Spool or Japanese X 7.5 inch PDF
Print the shapes for Spool or Japanese X on fabric and get better results than with Spool acrylic templates.
Sew by hand or by machine.
Print the hexagon, rectangle, square, and triangle to make Spool or Japanese X quilt blocks with your Inkjet printer.
PDF DOWNLOAD – SHAPE COLLECTION + INSTRUCTIONS 19.9 MB
System Requirements – Windows or Mac with Adobe Reader (not a phone or tablet) and any ordinary color Inkjet printer or all-in-one.
This shape collection includes shapes for the old-fashioned Spool Block by Nancy Cabot (Beyer 186-2 and Brackman 1970). This old block has become popular recently as “Japanese X” because of a quilt exhibited in Japan by Setsuko Inagawa in 2011.
I was inspired by this gorgeous variation of Spool or Japanese X by Carol Skinner of Panama, who gave me permission to use photos she took of her blocks here and in the shape collection.
Features of this Shape Collection (PDF)
- shapes to print on fabric
- diagrams showing how much fabric you need
- shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper (just in case you want templates)
- use a rotary cutter or scissors
- a choice of regular or combo layout to use fabric efficiently and save time
- alternate layouts especially for striped fabric
- instructions for machine piecing
- assembly tips
- detailed notes about pressing
- ideal for fussy cutting and scrap quilts
- worksheets to help you plan your quilt
Inklingo Combo Layout 1 prints all of the shapes at the same time! It is a great way to use scraps from your stash.
I sew these shapes by machine unless I need a portable project. With Inklingo lines printed on the fabric, you can sew some seams by hand and some by machine.
Carol Skinner’s Japanese X
You can see Carol’s individual blocks in the shape collection AND on her Postcards from Panama blog. Carol has some great Inklingo quilts there too.
The main Spool shape is the hexagon. This one is normally machine pieced.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
Emily P (verified owner) –
I am amazed at how many choices this block has in this collection. I bought this block because I want to use it as a friendship block. It reminds me of the one my grandmother used in one of her quilts.
Bruce (verified owner) –
I bought and downloaded the Spool or Japanese X block last night. As I was going through the pages I was thinking WOW. There are so many possibilities with all the layout options of these shapes. I was turning over ideas in my head about all the different blocks that can be made with just a few of the shapes. Thank you Linda for another awesome collection. It is well worth double the price you are charging.
Cathi (verified owner) –
There are a ton of possibilities with this collection. The shapes go together effortlessly and make it an absolute joy to stitch. The extra shapes tucked in some of the layouts add to the fun.