“Steppin’ Up”

21 03 2013

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.)

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“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.

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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.”

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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!

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