Baby Sized "Stairways to Heaven" tutorial

So here's the smaller version of the Stairways to Heaven quilt top. Final size should be 36" square. Measurements are in inches, and use a quarter inch seam allowance. Metric measurements are provided at the end.

You'll need exactly 7.5" selvedge to selvedge of each of six fabrics, so a quarter yard cut will leave you with plenty of leeway for wonky or badly cut edges.

You'll need two fabrics each of 3 colours. I have gone with brown, green and blue.

Cut one strip selvedge to selvedge that measures 5" wide and one that measures 2.5" wide from each fabric.

Because I'm using 6 different fabric prints here they don't need to be in the rigid order listed in the big version. Feel free to use this if it makes more sense: it generates the same result but the final order is a bit more roundabout than the earlier, stricter pattern.

Pick your first colour (this will be the one with the big corner to corner diagonal) and pair the two wide strips of it with one narrow from each of the other colours.


Then make the same pairs with the widths reversed.

 
There should only be one set of pairs left to make, so you can make them without any tough decisions.


Sew them all (there's no right or wrong side) and press your seams.

Cut each of your strips into 7" squares. You should get 6 with very little room to spare.


Put the blocks of one of your main colour in a diagonal line with the narrow edge at the top. Five of the blocks with the main diagonal colour go underneath the first 5, with narrow edge to the left. The leftover is your top right corner block.

To the above right of your main diagonal line, take the blocks that have the same colour narrow edge as is at the top of your main line, and put 5 of them with the narrow edge to the left. The sixth is the bottom left corner block. 


Fill in the other 3 rows in the same manner, pairing the wide and narrow colours, referring to the pictures if you get lost.


Now that they’re all laid out, you just have to join them together. A lot of tutorials say to sew them into rows and then sew all the rows together, but I do it a little bit different. This way lets you average out any points that don’t want to match in an easier way than if you were just stringing them all together, especially if you split your seams (like I do) and you can’t butt them together.

First, flip the blocks of every second row over so they’re in pairs. Remember which side you have to sew.


Then I pile them all neatly on my cutting mat, keeping them in order, to move them to my sewing machine.


I string piece them all, chop them up while keeping them in order and iron them out, making sure to keep them facing the same way the whole time. Then they should still all be in order to be laid back out. I keep an eye on the diagram, or if it’s a more complicated pattern, I take a photo of the blocks laid out on the floor before I start to sew them so I can refer to it later.

Next up, I pair my pairs together in the opposite direction, so they will become like little four patches.


I lay them out the same way to get them to the machine, sew them and cut them and iron and lay them out. I usually do this over and over till I run out of pairs and have to put together some bits which become a strip, but that’s pretty much it with this one, since it’s so small.




At this point the quilt is just a big nine patch that needs to be assembled. Here’s a good point to join your blocks into rows and your rows into a quilt top :)





Now it’s all done and you can back it, quilt it and bind it. Since it’s little you might want to try something new with this one? I’m trying to talk myself into free motioning mine.

If it's really windy when you're trying to take a photo of it, maybe take a qhoto from underneath. It will look very arty and cool.


If you want to use metric measurements and a 7.5mm seam allowance, cut your strips 12.5cm and 6.5cm wide, and your squares 17.5cm.