- 7 or more Fat Quarters in any print, or 1 jelly roll and 1 charm pack
- 2 1/2-3 yards of Coordinating Solid Fabric
- Rotary Cutter, mats, ruler, sewing machine, 1/4" presser foot. (the usual stuff)
- From the Solid Fabric, Cut 6 2 1/2" strips. You may need more or less but can use any excess for binding. (Note)- you will be cutting from 1/2 yard or more of fabric so you will have two times the fabric than you will with just a fat quarter.
- From the Print Fat Quarters cut --
- 2 - 2 1/2" strips
- 2 - 4 1/2" strips
Sub-cut each 2 1/2" strip into 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. Cut all 4 1/2" strips into 4 1/2" squares.
The top right shows the larger Brown Strips. When I started making this quilt I realized the brown had no partner because there were no other dark brown fabrics in this line. If you choose this route this is how the blocks would be arranged. You basically Alternate the fabrics until you used all the fabrics. choose lighter shades for the steps and darker for the 4 squares and visa versa.
But for this example I am using my solid for the 4 step squares and not using the solid anywhere else in the quilt.
The next step is to choose your fabrics for each block. I liked pairing the light blue, white, and dark blue prints with each other. I think it would look good either way! This pattern is very forgiving and looks good anyway you choose. I chose my blocks first and then group them together. With this tutorial you will get around 28 blocks. You can really make it with at least 20 blocks.
Start chain piecing your 4 square units first. Each solid is matched with a print. This can be random unless you are like me and want your stripes to line up. I arrange all these blocks on my cutting board and pin accordingly.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew the two patches together. You may continue making the block or you can simply stack them on top of their 4 1/2" "mates."
I tend to do things in stages. I sew all the 2 patch units, press, then sew the 4 patch, then press then sew.
Press your seams towards the brown patches. Feel free to finger press here as well.
Nest your seam for each 4 patch unit.
You really don't have to pay much attention to arrangement in these steps unless you have a directional print or want to keep your stripes in the same direction. I paid attention here and wouldn't you know i had some stripes not line up....but OH WELL!
Sew the 4 patch units together. I always finger press my units into a fan to make the seam lie flat in the center. you may have to use your stitch ripper to loosen those threads.
Sew Each 4 patch unit to the matching solid square and press towards the 4 patch unit. Nest the seams and sew and press into a fan with this block as well.
Here is your finished block.
I sewed a 4" border to this quilt and mitered the corners. I had about 4 blocks leftover that I split in half and sewed end to end. I needed a few more fabrics to have a big enough backing. I added the leftover pieces from when I cut my 4 1/2" squares and added this as well.
Please pardon the thread!
I will post more after I finish quilting.