A few little handy tools, like a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and clear rectangle measure, made for a pleasant time of cutting pieces for the spool blocks. I needed 35 squares for the center of each spool and 70 spool end caps.
I really enjoy stumbling across a little idea that makes the process easier and more fun. Although I am sure others have been doing this for a while, it occurred to me while cutting the rectangles that I can use my Knit Kit to keep track of how many pieces I have cut. This is especially handy when doing scrap quilting as I was getting anywhere from one to twelve rectangles per piece of fabric, depending on how much I had on hand.
Ah ha! No need to count up the pieces over and over again, just a quick click for each cut piece and I had a running tally that kept me on task.
Spool centers and end caps are all cut. Up next- the backgrounds. My goal is to have the quilt pieced by the end of the week... that would mean I need to start sewing by Tuesday at the latest.