After completing my “Road to Oklahoma” quilt, I still had plenty of blue and yellow floral prints and tonals in my stash. Wouldn’t they blend together nicely for a sweet baby quilt? (See my Feb. 11, 2013 post regarding the “Road to Oklahoma” project.)
“Steppin’ Up” is on the Patterns page of this blog. It is fun, quick and easy! The arrangement of squares looks like stairsteps made of baby’s blocks. The instructions call for cutting a 3 1/2″ wide strip from each of 10 different fabrics. My fabrics were all over 40″ wide from selvage to selvage, so I cut the strips 4″ wide instead. This yields a larger quilt and fewer scraps at the end of the strip set.
Border strips were also cut 4″ wide. The quilt measures 42″ square.
A curlique and curved box were quilted with blue variegated thread in each of the squares and in the border. This quilting motif is a variation of a ‘Square Dancing’ design by Laura Lee Fritz in her book “Mindful Meandering: 132 Original Continuous-Line Quilting Designs.”
This is a great pattern for using 3 1/2″ or 4″ fabric strips leftover from other projects. Rummage in your stash for ten coordinating fabrics and put that “just a little bit leftover” to good use!