The Spool Quilting
The spool block is a frugal, great begging quilt
block. This block is an "oldie", and looks especially good with
There are a couple ways to make this block. One
of the easiest ways is to make it with
half square triangles and squares.
You can see from the picture that this is a 9 patch.
Using easy measurements, each section needs to finish at 2
So you would cut your squares 2 1/2 inches, and use
one of the methods on the
half square triangles page to make your half square triangles.
You could make this block another way and eliminate
some of the seams in this block by cutting one big rectangle for the
top and the bottom. Since the block will finish at 6
inches, you would cut the rectangles at 6 1/2 inches.
Then you would put squares in the corners, sew across
them diagonally, and fold them back. See the
instructions to review how to sew a square in at the end of a
rectangle and fold it over and trim.
The completed block is at the top of the
page. Most of the quilts I've seen with spool blocks are made
entirely of this one block. The spools are usually all
different, and alternate being placed vertically and horizontally.
The spool quilt block has a great
vintage feel. It is a great block to use for your first quilt,
because it is frugal and easy to make.