Week 2 Stepping Stones Quilt Along: Fabric Cutting

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Stepping Stones quilt along! If you haven't joined us yet, it's not too late. See this page for info about the quilt along with links to previous posts so you can catch up.

I’ve had tons of fun already seeing everyone’s fabric choices on social media. So many awesome choices! I've put them in a slideshow here in the order in which they were posted...just click the right arrow to scroll through and see what everyone's planning to make!

If you uploaded a photo, then you had a chance to win last week’s giveaway! I compiled a list of all the participants and assigned a number in the order in which the photos were posted. Then I used Random.com to pick a winner. And the winner is…..

Christina! Congratulations. I do not have your email address, so I’ve sent you a message through Instagram asking for your postal address. As soon as I get it, your prize will be on its way!

Now it's time to rev up your rotary cutter! The cutting for this quilt is quick and easy, especially if you’re using precuts.

Before you cut your fabrics, let me remind you that if you want a three-dimensional look you need to divide your fabrics into lights, mediums, and darks prior to cutting. Divide your fabrics and make substitutions as needed—for example if you don’t quite have enough light layer cake squares (10” squares), substitute the lightest medium 10” square you have.

I'm making Charming Stepping Stones, using these lovely Gradations fabrics from Northcott.

Cutting for Stepping Stones

The scrappy look has a large light square, dark rectangle on the side, medium rectangle on the bottom and a dark half-square triangles made with two different dark fabrics. The scrappy look uses different blocks throughout.

The planned look has a large focus fabric square, two rectangles the same color, and a two color half-square triangle. The planned look block is the same throughout.

If you're using precuts (layer cake, jelly roll) for a scrappy look

From the layer cake(s)

  • Set thirty of the lightest layer cake squares aside
  • From four of the darkest layer cake squares, cut ten 3” x 10” strips, subcut into thirty 3” squares for half-square triangles

From the jelly roll(s)

  • From 8 medium jelly roll strips, subcut thirty 2-1/2” x 10” bottom rectangles
  • From 8 dark jelly roll strips, subcut thirty 2-1/2” x 10” side rectangles

Binding

  • Set aside 8 strips of any color for a scrappy binding

If using fat quarters for a scrappy look

Note that my assumption here is that your fat quarters are at least 20” long and 18” wide. You need to cut strips along the 20” length. If your fat quarters are 22” long, you may need 1 less strip depending on the unit you are cutting.

Sort fat quarters into light, medium, and dark then

  • Cut fifteen light 10”x20” strips, subcut into thirty 10” squares
  • Cut fifteen medium 2-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into thirty 2-1/2” x 10” bottom rectangles
  • Cut fifteen dark 2-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into thirty 2-1/2” x 10” side rectangles
  • Cut five dark 3” x 20” strips, subcut into thirty 3” squares for half-square triangles

Binding

  • Unless you bought separate binding fabric, cut binding strips from the leftovers after cutting block pieces. You'll need seventeen 20" or longer strips, cut 2", 2-1/4" or 2-1/2" wide as you prefer

If using yardage for a planned look

If you bought fabric a focus fabric, a single color for the rectangles, and two half-square triangles fabrics then

Pink floral (focus fabric)

  • Cut eight 10” strips, subcut into thirty 10” squares

White (side and bottom rectangles)

  • Cut fifteen 2-1/2” strips, subcut into sixty 2-1/2” x 10” rectangles

Pink and green (half-square triangles)

  • For each color, cut two 3” strips, subcut into fifteen 3” squares

If you bought yardage in light, medium, and dark then

Light

  • Cut eight 10” strips, subcut into thirty 10” squares

Medium (bottom rectangles)

  • Cut eight 2-1/2” strips, subcut into thirty 2-1/2” x 10” rectangles

Dark (side rectangles and half-square triangles)

  • Cut eight 2-1/2” strips, subcut into thirty 2-1/2” x 10” rectangles
  • Cut three 3” strips, subcut into thirty 3” squares

Binding for either yardage look:

  • Cut 8 strips, 2, 2-1/4" or 2-1/2" wide as you prefer

Cutting for Charming Stepping Stones

Charming Stepping Stones uses a light large square, dark side rectangle, medium bottom rectangle, and dark half-square triangles made with two dark fabrics.

If using precuts (charm squares)

  • Set aside one hundred forty-three light 5” squares

From medium yardage (bottom rectangles)

  • Cut eighteen 1-1/2” strips and subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” bottom rectangles

From dark yardage (side rectangles and half-square triangles)

  • Cut eighteen 1-1/2” strips and subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” side rectangles
  • Cut eight 2” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-four 2” squares for half-square triangles

Binding

  • Cut binding as described in yardage section

If using fat quarters

Note that my assumption here is that your fat quarters are at least 20” long and 18” wide. You need to cut your strips along the 20” length. If your fat quarters are 22” long, you may need 1 less strip depending on the unit you are cutting.

From the light fat quarters

  • Cut thirty-six 5” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 5” squares

From the medium fat quarters

  • Cut thirty-six 1-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” bottom rectangles

From the dark fat quarters

  • Cut thirty-six 1-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” side rectangles
  • Cut fifteen 2” x 20” strips, subcut into one-hundred forty-four 2” squares for half-square triangles

Binding

  • Unless you bought separate binding fabric, cut binding strips from the leftovers after cutting block pieces. You'll need seventeen 20" or longer strips, cut 2", 2-1/4" or 2-1/2" wide as you prefer

If using yardage

Light yardage (focus fabric)

  • Cut eighteen 5” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 5” squares

Medium yardage (bottom rectangles)

  • Cut eighteen 1-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” bottom rectangles

Dark yardage (side rectangles and half-square triangles)

  • Cut eighteen 1-1/2” x 20” strips, subcut into one hundred forty-three 1-1/2” x 5” side rectangles
  • Cut eight 2” x 20” strips, subcut into one-hundred forty-four 2” squares for half-square triangles

Binding

  • Cut 8 strips, 2, 2-1/4" or 2-1/2" wide as you prefer

Next week I’ll post instructions for making the first block unit—half-square triangles. Until then, remember to share your photos in the special Flickr group, Facebook group, or on Instagram with the tags @inquiringquilter #ISteppingStonesQAL.

This week’s giveaway is this cute quilted eyeglass/sunglasses case.

Anyone posting a new photo this week to the Facebook group, Flickr group, or Instagram (with the hashtags) will be entered for a chance to win! (Sorry, I can only afford to ship to the US.) Like before you have until next Monday at midnight EST to upload a photo. So get busy cutting and let’s see photos of your pretty fabrics cut and ready to go!

Remember also that the Facebook and Flickr groups are perfect for asking for help, clarification, or simply an opinion. See you online!

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