Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Stair Stepper Quilt

By Brandi M. Seals

The stair stepper quilt I have designed is easy to put together and can be altered in a number of ways to reflect your own personal style. My theme for this quilt was a classic country quilt, using country colors but with a unique look.

To make this quilt you will need the usual supplies. They include: a sewing machine, a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, a large ruler, straight pins, and safety pins. You may also wish to have a fabric safe pen or pencil on hand so that you can label your fabric pieces and know where each piece fits.

Before you begin the project you will need to go out and pick up a few items. The key pieces are the batting, material and coordinating thread. You can pick whatever colors you want for this quilt. It is a bit of a country design so you may wish to pick fabrics with a country feel, but feel free to go with whatever you find appealing. You will also need to pick a color for the quilt's backing. You can use one of the fabrics from the quilt top for the backing or pick something completely new. You may also need to invest in some coordinating thread for when you sew the quilt together.

If you follow this particular design, you will need to select at least three different fabrics for the quilt top. This quilt pattern is for an 86 inch by 90 inch quilt that will fit any queen sized bed. The quilt top is made up of 72 - 10 inch blocks.

To make those blocks you will need to make several cuts.

From the first fabric (shown in this quilt by the color blue), you will need:
72 - 1.5 inch by 10.5 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 9.5 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 5.75 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 7.5 inch strips
144 - 1.5 inch by 6.75 inch strips

From the second fabric (shown in this quilt by the color yellow), you will need:
144 - 1.5 inch by 8.5 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 9.5 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 7.5 inch strips
72 - 1.5 inch by 4.75 inch strips
72 -1.5 inch by 5.75 inch strips

From the third fabric (shown in this quilt by the color pink), you will need:
72 - Squares that measure 4.75 inches by 4.75 inches
2 - 5.5 inch by 80.5 inch strips
2 - 3.5 inch by 90 inch strips

When making this quilt you will want to start by making the 10 inch blocks. For each block you will want to start with the small square in the center and then begin sewing the sides on around it until you end up with the completed block.

Once all 72 blocks have been made you can start to piece the quilt top together. I prefer all the blocks facing the same way but you can alter them. You could start with a block facing one direction, for the next block rotate it to the next side clockwise or counterclockwise. If you want continue this will all of the blocks for a slightly different looking quilt. It may help for you to lay out all the blocks first and then decide how you want them to face.

When you have decided what you want to do with the blocks, you can start to sew them together into rows. Once all the rows are together, sew the rows together to form most of the quilt top. All that is left is sewing on the boarder. Sew the horizontal sides on first and then add the vertical strips.

Your quilt is almost done at this point. All you have left is making the backing, piecing all three parts of the quilt together and finishing off the quilt the way you like. Some people like to quilt the quilt, others tie them together. Pick whatever method you like best.

While there are a finite number of quilt patterns available you can really make any quilt your own with the fabrics you chose and the way you finish it off. Make this quilt a unique piece that you will enjoy the rest of your life.

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