Spools Quilt PatternThis Spools quilt was designed with fabrics reminiscent of textiles available to quilters in the 1930's. The Spools quilt shown above is made with sixteen 6-inch traditional Spool blocks that are flip-flopped from side to side in their horizontal rows to help create movement across the quilt. Need a larger quilt? Simply create more Spools.
Spools quilts make perfect scrap quilts -- yardages for the prints used in blocks reflect that type of layout.
Finished Block Size: 6" Square
Finished Quilt Size: 36-1/2" Square
Materials & Cutting - 36-1/2" Square Quilt
Spool blocks can be assembled in more than one way, but we'll use a combination of squares and half-square triangle units to put them together. References to 42" strips refer to strips cut across the fabric's crosswise grain, from selvage to selvage. Do not trim-back longer strips.
Assortment of sixteen thirties prints for quilt blocks, each scrap measuring about 6" x 8". From each scrap, cut:
- Cut two 2-7/8" squares
- Cut three 2-1/2" squares
Neutral background, cream or white, 1/2 yard
- Cut two 2-7/8" x 42" strips and one 2-7/8" x 6-1/2" strip; cut thirty-two 2-7/8" squares from strips.
- Cut two 2-1/2" x 42" strips; cut thirty-two 2-1/2" squares from strips.
Dark inner border, 1/4 yard.
Medium print for wider border, 3/4 yard for crosswise strips that are not pieced, or 1-1/8 yard for lengthwise grain strips
Dark binding, about 165 running inches for applied binding (binding strip instructions).
Backing, 1-1/4 yard
Batting, about 42" square