My Favorite Block Quilt Along BONUS Dancing Spool 6 inch block Tutorial

I just loved Kym of Fabric  Fascinations Pincushion and Dancing Spool Block for the ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’ Quilt.  I especially loved the wonkiness of the ‘Dancing Spools’.  I decided that I wanted at least one 6-inch ‘Dancing Spool’ for my quilt so I came up with an ‘enlarged’ pattern for it.

Cutting Instructions

IMG_7515Fabric 1 (grey/white print)
2 – 3.5” squares
1 – 4” squares

Fabric 2 (black)
1 – 4” squares

Fabric 3 (orange)
4 – 2” squares

Sewing Instructions


Draw a diagonal line on the 4” square of fabric one.  Face it right sides together with Fabric 2

Sew along the line you drew with a 1/4” seam on either side.

Cut along the line and iron toward your darker fabric.


Square your two half square triangle blocks up to 3.5” squares.


You can lay out your block like shown above to see where things are heading.


Draw a diagonal on the wrong side of each of the 2” squares you cut for fabric 3.  Lay them out on the blocks as shown above.


Sew right on the diagonal line you drew. trim off the excess corner.


Iron towards the smaller triangle or Fabric 3.  Layout as shown above.


Sew together to make a 6.5” square!

Isn’t that fun!?  I love this block!


  1. nice pattern. makes me wish i needed more blocks. i just realized you commented on my blog two weeks ago. woops! guess i still have a few glitches to work out on my new website :) but anyway, i'm super excited to hear i might have a fellow janiac in the future ;)

  2. What a cute block! Thank you for sharing.


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