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Easy Quilt Block Tutorial: the Spinning Spool Block

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I love the spool block. It’s the quilt that a quilter makes for herself.  🙂

This easy quilt block tutorial includes cutting instructions for the 18” block (like I made) and a 12” block.


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In each block, I used three fabrics: one light value fabric, one medium value fabric, and one dark value fabric. A couple of the ‘dark value’ fabrics weren’t very dark, but it’s all relative within the block.


Cutting instructions for an 18” block:

  • With the light value fabric, cut 2 squares 5 3/8” and 2 rectangles 5” x 9 1/2”

  • With the dark value fabric, cut 2 squares 5 3/8” and 2 rectangles 5” x 9 1/2”

  • With the medium value fabric, cut 1 square 9 1/2”

Cutting instructions for a 12” block:

  • With the light value fabric, cut 2 squares 3 7/8” and 2 rectangles 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”

  • With the dark value fabric, cut 2 squares 3 7/8” and 2 rectangles 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”

  • With the medium value fabric, cut 1 square 6 1/2”

1. Use your 2 light value squares and 2 dark value squares to make 4 half square triangles. There is a great method for this that I showed  in detail in the Friendship Star Block Tutorial.


2. Arrange the 4 half square triangles and the other pieces in a 9-patch grid as shown.



3. Sew each row together and  press. Then join the rows.


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Make 4 to form the Spinning Spools. I especially like the little pinwheel that appears in the center when you put them together this way.

If you like this easy quilt block tutorial, you can find more in my Pinterest Board here.

Happy quilting!


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2 Comments

  1. Lorna McMahon says:

    Those are certainly yummy fabrics. Your blocks look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!

  2. Joy McElroy says:

    This is beautiful, and one that I can (truly) see making for myself! The fabric is perfect. Thank you so much, and thank you for the patterns! Pinned! 🙂

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