Quilt Block PatternEndless Stairs was the quilt block pattern for a past even in our Quilting Forum. The event is over, but do try the pattern to make a quilt for yourself -- or to organize a quilt block swap among friends.
Endless Stairs is a very easy block, so easy that you can crank them out in no time at all, and the 8" finished size makes the design usable in many projects, from toddler quilts on up. Replace suggested fabrics with colors and styles that suit your needs. Finished block size: 8" x 8"
Materials Required for One Block Blue fabric: (1) 3" x 19" strip. This can be a medium to a dark. The fabric should definitely read as blue, and can be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric. Do not use large multicolor prints that appear to be a mix of several colors from a distance. Blue should be dominant.
My blue is somewhat directional, but works okay for this block. Please avoid stripes.
Neutral: (1) 2" x 19" strip. This can also be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric, but the same guidelines apply -- creamy neutrals, white, even gray -- but the neutral should rule. The print I used in the example block is actually a creamy neutral color, not yellow, but my photos are a bit off. See page 3 for more examples, and pages 4 and 5 for layout ideas.
Refer to the guidelines for the number of blocks you can enter in the event, and for info about duplicates. But in general, please do not make two identical blocks. However, you can use the same blue fabric with a different neutral, and the same neutral with a different blue.
Cutting strips from the longest edge of a fat quarter produces strips slightly longer than necessary, but offers plenty of squaring-up room.
- Sew your strips together lengthwise as shown. Press seam allowance towards the blue fabric.
- Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 4-1/2" segments from it.