Spools Rule

54" x 74" Lap Quilt

Let the world know that you are a creative quilter with this refreshingly fun lap quilt. Couching, prairie points, and fabric stripes create fun threads on these spools! Buttons highlight square-in-square blocks and inspirational messages are quilted into the borders.

Fabric Requirements and Cutting Instructions

Read all instructions before beginning and use 1/4 "-wide seam allowances throughout. Read Cutting Strips and Pieces prior to cutting fabrics.

Getting Started

You will be making eight Spool Blocks, eight Square-in-a-Square Blocks, and four Corner Spool Blocks. Each block measures 10 1/2 " square unfinished. One Square-in-a-Square Block will be reserved for Spools Rule Pillow. Whenever possible, use the Assembly Line Method. Press seams in direction of arrows.

Spool Blocks

  1. Refer to Quick Corner Triangles. Sew two 2 1/2 " Fabric A squares to 2 1/2 " x 10 1/2 " Fabric B piece as shown. Press. Make sixteen.
  2. Fold and press one 3" Fabric D square in half diagonally, wrong sides together. Fold and press diagonally in half again, as shown, to make Prairie Point. Raw edges will be together. Make twenty-seven.
  3. Arrange and baste three Prairie Points along lower edge of coordinating 6 1/2 " x 2 1/2 " Fabric C piece, overlapping and matching raw edges as shown. Make nine. Sew three units together as shown. Press. Make three.
  4. Sew unit from step 3 between two 2 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " Fabric A pieces as shown. Press. Make three.
  5. Sew unit from step 4 between two units from step 1 as shown. Press. Make three. Block measures 10 1/2 " square.
  6. Fold and press 2" x 6 1/2 " Fabric E piece in half lengthwise. Arrange and baste one folded strip to lower edge of coordinating 6 1/2 " x 2 1/2 " Fabric C piece, matching raw edges. Make nine. Sew three units together as shown. Press. Make three.
  7. Sew unit from step 6 between two 2 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " Fabric A pieces as shown. Press. Make three.
  8. Sew unit from step 7 between two units from step 1 as shown. Press. Make three. Block measures 10 1/2 " square.
  9. Place stabilizer on back of 8" x 15" Fabric C piece. Using matching thread and machine zigzag stitch, couch yarn in pattern, as shown, on Fabric C piece. Cut into two 6 1/2 " squares.
  10. Sew 6 1/2 " square from step 9 between two 2 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " Fabric A pieces as shown. Take care to orient couched yarn correctly. Press. Make two.
  11. Sew unit from step 10 between two units from step 1 as shown. Press. Make two. Block measures 10 1/2 " square.

 

Square-in-a-Square Block

  1. Making a quick corner triangle unit, sew 2 1/2 " Fabric G square to 2 1/2 " x 3 1/2 " Fabric A piece as shown. Press. Make eight of each variation shown, and for each color combination for a total of sixty-four.
  2. Sew matching color units from step 1 together in pairs, as shown. Press. Make thirty-two, eight of each color combination.
  3. Making quick corner triangle units, sew one 1 1/2 " Fabric A square to each corner of 6 1/2 " Fabric F square. Press. Make eight, two of each color combination.
  4. Sew unit from step 3 between two matching units from step 2 as shown. Press. Make eight, two of each color combination.
  5. Making a quick corner triangle unit, sew 2 1/2 " Fabric A square to 2 1/2 " Fabric B square. Press. Make thirty-two.
  6. Sew unit from step 2 between units from step 5 as shown. Press. Make sixteen, four of each color combination.
  7. Sew unit from step 4 between two matching units from step 6 as shown. Press. Make eight, two of each color combination. Block measures 10 1/2 " square.

 

Corner Spool Blocks

  1. Making quick corner triangle units, sew two 2" Fabric H squares to 2" x 7 1/2 " Fabric B piece as shown. Press. Make eight.
  2. Refer to layout and to step 9 above to couch matching yarn across each 6" Fabric I square. Square piece to 4 1/2 ". Make four in assorted colors. Sew couched square between two 2" x 4 1/2 " Fabric H pieces, taking care to orient couched yarn correctly. Press.
  3. Sew unit from step 2 between two units from step 1 as shown. Press. Make four in assorted colors.
  4. Sew unit from step 3 between two Fabric H triangles. Press. Sew unit between remaining Fabric H triangles as shown. Press. Make four.

 

Assembly

  1. Refer to photo and layout. Arrange and sew Spool and Square-in-a-Square Blocks together in five horizontal rows of three blocks each, alternating blocks as shown. Press seams in opposite directions from row to row.
  2. Sew rows together. Press.

Borders

  1. Sew 30 1/2 " x 2" First Border strips to top and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward border strips. Sew 53 1/2 " x 2" First Border strips to sides of quilt. Press.
  2. Sew 4" x 42" Second Border strips together end-to-end to make one continuous 4"-wide strip. Press. Repeat for 2 1/2 "-wide Third Border and 5"-wide Outside Border strips. Sew Third Border strip between Second and Outside Border strips, staggering seams to make outside border unit. Press seams toward Outside Border.
  3. Measure quilt through center from side to side and from top to bottom including First Border strips. Cut two border units to each measurement. Sew short border units to top and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward borders.
  4. Referring to layout, sew Corner Spool Block to each end of long border unit, taking care to orient blocks correctly. Press. Make two. Sew borders to sides of quilt. Press.

Layering and Binding

  1. Cut backing crosswise into two equal pieces and sew pieces together to make one 60" x 81" (approximate) piece. Press. Arrange and baste backing, batting, and top together, referring to Layering the Quilt.
  2. Hand or machine quilt as desired. In the second border we quilted the following phrases: “Just my Style”, “Creativity Comes From the Heart”, “Heart to Hand”, and “Bring Your Ideas and Dreams to Life.”
  3. Sew 78" x 2 3/4 " binding strips end-to-end to make one continuous 2 3/4 "-wide binding strip. Refer to Binding the Quilt and bind quilt to finish.
  4. Layer a square l " button on a 1 1/8 " circle button. Stitch to center of each Square-in-a-Square Block and before and after each quilted saying.