Nancy’s Spool quilt block first appeared when I was writing the No-Hassle Triangles book. The block really spoke to me. After receiving a gift certificate for a barn quilt, from my mother, a larger-than-life version of this block hangs on our fourth-generation family barn. Read more about the barn quilt, here. This 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! 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 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 size you most frequently create. Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner The randomly selected winner of  a Carefree Curves Template Set from Clover is Sally Ann. Her comment was, “I easily have half a dozen orphan blocks….turning them into pillows is a great idea!” Trace 'n Create Quilt Template Carefree Curves by Nancy Zieman for Clover The randomly selected winner of a copy of my new McCall’s M7548 Knit Top, from The McCall Pattern Company is Becky Payne. Her comment was, “How much fun to make my own knit clothing with my new Ovation!! I can’t wait to try it!” Bye for now, Nancy Zieman The Blog

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