Make Half-Square Triangle Units
- Sort matching 2-7/8" squares. Use the sandwich method to sew a 2-7/8" print square to a background square of the same size, creating two half-square triangle units that measure 2-1/2" square.
- Repeat to make two more identical half-square triangle units.
- Assemble four identical half-square triangle units for each Spool block. Be sure to use the larger squares to create the units.
Make the Spools Quilt Blocks
- Arrange block components into three rows as shown. Half-square triangle units are used in the top and bottom rows, separated by a 2-1/2" print square. Position diagonals in the units as illustrated.
- Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the background square in the center row and towards the print square in top and bottom rows.
- Sew rows together, butting seams to create a snug match. Press. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" square.
- Make 15 more Spool quilt blocks.
Assemble the Quilt
Refer to the illustration on page 1.
- Arrange the quilt blocks into four rows, each with four blocks. Move the scrappy blocks around until you are satisfied with the layout.
- Sew blocks in each row together. Press seams between blocks in adjoining rows in opposite directions.
- Sew rows together and press.
- Use my straight border instructions to add borders. Make the inner border from 1-1/2" wide dark strips and the outer border from 5-1/2" wide medium print strips.
Don't be tempted to make borders that match the measurements along the sides of your quilt. Borders offer an opportunity to correct inconsistencies, leaving you with a quilt that's in-square along its edges.
- Mark for quilting. Sandwich the quilt with batting and backing. Quilt. Trim and square-up excess edges and sew binding strips around the quilt.