Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Rancher's Daughter Quilt Along (Block 4 Barnyard Spools)

 (A Whoops!! Any of you who downloaded my button, could you please go back and reload it. Some of the code was missing and the old one takes you to a non-existing page. So, so sorry!!)
Barnyard Spools
(Seeing I wanted to get a block to you this week, and Monday's post was about the Quilt Along...
here it is now!)
Growing up breakfast and bible study was at 7 a.m.
If that wasn't early enough....
we had to go down before that and milk goats, feed chickens
and make sure the 2 day old baby calves that had been pulled from their mothers
were either bottle fed or fed by the goats.
Dad built stalls where the goat went in one way,
and then two calves went in the opposite way on both sides of the goat and fed.

When Dad wasn't looking....
we found these huge spools that I guess housed electrical wire of some sort,
and sat for a spell.
Now that didn't happen too often.
Dad had the old eagle eye!

So in naming this block I remembered these huge ole things in the barn.

Here's the scoop:

A Cut (24) 1 1/2" Squares (White) 
B Cut (7)  1 1/2" Squares (Red)
C Cut (7) 1 1/2" Squares (Green and White Print)
D Cut (7) 1 1/2" Squares (Red and White Print)  
E Cut (7) 1 1/2" Squares (Green) 

I've found out that it helps if I create a drawing on graph paper
to follow from for these blocks.
That way I don't get any block mispositioned. 

I then line up the cut pieces beside the appropriate Letter
and work from there.

First of all create half square triangles from A/B squares
 If you need detailed instructions for the HST's

Next, lay out the three rows making sure everything is positioned correctly!
This is critical because these little babies can get turned around pretty easily, look right and are so not right!!
Sew rows together.
Make sure as you go along that seams on each row are pressed to one side and the next row to the opposite
so when piecing them together they nestle in there together perfectly.
Sew the 3 rows together.
Stitch the other 3 spools in the same manner.
Position them according to the photo below.
Your Barnyard Spool Block is done!

And going with the theme....
a pic from up in New York when we went to our Lost Soldier Boy's funeral,
Ken and I stopped in at a Farm Sanctuary...
just so I could pet some goats! Love my goats!

Happy Stitching My Ranchin' Buddies!


  1. Got the button fixed. I need to go back and catch up on another block.
    Love the story--this will be fun to learn about you as a rancher's daughter. : )

  2. Rancher's daughter must account for your beautiful wholesome looks! Love your pictures and your story, dear lady and I'm stopping in to say hello and let you know I'm still around ... lol just not as much as I wish I could be! Hugs to you and your beautiful new grandbaby!!

  3. Haha!! Those big spools are great fun for kids. And animals are awesome.