Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Tall Strings Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to week four of the Fresh Spool Series! I am loving the quilt blocks I’ve seen popping up online. This week I’m sharing my fourth spool quilt block, Tall Strings.

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

This spool block is really quick and easy to stitch up. (If you are new to foundation paper piecing, you can find a tutorial on my blog.)

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find the previous spool patterns on my blog by visiting the Paper Piecing Templates section of the Tutorials page or clicking the links below:

Scrappy Spool Block
Triangle Spool Block
Log Cabin Spool Block

Here are all four spool blocks so far!

Tall Strings Spool Quilt Block : Fresh Spool Series at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Stop by next week for our last Fresh Spool Series block pattern.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

Welcome to week three of the Fresh Spool Series! I hope you’ve been enjoying making these little spool blocks as much as I have. This week I’m sharing my Log Cabin Spool block pattern.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

This pattern is slightly different than the previous spool blocks. When you download your template, you will notice that you need to paper piece the smaller sides of the spool first, and then use those segments when you paper piece the finished spool block. (If you are new to foundation paper piecing, you can find a tutorial on my blog.)

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Log Cabin Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find the previous spool patterns on my blog by visiting the Paper Piecing Templates section of the Tutorials page or clicking the links below:

Scrappy Spool Block
Triangle Spool Block

Don’t they all look cute together?

Fresh Spool Series ~ Log Cabin Spool Block Pattern

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

Welcome to week two of the Fresh Spool Series! I’ve already seen a lot of last week’s Scrappy Spool Blocks popping up on Instagram – so fun!

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

This week I’m sharing my Triangle Spool Block pattern. For this block, I chose a couple scrappy blue prints.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

You may notice that the spool isn’t centered vertically in the block. This is because I’m modeling these blocks off my original Spool Mini Quilt. I’m continuing to use the Essex linen for the background, as I plan to put all five spools in a row when I’m finished.

Don’t the first two blocks look cute together?

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Triangle Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Fresh Spool Series ~ Triangle Spool Block Pattern

Happy stitching everyone!