Spool or Japanese X 7.5 inch
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 – SHAPES + 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.
7.5 inch block
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!