Trifle Dish: Cherry Spools and Lady Fingers


To make LAYER 1, use fat eighths to create a two-color version. Two fat eighths will yield two blocks. Alternatively, use a variety of precuts to create a scrappy version.

For EACH Cherry Spool block, you will need:
Fabric 1/Spool:

  • (2) 2½” squares
  • (2) 2″ x 8″ strips

Fabric 2/Leaves:

  • (6) 2½” squares

Fabric 3/Cherries:

  • (4) 2″ squares

Fabric 4/Background:

  • (8) 2½” squares
  • (2 ) 2″ x 8″ strips
  • (9) 2″ squares

You will need (6) 2½” x 11½” strips for sashing between blocks (Lady Fingers)

Finished block measures 11″ square

Tip: use a mix of low value prints for the background if desired

Suggested precuts for scrappy version: fat quarters, layer cake, charm pack

1. Create half square triangle (HST) units

  • Draw a line on the wrong side of each 2½” background square.
  • Pair each 2½” background square with spool squares and leaf squares (a total of 8 pairs of background fabric + print), right sides together.
  • Lining up the edge of your foot with the pencil line, sew a scant ¼” seam on each side of the line.
  • Cut on the pencil line and press to the darker fabric.
  • Square up each HST to 2″.

Make 12 sets of background/leaves HSTs and 4 sets of background/spool HSTs per block.

2. Lay out your block pieces for the center as shown.

Piece together in rows.

Add background side strips and spool top and bottom. Press well.

3. Repeat step 2 to make 4 more blocks (5 total).

4. Join 5 blocks and 6 lady fingers together to form Layer 1.

1 row, measuring 64″ x 11″

Block design by Robin Nelson of {}

Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson

Shop Owner at Craft Sisters
We design quilts and publish quilt patterns for wall hangings, table runners, and quilts for beds or cribs.Our designs range from bright, tropical quilts to rich, traditional quilts made with a rainbow of materials. We love working with colorful Hawaiian and elegant Japanese textiles and beautiful fabrics of all kinds. We almost always add an element of fun and whimsy to each of our designs.
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