Grab a charm pack or the never-ending bag of scraps and create this simple, but serviceable, baby quilt. I decided to try a tinted background instead of my perennial white. The light grey is from Made in America fabrics, and I really like it. The color is not too light and not too dark, and the fabric cut and ironed easily.
Enjoy making your own version of Stutter Steps.
STUTTER STEPS QUILT
32″ x 36″
A charm pack OR scraps–some at least 2-1/2 ” wide and 5″ long. I picked all BRIGHTS!
3/4 yard background (here light grey)
1-1/8 yard backing
batting at least 40″ x 40″
1/3 yard binding
1. If using a charm pack, pick 28 of your favorites and cut them each in half, creating two rectangles 2-1/2″ x 5″. If using scraps, cut 56 rectangles 2-1/2″ x 5″.
2. From your background fabric cut the following: 2 2″x 36-1/2″, 2 2-1/2″x 36-1/2″, 2 3″x 36-1/2″, 2 3-1/2″ x 36-1/2″. You should have eight strips in all.
1. Sort the colored rectangles into 7 piles of eight each. Stitch along the short side, joining them into long strips of 8 rectangles each.
2. Lay out the quilt, starting with a 2″ background strip. Alternate the background and colored sections. You should have a 2″ strips, colored strip, 2-1/2″ strip, colored strip, 3″ strip, colored strip, 3-1/2″ strip, colored strip, 3-1/2″ strip, colored strip, 3″ strip, colored strip, 2-1/2″ strip, colored strip, 2″ strip. Eight background pieces and 7 colored strips.
3. Stitch together. I like to sew each time from opposite ends to help keep the final quilt square.
4. Layer, quilt and bind as desired. I used stitching in the background pieces 1/4″ from the seam.
5. Ta-dah! You have completed a Stutter Steps quilt.
6. In retrospect, I would alter this pattern to make it a little larger. By adding an additional 8 charms (16 rectangles) and 2 background strips 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″, you would have a better size quilt. If I complete a quilt with these changes I will update the tutorial. In the meantime, here is a small baby quilt. Enjoy!
STUTTER STEPS GALLERY
Mary’s pastel version. Nice layout!
Martha made one, too.
…your beautiful creation HERE!