FREE Improv Spool Block Pattern

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For some reason, I decided I needed to make a spool quilt. Somehow, one quilt turned into one large, one mini and one minimini! The purpose of this quilt was to play with low volume fabrics. I learned a lot. Some of the blocks turned out pretty good, and some of the blocks were not that great. It was still fun. This is the first one I made.


The block size is 13″ x 16″. I love the rectangle block for this quilt. I sashed the blocks in non-low volume which I have decided was medium volume. The outer border was back to low-volume fabric. This was definitely a learning quilt. For the “thread” on the spool, I made strip sets with scraps and cut pieces of strip sets leftover from quilts in my Simply Jelly Roll book. I love the scrappiness of the thread.

Next, one of the quilds I am part of, the Nebo Modern Quilt Guild, decided to have a “Mini Mini Quilt Swap”. I like to participate in these because it’s fun, and I usually learn something. The rules are it had to be less than 10″ in length or width. I came up with this:


It’s about 8″ x 10″. I love the way this one turned out, especially with the matchstick quilting.

Next, my friend, Machelle Preston of Cherry Tree Cottage, had an opportunity to make a quilt for Riley Blake for Quilt Market using their Confetti Cottons. I thought it was perfect for this pattern. This quilt will be hanging in the Riley Blake booth this week.

Improv Spools Small

Because it was my pattern, I told Machelle I wanted to quilt it. This was one of those quilts that was very specific about how it wanted to be quilted. The background is quilted with sewing needles and loopy thread.

We loved this quilt so much that we asked our friends at Riley Blake if we could have a little more fabric to make a kit.

Come to Booth 2147 during Market to enter to win a quilt kit!

AND last but not least, because we were giving away the kit, I used the scraps from Machelle’s quilt to make a mini quilt.


This quilt is about 15″ x 18″. It is in my booth, #2147, at Market.

I have had such fun with this block! The spool block is one that I had never intended to make. It surprised me how much fun I have had with it. I really love the scrappy threads.

If you think this blocks looks as much fun as I did, here is a free pattern for the Improv Spool block:

Spool Block

For the Mini Block, the cutting instructions are changed to:

2 – 1 1/4″ x 4″

4 – 1 1/4″

2 – 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″

2 – 1 1/4″ x 5″

2 – 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

and the center 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

If you make a block or a quilt, I’d love it if you tag me on Instagram, @moosequilts and/or use the hashtag #improvspool


  1. In The Boon Docks
    May 22, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you I love your spools! What a great quilt!

  2. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
    May 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks, these are cute!

  3. Little Quiltsong
    Little QuiltsongReply
    May 23, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for this lovely free pattern!!

  4. QuiltNut Creations
    June 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    super cute! thanks for sharing the pattern

  5. nettiecrain
    March 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Looking forward to making your “Improv Spool” blocks for our Piecemaker’s block exchange! Love the clean look of this quilt. Thanks so much Konda, you are an “amazing woman”…. XXOO Nettie

  6. Pegeth
    August 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I love spools. Am making this for my new sewing machine cover.

  7. Laura
    August 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I cannot seem to find the pattern.

    • Laura
      August 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Found it lol.

  8. Fern
    January 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I cannot find the pattern?

  9. Sheila Squires
    January 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I have been trying to reach you about having a wholesale account but did not get any response. I would appreciate it if you could get back in touch with me. my email is I have tried to order the linking hearts pattern through united notions but they no longer seem to carry it.

    Please either email me or give me a call at 907-224-7647.

    I have several customers who would like this pattern

    Sheila Squires, owner

  10. Ruth Ann Mistler
    Ruth Ann MistlerReply
    July 11, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Spools – my favorite block! Years ago (late 80’s) I saw a spool quilt in a catalogue that totally inspired me and actually gave me the desire to quilt. Having absolutely no clue what I was doing I took a school ruler, paper and pencil and set out on an adventure to try and make a spool quilt. I actually finished it 4 years ago. I also Quilted needles and thread in my quilt and on my blank blocks Quilted scissors. I do believe you love the Spool Block as much as I do! Looking forward to using your pattern – thank you so much for this opportunity!

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