spool-along: block 12

spool-along-block-12We’ve finally made it all the way to block 12. Congrats to those of you who’ve been spooling around from the very start and welcome to those who have recently joined us! I hope that all of you have been having fun with these blocks.

It’s only fitting that for summertime we have an easy-peazy ice cold lemonade squeezy block. Like a beachy summer novel, nothing too complex or strenuous.

Take a look at the finished block on the right. Although there are snowball corners on the spool ends, there are no points to match up or sharp triangle tips to worry about chopping off!

Stay tuned and later on in the summer I’ll give you some tips for arranging your spool blocks. Don’t look for them on July 10, though. Between now and then I will regrettably be away from my trusty sewing machine and won’t have a chance to stitch up any Spool-Along quilt tops for your viewing pleasure.

Here’s a peek at one of the tops that I’ve started:


hexies Although I won’t be machine piecing, I will however, be spending some quality time with my EPP (English paper piecing) 1/2″ hexagons. And if I find a decent internet connection along the way, I promise you some Muse Monday inspiration and a travelling hexie update.

Anyways, enough about me. What about you? Are any of you as hooked on EPP hexies as I am? How long have you been spooling along? What’s your summer quilt project? Please share. :)

Without further ado, here’s your last Spool-Along block. Enjoy!

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spool-along block 12

Block size 5-1/2″ x 12-1/2″
(5″ x 12″ finished)

Cut the following:

background fabric
(2) 1-1/2″ x 9″ pieces
(2) 5-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ pieces
(4) 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ piece

spool fabric
(2) 5-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ pieces

thread fabric (stripes)
(1) 3-1/2″ x 9″ piece
(make sure the strips are going across the short side of the rectangle as shown in the finished block)

(all seams are 1/4″, sew right sides together)


1). Sew a 1-1/2” x 9” background piece to each 9” side of the 3-1/2” x 9” thread piece. Press toward the thread fabric.

2). Mark a 45 degree diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the 1-1/4” x 1-1/4” background squares.

3). Place the marked 1-1/4“ x 1-1/4” background squares on top of the 5-1/2” x 1-3/4”  spool fabric pieces as shown, then stitch on the diagonal lines.

4). Press all background squares toward the corners as shown. If desired, trim away excess fabric behind the top layer to reduce bulk, leaving a scant 1/4” allowance..

5). Sew the 5-1/2” x 1-1/2” background fabric piece to one of the spool-triangle units as shown so that the background piece is on the top and the triangles are on the bottom. Press toward the spool fabric.


6). Sew the thread-background unit to the remaining spool-triangle unit as shown so that the thread-background unit is on the top and the 5-1/2” side without triangles is on the bottom. Press open.

 7). Sew the two units together as shown to create the spool block with the background piece at the top and the spool at the bottom. Press open.

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{Shared at: Sew Fresh Quilts’ Let’s Bee Social, Nini & the Sea’s Weekly Inspiration Linky Party}


  1. These are some super cute spools, Laura. Love the variety! Thanks for sharing your quilt along!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide instruction and great pictures! You are very much appreciated.

    • laura west kong says:

      Hi Polly. Thanks so much! It takes a lot of time to take the photos and write the instructions. It’s great to hear that you appreciate my efforts. :)

  3. I have enjoyed this spool along very much. You are so creative and have come up with so many different sizes and shapes of spools and with such a cool variety of fabrics, too. Thanks so much for making these available to us, appreciate all your work on this.

    • laura west kong says:

      Glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying the spool block series, Karla. Thanks for your appreciation! I’d love to see a picture of your quilt when it’s finished.

  4. Thanks for all these lovely spool patterns. I’m using some of them for my MQG Michael Miller challenge quilt top.

  5. Sue Fiscus says:

    LOVE your blocks! The quilt is lovely!

  6. These are ADORABLE! I’m loving the spools! Thanks for linking up to weekly inspiration!

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