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Well known for her Celtic knotwork designs for applique, sashiko, embroidery and quilting, Scarlett also enjoys designing delightful scrap quilts based on traditional patterns. She brings a unique ...

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The Spool

from Scarlett Rose's Celtic & More
(7) Name: 'Quilting : The Spool
The Spool
The Spool
The Spool
The Spool

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic cutting and piecing of patchwork

Pattern Description:

Start with a basic block and learn how to sort your scraps for the best scrappy effect with Scarlett's FABscrapology!

The yardage needed will vary according to how many blocks you plan to make and what size of squares and right triangles you use. Select assorted light colored scraps, print or solid, in your choice of fabrics and assorted dark colored scraps, print or solid, in your choice of fabrics. Use up those leftovers from other projects or use charm packs, jelly rolls or other assortments of fabrics from your favorite fabric collections.

Along with the instructions for cutting and piecing this block, there are suggested quilt settings for the Spool block for six different sizes of quilts. Make coasters, mug rugs & potholders too! See how arranging the Spool block in different ways can create a whole new look. Quilt layouts are provided in color diagrams to show the placement of lights and darks.

There are only two patches needed for this block, a square and a right triangle. The 2" size makes the 8" finished block on the pattern cover. This is a very common size to cut from 2 1/2" jelly rolls and also uses up small scraps. Use the finished block to make a quick and easy potholder!

The pattern has a chart showing how the patch sizes will affect the finished quilt size. Suggested border sizes are given with the quilt layout diagrams. There are clickable links in the pattern for more information and a QR code for the FABscrapology Gallery.

Other sample pictures show what The Spool block would look like in quilts made with blue batiks and printed muslins, Stonehenge and muslins, as well as a totally scrappy quilt in assorted light prints and dark prints.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The sample block is an 8" square, made from 2" squares and right triangles. Using other sizes of squares and right triangles will provide projects ranging from a coaster to a king size quilt.


  • Assorted scraps: leftovers from other projects, jelly rolls, charm squares

You Will Also Need:

  • If adding a border around a group of The Spool blocks, then 3/4 yd or more may be needed depending on the size of the intended quilt.

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