week is all about the planning.  A nice gentle easing in to the quiltalong!

If you haven't managed to get the pattern yet, you can grab a copy here

Decide if you are going to make the sampler blocks or just six plain spool blocks.  Things to consider here are: how confident you are with foundation paper piecing; do you want to showcase a fabric; or do you want to challenge yourself with the sampler blocks.  The plain blocks are obviously easier as less pieces to piece!

Decide if you are going to applique the words or quilt them in place.

What fabric are you planning to use?  If you are doing the sampler version then blenders, solids or small prints will work well.  If you are opting for the plain block version, then choosing a fabric that has novelty print can work well if the size is right to position it in the centre of the spool.

Be sure to post a picture of your fabric pull and front page of the pattern to your Instagram page using the hash tags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns so we can see your fab makes and more importantly for you, so you qualify for entry for this week's prize!

Note: your profile settings must be set to public (not private) for everyone to be able to see your posts.  If I can’t see the post then unfortunately you can’t be entered into the prize draw that week! 

Here is my fabric pull.  I'm making up the sampler version using Foundation Fabric by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane for Windham Fabrics.  I will make up some of the plain blocks as well during the 10 weeks to make up as mini mini quilts or mug rugs.  For those I'll use some other novelty fabrics.

Week 1 Fabric Pull tumbling spools quiltalong the crafty nomad

Week 1 Prize!

There will be a different prize on offer each week (rules below). The prize this week is from Sarah Ashford Studio.  Sarah is a quilter and pattern designer.  I recently got to interview her and you can read more about that on this blog post. Sarah makes and sells these fun project pouches to keep all your bits and pieces together for one project.  We thought it would be great to have one especially for your Tumbling Spools Quiltalong! So one lucky participant will get to win one! 

To be in with a chance to win, make sure to post a picture of your fabric pull and front cover of the pattern.  Let us know in the post if you are planning to do the sampler or the plain version, the applique or the quilted words.  Use the hashtags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns and tag me in the post!  This one is open for worldwide entries! 

If you don't win but want to keep all your blocks in one just like this then just contact Sarah, I'm sure she'd make up some more like this one!

Week 1 Prize tumbling spools quiltalong the crafty nomad

Seriously can not wait to see all the different versions of this popping up on Instagram!


There will be a prize assigned to each week of the sewalong.  It will be clearly stated if it is available to be mailed to an international address or just UK postage in the weekly post/email. 

In order to be considered for a prize, you'll need to post a picture of that week's completed task to your Instagram page by a certain time/date stated in the weekly post/email.  You'll need to add the hashtags: #tumblingspoolsqal; and #thecraftynomadpatterns, to the text of the post and tag @thecraftynomadfleet in the post.  Make sure your profile is not set to private.  It will need to be set to public so we can all see it.

It is possible to join in on Facebook but you'll need to follow these steps to make sure that we can all see your picture.  When posting, select Public from the drop down box.  Use the hashtags exactly as given above (no capitals or spaces).  And tag @the crafty nomad in the post.

The weekly winner will be announced a few days after the weekly deadline. 

It's fine to sew ahead.  If you know you are going to be busy one week and want to sew your blocks ahead of time, that's absolutely fine.  Just remember to be considered for the weekly prize, the posts must be made within the allotted time frame so I can see it when I do my search.

By joining in, you agree that any photos you share using the hashtag may be reposted by me to social media or shared via email to others joining in, or on The Crafty Nomad website.  They will always be attributed to the maker.

In order to get the prize, you will need to supply me with a mailing address.  This information will be treated in the same way as other personal information using my Privacy policy.

In the unlikely event that a prize becomes unavailable then a substitute will be sent instead.

As per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.