Mosaic, Spools Block Tutorial

Nope!  I didn’t forget that it is Wednesday!  I just was teaching a class at a local quilt shop this morning titled, “Wanna Be a Blogger?”  One of my tips was to post in the mornings…if at all possible…I knew this one was going to be a night post though.  Without further adieu…let’s check out Block 31 of the 52 Twisted Traditional Blocks in the Quilt Along!


Mosaic, Spool Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 8” x 8”

With careful fabric choices and placements the traditional block ‘Mosaic, No 1’ becomes ‘Mosaic, Spool’.

Cutting Instructions


Fabric A (orange)

4 – 2.25” x 4”

Fabric B (lime green)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric C (golden yellow)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric D (light blue)

2 – 2” x 7”

Fabric E (burgundy)

2 – 2” x 7”

*Fabric F (horizontally striped cherry)

2 - 2.25” x 4” (or…I used half a charm square so 2.5” x 5”…you’ll be trimming it down later anyway)

*Fabric E (vertically striped cherry)

2 – 2.25” x 4” (or…I used half a charm square so 2.5” x 5”…you’ll be trimming it down later anyway)

*Fabric F and E could be the same fabric if you’d like. If you’re using a stripe though make sure that you cut two strips so the stripes are vertical and two strips so the stripes are horizontal.



Layout your fabrics on your design wall in the order shown in the picture above. We’re going to sew these strips together into four sections.


Two sections will look like this.


The other two other sections will look like this.


Start by placing your middle two strips of each block right sides together. Fabric E will go with Fabric B and Fabric D will go with Fabric C. Stitch a seam.


Iron towards the darker of the two fabrics. Take your Fabric A and place it right sides together with either Fabric B or C depending on which section you’re working on. Center the strip onto the double strip you have sewn. You can see I did this on my cutting mat. It doesn’t have to be exact…just close. Stitch them together.


Take your striped fabric, center it on the opposite side, right sides together and stitch it down.


Iron towards the smaller strips.

IMG_1566Now we’re going to square up our block. I used my 6.5” square for this. I lined my 45-degree line on the square with the center seam of the four strips. Next, find your 4.5” point on your square. I drew a black dot on my ruler so you can see this.



Once you have it all lined up trim the two sides.


Flip your fabric and match up the 4.5” blocks and your 45-degree line once again and make the next two cuts.


You now have a 4.5” square! Repeat this with the other four squares!


A second option for centering your shorter strip with your longer strips is to press a crease on the center of each of the strips. Line these up before you sew and voila!


Once you have the four strip squares made lay them out so you can see your spool! Sew the squares together like you would a four patch.


Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!


If you don’t want your spool to be tipped…add setting corners and put your block on point.

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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
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Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

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