Spool and Bobbin Quilt Block Pattern

Spool and bobbin quilt block

Spool and bobbin quilt block

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




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

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.

Sew the four patch units together

Sew the four patch units together

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

Basic spool and bobbin quilt idea

Basic spool and bobbin quilt idea

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.

Quilt idea using rotations

Quilt idea using rotations

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.

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  1. The names for these patterns are almost as fascinating as your fabrics. It never ceases to amaze me how you manage to make it look so different by simply changing a few blocks around.

    • Hi June. It’s what we patchworkers do – chop fabric into bits and then sew it all back together again! As you say, there are many different ways of sewing it back together again.

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