Week 4 Stepping Stones Quilt Along: Sewing the Block Units

Hey everyone and welcome back to the quilt along! Can you believe we are almost halfway? Let’s give ourselves a round of applause!

It’s so cool to see everyone’s photos on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram. Some of you are playing catchup and if so, you can jump over here to view the instructions from previous weeks. Here’s what everyone’s been up to.

After sewing up your HSTs, the next step is to create the two block units.

Creating the AB Units

If you’re making Stepping Stones, sew a dark 2-1/2” x 10” rectangle to the right side of a light 10” square. This makes one AB unit. Press towards the rectangle. Repeat this process to make 30 AB units.

If you’re making Charming Stepping Stones, the process is similar. Sew a dark 1-1/2” x 5” rectangle to the right side of a light 5” square, pressing towards the rectangle. Repeat to make 143 AB Units. Whew!

Creating the B-HST Units

There’s one more unit to sew but it’s fast and easy so we’ll be onto those blocks soon.

If you’re making Stepping Stones, arrange one medium 2-1/2” x 10” rectangle to the left of one HST Unit and sew. Notice the position of the diagonal seam in the HST. Press towards the rectangle. Repeat to make 30 B-HST Units.

For Charming Stepping Stones, arrange one medium 1-1/2” x 5” rectangle to the left of one HST Unit being careful to arrange the HST as shown. Press towards the rectangle and repeat to make 143 B-HST Units.

Tips for Success

I use this nifty board to layout the units in a block so I don’t mess up the orientation of units while sewing. My block board is a bit of plexiglass covered in a sheath of batting so the pieces stick to it just like a mini-design wall. Until I discovered these for sale at a quilt retreat, I used to lay pieces out on whatever was handy--a square ruler or sandboard work just fine.

I measure my units as I go along to help ensure that my quilt top lies nice and flat when I get it all sewn together. If you’re like me, then here are the measurements so you can check your units too.

Stepping Stones

  • AB Unit: 12” x 10”
  • B HST Unit: 12” x 2-1/2”

Charming Stepping Stones

  • AB Unit: 6” x 5”
  • B HST Unit: 6” x 1-1/2”

Now onto the Giveaway!

Time for the giveaway! Once again I collected the names of everyone who posted a new progress picture last week, and assigned a number to each one in the order in which they were posted. I used Random.org to generate the winning number.

Congratulations Alice! I’ve sent you an email and you'll soon have your prize!

This week’s giveaway is this cute basket. As you can see, it can be pretty handy for holding those little quilty things you need to keep on hand such as thread, rotary cutter, or small rulers. The winner can use her basket for anything she likes, including that other tool I like to keep handy--chocolate!

Post a new progress photo this week to Facebook, Flickr, or Instagram with the tags @inquiringquilter #SteppingStonesQAL for a chance to win! So if you’re just getting to the HSTs or just getting things cut, post a photo of that. I’m just looking for a new photo of the next step for you, whatever that happens to be. If you’re making more than one quilt, you can post photos of each one for additional chances to win. Post your photo by midnight EST, April 12th to qualify.

Next week we’ll sew everything together to make our blocks. Woot!

I know some of you will work ahead and sew up your blocks before next week and that’s cool. I’ve never been a fast sewer, so I might as well tell you all right now I'm not gonna be the one posting finished blocks! Luckily for me though, this isn’t a competition, it’s a group effort with lots of support. I love all the uplifting comments I’m seeing on Facebook and Flickr—keep it up my quilt alongers! Makes my heart sing. Isn’t that just what quilting is all about?

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