The quilt pattern this week is based on the Stepping Stones quilt block – which is also known as the Good Cheer block, but I prefer stepping stones. I have made it 42″ square using four of the quilt blocks. I’ve used 1/4 yard of purple fabric, 1/2 yard of gold, 3/4 yard of blue and 1 yard of black fabric.
2.1/2″ squares: thirty two black, ninety six blue, forty eight purple – but don’t cut these yet as some of them can be made with strip piecing
2.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in black and blue, sixteen each in black and gold
4.1/2″ squares: four gold
For the quilt borders you will need to cut eight 2.1/2″ strips of black and four 1.1/2″ strips of gold, cut across the width of fabric.
Making the stepping stones quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangles which are 2.1/2″ squares. You don’t actually need them in purple/gold – I just wasn’t thinking and made a whole lot of purple/gold half square triangles which I didn’t need for this quilt!
I said above that you could use strip piecing to save time, and I’ve done this for the nine patch units in the corners of the quilt block. Cut a 4.1/2″ strip of blue and a 2.1/2″ strip of purple, both cut across the width of fabric so that they are about 42″ long.
Sew the strips together along the length, press and cut at 2.1/2″ intervals as shown on the left. This gives you rectangles 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long which are in effect one purple and two blue squares already sewn together. You’ll need two of these panels to make the required number of strips (thirty two altogether).
These can now be used as shown to create the nine patch units – two of the rows are made using these rectangles and the middle row is made with two blue and one purple individual squares.
I’ve shown the first three rows of the stepping stones quilt block layout because they show you the basic shapes needed for the rest of the block. On each side you have a nine patch unit placed so that the purple squares form the diagonal of the nine patch unit, running from the corner towards the middle of the block.
The shape between the two nine patch units is made with two black/blue half square triangles, two black squares and two black/gold half square triangles. These are placed so that there is a larger blue triangle at the top pointing towards the middle and a larger black triangle at the bottom, also pointing towards the middle.
Now I hope it will be easier to see how to place the patchwork squares for the entire block – they are the same two shapes placed around the gold 4.1/2″ central square.
You have a nine patch unit in each corner, always with the purple squares forming the diagonal.
There is one black shape on each edge of the central square.
For the first three and last three rows you can sew the squares together right across the row. The middle two rows are slightly different because of the difference in sizes of the squares. For these two rows you will need to sew the three squares on either side of the central square together and then sew each pair of three square rows together first. Then they will be the same length as the central square so that you can sew one of the black shapes to either side of the square.
Finally sew all the rows to each other to complete the stepping stones quilt block. Make four of these, sew them together in two pairs and then sew the two pairs to each other to make a 32.1/2″ square.
For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the black fabric. You will need two lengths of 32.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the sides.
The second border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of gold fabric. You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the sides.
For the third quilt border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric. Cut two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the stepping stones quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video: