Block 24 - SpoolThe spool block is a favorite among quilters! It's similar to the bow-tie block, and like the bow tie we made earlier, there are no set-in seams to deal with. If you wanted to make the "thread" part of the spool a different color to look more realistic, you could add in a square in the center. I like this version though because it is so simple and you still get the point that it's a spool of thread even though the spool is all one color!
I chose an orange solid on light gray for mine.
From each fabric, cut strips 4" x ~12 1/2". From the orange, you'll need an additional 4" square.
|Orange and light gray.|
|From your gray strip, cut 2 triangles. Use your 45-degree angle on your ruler. You can just barely see the white line on the bottom edge of the gray strip.|
|Next, cut 2 triangles from the orange. This ruler makes it a little easier to see the 45-degree line to make this cut.|
|Cut your 4" orange square in half on the diagonal and sew to the ends of each of the gray triangles. I placed mine randomly "off," so it's not straight.|
|Trim the gray seam allowance on the backside to 1/4" and press the orange tips.|
|Line up the triangle with the edge of your ruler and trim.|
|Lay out the block like it will look when sewn.|