Spools, Spools, Spools

Ever since my original “Friendship Spools” quilt was released in our
“Friendship Strips and Scraps” book we have enjoyed exchanging strips, making spools and creating beautiful quilts, pincushions, table runners, etc.

This is another one of my favorite spool blocks, it is made from squares…

… and I’d love to show you my technique of how to make this simple spool block!

We need a few supplies:
Fabrics – I used one JellyBean Mini Charm pack (2-1/2″ squares) but you can use any fabric cut to any size squares as long as all squares are the same size.
Thread – Aurifil 2370.
Needle – Microtex
Fabric Pencil – SewLine
Rotary, Ruler, Mat, Pins … you know your favorites!

Choose your fabrics.

You need 5 squares, 2 light, 2 dark, 1 accent.

Place the light squares on top of the dark squares, right sides together.

Use your rotary to cut the square sets in half as shown above to create 2 strip sets.

Save one set of strips to the side. Make a second cut through only one set of strips as shown above to create 4 small square sets.

Draw a diagonal line across all 4 of your small square sets.

Using chain sewing, stitch on this line for all 4 small square sets.

Trim each set 1/4″ away from the stitch line and cut it apart.
Press half square triangles open, pushing your seam allowance toward the light fabric.

Using all of the pieces, lay out your spool block as shown above.

Next we will sew the pieces into rows.
I like to pin my pieces before sewing to keep them in place.

Sew rows together.

Notice the seam allowances, if you push them as shown the block will look great.

Once you complete one, I’m sure there will be no stopping!

Remember to square up your blocks, I used a mini charm (2-1/2″ squares) so my blocks trim to 4″ x 4″ unfinished.

You can use this technique for any size squares, picture above shows a spool made from a Mini Charm pack (2-1/2″), Charm Pack (5″), and a Layer Cake (10″).

My two favorites are the Mini Charm and Charm sizes.

I hope you enjoyed my little spools, if you try this block please share them with us on instagram with hashtag #laundrybasketspools, or just email us a photo at edyta@laundrybasketquilts.com. We love seeing your projects!

Happy Quilting! Edyta

15 thoughts on “Spools, Spools, Spools

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  3. Sue Kernahan

    Still trying to figure out what I can make with these 2 3/4″ wide moda jelly roll batiks.
    These are your rainbow line and I purchased all 3 color ways. All patterns are for 2 1/2″
    Wide. I have been quilting for over 30 years former, teacher, quilt shop owner and fabric sales rep and I am very frustrated as I have ruined two blocks already. I will never buy moda jelly rolls again!

  4. Janan

    Thank you for sharing this little spoools block. It is sew cute. This will be fun to make.
    I love the original spools quilt from your book.

  5. Karen Shackleford

    Thank you for this tutorial. I really love the little spools from the Mini Charms. I made your original spool quilt in a block swap. It was great fun, so this will be a terrific follow on. Thank you, Edyta.

  6. Sonja

    On the picture showing the back of the block it shows the dark fabric in the corner half squares pressed towards the light fabric, yet in the instructions it says to press towards the dark. Which do you prefer?

    1. Edyta Post author

      Hello Sonja, thank you for noticing that in the photos, I tried two different ways and pressing toward the light is the better as shown on the back of the finished block. Edyta


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