What I love about Inklingo Spool Blocks

In my last message, I showed you Carol in Panama’s Spool Blocks.

Carol give a traditional block a completely modern look called “Japanese X” with 7 fabrics, many of them Kaffe Fasset pinks.

Spool Blocks (or Japanese X Blocks) can also be made with 2, 3, 4 or more fabrics.


I printed 12 scraps of fabric with Inklingo Combo 1 and used 4 fabrics in this Spool Block.



There are many things I love about making Spool Blocks or Japanese X Blocks with Inklingo. Here are three. (More to come!)


1. Inklingo makes it easy to see how much fabric I need.

The shape collection shows me how to use scraps from my stash.

How many blocks or shapes can I get from a piece in my stash? The diagrams mean I don’t have to do the math! Inklingo lets me see at a glance.

I love this feature of Inklingo. It lets me be very frugal with fabric, just the way our ancestors were.

There are even extra shapes tucked into the spaces, so nothing is wasted. (More about that another time.)

It doesn’t matter whether I am using scraps from my stash or splurging on dozens of brand new fabrics from Kaffe Fasset (like Carol!), —or whether I am using a combo layout or printing the shapes individually.

Save fabric and save time? Yes, I love that!


2. With the matching marks printed on the shapes, it is easy to align everything perfectly.

Without the matches, it can be tricky to get the squares sewn to the rectangle to form a cross that isn’t crooked.

Everything is perfect when you print the shapes on fabric. No measuring. No waste.


3. Inklingo includes 3 pages of info about great pressing options.

When I sew by machine, I can press the traditional way OR the way I do when I hand piece.

Pressing the seam allowances around the intersections reduces the bulk and makes my blocks look their very best.

I machine stitch most of the seams from edge to edge in the normal way and chain piece, but I can sew a few from crosshair to edge instead.

It’s simple—thanks to Inklingo‘s crosshairs printed on the fabric.

Machine piecers have more fun with Inklingo, don’t you think?


Those are just 3 of my favorite things. I have more. LOL


  • More of my favorite things
  • How versatile these shapes are for making other blocks
  • An EQ project file (Electric Quilt 5 or newer), so you can see how dramatically different the blocks look depending on the number of fabrics and the contrast
  • End of the sale (Don’t miss out!)

There is more info on the website, and you can subscribe to get an email to be sure you don’t miss anything (right sidebar).


As usual, the new shapes are at a very special intro price—but for a few days only.

Tell your friends, so they can have fun and save too, okay?

It is a holiday Monday here in Ontario. I went straight to the front porch when I got up this morning. Russ read the newspaper and I had decaf (sweetened with chocolate milk) and Sudoku.  It’s a perfect day, 77 F (25 C) in the shade right now. I am working all day, but we have already decided to have a picnic dinner on the front porch.

See you later? I hope so.

Linda & Monkey

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3 thoughts on “What I love about Inklingo Spool Blocks”

  1. Hi Pat, The combos always get a great reaction. I still remember the great feeling it gave me when I “discovered” the first one for the free shape collection several years ago. It was one of those lovely “aha” moments. I am glad you like them too.

  2. One of the things I like best about this collection is the way you printed the lines on the rectangles and squares so that things can match up with the other odd shapes when stitiching. Sure, you can rotary cut rectangles and squares easily for machine piecing, but with the LINES it’s so much easier to match things up with everything else!

    Enjoy your picnic on the porch!


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