"Charming Spools" Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Machine pieced and hand quilted. I love all of the different fabrics that make up the colored squares. There are 150 different 'spools', and the quilt is sized for a twin bed, but can be used as a 'topper' on a double bed. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Cut and assemble all of your squares, and all of your 'step strips' first. I use a pant hanger from the cleaners to 'hang' all of my strips by color. Then use the 'chain sewing' method for assembling the blocks. The first 'steps' should be white on each side. Then the next steps should be the brown shades, then white again, and lastly the brown shades. This makes the spool ends shapely and pleasing to the design. The white sashing and side fabric for the 'spools' is all the same. I bordered it with a brown print that had stylized circles that looked somewhat like spools of thread. I hand quilted the quilt. It was a fun project. Took some time, but worth it.

What you will need

  • 100% cotton fabric Cotton/polyester mix batting

Q&A with dottyeb

Shesewsall asked:
this is SEW pretty! I love the idea of no 2 "spools" being the same. You did an awesome job on this! My sewing cap is off to you!
dottyeb answered:
Thank you. The photos actually don't do it justice. It is so colorful and "charming".
ElaineP asked:
I love this! I'm just starting quilting and if I make something half as good as this I will be more than delighted!
dottyeb answered:
Actually, this is a wonderful pattern for a beginning quilter. It is easy to piece, and the 'chain piecing' method makes it go faster.
brooklynla18162 asked:
OMG!!! This is gorgeous!!! I can imagine the work that went into this quilt.
dottyeb answered:
Thank you very much.
NurseRaylene asked:
great pattern for using all your scraps.....this is fantastic, will you be having a pattern with measurments out soon??
dottyeb answered:
It is a traditional court house steps pattern. The dimensions for the center squares and the 'steps' is given above in my 'inspiration' area of this project. Thanks for your interest. You may e-mail me at if you wish further information.
Ginger15 asked:
I would love to have this pattern.
dottyeb answered:
It is a traditional court house steps pattern. The dimensions for the center square and the 'step' strips is given above in the project information.