This simple quilt pattern is based on the Grandmother’s Spool quilt block, but in fact the spools end up looking more like background while the outlines of the spools become the main pattern. I have made sixteen quilt blocks and then placed them in opposite directions (like a zigzag) which has created the two different main designs – one like a think diamond and one like a thicker more circular pattern.
The quilt measures 58″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards each of black and white together with 1 yard of red fabric.
Cutting requirements for the spool quilt pattern
3.1/2″ squares: sixty four black and thirty two white
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each in black and white, forty eight each in red and white
Making the grandmother’s spool quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares by placing two squares with right sides together and marking 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. Trim the corners where the triangle points stick out and you will have 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares. There’s a red/white half square triangle in each corner. Along each edge of the block there is a black square and a black/white half square triangle. Check the photo to be sure which way to place them. In the middle there are two red/white half square triangles and two white squares.
Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together to complete the grandmother’s spool quilt block.
Completing the Grandmother’s spool quilt
Make sixteen of the blocks and sew them together in four rows of four blocks. Rotate the spools so that each spool points a different way from the one beside it and the one above or below it. Begin the top right corner with a spool going up from left to right and then you’ll end up with one of the circular designs in the middle of the quilt with a diamond on each side of it.
Borders for the spool quilt
For the first border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of black fabric. You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the spool quilt and two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Cut two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally, for the third border I used 1.1/2″ black strips again – two at 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two at 56.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the grandmother’s spool quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
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I have made a Christmas table topper which is festive more because of the colours that I have used than anything, but it is very simple to make.