Stepping Stones Quilt Along Update!

Hello quilt alongers!  I've been working on a new pattern and in a minute I'll explain the reason why. But first, let me wish you all Happy National Quilting Day!

I hope everyone's schedule worked out so they could sneak in a little quilting time today! Some of you may still be busy choosing fabrics for your version of Stepping Stones. If so, don't forget to post pictures of you fabric selections to the Facebook group, Flickr group, or Instagram (just be sure to include the hashtags #steppingstonesqal and @inquiringquilter) by midnight Monday March 21st if you want to enter the giveaway.

If you're not quilting along with us and you want to know more about this quilt alonging business, click here for more info. You'll find links there to this post and the first post in the quilt along.

Now, back to the pattern I've been working on. I've had several people ask me if they can use charm squares (5" squares) to make Stepping Stones for the quilt along, and the answer is "Yes, of course!" In fact, I am currently working on a version of Stepping Stones I'm calling Charming Stepping Stones, and it uses 5" squares instead of the 10" layer cake squares used in the original Stepping Stones. I don't have the quilt I'm going to use on the cover of the pattern quilted just yet, but here it is. Isn’t it lovely?

I want to quilt this one differently from the Stepping Stones scrappy and planned versions. I'm seeing something geometric and modern. Leave me a comment if you have any quilting ideas!

Anyway, because I love you all so much <grin>, I've worked out the fabric requirements for making Charming Stepping Stones in a lap size (60-1/2" x 71-1/2") in case you want to make that for the quilt along.

If using precuts (charm squares) for a scrappy look:

  • Four charm packs (four packs of 40 or more 5” blocks)
  • 7/8 yards total medium colored fabric
  • 1-3/8 yards total dark-colored fabric
Note: In addition, purchase yardage for a single color binding and backing as listed below

If using fat quarters for a scrappy look:

  • 18 fat quarters, in a mix of light, medium, and dark
Note: Purchase yardage for a single color binding and backing as listed below.
Note: if you want to achieve a three-dimensional look by carefully placing the lights, mediums, and darks within the block, you’ll need these amounts instead. In addition, you’ll have enough leftovers to make a scrappy bindingif you purchase 1 more fat quarter in any color. Purchase backing as listed below.
  • 12 fat quarters, light
  • 3 fat quarters, medium
  • 5 fat quarters, dark
  • 1 extra fat quarter for scrappy binding

If using yardage for a planned look:

  • 2-7/8 yards light fabric
  • 7/8 yards medium fabric
  • 1-3/8 yards dark fabric


  • 5/8 yard


  • 3-7/8 yards

Have fun quilting today! See you back here on Wednesday (if not before <grin>) for Week 2 in the quilt along.

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