Our All-time Favorite—Nancy’s Spool Quilt

Our All-time Favorite—Nancy’s Spool Quilt

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The Nancy Zieman team is working on an exciting new collection of quilt patterns. With all the new ideas flowing, it’s hard to forget one of our all-time favorites: The Nancy’s Spool Quilt. The block first appeared while creating the No-Hassle Triangles TV show and book. Our family’s barn quilt design is the inspiration for the Nancy’s Spool Quilts pattern. It’s a fun traditional quilt to sew in two different sizes. Learn how to create the Nancy’s Spoolsignature block using half-square triangles (HSTs) and quick-piecing methods.

 

Get your copy at Nancy’s Notions, or grab the quilt kit while supplies last.

The quilt design features yardage from my debut fabric line, Garnet by Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. Make the quilt using Garnet or sew the design in your favorite light, medium, and dark fabric values.

The steps to make half-square triangles couldn’t be easier. Use your favorite HST method or use the precise No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. Here’s a quick overview. Of course, more detailed instructions can be found in the pattern.

Step 1: Mark

Step 2: Stitch

  • Stitch 1/4″ from the diagonal line, along the left side.
  • Chain piece multiple pairs of blocks.
  • Clip threads between pieces.
  • Rotate each block and sew again, 1/4″ from the marked diagonal line, along the left side.
  • Chain piece.

Step 3: Cut and Press

  • Using rotary cutting tools, cut each square along the marked diagonal line.
  • Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric.

Assemble the Quilt

  • Arrange the required HSTs as described in the Nancy’s Spool Pattern.
  • Sew pairs of blocks together to form rows.
  • Sew rows together to create the Nancy’s Spool Quilt block.

Sashing and Cornerstones

The Nancy’s Spool Quilt pattern gives detailed instructions for cutting and assembling the sashing and cornerstone pieces for the quilt. These units are used to frame the 20 quilt blocks to create the design.

If you don’t already have your copy of the Nancy’s Spool Quilts pattern, get it today at Nancy’s Notions. Are you looking for a downloadable pdf pattern? Find the e-pattern at QuiltWoman.com.

To see a more detailed demonstration of the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge, watch the following episodes:

Watch No-Hassle Triangles (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of Nancy’s Spool Quilts pattern and No-Hassle Triangles Gauge from Clover, please leave a comment sharing what quilt pattern/design will you be working on this fall/winter?

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner The randomly selected winner of a copy of  Beginning Landscape Quilting from Nancy’s Notions is Edna Marks.

Her comment was, “This makes it look so easy! I would like to do spring first, but would like to do all 4 seasons eventually.”

Beginning Landscape Quilting Book by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell from TVs Sewing With Nancy

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  • judy
    October 7, 2017

    This is one of my favorite patterns also. I’d love to win it and the triangle gauge. I’d like to work on more than one quilt pattern this winter but have so many planned out in my head it is hard to decide where to start. I will go back to my old rule of only one at a time before starting another. Maybe it will be the spool pattern. I’m always looking for the larger patterns as all my kids and grandkids have king size beds.

  • Doreen Linehan
    October 7, 2017

    I’d like to do some ITH quilt blocks that I’ve had for years. I believe the book & CD were purchased through Nancy’s Notions years ago.

  • Bobbie
    October 7, 2017

    The spools are so pretty an it would be so great to have a quilt that is representative of the hobby I love.

  • Martha Drabiski
    October 7, 2017

    You are always giving me wonderful inspiration for a new quilt with easy piecing. I am presently working a modern medallion selvage qult which uses a lot of half square triangles. Thank for sharing your technique.

  • Alice R Watts
    October 7, 2017

    Lovely, thanks for sharing.

  • Alice R Watts
    October 7, 2017

    I am working on a baby quilt and a blue snowman embroidery quilt. Enjoy the cooler weather when I can set back with a quilt over my knees and a needle and thread in my fingers. Thank you for all you do.

  • Margaret Scott
    October 7, 2017

    I am finishing up a pixie wings quilt. Next up or should I say at the same time I have started making two Chritmas table cloths using 10 inch squares and setting triangles. After those are completed I may work on a spool quilt. I am inspired by the blue quilt block. I have the perfect fabric for it.

  • Susanna Hogan
    October 7, 2017

    Looks very complicated, but is so simple. Easy to follow instructions,.

  • Thunder
    October 7, 2017

    I am working on Frozen / Christmas quilts for two of my granddaughters. Frozen panel, and snowflake blocks on one side, Simple squares of Christmas fabrics on the other side.
    Thanks for the chance . 🙂

  • Clovis
    October 7, 2017

    I will be working on the 2017 Block of the Month with Nancy Zieman. I also have a charm quilt that I need to finish.

  • Ann West
    October 7, 2017

    I will be working on many donation children’s quilts for giveaway during the Christmas holidays. Working on these quilts makes me happy to know that I may be brightening another child’s life. My rule is that when I make one of my grandchildren a quilt, I also make a second one for donation.

  • Susan Spiers
    October 7, 2017

    I have an idea that includes lots of wild flowers (from pics I took all year long) applique or thread painted? Still in the works! Thank you, Susan

  • carolyn montgomery
    October 7, 2017

    i will be making a modern bear’s quilt for my grandson who will be 1 on dec.23rd.

  • Laura
    October 7, 2017

    I am working on a mystery QAL (Magnolia from Meadow Mist designs) and a geode quilt QAL from Alice Blythe. i’m getting my triangle practice in on these two quilts. Would love to see how effective the triangle tool is.

  • Nancy Johnson
    October 7, 2017

    I’m working on a Drunkard’s Path Quilt for my granddaughter.

  • Sue Johnson
    October 7, 2017

    I will be making a queen double wedding ring in 1930’s repro fabric for my son and his wife.

  • kathleen
    October 7, 2017

    Thank You Nancy…this could be my first quilt. I’ve been wanting a small quilt for my office/sewing/craft room with a big chair.

  • Wilma K Shimkus
    October 7, 2017

    I have the rulers and will be working on completing a stack and wack wip as well as a star quilt I have fabric for. Loved the Madison show. What an inspiration for all of us.

  • LoAnn Trowbridge
    October 7, 2017

    So many projects started–time to work on them all! LOL I have 25 blocks of 1/2 sq triangles (all different patterns and colors) that I am adding a sashing all the way around that I hope to complete this winter. Also have a BOM that needs month 12 done, then all all sashings and borders added. A red and white 1/2 sq triangle (2 1/2″) started (like 10 blocks). A red and white hourglass quilt started for one of my nieces. A raw edge applique “Woodland Critters” (Shiny Happy World) QAYG quilt started. The list goes on!

  • Karen B
    October 7, 2017

    I am in the middle of making Christmas gifts still. There are quick quilts and wall hangings with some table toppers. Great ambitions!..I love the spool quilt in both the blue and red, my favorite colors for quilts. What a cute pattern.
    Thanks.

  • Linda R
    October 7, 2017

    I have never seen this Spool pattern before and I’ve been quilting a long time! I think I’m in love with it. The simplicity of it really is amazing. I have a quilt retreat coming up this month and I plan to work on a quilt I found in a new magazine I received called Bundled Up in Batiks. I purchased the fabric while on vacation in New Mexico. I can’t wait to get started on it. Winning the spool pattern and triangle gauge would bring a smile to my face!

  • Susan K
    October 7, 2017

    I love this pattern. Thank you. I’m planning to work on The Farmer’s Wife quilt and a Darth Vader quilt for my son.

  • Beverly
    October 7, 2017

    I love your version of the spool quilt and have been planning to make a crib size version for a baby girl. Maybe it’s just because I think it’s so pretty, but it’s possible there’s the deeper motive of wanting to inspire a future quilter. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • EllenB
    October 7, 2017

    This would be a fun quilt for a retreat at the end of the month. I’ll be working on a couple of UFOs and some disappearing 4 patches this winter.

  • Bonnye
    October 7, 2017

    I am working on 2 signature wall hangings. For each of my son’s weddings I made small blocks for guests to sign. Some assembly is still needed on each of them and the hand quilting. Don’t ask when they got married. This is the year to finish them. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas.

  • Donna W
    October 7, 2017

    I am working on a Civil War quilt with lots of small pieces. And, I am also making table runners/toppers for gifts.

  • Jean Palionis
    October 7, 2017

    I was going to work on a small jelly roll quilt, but after seeing this blog…I am going thru my huge stash and try to make a spool quilt that I hope will be half as beautiful as the ones here. That will make me happy.

  • Sandi
    October 7, 2017

    Love this version of Spool quilt and would love book and tool to help make it. Nancy, you are so inspiring!

  • Peg G
    October 7, 2017

    I’ll be working on a Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt for my 3-1/2 year old grandson. It is supposed to be a replacement for his baby quilt in his new big boy bed.

  • Karen A
    October 7, 2017

    I have several quilt tops that need quilted before I start anything new. I continue to dream and plan for new quilts too.

  • Judy
    October 7, 2017

    I love the spool quilt and have been hoping to make one in the near future. First I need to quilt my Christmas quilt that I have been working on for a couple of years.

  • Peggy V
    October 7, 2017

    I will be working on a quilt for my granddaughter’s graduation this spring. She is a wonderful pianist and it will be a musical theme. A chance to win the no hassle triangle ruler and Nancy’s Spool Quilt pattern would be a great next project!!!

  • Jeanette
    October 7, 2017

    “Exploding stars” which is all half square triangles. Also a baby quilt of my own design. The design gauge would be a worthy assist.

  • Mary Esser
    October 7, 2017

    I love this quilt, plan to make it some day. I really love it done in the blue. What fabric was used in making the blue quilt? Beautiful.

  • June
    October 7, 2017

    I am currently working on a bow tie quilt for my sister’s 60th birthday and I have a Christmas panel I need to complete. After that it may be the spool quilt, I really like it in blue.
    Looks complicated but it is actually easy to assemble, my kind of quilt.

  • jenny boettcher
    October 7, 2017

    Quilt projects that I have planned for this fall are; finishing my two scrap buster quilts; using mainly 4-patches scraps,
    then of course a few UFO’s to the start the New Year; then a new quilt begins; not sure on the pattern.

  • Kay Statom
    October 7, 2017

    I will be working on finishing an star quilt for a friend that his grandmother started many years ago and then on to a lantern pattern that she also started. Finishing up other UFO’s on the way

  • Shelly
    October 7, 2017

    I’ve always been interested in trying your triangle gauge. IF I win one I can!

  • beth
    October 7, 2017

    I would love to win the triangle gauge and pattern. I could make a spool quilt with my stash of fabrics.

  • Kathryn Smotryski
    October 7, 2017

    I’ll be working on that Maple Island BQ2 quilt. I saw this done at a local quilt shop a few years ago and fell in love with the design. So I decided my daughter and son in law needed a new quilt.

  • Max
    October 7, 2017

    Bargello, Cool wavy, Big Star, Rising Star, Windmill just the ones I have the fabric cut for. Want to try new skills on each quilt. Enjoy learning new tricks of the trade.

  • Nancy Langhoff
    October 7, 2017

    I’m going to do the spool squirt with my stash of blue fabrics. Winning the triangle gauge sure would make the project go faster.
    Nancy

  • Bonnie
    October 7, 2017

    Love Nancy’s Spools Quilt pattern in blue! It would be perfect for my sewing room. I am currently working on a Christmas wall hanging for the holiday season. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Jan N.
    October 7, 2017

    My niece wants the Carefree Column Quilt from your Quick Column Quilts book, so that’s what I’m working on. She wants the 4-patches in black and white and the rest in bright, happy colors.

  • Miriam
    October 7, 2017

    I really like this version of the spool quilt. Will add it to my list of quilts to make.

  • Sherry
    October 7, 2017

    I’m working on the Garnet BOM and am loving it!
    Can’t wait to see how it finishes
    Hope I don’t run out of fabric before the next blocks!

  • Bonnie Sue
    October 7, 2017

    I really like this quilt and its colorways. Thank-you for all you have inspired throughout the years and the education you have given us. I am going to finish a square within a square that I started years ago. I made a mistake in putting the top together and need to redo an area – perhaps that’s why I started years ago and haven’t finished 😉

  • Valerie Thompson
    October 7, 2017

    I’m currently working on a Stag lap quilt. It’s a weeding gift. Thank you for the chance to win Good luck everyone.

  • Brenda Nance
    October 7, 2017

    I would love to make a spool quilt. This is a wonderful quilt pattern.

  • Kris S
    October 7, 2017

    I plan to work on some strip piecing this winter. I have lots of scraps!

  • BevM
    October 7, 2017

    I have always likes the Spools pattern, and would like to make it. I also plan an Autumn wall hanging, using Baby Lock Destiny II embroidery designs.

  • Gail Beam
    October 7, 2017

    No hassle triangles looks like a quilt that I might be able to attempt. Nancy, you always make things look ssoooooo easy!

  • Cindy Hoover
    October 7, 2017

    I have a bunch of UFOs to complete as well as a Quilt of Valor for a dear friend, so my winter months are pretty well booked.

  • Sandra Corlett
    October 7, 2017

    I need to finish the quilting on a lap quilt that my mother made shortly before I died so I can then donate it. That’s what she did with all the lap quilts that she made!
    When that’s done, I have some small panels of old school house scenes that I need to use to design a quilt for our bedroom. My house has a school house theme.

  • Sandra Corlett
    October 7, 2017

    Oops! My comment should have said that my mom was the one who died. I’m very much alive.

  • Nancy
    October 8, 2017

    I am working on a four patch scrappy quilt this fall. Scraps seem to accumulate very rapidly for me, but when I found this pattern, I knew it would be a great way to use them. I love this spool quilt, and would love to make it next.

  • Nancy
    October 8, 2017

    I am working on a scrappy four patch. I would love to make this spool quilt next. I love the Garnet fabric.

  • Sandy
    October 8, 2017

    I love this pattern and it looks so much easier with the tool. I think that I have found my pattern to try this winter. The blue quilt is my favorite but maybe it is time to be adventurous and try a red quilt.

  • DeeDee
    October 8, 2017

    Another great tool and quilt. Nancy again provides us with innovative, easier ways to sew and quilt.
    Thanks Nancy again for all you do for the sewing community.

  • Alice
    October 8, 2017

    I am working on an Ombré Gem quilt for a baby quilt.

  • Shaela
    October 8, 2017

    About to cut fabric for Triple Irish Chain

  • Nell
    October 8, 2017

    I haven’t chosen my next quilt pattern yet but when I do, I’m sure it will be a traditional one—maybe a spool!

  • "Willie" Loyall
    October 8, 2017

    LOVE the spool block; plan to use it with my stash of 1861 repro fabrics. Am currently doing the 2017 BoM Mystery Quilt w/the Garnet collection, which is my first “out-of-the-box” project. I have rarely used reds in projects, and I am obsessed w/it!!! Willie

  • KayZee
    October 8, 2017

    I’m going to tackle my first “One Block Wonder” quilt using poinsettia fabric for a Christmas quilt this year. I’d be interested in making the spool quilt sometime as well.

  • knuckstermom
    October 8, 2017

    I’m not sure, I need to finish this quilt along, I’m doing, then maybe some table runners for Christmas gifts.

  • Julie
    October 8, 2017

    I love the look of this block. When I have completed the projects I already have started and it is time to make one for myself, this is one I am considering. Thanks for all post and teach.

  • Karen payton
    October 8, 2017

    I am working on a quilted table runner this fall, it’s for my table this Christmas.

  • Marianne in TN
    October 8, 2017

    I have 3 Christmas Layer Cakes in which I’m making a simple 1 patch/4-patch/9-patch combination. However, I love using half-square triangles and this gauge looks easy and accurate to use. Perhaps I’ll use this spool pattern for a wall hanging for my studio….. LOVE IT!

  • Karen
    October 9, 2017

    I hadn’t selected a design for a winter project yet but a spool quilt looks like it would be a great start. I think it would also make a great wall hanging for my sewing room I am finally going to have (as soon as I move all my adult children’s stuff out of the way).

  • Traci Y
    October 9, 2017

    I am currently working on 2 throw quilts. One with my husbands t-shirts and another with 2 sizes of stars.

  • Dorothy
    October 10, 2017

    Most of my quilts have half square triangles in them. My daughter and s-i-l picked out a pattern called Networking for their wedding quilt. It is a new challenge for me. :))))) No half square triangles!!
    But, my next quilt will have them, I love them!!

  • T Denise Dobek
    October 10, 2017

    I have a few lap quilts i want to work on. One will be a Memory quilt using some of my husbands shirts along with some stash fabric that would work well together. I would love the spool pattern and the half square triangle gauge. Both something I could use.

  • Patti Serenko
    October 11, 2017

    My winter project quilt or quilts include a snail trail in blue and cream and a triple barn star in Blair’s. I have some cute wall hangings for the holiday season as well. I really like this pattern in red…hmmm maybe if I win it, my list will change.

  • Helen in beautiful Colorado
    October 11, 2017

    This winter I plan to design a quilted wall hanging using a beautiful image printed on fabric of some Japanese Cranes as the focal point. The triangle gauge will come in very handy for this quilt.
    Wish me luck!

  • JoanneTillery
    October 11, 2017

    I have three in the works. One I am in the process of quilting by hand, another is an single Irish chain, the third is made with pinwheel blocks that were assembled by my husbands Great Aunts.

  • Barbara F
    October 11, 2017

    The spool pattern is great and the gauge looks like it makes all the difference so I’ll hope. I do have several small projects to make as gifts but do have a guilt in my mind but I do think a barn quilt is in my near future.

  • Cecilia
    October 11, 2017

    I have always love the spool quilt block. I hope to be working on a Patriotic quilt, have it started, but husband’s death and moving, and Hurricane Irma, has had me very disorganized.

  • beth d.
    October 12, 2017

    I would to try the no hassle ruler gauge plus the pattern. I have been wanting to spools.

  • Denise Bentley
    October 16, 2017

    I will be working on crazy quilts of my grandson’s childhood. Name is appliqued in navy for one, forest for the other. incorporates squares from favorite colors, all the sports he has participated in, games, LEGOS, his time in Cub Scouts, dogs and cats that have been part of his life, licensed Star Wars fabrics, then will print a few special fabric squares of personal things; Taed, my giant puppet Teddy Bear he has played with all his life, and photos of special events in his life. School and camping, parties and trips, our kite flying, etc. There are two, and will be full sized quilts, one for each of his homes. It is quite exciting (& a bit daunting).

  • Donna York
    October 21, 2017

    I would love to make the spool quilt and the triangle gauge would be great.

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