Quilt Notes

I’ll write up these instructions later but I’ve had a bunch of questions about the spools quilt so I thought I’d jot some notes for those of you interested. 

The inspiration quilt came from an eBay search for vintage quilts. 


I was impatient to start so I didn’t draw out my quilt in TouchDraw like I usually do. 

  • My Quilt size will be 48 x 64
  • Block size is 8 inches finished (8.5 with seam allowances)
  • Blocks will be set 6 x 8

Strips are cut 2.5 x width of fabric and you’ll need 48 strips – I’m starting with a Jelly Roll with 40 strips and adding 8 additional strips from stash. 

Sew two strips with good contrast together – each strip set will yield two blocks. 

Using a quarter square ruler cut 8 triangles from each strip set, you will need to alternate the direction of your ruler with each cut. 


I’m using an Omnigrid quarter square triangle ruler. Since the ruler was sliding around a bit on me when I made my test blocks, I bought some of the Dritz grippy dots at Joann’s last month. 


To sew them, you can lay out your triangles like the block ….


But I like to sew with the straight edge under my needle rather than the skinny edge …


So, I lay my 8 triangles like this and just fold that top one down on the side triangle and I don’t have to do a lot of twisting of my pieces – it also keeps me from sewing the wrong side of the triangle!

Pressing – I press my strip set seam to the darker fabric but when it comes time to press these seams, I found pressing them open is easiest as I’m going to twist and turn the blocks in the final quilt. 

At this point you’ll have 4 pieces, lay them out into two blocks and sew the final seam – also pressing that one open. 


You will need to nip those little triangle bits off the corners too. 

2 thoughts on “Quilt Notes

  1. Penny Guglielmoni

    This is what I saw the first time you showed the quilt and said you were going to make it. Glad I still see quilt patterns logically since I spent so much of my life creating models of vehicles in computer software. You have to have a little imagination and a lot of spatial orientation capability.

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