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 and follow her on Facebook page.

About the Author

Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

22 Responses to Celebrate our 200th Anniversary with a Spool Quilt Quilt Along!
  1. 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. Where is the link for the pattern? Looks like fun.

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

  4. Oh my, this is gorgeous! I am going to have to make this one. 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. Did you all order the Free Spirit fabric? Where did you get it?

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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 🙂

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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.

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

    • 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.

  14. We checked with the designer and this is correct-3 3 7/8 blocks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  15. 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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