Dancing Spools

Dancing Spools
Celebrate your love of quilting with this new twist on the traditional spool pattern. Spools are three-dimensional and made from folded squares—there are no set-in seams. Striped fabric will make your 3-D fabric spools look just like the real deal as they dance around on this pushed-neutral background.

Students will create the interior portion of the Dancing Spools quilt (about 24" x 24") during this six-hour workshop. Pieced or plain borders can be added at home, with or without the decorative flange shown here, making the finished quilt about 32" with borders.

The tool in the video has been replaced by a rotary cutting template which is included in the kit fee.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate (This should NOT be your first quilt. Accurate cutting and machine piecing skills are presumed.) This workshop requires focus and concentration.

Supply List:
Supply list with cutting dimensions will be provided by your workshop chairperson after you sign up for this workshop.

Items preceded by * can be purchased in class. Items preceded by ** should be purchased from this web site up until 7 days before workshop date and will be hand delivered to you in class. Write the name of your guild in the comment section so it gets to the right place.

  • * Required Kit ($12) includes pattern, acrylic rotary cutting template, and 13 pre-cut 3" x 3" squares of Soft & Natural needlepunched 100% cotton batting (or similar) for optional "stuffing" of Thread. Kits are sold in class.

  • For BACKGROUND: 36 squares, all different and extremely close in value (very light) which "read" as muslin. (Or, one light fabric may be used for all the BACKGROUND squares.)

  • ** For "THREAD" Fabric: 13 fussy-cut squares of striped fabric with stripes running diagonally from corner to corner. Stripes should be no wider than 1/2". Note: One Fat Quarter yields anywhere from 7 to 9 patches when the strips run parallel or perpendicular to the selvage edge, more if the stripes are printed on the diagonal. Bring extras in case of errors.

  • For SPOOLS : 26 squares, medium brown, about 5/8 yard. Bring extra fabric in case of errors.

  • Sewing machine in good working order that you know how to operate.

  • * Neutral thread, 50 weight preferred, pins, fabric scissors.

  • Rotary cutter, 6" x 12" rotary ruler, and mat.

Please come to class with fabric cut and one or two extra patches (in case of errors). Bring leftover fabric. There will NOT be time to cut fabric in class.

Size Limit: 25 students

Duration: 6 hours of instruction.
Contact me about running this as a 2-day workshop for the price of a 1-day workshop.

Room Set-Up Outlets and elbow room appropriate for the number of students and as many irons as the circuit breaker will allow---at least one iron for every five students. Two students per 8 foot table is sufficient IF students have access to additional space to lay out blocks (36" x 36"). This could be the floor, but tables are preferred to accommodate those who can not bend down or move around on hands and knees.

Look at Dancing Spools quilts made by students.

Had a class with Ami yesterday -- Dancing Spools -- it was OUTSTANDING. Now to get those scissors sharpened! (Inside joke). She's a great teacher and very patient. Looking forward to my next class with her Sunday.
Lottie Parker
"I had an awesome time learning Dancing Spools...but, mostly spending the day with you. I took the class because I heard many awesome stories about you and your wit.....and they were right! So glad I was there."
Willa Yates
Sioux City, IA
"Thanks, Ami, for the great time in the Dancing Spools class! I had lots of laughs and even got some sewing done! I took your class because I thought it would be entertaining and still I would learn something. It was and I did!
Gwen McGinnis
"I loved the Dancing Spools workshop. I finished the quilt top and will be machine quilting it tomorrow...You are a wonderful teacher and I would definitely take another class from you at my first opportunity."
Jean Hensley
"Joyce Cameron here just wanting you to know how much I enjoyed your [Dancing Spools] workshop Wednesday. I now have it finished except for picking out a border. Thank you for a very good day and I really learned a lot from you, a wonderful teacher. Come back to Effingham anytime."