Pretty Spools | A Free Quilt Block Pattern | #QuiltBlockMania

Pretty Spools free quilt block pattern from Sew Worthy Mama

Every month, Carolina Moore at hosts the #QuiltBlockMania blog hop featuring free 12” quilt block patterns from lots of great designers!

This month, the theme is “Makers,” and I have a FREE spool block pattern for you! I call it “Pretty Spools.” You can sign up to download it, HERE.

See the link list at the bottom of this post for all the other free block patterns in the blog hop this month!


Pretty Spools free quilt block pattern by Sew Worthy Mama

Ok, this block idea came to me so easily! The theme said "maker" and I thought "thread." I wanted to show several different styles of spools. Personally, I mostly have Gutermann thread with a white top and bottom, but many people love brands like Aurifil, Wonderfil, Mettler, and Isacord. So I included 4 styles of spools in my block.

What You'll Need

Pretty Spools free quilt block pattern from Sew Worthy Mama - pieces before sewing

You don't need much fabric to make this 12" (finished) block. Scraps of most of the fabrics will do just fine.

Minumum fabric needed:

  1. Background 1: 1 Fat Eighth (Kona Sunny)
  2. Background 2: 1 Fat Eighth (Kona Banana)
  3. Spool 1 (white ): 4" x 4" piece (Kona White)
  4. Spool 2 (orange): 3" x 3" piece (Kona Orange)
  5. Spool 3 (green): 3" x 4" piece (Kona Avocado)
  6. Spool 4 (purple): 3" x 3" piece (Kona Bright Peri)
  7. Thread: 6" x 11" piece (I used a grey blue stripe from the Folktale collection by Lella Boutique for Moda.)

Of course, you'll need thread, and depending on what you use the block for, perhaps batting, backing, and binding, etc.

Get the Pattern

You can download this pattern for free by subscribing to my email newsletter, HERE. You'll receive an email with the link to download the pattern file. Be sure to check your spam if you don't see it within a few minutes after signing up. If you find it in spam, make sure you add my email address to your contacts to make sure you continue to receive emails from me. 

Pretty Spools PDF Pattern Pages Fan by Sew Worthy Mama

Get the FREE Pretty Spools Pattern.


You can, of course, quilt this any way you want, but I wanted to try free motion quilting with loops and waves to represent loose threads. I drew them on with a dissolvable pen first, then used the free motion foot on my machine. It was my first time trying free motion quilting in about 7 years, and the very first time on my current machine. 

Pretty Spools free quilt block pattern by Sew Worthy Mama

I should have basted it better. I had quite a bit of shifting because I skipped the spray baste, thinking since it was only a single block I'd be ok. Well, lesson learned. I've decided this block is "Dancing Spools," and I'm just going with it! :) I bound it and added a hanging loop to hang it on the wall next to my thread rack!

Blog Hop - Collect All the Maker Patterns

Check out all the other free block patterns this month!

Gear Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Hammer by Patchwork Breeze
Canning Jars by Crafty Staci
Rotary Cutter by Katie Mae
Cricut Maker by Appliques Quilts and More
Spool and Bobbins by Inquiring Quilter
Music Maker by Scrapdash
Variegated Thread by EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Pretty Spools by Sew Worthy Mama
Pottery by Inflorescence Designs
Quilt Maker by QuiltFabrication
Maker block by Patti's Patchwork
Heart Hand by Brown Bird Designs
Quilting Bear by Colette Belt Designs
My Favorite Things by Robin Kinley Designs, Etc.
Cross Stitch Block by Slightly Biased Quilts
Paint Palette by Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts
Sewing Friends by Epida Studio
Make My Mark by Cristy Fincher
I Love to Make quilt block by Victoria Peat
Rainbow Glimmers by Craftapalooza Designs
Sweetgrass Basket by Emerald Falls Quilts
Maker Block: Sewing Machine by Oh Kaye Quilting
Pincushion by Flowerdog+Co
Painters Tools FPP by Amanda Harris

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What a fun block!!

Elisabeth DeMoo

this looks so fun. thanks for sharing.

Lori Smanski

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