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.
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.
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.
Sew an organizer covered with pockets that you can hang in your closet! This easy sewing project is great for organizing sewing and craft supplies, fashion accessories, bathroom necessities, gift wrappings, and more. There are pockets on both sides plus a big interior pocket so every bit of space is used. I’ll show you easy step by step instructions for sewing this organizer and putting it to use in your home. Get sew organized today.
At my daughter Chloe’s high school (can you believe my baby started high school???), the lunch lines are so long that she has been skipping lunch! She’s always starving by the time she gets home because she doesn’t want to carry a big lunch bag as well as her heavy backpack – poor girl!
I am so in love with the beautiful look of simple patchwork quilts with lots of squares. This is the perfect way to use up fabric scraps like I did, or you can make a beautifully coordinated quilt with pre-cut 2 1/2’’ square fabric pieces that come in mini-charm packs.
I’m also in love with the process. If you feel like quilt making is your escape from the world and sitting down to sew for a few hours makes your troubles fade away… this is the quilt for you!
Sew an easy beautiful apron with this free sewing pattern that only uses one yard of fabric! Whether you are sewing for yourself or for a friend, an apron always comes in handy and makes a great gift. This blog post includes a link to a free template that I digitized for you.
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Sew a darling mug caddy to store sewing notions, office tools, or art supplies with just one or 2 fat quarters of fabric! There are 5 pockets around the outside of the fabric mug cover, plus an inside layer to show off more pretty fabric. I know there are other mug caddy sewing patterns out there, but I think you’ll love mine the best. It’s patterned after my #10 Caddy Pattern, and as a special bonus to SewCanShe readers – I’m sharing this mug organizer pattern with you for free in the blog post below
The UPS man brought me something super exciting this week… a new sewing machine! This whole story begins a couple weeks ago when 2 things happened about exactly the same time: my little sister got an embroidery machine and my Bernina 1530 broke.
Have you ever wanted to sew your own hanging storage baskets? Well, anything with fabric, I’m your girl! Here is a hanging storage basket tutorial that is really, really easy. Trust me.
This hanging storage basket tutorial is fat quarter friendly too! I used 2 fat quarters for each basket – one for the exterior and one for the lining. I grabbed an easy wooden curtain rod kit and painted it white and was good to go – easy!
Those are certainly yummy fabrics. Your blocks look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!
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! 🙂