The spool and bobbin quilt block is a simple four patch block that I have made here as a 12″ square. Not many half square triangles required, you’ll be pleased to hear!
The red is more of a crimson in real life – it blends better with the lilac and purple than shows in the photo!
Cutting requirements for the spool and bobbin quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: two red, two purple
3.1/2″ squares: four red
6.1/2″ squares: two lilac
Making the spool and bobbin quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a red and a purple square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the purple and snip the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the pieces out for the block – a large lilac square in two corners along one diagonal and a four patch red and purple four patch unit in the other two corners.
The four patch units are made with two red squares along one diagonal and two half square triangles along the other diagonal. The red squares form the diagonal of the block, with the half square triangles lying across each corner. The purple triangles all point away from the middle of the block.
Sew the patches of the four patch units together first. Then sew these larger patches together in pairs and sew the pairs to each other to complete the spool and bobbin quilt block.
Quilt ideas using this block
For a basic quilt idea, I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. Quite a good quilt if you want to showcase some particular fabrics.
Then I tried using rotations of the blocks. This gives a completely different quilt, but a fairly standard design that could probably be made more quickly using different quilt blocks – square in square for example.
Here’s the video:
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