Round One – SAHRR 2023

by | Jan 27, 2023 | 10 comments

My friends Roseanne and Sue from Home Sewn by Us gave us the first prompt for round one of the Stay at Home Round Robin! And, it just happens to be a block I’ve never made but have often thought about making – a Spool block!

We are given artistic license to create these blocks any way we would like and add as many or as few as we would like. SEW, I decided to make mine a bit differently and came up with my own spool block. Here is how I made mine.

My block measures 4 1/2″ square unfinished. Here is how I made it.

  • Cut one 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ rectangle of main fabric for the center.
  • Cut two 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles of background fabric for sides.
  • Cut four 1 1/2″ squares of main fabric for corners.
  • Sew one of the 1 1/2″ squares to each end of the 4 1/2 x 1 1/2″ rectangles. Sew a diagonal seam as shown by black line. Cut 1/4″ away from sewn seam as shown by the white line. Make two units.
  • Stitch the units to each side of the center rectangle as shown below.

There’s your spool – quick and easy! And here is my version of round one! I am using left over pieces from my Island Batik projects. I love how they all play so nicely together!

I’m linking up with Roseanne who is hosting this week’s linky party at Home Sewn by Us! Until next time…

Happy Quilting!


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  1. Eva

    Batiks are so wonderfull, good that we see one SAHRR with these super fabrics. Colours are matching super.

  2. piecefulwendy

    Always fun to see what you are stitching up with those lovely batiks! I like your spools dancing along!

  3. Carla

    Island Batik is the best fabric and you are so right, they all play nicely together. I love your design decisions and I’m excited to see where you go with this. Super pretty.

  4. Kat Scribner

    Brenda, your fabrics are yummy! I’ve always been drawn to that center block design too but never got around to making it. It’s gonna be a lovely project !

  5. Sandra Walker

    Love the batiks, so vibrant. I put mine on just two sides as well!

  6. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! Originally, I meant to cut just one strip for the center of my spool block but that wasn’t communicated well to the cutting department. HAHA! Thanks for sharing your method and thanks for linking up and joining in. Happy Saturday to you. It’s going to be a snowy day here. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. quiltinggail

    Your spools look great! I like how you made them … it’s simpler than the way I did! :-). This quilt is going to be very pretty! 🙂

  8. Frédérique

    Ohhhh, pretty batiks! I like the layout 😉


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