Scrappy Staircase Quilt (77)

I am really really liking working with scraps.  I had a bunch of strings that were no more than 2.25 inches wide, which wasn’t wide enough to add to my “scrap vomit” quilt, so I put them all in one large grocery bag and waited.  I knew I wanted to make a string quilt of sorts and debated between spider web quilt and string-X quilts.  Neither won, but I still plan on making one of each in the future.

I had an idea a while back to use money mailers as the foundation for paper piecing string blocks.   After I look through them and pull out the ones that I’ll use, I save the others.  They measure 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  And, with a little bit of inspiration here and here (different varieties of stair quilts), this is how this quilt began.

I am going to show with pictures how to assemble these blocks.  Feel free to scroll down to the end to see more pictures of the finished quilt.

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Using a glue stick, glue the first strip to paper. Be sure the fabric covers across the entire width of the paper. It should be at least 5.5 inches long.
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Add a strip on top of the original, aligning the right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from the right edge of the fabric, sewing through paper and fabric.
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Press strips open at seams with an iron. This image shows my original strip with additional strips on both sides.
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Continue adding strips to either side. Use an iron to press the fabric open.
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Here is the block once it is covered completely with fabric.
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A view of the rough block from the back
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Using a rotary blade and ruler, cut along the edge of the paper to remove excess fabric.
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Remove excess fabric from all sides.
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Completed block. Using this block, you can add to it to make a variety of different quilt designs.
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I added a 3.5 inch by an 8.5-inch white strip of fabric to the block. Make sure to sew with fabric down instead of paper down, or the feed dogs will slip under the fabric.
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Here is the final block.

Using 99 of these blocks, I made this staircase pattern with 11 rows of 9 blocks.  Here was my layout.

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I used a typical free motion meandering to quilt it all together.  Here are some close ups.

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I used a funhouse fabric I found from Ikea for the backing.  I’ll be honest, every time I see this fabric, I want to grab some markers and color in those houses.

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I have donated this quilt to our local PTA to be auctioned.  It measures 68 inches by 84 inches (71 x 87 before washing).
So that is it!  Thanks for coming!

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