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.
- 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.
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.