Celebrate our 200th Anniversary with a Spool Quilt Quilt Along!

By Lucy A. Fazely

Welcome to Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary Quilt Along.
Coats & Clark asked me to design an quilt to celebrate their two centuries of providing quality threads to sewers, crafters and quilters. What pattern could be more appropriate than the spool block? Celebrate with Coats & Clark by making this quilt and be sure to share your progress with us by commenting here on the blog.

To start off the fun, we’re going to cut the borders and binding as well as preparing the templates. Be sure to put what you cut into a bag, label it and hide it where you’ll never find it(!). Or, stash it somewhere obvious and write a note on this pattern page so you’ll be sure to find it when you need it in December.

Supplies, Templates and Instructions

The finished quilt is approximately 72″ x 72″ and the finished block size: 12″ x 12″
Power Pop fabrics by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics

Block 1

Block #1 is four spools with set in centers. It is slightly challenging. If you take your time (and you have a month) then it will turn out spectacularly. What a fabulous block to start with so you have it to admire the rest of the year!

Be sure to come back and get the directions for Spool Block #2 in April.

“Quilting should be fun!” is the philosophy of quilt teacher Lucy A. Fazely. “If you’re having fun, you’ll make more quilts and quilting will be a hobby that will give you pleasure throughout your entire life.” An independent quilt designer, Lucy is also an author and fabric designer. She has been a contributing writer to numerous quilting publications and created designs for Coats & Clark, fabric and batting manufacturers. Learn more about her at LucyFazely.com and follow her on Facebook page.

22 thoughts on “Celebrate our 200th Anniversary with a Spool Quilt Quilt Along!

  1. Denise Reply

    Oh how fun! Can’t wait to get started. Oh yeah, I’m going to HAVE to wait cause I’m at work! Bummer.

  2. Anonymous Reply

    Wonderful quilt. I’m looking forward to making block one soon. Thank you–what a fun quilt for stitchers!!!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    I just got my fabric and have cut the borders and have completed the 1st. block. I can’t wait to get going on block #2.

    • Lynn Browne Reply

      Kristenl, If you will let us know what part of the country you live in, we will let you know where you can find the fabric.

    • Anonymous Reply

      I am not Kristeni but I too need help locating the fabric. I live in Savannah, GA. I contacted Hawthorne Fabric and was told, “I’m sorry but we will not be re-ordering any prints in this collection … and our minimum size cut is also 1/2 yard.” Thanks for your help. Clyde Ash apples4@sprintmail.com

  4. Anonymous Reply

    HELP! I am so confused! I don’t understand the template measurements. Neither w,x,y or z. are the measurements for the cutting line or the sewing line? and which sides are the measurements? I wish they would have given all 3 measurements. if anyone could help me, i would be very appreciative.

    • Lynn Browne Reply

      Measurements given on the templates are the size of the WHOLE template, including seam allowances. Stitching lines are marked with dashed lines 1/4″ in from the cutting lines. Template W is 2″ x 6-1/2″, so the template without seam allowances would be 1-1/2″ x 6″.
      Templates given in two pieces, such as Y anc X, have the COMPLETE template size given – not the half template.
      The pattern is written so the fabric is cut into squares and rectangles, then those squares and rectangles are trimmed with the template (to save fabric and to make cutting easier).
      The size of each template is listed on the template. The template is the entire template – not part of the template.

  5. KristenI Reply

    Hi Lucy, if you’re out there 😉 I’m wondering on the fabric, would a fat quarter work for the two fabrics that say 1/4 yard? Or do we really need the long 1/4 piece. Thanks in advance.

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Help, on the fabric requirements where it calls for 1/4 yard, would a fat quarter suffice? Or do I need the 1/4 yard? Thank you.

    • Lynn Browne Reply

      The fabrics listed as 1/4 yard (Fabrics L and N) can be purchased as a 9″ x WOF piece of yardage, or as a fat quarter. It will not make a difference.
      Fabrics listed as Fat Quarters (Fabrics Q and R) need to be purchased as Fat Quarters if using the same fabric as in the sample quilt, or if the print has a medium to large print you’d like to fussy cut (you get a better choice of whole motifs in a fat quarter). If the prints being used do not have a larger motif, but a smaller all-over print is substituted, then the fabric can be purchased as a 9″ x WOF piece of yardage.
      Since we’re on the subject… Those fabrics listed as Fat Eighths (Fabrics O and P) should also be considered. Both use fussy cut motifs – so they are best purchased as Fat Eighths, especially since one of the squares cut is 4-1/2″.
      Hope that helps 🙂

  7. happymrs Reply

    Hi, saved the first part of this on my desktop & am looking the April part now, but not finding it, help! LOL! I know it’s here somewhere, just new to your blog & not finding it, thanks!

  8. Weedy Reply

    I’ve already finished on Coats and Clark anniversary quilt. Can’t wait to get started on this one.

  9. KristenI Reply

    I’ve found the fabrics online, thanks 🙂 They’re awesome, loving the project so far. Also, thanks for the info about the 1/4 yard fabric requirements.

  10. Anonymous Reply

    Block #3 directions say to cut 1-3 7/8 square of
    fabric H. You really need 3-3 7/8 squares.

    • notesamy Reply

      Hey anonymous I am having trouble with that block as well. They don’t seem to fit and I realized that you need three 3 7/8 blocks, but now I am not sure they fit either. HELP. I was going pretty good and being pretty proud of myself, but have had lots of problems with this one.

  11. Joanna Reply

    I’m finding that with block #3 the orientation of the pinwheels doesn’t work by following the directions given. I need to first lay out the cut pieces to make sure that the pinwheel sections are sewn correctly because they are sewn side by side. Is this just me?

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