Traditional Tuesday - Block 24


Block 24 - Spool
The spool block traditionally uses inset seams to get the spool effect, but I think if there's a way around inset seams, why wouldn't you do that instead! This is the non-inset version and it looks just as cute as the original! And unlike yesterday's block, this version lets you add in a different color for the "thread" in the center if you choose.

Since it's March, I'm going to do all spring green blocks - not because of St. Patrick's Day, but because I'm tired of the brown grass in my yard!


  • From the light green, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square
  • From the dark green, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares* and 2 - 2 1/2" squares
  • From the white, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares* and 2 - 2 1/2" squares

*I like to make mine big and cut it down, so I cut my squares 3".

Here's the fabrics. All this green makes me feel better already!
To make the hsts, I pressed the light squares in half on the diagonal rather than drawing a line. You could also finger press the squares.
Line up both squares and sew 1/4" from either side of the pressed line and cut apart.
I used my neat new Eleanor Burns ruler to trim the unit so it will open up to 2 1/2". If you don't have this ruler, press the units open, to the dark and trim to 2 1/2"
If you used the same ruler I did or didn't cut your fabric over-sized, trim the dog ears off.

Lay out the units as it will look when the block is pieced.
Sew together in rows and sew the rows together. It will be 6 1/2" unfinished.


  1. I had forgotten I had that nifty Eleanor Burns ruler, and brought it out last week - I think you mentioned it last week or even before. I really, really, like the idea of cutting my squares a little bigger (3" instead of 2 7/8", for example) and then trimming the triangles using the ruler. My blocks are looking better!


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