Spools Mini Quilt


A couple of years ago, when I started redoing my quilting space, I was drawn to the Spools Mini Quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms.

I had lots of colorful scraps in my stash – so many that I decided to make four rows in each spool. I wanted each spool to have fabrics of similar color – like variegated thread. You may notice there is also a rainbow pattern to my spools.

If you need to supplement your stash for a scrappy look, I would recommend a sampler of our Quilter’s Candy Color Wheel Charms.

We now also carry the lovely and versatile Quilter’s Candy Chambray fabrics! A charm pack of these would add contrast and variety to your variegated spools of thread.

I forgot to photograph the strip sets before I cut each spool, but here are the leftovers.


The piecing is simple, with a bit of stitch and flip for the grey spools.


Chain-piecing works great!


The top row is finished.


I made two of these mini quilt tops two years ago because they were fun and I had enough fabric in the strip sets I made. As usual, I didn’t get around to quilting them until recently. I did stitch in the ditch with clear monofilament around the spools and between each fabric in each spool. Wanting something quick and simple for the sashing and borders, I sewed straight lines a 1/4″ apart using my 1/4″ presser foot – it was less than successful. A piece of Quilter’s 1/4″ Tape placed down the center of the sashing and border helped me immensely. I sewed along each edge and the stitching was straight! I could reuse the tape a bit.


Ready to hang! Yeah!


  1. Barb S. - April 22, 2016

    So cute!

    • Ann - April 25, 2016

      Thanks Barb! I was pleased with the effect of variegated thread in rainbow colors.I am really enjoying making mini quilts lately.

  2. Karen W. - April 22, 2016

    Very clever use of your scraps and cute as can be.

    • Ann - April 25, 2016

      Thanks Karen! I love scrappy and this was particularly fun to find gradated colors for each color of the rainbow. I am going to hang it in my sewing room next to my spool rack soon.

  3. FS - May 10, 2016

    Beautiful colors! I love how the binding looks a bit like prairie points.

    • Ann - May 16, 2016

      Thanks FS! I actually fussy cut the binding to get it to align like that but I didn’t notice it looks like little prairie points. Good eye!

  4. Cheri Wallace - April 19, 2020

    I have the larger spool pattern. I just need to add part of the sashing and one spool and it will be ready for quilting.