Just a slight problem. My wall space is limited so I needed to make a smaller quilt. And I had two charm packs of California Girl, rather than the jelly roll the pattern called for. Block resizing to the rescue!
Using my trusty calculator, I resized the blocks, so that the strips that form the "thread" on the spools could be cut from a 5" charm square. I got two strips from each charm square and used some tan fabric from my stash for the spools. (The pattern directions have you cut the spool pieces from jelly roll strips.)
(Spools does not have a border; flimsy is on my white batting design wall)
Sixteen blocks later, I have a 28" by 30" wall hanging made from one charm pack, some tan scraps from stash and a little Kona White for background. I call it the Schnibble size version of Spools, after the Schnibbles patterns from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. Schnibbles are patterns for small quilts (usually around 32" square or so) that are made from two charm packs plus some yardage for background, binding, and maybe a border.
The way I sized my blocks, I could cut two thread strips from each charm square (with a narrow sliver of fabric left over), and this yielded a block that is about 6" by 8". But you could downsize them even smaller to get three thread strips from each square. Then, when I was almost finished, another variation occurred to me (suitable for any size) - use the same fabric for the top and bottom rows of the thread and a contrasting print in the same colorway for the center strip. This might appeal to quilters who need a more controlled scrappiness in their quilts.
Binding fabric has been ordered. And I have another Thimble Blossoms pattern to try soon - Hopscotch. But I'll be making this one with a jelly roll, per the original design.